The only teenager sentenced to capital punishment in the USSR, was a 15-year-old Arkady Neyland
The only teenager sentenced to capital punishment in the USSR, was a 15-year-old Arkady Neyland, who grew up in a dysfunctional family in Leningrad. Arkady was born in 1949 in a working-class family, his mother was a nurse in the hospital, his father worked as a mechanic. Since childhood, the boy had finished, and not suffered beatings from his mother and stepfather. In 7 years, first he ran away from home, being registered in the children's room of militia. The 12-year-old was in a boarding school, and soon ran out, and then stood on a criminal path.
"Lenpischmash" worked for the company in 1963. Repeatedly hit the police for theft and hooliganism. After escaping from prison, the police decided to take revenge by committing a terrible crime, but at the same time and get the money to go to Sukhumi and begin a new life there. January 27, 1964-the year, armed with an ax, Neyland went in search of "the rich apartments". The house №3 for Sestroretsk street he chose the 9th apartment entrance door which was upholstered in leather. Posing as an employee-mail, he was in the apartment of 37-year-old Larissa Kupreeva that here was with my 3 year old son. Neyland closed the door and began to beat the woman with an ax, they included the whole volume of the radio silenced the cries of the victims. Having finished with the mother, the teenager killed in cold blood of her son.
Then he ate the food found in the apartment, stole money and a camera, which took a few photos of a murdered woman. To hide the traces of the crime set fire to the wood floor in the kitchen and turned on the gas. However, the time firefighters arrived quickly extinguished all. Arrived police found the murder weapon and fingerprints Neyland.
Witnesses said they saw a teenager. January 30 Arcadia Neyland detained in Sukhumi. He immediately confessed to what he had done and said he killed the victims. Zhalel only he had killed a child and thought that all he get away with it because he is a minor.
March 23, 1964 decision of the Court Neyland was sentenced to death, contrary to the law of the RSFSR, according to which the death penalty was applied only in respect of persons aged 18 to 60 years. Many welcomed this decision, but the intelligentsia condemned the violation of the law. Despite various requests for commutation, August 11, 1964 the sentence was carried out.
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