In the early years, Pichushkin's victims were almost exclusively homeless, elderly men.
Between chess and vodka, the young murderer was able to befriend the homeless men who populated Moscow's parks. According to the Herald Sun, he would lure the men into isolation with talk of drinking vodka together and/or mourning the loss of his dog. Once alone, he would kill the men simply by tossing them into the city's sewers. There, some drowned, their deaths possibly hastened by the vodka in their systems. Later on, Pichushkin killed others more directly.
His choice of victims kept him out of the eyes of the law, as they were men who had few, if any, living relatives or friends or other connections — men whom few would miss.
However, by 2005, killing old men by drowning them failed to satisfy the killer's murderous urges. He moved on to killing younger men, as well as women and children. Further, according to Russia Today, his approach became more direct: He would sneak up on his victims from behind, bash their heads in with a hammer, and then, in a "signature" move, would stuff a bottle of vodka into the holes in their skulls.|0|https://www.grunge.com/370845/the-chilling-case-of-the-russian-chessboard-killer-alexander-pichushkin/|1|https://img2.grunge.com/img/gallery/the-chilling-case-of-the-russian-chessboard-killer-alexander-pichushkin/l-intro-1617214656.jpg|2|www.grunge.com|E|