A Russian doctor who thought he got away with the "perfect murder" of two women killed himself after New York prosecutors unraveled his dastardly scheme.
Now the families of Dr. Eugene Perchikov's victims are cheated of the justice they had long sought, and robbed of answers they believed would come forth at the doctor's trial.
"He was a bad man, but no one is rejoicing in his death," said Jacques DeBrot, lawyer for the relatives of Larysa Vasserman of Brooklyn, who was slain in 2002, and Tatiana Korkhova of Manhattan, who was murdered in 2004.
"I feel sad about it and my clients do as well," said DeBrot.
Perchikov, 62, died Sunday after he was found bleeding profusely from self-inflicted wounds in a Jerusalem jail, where he was awaiting extradition to New York since his October arrest.
The globe-trotting murder suspect who once wrote short stories of staging the "perfect murder" using undetectable poisons, committed suicide by using his medical knowledge and a disposable razor to slash the main artery in his leg, official said.
Israel Prison Service spokesman Yaron Zamir said Perchikov died in his bunk as eight other prisoners slept in the same cell.
Extradition papers obtained by the Daily News reveal for the first time that a New York grand jury secretly indicted Perchikov in 2009 for the murders of Vasserman, 46, and Korkhova, 54.
He was also indicted on charges of insurance fraud, grand larceny and possession of stolen property - $1 million he collected on a life insurance policy for Vasserman.
Defense lawyer Michael Irony said he spoke with Perchikov Friday, and they recently reviewed the prosecution's case against him.
"He had no reason to be in bad spirits," Irony told The News. "We both thought he had a good chance not to be extradited."
The extradition papers make clear that greed prompted Perchikov to prey on his victims - two women he lured into his diabolical scheme with the promise of love.
Perchikov had persuaded his victims to take out hefty life insurance policies and name him as the main beneficiary.
Prosecutors suspect he injected both women with a lethal dose of apomorphine, a powerful drug he knew could not be identified in a postmortem exam.
In the 1990s, Perchikov wrote of committing the "perfect murder" using a combination of apomorphine and noradrenaline.
Dr. Barbara Sampson, a deputy city medical examiner, concluded that the murders of both women were "consistent with death induced by the penetration of material or poison by another person."
Vasserman, a single mother from the Ukraine, died in 2002 after experiencing a violent vomiting spell in her Brooklyn home. She met Perchikov when he answered her personal ad.
Korkhova, a widowed bookkeeper who immigrated from Russia, was found dead two years later in her Manhattan apartment after having dinner with Perchikov.