Accused Killer Maksim Gelman Claims to Be Victim of Conspiracy, Report Says

By Ben Fractenberg on February 15, 2011 5:26pm 

Maksim Gelman, 23, is accused of going on a two-day slashing spree that left four people dead and four others wounded.
Maksim Gelman, 23, is accused of going on a two-day slashing spree that left four people dead and four others wounded.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Accused killer Maksim Gelman claims he was the victim of a government conspiracy, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Gelman was arrested on Saturday after an alleged 28-hour murder spree, during which he is suspected of killing his step-father, a young woman he was allegedly obsessed with, Yelena Bulchenko, 20, her mother, Anna Bulchenko, and a pedestrian police believe he hit with his car after fleeing the murder scene.

"The DEA set me up. They were there the whole time. They let this happen," Gelman told a Post reporter at the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital. "They're going to kill me. It's a conspiracy...How do I know you're who you say you are?"

Gelman added, "Sometimes, my mind isn't right."

When asked by the Post if he murdered Bulchenko and others he reportedly answered, "The proof is in the pudding."

Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral in Brooklyn Tuesday for both Yelena and Anna, who lay next to each other in open caskets, the paper reported.

"I was in command of the hunt for this manifestation of evil. I will always regret we weren't able to stop him sooner," south Brooklyn Police Chief Joseph Fox reportedly said at the service. "I'll remember Anna and Yelena for the rest of my life."

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