Ivan Kozar
Name Ivan Kozar
Gender Male
Country of Origin Russia
Family Unnamed father (deceased)
Occupation Prison guard
Pathology Stalker
Criminal Accomplice
Cop Killer
Modus Operandi Varied
Victims 2 killed
4 attempted
2 abducted
Status Deceased (murdered)
Portrayed By Sergey Nagorny
First Appearance The Ripper of Riga

"Eenie-meenie-mini-moe. Catch a piggy by the toe. If she screams, let her go. Eeny-meeny-mini-moe."

Ivan Kozar was an accomplice of serial killer Oleg Antakov. He appeared in The Ripper of Riga.

Background Edit

Ivan lost his father when he was very young. As an adult, he worked a part-time job as a prison guard at Erdeli Prison, a secret high-security prison outside Saint Petersburg, Russia, and was one of the men tasked to watch over former KGB interrogator-turned-serial killer Oleg Antakov. He was also an obsessive fan of rising American ballet dancer Felicia Pope, but when she won the main female role in the classic Russian ballet Les millions d'Arlequin (a.k.a. Harlequinade) instead of a Russian dancer, his love for her turned to hatred. Using his skills as a former interrogator, Antakov took advantage of this and Ivan's lack of a father figure to gain his trust and have him help him get revenge on the man he blamed for his imprisonment, Jack Garrett.

The Ripper of Riga Edit

Under Antakov's instructions, Ivan sneaks into the theater through the roof and turns back the security cameras pointed at the stage to make it a blind spot. After a rehearsal, four days before the ballet's premiere, Ivan waits until he is alone in the stage with Felicia, and harasses her by manipulating the lights and sending photographs to her cellphone. He then abducts her, binds her hands, and takes her to his residence, where he leaves her on an armchair, in the dark and surrounded by bear-traps, to ensure that she will hurt her feet if she tries to escape. Afterward, he ties Felicia to a table, bites one of her toes off using a set of metal dentures fashioned after those used by Antakov in his own crimes, and leaves the toe in a teacup served to the IRT during their investigation to taunt them. The nature of the toe's cut clues Garrett in about Antakov's involvement, and he decides to visit him in Erdeli.

Meanwhile, the IRT closes on Ivan as the abductor when they learn that he recently was in the kitchen where the tea was prepared, and discover his Internet harassment of Felicia. They find Felicia at Ivan's apartment and rescue her, but a bomb kills two Russian officers at the scene. This, coupled with Antakov's escape, causes a crisis between the IRT and the Russian government, who asks them to leave immediately. After finding a file about Garrett's family in Ivan's apartment, the IRT realize that they are Antakov's real target and activate the protocol to ensure they are safe. Everyone is quickly accounted for, except for Garretts's eldest son Ryan, who is abducted by Ivan outside a conference in Helsinki and taken to Saint Petersburg. After delivering Ryan to Antakov, Antakov shoots Ivan on the back of the head and leaves his corpse in Ryan's car for Garret to find it.

Modus Operandi Edit

Profile Edit

The unsub is organized and knowledgeable. He had a plan to sneak in and out of the theater, and cover his tracks. He knew where the security cameras were and how to avoid them. He was also familiar with the victim, or at least he thought he was. He is confident in not getting caught, and wants to send a message or a warning. The symmetrical marks on the toe indicate that he bit it off with an artificial biting device.

Real-Life ComparisonEdit

While the Harlequinade is a real ballet, the appearance of the titular Harlequin (and by extension, Kozar's disguise) seems to have been slightly altered to resemble John Wayne Gacy's "Pogo the Clown" costume.

Known Victims Edit

All of the victims were attacked under the orders of Oleg Antakov

  • 2017:
    • Saint Petersburg, Russia:
      • Felicia Pope (stalked, abducted, and mutilated; was rescued)
      • The apartment bombing:
    • Helsinki, Finland: Ryan Garrett (abducted; was rescued)


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