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3 Guys 1 Hammer is a viral shock video involving three young adults murdering a middle-aged man they held captive by primarily bludgeoning his face with a hammer. The murderers, dubbed the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs, were three Viktor Sayenko, Igor Suprunyuk and Alexander Hanzha killed 21 people in Ukraine in 2007. The title is a pun on another infamous shock video: 2 Girls 1 Cup.
The perpetrators in the video have been dubbed as the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs. The trio are serial killers who are guilty of at least 20 murders. Run the Gauntlet, a shock site that gets progressively gorier as the user chooses, is the first link to appear when searched on Google. Although the video in Run the Gauntlet is watermarked to the gore news site, Best Gore.
The victim in this video was identified as Sergei Yatzenko, a 48-year-old male who had recently been forced into retirement due to a cancerous tumor in his throat.
Description and Transcription
The video starts off with 2 men in the woods, one trapped under what seems to be debris. Abruptly, the young man standing over the victim attacks with a hammer concealed in a plastic bag, effectively turning the victim's face into a bloody pulp. After several seconds of close-ups of what used to be a face and a few discomforting gurgles, a screwdriver is skewered and twisted into the victim's stomach by the cameraman, then into the dying person's left eye. The victim was finished off by two large arcing blows to the head with the hammer for the final time. The assailants then promptly run out of the woods and head nearby their car, where they wash off the blood.
English translation of what the killers are saying:
"Hold on, hold on. Be neater, f***," likely saying that to watch out for the blood.
"Hold on, hold on, hold on, don't hit him, don't hit him. Watch him…" the rest of the sentence is indistinct, but he's likely telling the guy to watch for the blood as he's zooming in to capture the close up
The following audio is unclear.
[After the screwdriver stabbing]
"What? With what?" as the cameraman responds to the boy who stabs the victim
"What, he's still alive?" says the guy stabbing the victim
"He's still moving his arms after I ripped up his intestines" the cameraman muffles indistinctly
"He's having a ****ed up day," says the stabbing guy after he'd stepped on his stomach.
[More muffled talk as he proceeds to stab him in the eyes with the screwdriver]
"Get over here fast. Kill him already."
"What?" says the stabber
"Kill him already."
"I already put the hammer back. He's already dead."
"I poked out his eyes and he's still not dead," says the cameraman
"Get the knife" the cameraman continues
Proceeds to bludgeon him then interrupts by saying something indistinct
"More, more" cameraman telling the other guy to keep bludgeoning him to make sure he's dead
"Hold on, hold on"
They start walking back to the car
More muffled talk from the blond killer
"Wash your hands," the cameraman says and tells him to spray cleaning chemical on the hammer
"I'll hold it"
Muffled talk from the guy washing the hammer
More muffled talk from the guy washing his face and walking back from his car
"I stuck the screwdriver in his brain," says the cameraman
Muffled talk from the guy washing his hands
"I got him in the nose from his eye" or something along those lines
"I don't understand how he was alive? I felt his brain" says the cameraman
"I was holding the screwdriver like this muffled/don't understand"
Before the video ends the blond guy says "Alright, let's get a picture"
A ListVerse writer under the alias Mike Floorwalker wrote an article titled 10 Videos Of Violence And Insanity on July 31, 2013, wherein 3 Guys 1 Hammer is ranked second. Floorwalker advised against watching the video for its disturbing nature, despite the list containing other videos that involve murder.
Much like several other shock videos, blind reactions to 3 Guys 1 Hammer were ubiquitous. Reactions were most popular at the height of the snuff film in 2009, but reaction videos are still being made as of 2016. For example, on January 24th, 2009, YouTuber wetwetmutoni published a reaction video that received more than 692,000 views in less than 13 years (shown below, left).
Reaction videos continued throughout the next decade. On March 7th, 2016, YouTuber MILLZ published a reaction that received more than 200,000 views in less than six days (shown below, right).
[Warning: Viewer Discretion is Advised. Several of the following links contain shock and gore content]
 BlumHouse (via Wayback Machine) – Caught on Camera: Brutal Crimes Documented by the Killers