Monday, August 29, 2016

China's 'Jack the Ripper' targeted women who wore red

China's 'Jack the Ripper' targeted women who wore red


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A Chinese woman in a red jacket visits Tiananmen Square in Beijing in this Dec. 19, 2015 file photo. 













Police say they've finally captured an elusive Chinese serial killer who killed 11 women and girls who were all targeted because they wore the colour red.
The killings all happened between 1988 and 2002 in northern China. The youngest victim was eight years old.
Police say the killer would find a woman dressed in red, follow her home, rape her and then kill her, often by slitting her throat.
He often mutilated the bodies -- disembowelling some of his victims, or cutting off various body parts -- earning him the reputation as China's Jack the Ripper.
"The suspect has a sexual perversion and hates women. He's reclusive and unsociable, but patient," police said in 2004, the first time police had linked all the killings to the same suspect.
Gao Chengyong, 52, was arrested Friday in a grocery store in Baiyin, home to nine of the killings.
A new round of DNA testing using modern techniques reportedly allowed police to re-examine their evidence and list of suspects.
The China Daily newspaper reports Chengyong confessed to all 11 murders.
Neighbours and friends were shocked to learn the quiet father of two is suspected of being the monster that had women fearing to walk the streets alone at night.
Gao's youngest son told the South China Morning Post that he was shocked, but that his father experienced "bitter suffering" when he couldn't train to be a pilot in his youth due to "political reasons."
The sister of one victims -- Cui Jinping, who was stabbed 22 times, her throat cut and her hands cut off -- told China Daily she'd feared her sister's killer would never be found.
Cui Xiangping said her mother couldn't stop trying upon hearing of Goa's arrest.
He now faces 11 murder charges, each punishable by death if found guilty
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