No Guns? No Problem! Gun free China - Knife weilding Chinese man kills 65 people
- Chinese man accused of 65 murders
BEIJING, Nov. 15 Chinese police have arrested a man accused of
knifing 65 people to death in one of the most horrifying cases of
serial slayings in China's recent history.
EX-CONVICT Yang Zhiya was grabbed earlier this month in the northern
city of Cangzhou after police inspecting an entertainment venue
recognized him from a national most-wanted list, the Guangzhou Daily
said on Saturday.
Yang, who had spent time in prison and a labor camp for rape and
robbery, set off on his killing spree after his girlfriend left him
over his criminal past, the newspaper said.
"Yang Zhiwei harbored feelings of revenge against society ... and
moreover his methods were extremely cruel; he didn't leave survivors,
and more than a few families were exterminated by his hand," it said.
Despite the astonishing death toll and the grisly nature of the
crimes, Yang's case has not been widely reported in tightly
controlled state media since his capture on Nov. 3.
China has viewed itself as largely free of the kind of mass violence
it sees reported in countries such as the United States.
The four-paragraph report in a city newspaper contrasted with the
media's intensive coverage of serial killers in the West, such as
Gary Ridgway, the "Green River Killer" who pleaded guilty this month
to murdering 48 prostitutes and runaways in the Seattle area.
While official violent crime figures are unavailable, China is no
stranger to mass killings.
But rather than office shootings or serial slayings, it is troubled
by revenge poisonings, arsons and even bombings.
Last year, a man killed at least 42 people, many of them children, by
slipping rat poison into food at a rival's shop in the eastern city
The Public Security Ministry had congratulated the Cangzhou police
department for finally nabbing Yang, the newspaper said.