China’s ‘Jack the Ripper’ is executed

Cops hunted Gao Chengyong for 28 years before he was finally caught when DNA linked him to the crimes
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A SERIAL killer dubbed China’s Jack the Ripper for the way he mutilated his female victims has been executed.

Gao Chengyong, 54, murdered 11 women and girls between 1988 and 2002 in Gansu province and the neighbouring Inner Mongolia region.

Gao was sentenced to death last year after evading police for 28 years in 2016.

 

Among his victims were an eight-year-old girl and others had their reproductive organs removed.

In March last year he was convicted of intentional homicide, rape, dishonouring corpses and robbery by a court in Baiyin and sentenced to death.

The court has now announced sentence has been carried out.

The killer was finally arrested when DNA linked him to the crimes

 

Wanted posters were issued after police linked the 11 murders

It’s not yet clear how the evil killer met his end, but the most common execution methods in China are lethal injection and firing squad.

Gao targeted young women wearing red and followed them home, often cutting their throats and mutilating their bodies.

“To satisfy his perverted desire to dishonour and sully corpses, many of his female victims’ corpses were damaged and violated,” the court said a statement.

“The motives of the defendant’s crimes were despicable, his methods extremely cruel, the nature of the acts vile and the details of the crimes serious.”

Police first started looking for Gao in 1988 when his first victim, a 23-year-old woman, was found murdered in her home having been stabbed 26 times.

His crimes were widely covered in the Chinese media

 

The subsequent killings all followed a similar pattern, with his victims being girls or young women who lived alone.

“The suspect has a sexual perversion and hates women. He’s reclusive and unsociable, but patient,” police said in 2004 when they linked the crimes for the first time and issued a £23,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

A lead in the case came when police collected and tested the DNA of one of Gao’s relatives over a separate minor crime.

Police concluded the killer they had been hunting for 28 years was a relation, and Gao’s DNA matched the murderer’s.

The original Jack the Ripper is believed to have murdered and mutilated at least five women in and around Whitechapel, London in 1888.



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