Se­rial killer pleads guilty to 11 grue­some mur­ders over 14 years

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Gao Chengy­ong pleaded guilty to killing 10 women and an 8-year-old girl over a pe­riod of 14 years across north­ern China, his lawyer said on Wed­nes­day after a two-day trial.

The hear­ing was held be­hind closed doors at Baiyin In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Gansu province. The 52-year-old ac­cused se­rial killer con­fessed to mul­ti­ple charges of homi­cide, rape, rob­bery and mu­ti­la­tion of corpses, ac­cord­ing to at­tor­ney Zhu Aimin.

“Gao con­fessed to all 11 mur­ders,” Zhu said by phone on Wed­nes­day evening.

“He also apol­o­gized and gave three bows to the victims’ fam­i­lies at the end of the hear­ing. He said it was his fault.” Bow­ing is a tra­di­tional Chi­nese sign of re­spect.

“For one of the killings, I don’t think there was suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to prove he com­mit­ted it, but for the other 10, the facts are clear,” Zhu said.

The killings were car­ried out in Gansu and neigh­bor­ing In­ner Mon­go­lia au­tonomous re­gion be­tween May 1988 and Fe­bru­ary 2002. Po­lice said Gao fol­lowed his victims home and slit their throats.

The trial be­gan at 9 am on Tues­day and ended at about 5:30 pm on Wed­nes­day.

“My client kept calm and said no more in court than he did dur­ing pre­vi­ous in­ter­ro­ga­tions,” Zhu said.

The court was ex­pected to sen­tence Gao at a later date. Death is one pos­si­ble pu­n­ish­ment.

The case was not open to the pub­lic be­cause of pri­vacy con­cerns over the fe­male victims and the cruel na­ture of the killings, ac­cord­ing to a ju­di­cial of­fi­cial speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day.

The of­fi­cial also said the hear­ing was de­layed for al­most a year after Gao was ar­rested be­cause the case was com­plex.

The case aroused in­tense pub­lic at­ten­tion when the Baiyin po­lice dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing DNA, that iden­ti­fied Gao as the killer.

Gao con­fessed to all 11 mur­ders. ... He said it was his fault.” Zhu Aimin, at­tor­ney

ZHANG CHUNXIANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Shop own­ers clear out wa­ter after an un­der­ground busi­ness area was flooded in Mu­dan­jiang, Hei­longjiang province, on Wed­nes­day. A rain­storm on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day brought floods to many other parts of the city. Classes at some schools were sus­pended.

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