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Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Robberies - To seek revenge on society after serving 13 years in prison for murder and robbery
Number of victims: 14
Date of murders: 1996 - 1997
Date of arrest: October 16, 1997
Date of birth: 1958
Victims profile: Men (police officers, security guards, and civilians)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: China
Status: Executed by shot in the head on May 6, 1998

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Bai Baoshan (14)

On October 16, 1997, police in Beijing arrested Bai Baoshan, 39, who is suspected of killing 14 people. Bai -- possibly China's deadliest serial killer -- was believed to have begun his killing spree last year to seek revenge on society after serving 13 years in prison for murder and robbery. In an unusual detailed report, a Beijing newspaper said Bai's alleged crimes were committed in places from Beijing to the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

In March 1996, Bai attacked a police sentry in Beijing, stealing a semi-automatic gun and using it to kill one person and injure six, including four patrol officers. He is also suspected of killing a cigarette vendor in Beijing later that year in a robbery.

Authorities believe Bai then travelled to the northern province of Hebei, where he attacked another police sentry, killing one person and making off with an automatic rifle. He then fled to the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi, where he and two accomplices killed 10 police officers, security guards and civilians, and stole 1.5 million yuan ($180,000). Bai then killed one of his partners and made off with the booty. On May 6, 1998, Bai was executed in the north-western region of Xinjiang.


Bai Baoshan

Described in official dispatches as China's most prolific serial killer to date, with 15 known victims, Bai Baoshan apparently committed his first murder in the early 1980's, during a poorly planned holdup. Convicted of murder and robbery in that case, he served 13 years in prison and emerged with a brooding desire for revenge against society at large.

Bai's payback rampage began in March 1996, when he attacked a police sentry in Beijing and stole a semi-automatic weapon, later used to kill one person and wound 6 others ( including 4 patrolman ). Authorities believe he robbed and killed a Beijing cigarette vendor before leaving town and traveling to the northern Chinese province of Hebei. There, Bai killed another policeman and stole his automatic rifle, moving on to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. In Urumqi, authorities say Bai and 2 accomplices murdered 10 persons - including police officers, security guards, and civilians - while stealing 1.5 million yuan (about $180,000). Unhappy with the prospect of sharing his loot, Bai killed one of his cohorts and kept the money for himself. By that time, Bai had earned the dubious honor of being labeled China's "Public Enemy No.1."

Returning to Beijing in October 1997, the 39-year-old gunman was traced by police and arrested on October 16, charged with 14 homicides and various related felonies. A local newspaper reported his confession, and he was returned to Xinjiang province for trial, where most of his victims were slain. Convicted on all counts and sentenced to death, Bai Baoshan was executed on May 6, 1998.


Bai Baoshan

May 6, 1998

Mainland China's only known serial killer, Bai Baoshan, 39, was executed in the north-western region of Xinjiang. Bai was found guilty of killing 14 people and had been named public enemy No 1 for his rampage.



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