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Jin XIANGWU

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

   
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: For failed to pay a 30-cent debt
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: February 27, 2000
Date of arrest: March 5, 2000
Date of birth: ???
Victims profile: Duan Keke, 10, Xue Yashan, 11, and Du Ruofei, 11
Method of murder: Beating with a steel chain / Stabbing with knife
Location: Luoyang, Henan, China
Status: Executed by shot in the head on April 17, 2000
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jin Xiangwu lived and worked in Luoyang, Henan province, north-central China, until his arrest on the charge of murder in March 2000.

In February 2000 he lured three boys - Duan Keke, 10, Xue Yashan, 11, and Du Ruofei, 11 - into his store, offering free games. He and his brother, Jin Xiangyu, then stabbed the children to death.

Jin claimed to have killed the boys because they had not paid the fee of 2.5 yuan (30 US cents) for two hours' playing in Jin Xiangwu's video arcade earlier that week. The brothers then removed the bodies to a nearby gully, where they were burnt.

Jin and his brother were arrested on March 5th, after the boys had been reported missing and the bodies discovered.

Jin was tried by the Intermediate People's Court in Luoyang, and on March 27th he was sentenced to death. He was executed on April 17th 2000. Jin Xiangyu, his brother, received a sentence of ten years' imprisonment.

 
 

Arcade Killer Executed

ABCnews.go.com

April 18, 2000

BEIJING  ó A video arcade owner has been executed for killing three children who failed to pay a 30-cent debt, state media said today.

After being cheated out of the money by the three students, Jin Xiangwu, the owner of a game room in Luoyang, Henan province, tricked them into returning in exchange for free games. When the youngsters came back, he herded them into a locked room and swiftly killed them. One child was beaten over the head with a steel chain and the other two were stabbed repeatedly with a knife. With the help of his brother, the owner cleaned up the scene of the murders and burned the bodies. A few days later the two brothers were captured and confessed to their crime.

Jin Xiangwu was executed Monday for stabbing to death Duan Keke, 10, and Xue Yashan and Du Luofei, both 11, the Chinese Supreme Peopleís Court said in an announcement published by newspapers and carried by the Xinhua News Agency.

The Feb. 27 killings in Luoyang, a city in central China, received widespread coverage by state media.

The children had spent two hours playing in Jinís video arcade, and then slipped out without paying 30 cents, according to press reports.

 
 

Murderer of 3 Pupils Executed in Central China City

English.People.com.cn

Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Jin Xiangwu, the owner of a video-game parlor who was convicted of murdering three primary school students, was executed in Luoyang City of central China's Henan Province, announced China's Supreme People's Court on April 17.

On February 27, the three victims, who were sixth graders at the Number One Primary School of the Luoyang Bearings Group, were playing video games at Jin's game room when they discovered they could not pay the 2.5 yuan (about 0.30 U.S. dollars) they owed, and soon left.

Jin called them back to the parlor, pretending to let them continue playing the game for free, and then beat them slaughtered them. Afterwards, Jin and his elder brother Jin Xiangyu took their bodies to a gully in Yiyang County near Luoyang, and burned the corpses.

On March 5, the two brothers who had hidden themselves in northeast China's Liaoning Province were arrested by police. Later, Jin Xiangwu was sentenced to death by a local court in Luoyang for murdering and his brother given 10 years in prison for the crime of shield.

The Higher People's Court of Henan Province then checked and approved the death penalty for Xin Xiangwu and turned down an appeal from his elder brother Jin Xiangyu.

 
 

Game Over

Beijingscene.com

April 17, 2000

Three 12-year-old children were brutally murdered by an angry arcade owner over a dispute involving RMB2.50, the Life Times newspaper reports. After being cheated out of the money by the three students, Jin Xiangwu, the owner of a game room in Luoyang, Henan province, tricked them into returning in exchange for free games. When the youngsters came back, he herded them into a locked room and swiftly killed them.

One child was beaten over the head with a steel chain and the other two were stabbed repeatedly with a knife. With the help of his brother, the owner cleaned up the scene of the murders and burned the bodies. A few days later the two brothers were captured and confessed to their crime. Jin will be executed while his brother received a ten-year prison sentence.

The increasing number of children loitering in video arcades after school has resulted in a rise in incidences of fights and theft. Despite such grisly episodes, the number of unsupervised students hanging out in game rooms remains high

 

 

 
 
 
 
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