lived and worked in Luoyang, Henan province, north-central
China, until his arrest on the charge of murder in March
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
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
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
Arcade Killer Executed
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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