On October 12, 2003, in China Ma
Yong (43), was arrested and accused of robbing and
killing 12 women in southern China over a five-month
period, preying on job seekers in the boomtown of
Shenzhen. Duan Zhiqun (20), his female partner, was
arrested Oct 23.
The couple posed as prospective
employers and lured women, looking for work, to their
home "office". Ma Yong, who called himself Mr Xie, and
Duan robbed and killed the women, dumping their bodies
all over the province of Buji.
When a young woman from the home of
Yong and Duan on October 13, 2003, the couple were
reported to police and quickly arrested.
At their trial, the pair pleaded
guilty to the murders of twelve young women and was
sentenced to death for their crimes.