On September 2001 police in China's northeastern province of Jilin
captured Piao Yongzhi, who murdered an undisclosed number of longhaired
women, keeping their tresses in bags at his house. He flayed the face of
one victim, cooked it in a wok and ate it.
Shi Wanxia, 29, murdered
by ethnic Korean Piao Yongzhi
Wed, Nov 07, 2001
BEIJING (Reuters) - An ex-convict has been indicted
in China for the gruesome murder of a woman who was beheaded, scalped
and the skin from her face cooked in a pot, a police official said
Ethnic Korean Paio Yongzhi is accused of murdering
29-year-old Shi Wanxia out of lust for her long hair, police officer Du
Changqing told Reuters by telephone from Kaishantun, in the northeastern
province of Jilin.
The 40-year-old Piao took the victim's head back home
after beheading her with an axe and seriously wounding her sister on 16
September 2001, Du said. He then peeled off the scalp and hair and
cooked the facial skin with some pepper.
The victim's hair and skull were discovered in his
storage room. "We found out later that he had just been stir-frying the
dish when we knocked on the door," Du said.
Authorities found the victim's face boiling in a pot
when they searched the house. The suspect had been sentenced to life in
prison for a 1977 murder and was released in 1997, Du said.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Piao,
the officer said. He did not say when the trial would begin. Details of
especially grisly or otherwise high profile cases are routinely
published in advance of trials at which the verdicts are almost certain.