February 14, 2004
Luohe, Henan, China
Serial killer Yang Xinhai (杨新海) is executed
Over a 4-year span Yang killed 67 people, sometimes slaying entire families at once. Yang’s weapons of choice were primarily hammers and meat cleavers, and he noted he used a new hammer during each attack. The spree stretched over four provinces which Yang traveled between on bicycle. Yang took lengths to leave behind no evidence; he wore socks over his shoes to prevent or obscure footprints; he wore white gloves; and, if he raped a victim, he would ejaculate in a cloth in an attempt to leave behind no DNA evidence, though this method was flawed.
Despite his precautions, Yang was arrested in November of 2004 for the murders of 67 as well as the rapes of 23. He freely confessed to the crimes which were further linked to him by DNA evidence left at several scenes. Though some news sources speculated the murder spree was triggered when Yang’s girlfriend left him, he offered no specific motive for the attacks. He stated: “When I killed people I had a desire (to kill more). I don’t care whether they deserve to live or not. It is none of my concern. … I have no desire to be part of society. Society is not my concern.”
Yang waived his right to an appeal and was executed less than two weeks after his conviction.
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