A 52-year-old Chinese man, popularly known as “Jack the Ripper,” has finally been detained at the grocery store he runs along with his wife in the Gansu province.
Gao Chengyong confessed that he has committed 11 murders between 1988 and 2002, and revealed that his youngest victim was 8 years old. Apparently, he specifically targeted women wearing red and followed them home before raping and killing them. In most cases, he is known to have cut the victims’ throat and mutilated their bodies.
Gao’s first alleged killing took place in May 1988, which is the same year his son was born. He is now a father of two. Following the attacks, women in Baiyin would not walk alone in the street. In 2004, the police offered a reward of $30,000, for information leading to the killer’s capture. Police say Gao “has a sexual perversion and hates women.”
“He's reclusive and unsociable, but patient,” they added.
One of his relatives was put under house arrest on account of a minor crime, and a DNA test led to his links with Gao. The police had been searching for the serial killer for 28 years.
Gao’s name is inspired by a serial killer called Jack the Ripper, who murdered five women in London's East End in 1888. At least three of the victims had their internal organs removed, leading people to suspect that the murderer had some anatomical or surgical knowledge.
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