A ten-day, multi-province killing spree by two Hunan teenagers has come to an end and the suspects have been brought to Kunming to stand trial.
Police from Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi and Yunnan provinces cooperated during the manhunt. They used crime scene DNA evidence, video surveillance footage and followed the two suspects' IDs electronically before making the arrests, Kunming's Life newspaper is reporting.
The two teenagers were captured separately on September 6, one in Shenzhen and the other in Jiangxi. The suspects, identified as Fu Zhenli (付振立) and Liu Qizhi (刘启智), were later transferred to Yunnan, where they have since confessed to the string of seven robberies and murders.
The pair committed what would prove to be their final murders in Yunnan on August 29 and 30. First they robbed and killed a lone woman in Fuyuan County (富源县) in northeast Yunnan. The next day, according to police reports, they killed a two-year-old and her mother — a Fuyuan hotel manager who was five months pregnant. They stole the woman's jewelry, cell phone and cash from the hotel register.
Before coming to Yunnan the teenagers allegedly first forced their way into a woman's apartment in Hunan and strangled her on September 21. They stayed in the residence until the woman's husband returned home and then killed him for his money as well.
Police interviewed by Life newspaper said the youths wanted more cash and told their parents: "There are many ways to make money these days and we will support you. We are joining the mafia and will become rich."
Together the boys traveled to Guangdong where on August 25 they talked their way into a woman's hotel room and murdered her, again waiting for the husband to return before strangling him as well.
Apparently emboldened by the crimes, one of the teenagers chatted about his activities with his friends on QQ. In that online conversation, which was partially released by police, the suspect wrote: "So many police and they still can't find me. It looks like I will keep on killing." They were apprehended three days later.
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