ⓘ Dong Wenyu


ⓘ Dong Wenyu

Dong Wenyu was a Chinese serial killer, rapist and necrophile, responsible for a string of robbery-murders across three provinces between March and May 2006. He was sentenced to death and subsequently executed for his crimes the following year.


1. Early life and crimes

Wenyu was born in Pingyang County, Zhejiang in 1978. Wenyus parents divorced while he was in elementary school, with his mother remarrying in another country, leaving Dong in the care of his grandmother. His father had a past checkered with theft convictions, and wasnt well-liked in the village. He became even less concerned about his son after the divorce, leading to the 11-year-old Wenyu running away from home while in the second grade.

In 1998, he was sentenced to one year and six months imprisonment for malicious injury, and released in April 1999. A few months later, on September 10th, he was rearrested for theft in Hangzhou, received a sentence of 2 years and six months, which expired on March 9, 2002.


2. Murders, investigation and capture

From March to May 2006, Wenyu drifted between the Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, as well as others. His modus operandi was to climb through a window at night, armed with a knife, and broke into residential buildings to carry out his criminal activities. During his crime spree, six people were murdered five of them women, two were injured one seriously and four women were raped. The crimes were extremely cruel - if the owners were woken up by the noises, he would slit their throats with the knife, and, with some of the female victims, raped their still-fresh corpses.

On July 6, 2006, the Ministry of Public Security issued a Class A arrest warrant, initiating a nation-wide manhunt for Dong Wenyu.

In the early morning of November 16th, Wenyu climbed into a villagers house in Xiangi Town, Yibin, Sichuan. He stole a mobile phone and climbed out of the window out on the dirt road, but the homeowner awoke and called him out. Dong tried to flee, but broke his right leg in the process, leading to his capture by the villagers. The local police confirmed his identity by reviewing the items he carried with him - a wanted poster and a diary.

The following day, he was indicted by the Jiangnan Branch of Jinhuas Public Security Bureau for suspected homicide. On December 20th, it was upheld by the Procuratorate of the Wucheng District. On November 20th, Dong Wenyu was returned to Jinhua, with thousands of people gathering to observe his arrival. On April 26, 2007, the Peoples Procuratorate of Jinhua filed an indictment against Dong Wenyu for homicide, robbery, rape, theft and humiliation of a corpse.


3. Trial and verdict

On May 16th, the Jinhua Intermediate Peoples Court opened the first trial for the murder series, holding it in private because of privacy concerns.

On June 8th, the court found him guilty of all counts and sentenced him to death, depriving him of political rights for the rest of his life, handing him a fine of 5.000 yuan and confiscating all of his personal property. In addition, the court also fined Wenyu 520.000 yuan for various economic losses for the accompanying civil lawsuit. After the announcement of the sentence, he did not appeal it within the legal time limit.

During a subsequent psychiatric exam, according to Wenyus own account, his childhood love of family violence and misfortune led to his strong antisocial behavior.


4. Execution

On July 18, 2007, the Zhejiang Provincial Peoples Higher Court agreed to send an appeal for the conviction to the Supreme Peoples Court, which promptly ruled that the death penalty is an appropriate sentence for Dong Wenyu.

On November 28th, Dong Wenyu was executed in Jinhua.

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