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ⓘ Long Zhimin




                                     

ⓘ Long Zhimin

Long Zhimin was a Chinese serial killer. Together with his wife Yan Shuxia, he murdered 48 people in Shaanxi between 1983 and 1985. This criminal case shocked Zhongnanhai and the Chinese State Council, and is referred to as the Long Zhimin Couples Homicides.

                                     

1. Murders

Long Zhimin was a farmer originally from Shang County now Shangzhou District, Shangluo. In the spring of 1974, due to the construction of the Nanqin Reservoir, he moved to Wangjian Village 王墹村, Yangyuhe Township now Yangyuhe Town. Four years later, he married Yan Shuxia, a disabled woman with meningitis.

Between March 1983 and May 1985, Long, with the help of his wife, deceived 48 people 31 men and 17 women into his home with promises of introducing them to upper-class people, high-paying employers of simply offering free accommodation. When the victims entered the house, they were killed and subsequently buried on the property.

On May 28, 1985, the police arrested Long Zhimin and searched his house upon requests from the family members of the missing people. A total of three mass graves were found, with 48 bodies in them two others were found next to the wheat straw pile, and another one in a bag with fertilizer and tools.

                                     

2. Trial and execution

On August 30, 1985, the Shangluo Branch of the Shaanxi Procuratore charged Long Zhimin and his wife with murder. On September 20th, the Shangluo Intermediate Court sentenced both defendants to death. They filed an appeal, but the Higher Peoples Court rejected it and upheld the death penalty. Only seven days after the sentencing, Long and Yan were executed.

                                     

3. Motives

According to medical experts, the initial motives for Longs murders was to obtain property, free labor and meet sexual requirements. As the killings progressed, it evolved into an addiction, from which he likely experienced great pleasure.

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