Number of victims: 12+
Date of murders: 2008 - 2012
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Yunnan Province, China
In May 2012, the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China sent an investigative team to a village in Yunnan Province, to look into the disappearances of several teenaged boys. The investigators soon picked up a pattern. All of the boys had disappeared along a remote stretch of road. Then, as the investigation continued, they began hearing strange stories about a man named Zhang Yongming.
Zhang, as it turned out, was an ex-con, having moved to the area after he was paroled from a life sentence for murder. According to the villagers, they had seen plastic bags hanging from hooks on Zhang’s porch, with bones protruding from them. Zhang was also known to sell strange cuts of dried meat at the village market, which he said was “ostrich.”
The police were at first skeptical of these reports, but they couldn’t help noticing that Zhang’s shack was situated on the exact route that the victims had disappeared from. They therefore decided to pay him a visit. They were unprepared for what they discovered.
Upon entering the home, investigators immediately noted the bones that had been reported, and they were indeed human. Inside, they found chunks of flesh hanging from meat hooks, they found human eyeballs preserved in bottles of opaque liquid, they found human remains buried in the garden.
Zhang was arrested and put on trial, although there was never any doubt as to the outcome. On January 10, 2013, China’s state run Xinhua News Agency announced that Zhang had been “taken to a place of execution, and executed.”