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Killer duo gets death
3/9/2005 8:39

Ji Mi/Shanghai Daily news

A Gansu Province court on Thursday sentenced two brothers to death for killing 11 sex workers and eating some of the victims' kidneys during a two-year romp across the country.
Li Chunling, a 23-year-old sex worker, also got the death sentence for killing at least one of the victims, and three other females, aged 16-26, were jailed for three to 20 years for their role in the killing spree, a paper based in the provincial capital, Lanzhou, reported yesterday.
The Henan Province duo robbed the four sex workers after luring them from hair salons and then forced them into becoming accomplices, said the Lanzhou Morning Newspaper.
One of the brothers Shen Changyin, 30, also stabbed a man to death at his hometown in Henan's Huojia County in September 1999.
The report said Shen Changyin and his brother Shen Changping, 22, plotted the murders after they lost money in the auto parts business in Lanzhou.
The serial murders started in the city in June 2003.
They allegedly lured a prostitute, Yao Fang, to a house, tied her up and took away her room key. They found her bankbook in her room and forced out the pin number. After confirming the number was right, they strangled her to death and dismembered her body.
In late November 2003, they robbed Li Chunling the same way. They planned to kill her but changed their mind when Li promised to find them more sex workers. Days later, Li found a prostitute. After robbing her, they forced Li to kill her. They took out her kidney and burned the body with sulfuric acid before flushing it down the toilet.
After killing three more young women this way, the trio moved to Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, in April 2004.
They lured Zhao Meiying, 26, to their rented residence and forced her to join them.
Soon Zhao lured a woman to a residential area and tied her up. The Shens forced Zhao to stab the woman to death and crush the body in a meat processor before flushing the chemical-dipped pieces into the toilet.
The brothers' crime spree continued in Hefei, capital of Anhui Province; Baotou, Inner Mon-golia Autonomous Region; and Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, after Zhao surrendered to police, who then caught Li.
The brothers were caught in August in Shijiazhuang while trying to douse the dismembered body of a victim with acid.