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
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
The report said Shen Changyin and his brother Shen Changping, 22,
plotted the murders after they lost money in the auto parts business in
The serial murders started in the city in June 2003.
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
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
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.
brothers were caught in August in Shijiazhuang while trying to douse the
dismembered body of a victim with acid.