An alleged serial killer who is accused of raping and murdering 11 female victims in northern China over more than a decade has been caught.
Given the nickname “Jack The Ripper” after the British serial killer, Gao Chengyong was arrested at a grocery store he ran with his wife by police. He admitted to the killings, which took place between 1988 and 2002 according to the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.
Police say Gao targeted young women dressed in red and followed them home where he would rape and eventually kill them, often cutting their throats and mutilating their bodies. His youngest alleged victim was said to be 8 years old.
In 2004, police had said the suspect they were looking for “has a sexual perversion and hates women”. “He’s reclusive and unsociable, but patient”. Police posted a reward at the time of $30,000 for any information leading to an arrest.
No leads were found till China’s Criminal Investigation Bureau re-launched an investigation into the case earlier this year,using new technology to re-examine the DNA. Mr Gao was tracked down after his uncle was arrested for a minor crime. He gave DNA samples which police then linked to the crimes , determining they must have been committed by a relative.