Police in China believe they’ve caught an infamous serial killer who’s been accused of raping and murdering 11 women over the last decade.
The alleged killer, who’s been labelled ‘China’s Jack the Ripper’ by the media, has been named as married father-of-two Gao Chengyong.
52-year-old Gao admitted to the killings, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
Police have explained that Gao apparently targeted young women wearing red who lived alone and that he would follow them home, before raping and killing them, often by cutting his victim’s throat and then mutilating their body.
According to the Beijing Youth Daily, this mutilation involved slicing off part of his victim’s reproductive organs.
Gao’s alleged crime spree took place between 1988 and 2002 and it’s claimed that he killed his first victim – a 23-year-old woman who was found in the city of Baiyin after being stabbed 26 times – the same year his son was born.
Back in 2004, police had said the suspect they were looking for had ‘a sexual perversion and hates women,’ and who was ‘reclusive and unsociable, but patient’.
They were so desperate for information leading to the murderer’s capture that they offered a reward of £22,900, but unfortunately, they found nothing.
Early this year though, China’s Criminal Investigation Bureau re-opened the case, and using new technology to re-examine DNA evidence, they tracked down Mr Gao after his uncle was arrested for a minor crime.
Gao’s uncle gave a DNA sample which allowed police to determine that the crimes must have been committed by a relative of his.
Police could offer no immediate explanation as to why the killings stopped in 2002.