Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chinese 'Jack the Ripper' executed

Chinese 'Jack the Ripper' executed

A court in Baiyin City, located in the country's north-west, sentenced Gao to death in 2018 and he was executed on Thursday.

Gao Chengyong, 53, was wanted in connection to the killing of 11 women between May 1988 and February 2002 in Gansu Province and neighboring Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Gao targeted young women wearing red and followed them home, often cutting their throats and mutilating their bodies, according to state media reports.

Gao reportedly targeted young women who wore red, following them home and sometimes disemboweling them.

Gao Chengyong was found guilty of multiple counts of murder, rape, robbery and the mutilation of corpses between 1988 and 2002.

"To satisfy his perverted desire to dishonor and sully corpses, many of his female victims' corpses were damaged and violated", the court said on Weibo when he was convicted.

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The 54-year-old grocery store owner was nicknamed "Jack the Ripper" by the Chinese media because he mutilated many of his victims just like the original London serial killer in 1888.

He was described as "reclusive and unsociable, but patient", with a "sexual perversion" and a man who "hates women".

He eluded police for 28 years.

The first victim, a woman aged 23, was found with 26 stab wounds to her body in 1998. At least three of Jack the Ripper's victims had internal organs cut out too.

After his father was arrested, Gao's eldest son opened up, saying he might never be able to understand why his father committed the crimes.

Gao eluded police until a distant relative was arrested for bribery, allowing investigators to hone in on him as a result of DNA evidence. This is a representational image of policemen escort a handcuffed gang member during a trial at the Meishan Intermediate People's Court in Meishan of Sichuan Province, southwest China, Oct. 12, 2005.

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