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Cabbie killer caught 21 years later

A TAXI with its lights off parked on the sidewalk at midnight with a dead woman and a bloody knife inside the car.

The murder of a taxi driver that took place on a remote street in Putuo District 21 years ago remained a mystery until August 22 this year, when justice was finally served, Shanghai police said yesterday.

Police received a call about the incident around midnight on October 6, 2000.

The woman surnamed Xu, who was the driver, was lifeless when police reached the scene, with a couple of knife wounds on her body.

Xu was likely robbed and then killed, police said.

An intense investigation was not able to track down the suspect, and the only information police had was that the suspect was a young man who was injured. But police managed to extract biological evidence from the scene in hopes of solving the case at a later time.

Advancements in forensic science enabled police to reopen the case this year and finally locate the suspect, a man surnamed Tang, in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, in August.

Tang was arrested in Shenzhen, where he lives and works, and promptly confessed. He said he came to Shanghai to look for a job in 2000 but failed, and out of desperation he committed the robbery and murder.


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