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Big reward to help solve mystery slaying of eight

POLICE in central China are offering a reward of 500,000 yuan (US$73,212) to anyone who can help them solve the mystery slaying of eight people in December 2007.

Police in Huanggang City, Hubei Province, advertised the reward yesterday, Chutian Jinbao, a Wuhan-based newspaper reported today.

The December 26 attacks in 2007 killed Wang Shishu, who ran a lime factory in Hongan County, his wife, his cousin's family and three factory workers.

Police said the attacker wore a pair of EU-size 40 leather shoes and stood about 170 centimeters tall. He had to have been strong and had visited Wang's factory several times and knew the victims.

The victims were discovered the next day by a factory worker, Wang Fahua, and his uncle.

Six were found dead in a bedroom with their bedding untouched, which indicated they were killed before falling asleep.

Wang Shishu's wife, Chen Xiaorun, was found lying in a pool of blood near the factory gate with her throat slashed.

The corpse of another victim and a motorcycle were found in a ditch beside a road near the factory. Four of the eight victims were aged above 60.

It was the biggest murder case in Hubei since 1949 and the youngest victim, Wu Liangbo, the son of Wang Shishu's cousin, was killed five days before his 10th birthday.

Wu Xiaofa, 33, Wang Shishu's cousin-in-law, was killed when he returned to the factory, which was far away from homes and 500 meters away from a noisy cement plant.

Wang Shishu reportedly had 15,000 yuan in cash stolen six weeks before the attack and other residents had complained often about having property or cattle stolen.


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