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Thought to kill not new, alleged murderer says

THE teenage woman who allegedly suffocated her parents and chopped up their bodies in southern China has told police she had thought of killing them for several months.

Eighteen-year-old Qi told police in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, that she had been thinking of killing them since a family trip to Beijing this summer, City Express reported yesterday.

She is accused of killing her migrant worker parents, both 49, on September 11 by suffocating them with a plastic bag after a family quarrel. She reportedly told police that over the next two days she cut up their bodies and put the parts into 38 plastic bags.

On September 13, two days after the killings, she wrote on her blog that she felt "relieved" not to be playing online games the previous two days. Police alleged that's because she was busy chopping up her parents' bodies.

The girl, who had been adopted by the family when she was three, was obsessed with sadism in her online profile, the report said. Qi was a follower of a masochistic Chinese online celebrity who stabbed herself to death after taking drugs.

Qi moved to Zhongshan with her parents from Henan Province when she was six, according to her uncle who rushed to the city after hearing of the killings.

He said his brother took the family to Guangdong to seek a better life for his daughter, although he admitted the couple spent little time with her.

Qi's aunt said the whole incident was unbelievable.

After watching a video of Qi's police interrogation, the aunt told Guangzhou Daily that she thought she was "watching a devil."

Psychiatrists are still evaluating Qi's mental state.


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