Gao Chengyong

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Crimes: Serial Killer, rape, murder, dismemberment.

Before I begin the tale of Gao Chengyong, I want to thank my readers for their patience. I haven’t written for a long time, but I’ve been battling a bad bout of depression. The very thought of researching hellbeasts and their evil deeds has been unthinkable until today. Now that I’m winning my battle, sort of, I have found an extremely evil hellbeast indeed.

Gao Chengyong had a decades-long career of stalking, raping, murdering and dismembering young women, mostly in Baiyin, Gansu province, China. His final tally is 11 victims, the last being murdered in 2002. The youngest victim was only 8 years old.

Gao Chengyong began killing in 1988. He had picked a woman totally at random. Once he got the 23-year-old alone he went into a murderous rage and stabbed her 26 times. Overkill.

Gao Chengyong’s pattern of murder evolved from that first frantic, uncontrolled attack. He typically selected a woman who appealed to him and followed her to her home. I cannot find how he gained entry, but once in the home, with the woman at his mercy, he raped her and then slit her throat. With his victim dead, the murderous monster began to have fun. Like Jack the Ripper before him, the evil bastard mutilated the body, cutting out the reproductive organs.

I cannot imagine the effect the horrific, gory murder scenes had had on the victims’ families and the police investigators. As the number of murdered women grew, the people of Baiyin began speculating on why those particular girls were chosen. Rumours spread that the killer targeted young women with long hair wearing red. In truth, Gao Chengyong chose girls where he saw an opportunity. That’s part of the reason it was so difficult to catch the beast.

When police began a dragnet for fingerprints in Baiyin, Gao Chengyong slipped out of the area to join the millions looking for employment as itinerant workers. Police amassed hundreds of thousands of fingerprints, but the killer’s were not among them.

In 2004, two years after the final murder, the authorities announced a reward of 188,000 yuan ($30,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the serial killer. Alas, that effort drew a blank.

Luck and forensics were Gao Chengyong’s downfall. In 2011, the authorities in Baiyin acquired the technology to deal with evidence involving DNA. The evil shitstain had left plenty of DNA behind when he raped his victims. I don’t know if he sweated being caught then, but I hope he did.

In 2016, Gao Chengyong’s uncle was arrested for giving kickbacks. He, as a matter of course, had to give a sample of his DNA. Eureka, there was a close match to the killer’s DNA! Investigators knew that the killer was one of the man’s close relatives, and that’s what led them ultimately to the creature that had slaughtered all those young women.

By then, Gao Chengyong was running a small grocery store in Baiyin with his wife. That’s where arresting officers found him.

Gao Chengyong had been married to his wife for 30 years, and they had two children. None of them suspected that he was a beast from hell.

When word of the arrest got out, the residents of Baiyin celebrated with fireworks.

gao-courtroomGao Chengyong confessed to all 11 murders. He recounted all the details to his interrogators, including the murder of the 8-year-old. He showed no emotion, apparently, except when he asked if his case would affect his children.

How could it not? It can only be hoped that his children and his wife aren’t vilified or accused of knowing what the monstrous roadturd had done.

In March 2018, Gao Chengyong was sentenced to death. “The motives for the defendant Gao Chengyong’s crimes were utterly despicable, the means were utterly vicious, the nature of the crimes utterly vile, read the court’s verdict. I agree wholeheartedly with that, and with the sentence.

I extend my condolences to the friends and families of all the victims. I can only hope that they can find some solace now that the killer is doomed to death, and can’t hurt anyone ever again.

The Telegraph article – sentencing
New York Times article – sentencing
NextShark.com article

12 Responses to Gao Chengyong

  1. D says:

    I check this website everyday. I am so glad you found the ability to write, as I have missed you very, very much. I empathize your struggle, you are not alone. Just know that you make a huge difference in my world.

  2. Moodymagic says:

    Well Cleo another well written account of a hellbeast that deserved his death. Glad to see you writing again.

  3. Hugh wallach says:

    Welcome back. I’m a long time reader but rarely if ever, left a comment.
    I was particularly saddened by your hiatus, partly because your last post was on my birthday and also because I do look forward to your writing. Thank you.
    I wish you all the best and Godspeed climbing out of the darkness and back into the light.

  4. Rachel says:

    So glad to see a new article…I check on a daily basis. Hope you’re back on top soon!

  5. Kathy says:

    I hope you’re back on top of the world soon, Cleo. I suffer from depression as well, so I understand your pain. Love your writing – I always look forward to reading about these hellbeasts!

  6. Tom Daly says:

    This inhuman monster doesn’t deserve to be on this planet! In fact, I doubt he even belongs in hell!

  7. Dawn says:

    I’ve MISSED you! Glad you’re on the mend. Big hugs to you from Texas.

    -Dawn

  8. Jeni C says:

    So glad you are back, Cleo! I can empathize with you in regards to your bout with depression. I have struggled with it, myself, along with numerous family members. It can really take a toll on you, mentally AND physically. Your tireless dedication to this website has more than likely added to your depression, because of the content of this site, the stories you research and report on. The subject matter that you focus on can make anyone not only depressed, but make you feel like we, as humans, are just evil…and hopeless!! I admire you for the work you do, not only in reporting the atrocities that humans do to one another, but also the facial reconstructions you put so much work into. You are doing a good thing, Cleo! I know I speak not only for myself, but for all of your readers, when I say THANK YOU, and YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!!

  9. Epi says:

    Welcome back Cleo!!! I check this site everyday. You are not alone in your struggles. You are in my prayers!
    Thank you for all your hard work.

  10. Nubio Yasser says:

    Welcome back Cleo. I truly hope you’ll overcome whatever had you down and kept you away from your godly duty of exposing these evildoers to civilized society. You do make a difference, just remember that. And great article as always.

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