Thursday, September 04, 2008

Things that go bump in the night...

Are sometimes actually monsters. So apparently people have been murdered in China so that relatives of other dead people can use their corpses (I say apparently, since this too incredible to be true). From Time's China Blog:

Puning government and police spokesmen said yesterday wealthy people who did not want their dead relatives cremated had bought the corpses of the murder victims to replace their relatives' bodies, which were later interred according to traditional customs. [...] The report said suspects would trail victims, usually mentally disabled or elderly, drag them into vehicles in remote areas and either strangle or poison them.
Of course, a few years ago I also heard it claimed that it was rather easy to get someone assassinated/maimed in China at bargain basement prices.

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