To say that China has a serial killer problem seems silly, since any country that boasts a crew of serial killers has a clear issue at hand. But due to China's censorship laws, serial killers don't make it into headlines, so the problem often persists without the general public knowing.
Here are some of the most cunning serial killers that have ever come out of the world's most populated country.
One of the earliest recorded serial killers, this Han prince took groups of prisoners into small villages, where they killed everyone for sport. His victim count is said to be over 100. Eventually, the emperor found out about what he was doing and banished him.
In 2002, this struggling shop owner decided to destroy a competitor's business by putting rat poison in the establishment's food. Forty two people were killed by the tainted food. The poison caused them to bleed from their eyes and mouths before they ultimately died.
He was jailed for 13 years for his first murder, but his real killing spree started after he was released. In 1996, he stole a policeman's rifle and used it to kill somoeone. In Hebei, he did the same exact thing, killing 10 people with the new police rifle after robbing an establishment of $180,000.
In 2003, this man ran a business in Wenzhou by selling items that he picked from people's garbage cans. When times got tough, he started killing his trash-digging competitors, luring them into his home, murdering them, and chopping off their limbs. When he was finally caught, police found 229 body parts in the dumpsters on his property.
Shubin's gang kidnapped women from nightclubs, tortured them for their money, killed them, and ground their bodies up before disposing of them. He and his murderous crew were finally caught in 2011.
In the Hubei Province, Duan Guocheng became known as the "Red Dress Killer," assaulting and killing 13 women in their twenties while they were walking down the street. Not all of his victims were wearing red dresses, but rumor has it that women refuse to leave their homes in red dresses to this day.
Strangely, China keeps these stories out of newspapers, but many of them have received international attention from foreign news publications. Is it really beneficial for a country to hide these sordid stories and pretend that everything is perfect? Probably not.