Fat-lun Wong

No PhotoName: Fat-lun Wong.
Died: September 5, 2020.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Suffocation.
Location: Hong Kong, China.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Investigators believe that Fat-lun’s mother strangled him with a plastic tablecloth.

Fat-lun was a student at Tsui Tsin Tong School, a residential care home for children with intellectual disabilities. At age 21, he had just grown too old to stay there.

Case status:
Xueping Chen (Mother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter; sentenced to 1 year, to be served in a psychiatric hospital to treat her depression.

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Chun Li

No PhotoName: Chun Li.
Died: February 4, 2019.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Burns.
Location: Yulin, Shaanxi Province, China.
Disability: Polio; intellectual disability, mobility impaired.

Chun Li lived with her father until a woman approached them, saying her 65-year-old father wanted to marry Ms. Li, because of burial customs in Shaanxi Province, where they lived.

Tradition says that a person cannot rest in peace unless they are buried with a spouse. People who die single may be buried with paper dolls; the wealthy can afford to buy the body of an unidentified person in order to bury their relatives with a posthumously-married “spouse.”

The man’s daughter decided against purchasing someone’s bones because that was a crime and decided to approach Chun Li’s father instead.  When Chun Li’s father agreed to marry her to a 65-year-old man, the agreement was that her husband would care for her, and after he died, her daughter-in-law and grandson would care for her. When she died a natural death, she would be buried next to him as his spouse, to allow him to rest in peace. They agreed to pay a bride price, and Chun Li was forced to marry him.

Four years later, Chun Li’s husband had grown worried that if he died first, she might not be buried with him because she was disabled. Allegedly, he decided that Chun Li should die first and set his house on fire, killing Ms. Li.

Case status:
Liantang Zhu (Husband), arrested; confessed to murder.

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“Miss He”

Photo of two Chinese toddlers, a boy in a black and red coat, and a girl in a purple coat. The boy has his arms around the girl. Their eyes are pixelated to keep them anonymous.Name: “Miss He” (Pseudonym).
Died: October 11, 2018.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Drowning.
Location: Evening Village, Hunan Province, China.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Miss He’s father was worried about having taken out loans to pay for her medical care, so he decided to buy life insurance and fake his own death. Not telling his wife what he was doing, he drove his car into a river. Three weeks later, thinking him dead, Miss He’s mother took her and her four-year-old brother to the river and drowned herself and both children.

Case status:
“Dai Guihua” (Mother–pseudonym), deceased.

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Xuan Xuan

No PhotoName: Xuan Xuan
Died: June 25, 2018.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Drowning.
Location: Jiangning, Nanjing, China.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Xuan’s grandfather was annoyed that he had spent so much trying to treat her cerebral palsy. He and her father allegedly put bricks in her backpack, put the backpack on her, and threw her in the river to drown.

Case status:
Her father, surnamed Yang; arrested, confessed to murder.
Yang Mousong (Grandfather); arrested, confessed to murder.

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Mae-Kim Lem

No PhotoName: Mae-Kim Lem.
Died: June 5, 2018.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Choking.
Location: Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong, China.
Disability: Stroke (Mobility impaired, visually impaired), thyroid disorder, arthritis.

Lem’s husband killed her by choking her to death. He claimed he had been worried who would care for her if he died.

Case status:
Wong Kok-man (Husband), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 2 years in jail; due to be released after about 1 month with credit for time served.

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Cheng Ting-hin

Blurry photo of a boy with dark hair being carried by an adult.Name: Cheng Ting-hin.
Died: March 18, 2018.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Hong Kong, China.
Disability: ADHD.

Soon after being diagnosed with ADHD, Cheng was murdered by his grandmother, who strangled him with the straps of a backpack. She left a note that said she “didn’t want the boy to live a difficult life”.

The little boy was a Primary One student whom neighbors remember as “kind and polite”.

Case status:
Kan Kwai-fong (Grandmother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, sentenced to 5 years.

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Yuk-Kwai Liu

No PhotoName: Yuk-Kwai Liu.
Died: October 8, 2017.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Knife wounds.
Location: Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.
Disability: Chronic illness (heart and kidney disease; arthritis), wheelchair user.

Ms. Liu’s son decided it was “too tough” to take care of her, so he allegedly stabbed her to death.

Case status:
Mr. Lee (Son), charged with murder.

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Lam Mei-kam

No PhotoName: Lam Mei-kam.
Died: June 6, 2017.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Hong Kong.
Disability: Stroke, wheelchair user, chronic illness.

Lam was strangled to death by her husband, who said that he had been worried no one would look after her if he died.

Case status:
Wong Kwok-man (Husband), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 2 years, released on time served, reduced for good behavior.

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Li Mouyi

No PhotoName: Li Mouyi.
Died: May 9, 2017.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Drugged, strangled.
Location: Guangzhou, China.
Disability: Cerebral palsy (Quadriplegic, non-verbal).

Li’s mother thought he would have a tough life after she died; so she killed him by drugging him with sleeping pills and then strangling him.

She had other options, but rejected them all. Li could also have gone to stay with his older brother, but his mother didn’t want to burden her other son. And he was eligible for admission to a welfare home, but she preferred to kill him because she did not think they could care for him as well as she did.

Case status:
Ms. Huang (Mother), found guilty of intentional homicide, given a three-year suspended sentence.

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Fung Shuk-ying

No PhotoName: Fung Shuk-ying.
Died: February 15, 2017.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Disability: Dementia.

Fung Shuk-ying’s husband strangled her with a belt in a murder-suicide.

Case status:
Au Kin-ming (Husband), deceased.

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