Notorious serial killer sentenced to death in NE. China
Updated: 2006-07-14 13:42
A 33-year-old man who murdered six children after
sexually assaulting them in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has been
sentenced to death by the Intermediate People's Court of Jiamusi City.
Gong Runbo, who had been previously convicted of rape, killed the six
children aged between 9 and 16 after luring them from street and Internet cafe
to his rented apartment in Jiamusi between March 2005 and February 2006. He also
lured and molested five others aged between 12 and 13.
He was arrested
on February 28, when a boy managed to escape from the apartment and called
The police captured Gong in a nearby Internet cafe and found
four decomposing bodies and children's clothes in his apartment.
Heping, spokesman for China's Ministry of Public Security, dismissed reports
that more than six children might have died after they ran DNA tests on the
Gong pleaded guilty at the court and said he would not appeal.
He was put into prison in October 1996 for raping a young girl and
released after he served an imprisonment of eight years.
Then he chose
to rent an apartment in a residential area of shanties instead of returning to
his former residence and reporting to the police station there, thus
successfully shunned attention from police.
He spent most of time
playing computer games at an Internet cafe, the same as many of the jobless in
Investigators said Gong took some victims to an Internet cafe
without being stopped, despite rules limiting children's access to such sites.
Most of the victims came from families where parents were busy making a
living all day long and had no time to take care of children, said an earlier
Local police officers in Jiamusi have been criticized for their
slow response to missing children reports as the murder spree lasted for nearly
Wu Heping acknowledged slowness in investigation might have
prolonged the killing.
"Sadly, six dead kids may have died because of our
failings," he said.
The provincial police chief had ordered intensive
inspections of rented houses, migrant populations, and cases of missing people
after Gong's case.