Police captures man suspected of killing 10 people in NE China

10:46, April 16, 2011      

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Police in northeast China's Liaoning Province said Friday afternoon that they had captured a man suspected of killing 10 people, including his father, wife and son.

Zhou Yuxin, the 33-year-old suspect, was caught in the city of Dashiqiao, about an hour's train ride from the crime scene in the city of Anshan, an official with Anshan's police bureau told Xinhua.

Ten bodies were found Thursday at a bathhouse and neighboring car wash in Ertaizi Village, Ningyuan Town in Anshan.

Among the dead were Zhou's wife, son, father, a female bathhouse worker, three family members of Zhou's landlord and three carwash workers.

Police said extramarital affairs were possibly behind the killing spree, which happened between late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Zhou was seized by Dashiqiao's local police. Officers from Anshan's police bureau were on their way to fetch the suspect, said the official.

Residents of Dayangqi Village, the suspect's hometown which is only a few kilometers from the crime scene, said that Zhou's family has a history of mental illness.

Zhou's maternal grandmother had suffered from mental disorders, so did his mother who is still missing after running away from home when Zhou was a toddler, according to Yan Zhengyuan, former Party chief of the village and Dong Zhilan, a villager.

Zhou's father and mother were cousins, they said.

However, villagers also said that besides his introverted personality, Zhou was normal.

Family medical history and the marriage of cousins could have had some impact on Zhou's mental health but psychiatric tests will be needed to find out whether he was mentally ill, said Yao Sheng, head of a mental health hospital in Anshan.

Source: Xinhua

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