‘China’s most prolific serial killer’ slaughtered 67 because he got dumped

A twisted serial killer slaughtered dozens of people simply because he was bitter about a break-up.

Yang Xinhai, China's most prolific serial killer, was born 54 years ago to the day, on July 29, 1968. But by the time he died nearly 36 years on, he had gained the fearsome reputation as The Monster Killer

Although his murderous spree started in 1999, the turning point in Yang's life came earlier.

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He was sentenced to hard labour camps in both 1988 and 1991 for theft, and again imprisoned in 1996 for an attempted rape.

According to the BBC, reports at the time of his later murder trial claimed that he carried out his gruesome killings and rapes following a break up.

In 1999, following his release from prison, Yang's girlfriend allegedly dumped him when she found out about his convictions for theft and attempted rape.

His actions over the subsequent four years are thought to have been rooted in a desire to enact revenge on society.

"He has been described as a very intelligent but introverted and sociopathic young man," according to China Underground.

Between 1999 and 2003 Yang committed 67 murders and 23 rapes, all with the same modus operandi.

"His methods were extremely cruel," Guangzhou Daily newspaper said after his arrest.

"He didn't leave survivors, and more than a few families were exterminated by his hand."

Yang would sneak into family homes at night, typically targeting farmers, and butcher the occupants with improvised weapons ranging from axes to shovels.

He'd also sexually assault the occupants he desired. In one instance in October 2002, he butchered a father and a six-year-old girl before raping a pregnant woman, who survived the attack with major head injuries.

Just two months later, he massacred a family of five – two parents, two kids and a grandmother. They were discovered by the grandfather who returned home to a scene straight out of a horror movie.

By the time of his arrest in November 2003, he was wanted in relation to homicides by authorities in four Chinese provinces.

That said, he was essentially caught by accident. Police noticed him acting suspiciously during a routine check of entertainment venues in Hebei province's Cangzhou city. They then released who he was.

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"Everyone in the department has heard about it… the effect is very big. It affects several provinces… it could be the biggest murder case since the founding of the country," said a policeman at the time.

Yang confessed to his crimes and on February 14, 2004 was executed by firing squad.

He said while in custody: "When I killed people I had a desire. This inspired me to kill more. I don't care whether they deserve to live or not. It is none of my concern. I have no desire to be part of society. Society is not my concern."

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