News from Taiwan features a recent rash of decapitations, as police arrested a man Thursday for beheading his sister only one week after authorities jailed a man for brutally murdering a young girl.
In the incident Thursday, a 54-year-old man surnamed Lin beheaded his 52-year-old mentally-ill sister with a kitchen knife outside of their home in the presence of horrified neighbors, reports Channel NewsAsia. The woman was kneeling and screaming for her life, witnesses told a local TV station.
Lin is unmarried and took care of his sister for many years.
“She was supposed to go to the hospital this morning and they quarreled when she refused. Lin then attacked her with a kitchen knife and severed her neck,” a police officer told reporters.
This tragic murder comes only one week after authorities jailed a schizophrenic man, Wang Ching-yu, for decapitating a four-year-old girl near a metro station in Taipei last March. The attacker managed to overpower the girl’s mother and grandfather, as well as strangers nearby, to decapitate the young child with a meat cleaver, the Shanghaiist reports.
Wang, who was not only mentally-impaired but also had a drug problem, claimed that at the time of the murder, he thought he was a Chinese emperor from Sichuan Province. He said that he thought killing the girl would bring concubines so that he could “carry on his family line.”
Wang skirted the death penalty due to his mental disability, but he will spend life in prison. Prosecutors, however, believed that cold-blooded murder should be met with the death penalty.
The Chinese mainland has encountered similar problems. Towards the end of February, a mentally-impaired individual decapitated the owner of a noodle shop in Wuhan in response a dispute over 44 cents.
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