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Chinese man stabs 10; woman charged in 7 murders

Written by: Staff

BEIJING, Aug 9: A Chinese man stabbed to death 10 people, including six children, in an attack on his wife's family, state media reported, and a Chinese woman was charged with murdering seven people in a separate case.

Wang Changyi, upset over ''family conflicts'', stabbed the 10 last Tuesday while they slept in a remote village in the poor southwestern province of Yunnan before killing himself by drinking pesticide, Xinhua news agency reported late last night.

State media said earlier that the victims included his wife's sister, brother and six of his nephews and nieces.

His wife, a migrant worker, escaped with two children, while her mother was seriously wounded, Xinhua said.

In another case, Zhang Zongqin, 36, from Fuling District in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, was charged with killing seven people, including her husband and two daughters, and poisoning 27 people in a spree spanning 14 years, the Shanghai Daily said today.

Zhang fatally poisoned her two-year-old daughter in 1992 because her husband wanted a son, the paper quoted officials as saying. She had another baby girl in 1993 and killed her a year after, the paper said.

The other murders and poisonings were mostly to avenge ''trifle grudges'', the paper said.

She poisoned four members of her second husband's family, one of whom died, because they were ''not nice'' or ''made her lose face,'' the paper said.

She reportedly killed her second husband's parents after many attempts and one of his friends for not inviting her to dinner.


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