Yang was one of China’s most prolific serial killers. Serial killers have different reasons for killing, Yang’s reason is so bizarre. According to sources, his reason for killing is a bad breakup. His girlfriend found out that he went to prison for rape and theft, and she decides to leave him. Yang decided that he would take revenge on society and killed 67 people, raped 23 and injured many more.
Yang was brought into this world on 29 July 1968 in Zhengyang County. He was born in a low-income family and was the youngest of four children. According to the sources, he was an intellectual and introvert.
Yang Xinhai drops out of school and starts his criminal career.
He drops out of school in 1985 when he was seventeen and traveled through China to work as a laborer. It did not take long for Yang to become involved with crime. In 1988 to 1991 he was sentenced to labor camp for theft, he progressed from petty theft to rape, and in 1996 he was convicted to five years in prison for attempted rape in Zhumadian. He was released in 1999.
In 1999, Yang began his killing spree, the media dubbed him the monster killer. The killings were in the provinces of Anhui, Hebei, Henan, and Shandong. He would enter his victim’s homes in the evening and killed them with axes, meat cleavers, hammers, and shovels. At times he would kill entire families. Writing this makes me shiver.
He mainly killed farmers.October 2002, he killed a six-year-old girl and her father with a shovel. He raped a pregnant woman who survived the ordeal with some head injuries.
When, and how did the Police catch Yang Xinhai?
On the 3rd of November 2003, the police carried out an inspection and Yang was acting suspiciously at an entertainment venue in Guangzhou. The police discovered that he was wanted for murder in four provinces.
Yang confessed to all the murders and the police had DNA to connect him with some of the cases. He also contracted HIV from one of his victims.
He did not want to appeal his case. The court case happened behind closed doors, and it only took an hour. He received the death sentenced on the 1st February 2004 in Luohe City Peoples Court, Henan. The execution was performed by shooting on the 14 of February 2004.
Yang’s relatives that live in Pennsylvania said that he was writing a book called Plato Flats. It is a fictional place that he created for the murders he committed. He also worked on a film. He felt good and got a rush out of killing.