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In Depth: The People Behind a 10-Year Murder-for-Cash Spree in Rural China

By Wang Heyan and Han Wei
2022年10月05日 19:33
How a gang led by Chen Lijun killed a dozen people in coal mines to collect death compensation payments from owners who wouldn’t report them to the authorities
Zhang Yuping’s vacant home.

It was a dark night in late October 2005 when Zhang Yuping hurried out of his mud brick home. The young farmer from a shady village in the periphery of Huating city in Northwest China’s Gansu province went on a sudden trip with fellow villagers Chen Lijun and Du Youfeng, who promised him a coal mining job.

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