Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lao Rongzhi, Female Serial Killer – China, 1999

Chinese Serial killer couple Lao Rongzhi and Fa Ziying began their murder career at the age of 19 and 32 respectively. Between 1996 and 1999 they murdered seven people, including a 3-year-old child. Fa Ziying was captured in June 1989, but he refused to disclose his partners whereabouts. Five months later he was executed.

Lao Rongzhi was on the run for twenty years when, on November 29, 2019, she was finally identified with the assistance of China’s notorious artificial intelligence facial recognition surveillance system.

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CHRONOLOGY
1996 – Lao Rongzhi (19), quits job as elementary schoolteacher.
1996 – Lao Rongzhi (19) and Fa Ziying (32) murder of Xiong; Lao Rongzhi, poses as prostitute for first of 7 murders committed by couple, Fa Ziying and Lao Rongzhi, both of southern province of Jiangxi. Jewelry stolen.
1996 – Xiong’s wife and daughter (3) murdered at their home. 200,000 yuan stolen.
1997 – couple kidnaps and killed two prostitutes, stealing their watches, phones and money.
1999 – couple moves to Hefei, Anhui and murders two more people.
Jul. 1999 – Fa Ziying (35), captured at Hefei; later convicted and executed.
Dec. 1999 – Fa Ziying executed.
Nov. 29, 2019 – Lao Rongzhi (45), captured in Xiamen in south-eastern China; artificial intelligence, facial recognition used to identify and locate; arrested at a shopping centre in Xiamen, Fujian, where she worked selling watches.
Dec. 21, 2020 Lao Rongzhi trial begins.

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SOURCES
[Tracy You, “China's 'Bonnie and Clyde' caught: Notorious murderer on the run is spotted by facial-recognition cameras before being arrested - 20 years after her partner and lover was executed by a firing squad, Daily Mail (London), 3 December 2019]
Zhuang Pinghui, “Woman who killed seven caught after 20 years on the run,” inkstone,” Dec. 3, 2019]
[“Chinese ‘serial killer’ Lao Rongzhi caught after 20 years on the run,” Resonate, Dec. 2, 2019]

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