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Good rapists disguised as good people

ChinaA shoemaker in Hebei committed 28 rapes and murders of 24 women over 3 years, finally uncovering the crime because a victim pretended to be obedient.

On April 16, 1993, in Thanh Uyen town, Bao Dinh city, Hebei province, a farmer got up early to visit the fields, suddenly found a naked woman’s body.

The autopsy report showed that the victim was about 26 years old, had multiple injuries, died more than 12 hours ago, from 6 pm to 10 pm on April 15, 1993. All evidence points to this as rape and murder.

The victim was dressed simply, similar to the characteristics of rural women with poor economic conditions. At the scene, only a few pieces of clothing were found, but no assets in the form of jewelry, the victim’s wallet were found.

The clues included the words “Ly Ha Quan” embroidered on the victim’s shirt pocket, police posted missing persons notices in local newspapers and bulletins, and posted leaflets on the street.

After conducting an investigation, the police found 17 missing people in various sub-districts with similar circumstances to the victim, 19 people with the same name as the victim. If expanded nationwide, the number of missing cases and the same name as Ly Ha Quan is even more, the investigation will become very difficult.

For months, the case did not progress as there were no leads to trace the killer, nor could the true identity of the victim be determined.

As the police hit a stalemate, another woman’s body was found.

At 7 p.m. on August 30, 1993, while passing through the town of Thanh Uyen, a driver stopped his car in a cornfield on the side of the road to go to the toilet. Smelling a strange smell, the driver curiously followed, walking more than 400 meters, he found a woman’s body lying on the ground.

His body was so decomposed that his face could not be seen. Based on the teeth and bones of the corpse, the forensic examiner determined that the woman was around 25 years old, the time of her death was at least more than 15 days.

The victim was stripped of his clothes, his neck was tied with a towel, all his papers and belongings were lost. Many buttons fell and many corn plants fell, indicating that the victim had fought with all his might.

In the suitcase that was dumped beside the body, many children’s belongings were found, the police suspect that the victim was most likely accompanied by a small child. Thus, the perpetrator most likely took the baby away after killing the mother.

In the suitcase there were lots of winter clothes, so the police thought that the victim took the child to Bao Dinh to visit relatives and was planning to stay temporarily, so maybe relatives and friends of the victim were staying there. The police broadcast a search notice in the media.

Three days later, a man came to the police station, saying that the dead person was probably his wife. This person’s name is Nham Lap Van, working in Bao Dinh, his wife and daughter have been missing for more than half a month.

After being brought in to identify the bodies, Van confirmed that the victim was his wife, from Tin Duong city, Ha Nam province. On August 14, she took her one and a half year old daughter to the Vong Do district to visit her husband, taking the train to Bao Dinh station at 1 am on August 15. However, due to misinformation, it was only that afternoon that Van found out that his wife had arrived. He rushed to pick him up, but he didn’t see his wife and children, and there was no way to contact him. More than half a month later, Van asked friends and colleagues to search everywhere until he saw a police notice.

Bao Dinh Station in the early 1990s Photo: QQ

Bao Dinh Station in the early 1990s Photo: QQ

According to the ticket clerk at Bao Dinh station, a mother and daughter walked around the train station lobby for several hours, as if waiting for someone to pick them up, but in the afternoon they left. Combined with the time of death, the police determined that at that time, the perpetrator had deceived the mother and daughter, brought to a cornfield to be abused. Perpetrators may not be familiar with the victim, have no relationship, so it is not easy to investigate.

After that, in a short half a year, Thanh Uyen and Tan Thanh districts continuously had 6 cases of rape and murder of women and similar tricks.

When the people of Bao Dinh feared insecurity, the police found a turning point in the case when a woman came to report. His name is Uong Le, he is from another place who came to Bao Dinh in search of work. At the station, Le talked to a middle-aged man who said that he was recruiting workers for the factory and invited him to work as well. Le saw that he looked honest, thought for a moment, then followed.

Unexpectedly, he took her to the outskirts of town and turned around and used violence to harass her. In order to protect his life, Le pretended to be obedient and ran away when he was caught off guard.

After examining and comparing semen samples, police confirmed that Le’s rapist was also the killer in a previous series of cases.

Le described the killer as having small eyes, one eyelid, and crooked legs, dressed like a peasant and looking very honest and simple. It was also thanks to his bent legs that he was able to escape. Investigations based on these clues, on November 3, 1993, the police found a suspect at the station whose characteristics matched that of the killer.

Ngo Kien Than was arrested.  Photo: QQ

Ngo Kien Than was arrested. Photo: QQ

His name is Ngo Kien Than, claiming to be a shoe repairman, going to the station to import new leather and shoes. However, when the police opened the bag to check, there was only an electric coil inside. The police immediately arrested him.

During interrogation, Than confessed to his crime and brought the police home, where they found a little girl sitting on the ground next to a pigsty playing in the mud. This is Van’s missing daughter.

Through investigation, the god of his hometown in Le district, Bao Dinh city, only finished elementary school. Since childhood, Than showed a perverted mentality, liked to peek at women in the shower, was beaten many times by his father, but still suffers from various disabilities. Growing up, he was imprisoned for several years for harassing women, and did not repent after being released from prison. However, he often pretends to be a kind-hearted person, making the villagers think he has changed his mind. God found a job making shoes, every time he went out to buy things, he was actually “hunting”.

In 1990, Shen lured a woman to the outskirts of the city to rape her, fearing that the other party would report it to the police, so he killed her. The victim and he met for the first time, so the police did not find any clues. After escaping, Than became more and more daring, for more than three years he went to many places, causing 28 consecutive rapes and 24 murders.

In 1993, Than changed the crime scene to Bao Dinh, roaming crowded places like train stations in search of targets for rural women traveling alone, tricking them into going to deserted places in the name of recruitment, using labor to commit crimes.

After killing Van’s wife, Than takes his daughter away. Before being arrested by the police, Than contacted the traffickers to sell the child.

In December 1994, Than was sentenced to death.

Cell Anh (Based on 163, QQ)

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