Case of Chinese student accused of matricide spurs morals debate
Internet users say episode is sign country’s students are too focused on tests at the expense of learning how to behave
(From Caixin Online)
By staff reporters Zhao Fuduo and Zhou Qijun
The case of a Peking University economics student wanted by police on suspicion he killed his mother has prompted a debate about the moral education of China’s students and how universities are run.
Middle school educator Xie Tianqin was found dead at the teacher dormitory where she lived in Fuzhou, in the eastern province of Fujian, on February 14, according to a police notice circulating online.
The notice said her 22-year-old son, Wu Xieyu, is a prime suspect in her death and he “had fled for fear of being punished.”
A person with knowledge of the investigation confirmed the notice is authentic.
Police have not said when or how Xie was killed, but the source told Caixin that the death likely occurred in early July last year.
Police checked payment records on Wu’s smartphone and found that he bought knives, waterproof cloths and doctors’ coats from online stores in June 2015, the source said.
In July, probably after the killing, he purchased activated carbon and large plastic sheets, the source said. Xie’s body was found wrapped in plastic sheets with activated carbon tucked into them, apparently to lessen any odor.
The room was sealed to prevent odor from escaping, the person close to the probe said. Surveillance cameras believed to be linked to Wu’s phone were installed in the room.
Wu apparently faked a resignation letter penned by his mother and sent it to her school, the source said. He then borrowed 1.44 million yuan from relatives by sending messages from his mother’s smartphone. Wu told them the family needed the money to move to the United States.
Xie’s body was finally found when a relative came to the dormitory to visit her, the source said. Read more