You may have already seen, but the kindergarten attacker who didn’t kill anyone has already been tried and sentenced to death:
A local court on Saturday sentenced to death a man who attacked and hurt 29 children and three teachers at an eastern Chinese city kindergarten last month.
The Taixing Intermediate Court found Xu Yuyuan guilty of intentional homicide after a half-day open trial, which was attended by 300 people.
Xu admitted to the court his motive was to vent his rage against society.
It was not known whether Xu would appeal his sentence.
So, apparently, there isn’t a mental health issue here and Xu’s motive really was “rage against society”. I’d be inclined to doubt Xinhua on this and to suspect that Xu’s confession and M.O. were manufactured, except that I really don’t see how this helps the government at all. Sure, it looks good to get the trial and sentence through so quickly, but the idea that an apparently-sane person was so full of “rage against society” that he tried to butcher dozens of kindergartners doesn’t exactly shine brightly on the people administering that society.
Still, if he was angry at society, it fits in with the speculation that’s been happening in domestic and international media. You know what no one ever guessed? That these attacks were motivated by snakes. But apparently the most recent one was:
What caused the latest killing spree in Shannxi on May 12 that once again targeted young children in a kindergarten? In the incident, only two of the 20 kindergartners escaped the brutal meat cleaver. According to Xi’an Morning Post, police investigators found that the suspect, Wu Huanming, had been deeply disturbed by a variety of diseases for a couple of years. Recently the owner of the kindergarten, which rented Wu’s property, killed a snake inside. The superstitious Wu took it as the cause for the ineffectiveness of his medical treatment, and in a frenzy he went for revenge and suicide.
It will be interesting to see what the motives for the other attacks turn out to be. Are these really some reflection of society’s ills, or just a bunch of crazy people who went extra-crazy at the same time? The first two M.O.s are offering contradictory information; any bets on what the reasons for the other attacks turn out to be?
And while we’re asking questions, do you think Xu should have gotten the death penalty? One the one hand, he didn’t kill anyone. On the other hand, that appears to be mostly due to incompetence, not a kind heart.