Wang Xing, a 17-year-old boy from Jimo, Shandong province, killed his mother with an ax and buried her in a shallow grave under their chicken coop. Wang’s mother’s body was found several days later by the boy’s grandmother, Liu Kaolan, who lives next door. The boy was later arrested by police.
According to the investigation, the victim, Li Juan, was always overprotective of her son, forbidding him from leaving the house without her permission and supervision. Li was so cautious that other locals and even Wang’s grandparents next door hadn’t seen the boy in a long time.
Wang was eager to look for work outside the village, but Li discouraged his ambitions, claiming that the world outside was too dangerous for him. After killing Li, Wang took his mother’s phone along with 1,200 RMB and fled to Qingdao, securing the lock on the gate outside his house as he left. From Qingdao, Wang continued on to Jinan and then Chengdu, but he was finally apprehended by police on Sept. 22.
In court, the teenager was very calm, relating the events of his crime without any visible sadness or remorse.
Wang’s father died from cancer in 2004, and Li’s relationship with her mother was rocky. Most of the time, Li came and went without having much contact with neighbors. As for her son, Li always said he was at school or at work, so Li’s neighbors were unaware of the extent of Wang’s restrictions prior to this incident.