A Chinese court has sentenced to death a man
it said had been inspired by the banned Falun Gong movement to
kill 16 people with rat poison.
The court in the eastern city of Wenzhou said
that Chen Fuzhao handed out drinks laced with poison.
Fifteen of his victims were beggars, the
other was a social worker who died after she drank water
poisoned by Chen at a temple.
The killings took place between 25 May and 27
June this year.
According to China's state-run news agency,
Xinhua, Chen was inspired by the Falun Gong spiritual movement,
which is banned in China.
Xinhua said he committed his month-long
killing spree in an effort to reach a state of "spiritual
Falun Gong claims to have millions of
followers, but it was banned by China in 1999 and labelled an "evil
Hundreds of its members are in jail and the
movement claims that the Chinese authorities have killed and
tortured several hundred followers.
The rat-poison case is the latest in a series
of mass murders which have been given great prominence in the
Chinese media in recent months.
Falungong Cult Murderer Sentenced to Death
Xinhua News Agency
December 31, 2003
A Falungong cult follower who poisoned and
killed 15 innocent people was given death penalty by a court in
east China's Zhejiang Province Tuesday afternoon.
Chen Fuzhao, an assistant clinician in a small
hospital in Cangnan county, was found to have poisoned 15 vagrant
beggars and trash pickers by giving them beverages mixed with rat
poison from May 25 to June 27, 2003.
In the first instance judgment issued by the
municipal intermediate people's court of Wenzhou, to which Cangnan
county belongs, he was also found guilty of putting poison into a
thermos flask containing boiled water in the kitchen of a Buddhist
temple. A female worshipper drank the water, fell to ground and
Chen admitted the charges of poisoning the 16
innocent people to death in the trial.
According to the court verdict, Chen had
started to practice Falungong cult in 1996. Under the mental
control of the so-called Falungong "master" Li Hongzhi, he
gradually came up with the idea of "upgrading" himself and raising
his own power by massacring others with beggars and trash pickers
as the target of his assaults.
Many locals watched the trial and heard the
Falun Gong Cult Followers Cruel in Killing
July 14, 2003
A follower of the Falun Gong
cult has shocked society by poisoning 17 innocent people, most
beggars or vagrants, from May 25 to June 27 this year under the
Falun Gong cult doctrines, according to a commentary to be
carried in People's Daily on July 15.
By now more than 1,700
innocent people have been killed by Falun Gong cult followers in
practicing the cult's doctrines of "clearing crimes committed in
a previous life" or "complete oneself in this life" either by
killing themselves or killing others.
Chen Fuzhao, a 29-year-old
dermatologist from Cangnan County of Wenzhou City in Zhejiang
Province, east China, was one of them.
Under his "master" Li
Hongzhi's direction, Chen started killing, first dogs then human
According to the heretical
ideas of the Falun Gong cult, Chen believed killing could
improve his own power to reach the ideal state advocated in the
Falun Gong cult.
The crime once again showed
that the cult still threatens society's stability and safety and
the crimes once again ridicule the cult's so-called doctrines of
"truth, kindness and tolerance," the commentary says.
The commentary calls on the
people to remain vigilance against the Falun Gong cult and take
effective measures to crack down on the illegal crimes organized
by the cult to protect people's safety.
"When I was reading the
doctrines on Feb. 17, I suddenly felt Master Li Hongzhi told me
to do bad things, which though contrary to my usual practices,
would help promote my power, " Chen said, " and I felt the bad
things included killing, setting fires, and all the bad things
are extremely good for our practices."
"I began killing mosquitoes,
flies, then dogs and humans," Chen said.
With poisoned drinks, Chen
killed 16 beggars and vagrants in streets and one Buddhist
"Most people would not take
my drinks, so I chose beggars and vagrants, " Chen said.
When asked how many people
he wanted to kill, Chen answered he wanted to kill all human
kind within one year.
Chen used to have a happy
family before he was obsessed by the Falun Gong cult in 1996.
"He was good-tempered and often chatted with me, but after he
practiced Falun Gong, he talked little and was often seen
sitting in bed murmuring with weird looks," Chen's mother said.
Falun Gong Practitioner Kills 16 People
July 14, 2003
Chen Fuzhao, a 29-year-old "Falun
Gong" practitioner, was detained for allegedly killing 16
beggars and vagrants and injuring one more by supplying them
with poisoned food and water in Cangnan County of East China's
Zhejiang Province, provincial police said on July 2.
Chen was taken into custody
and further investigations are going on.
Chen was believed to have put
a kind of rat poison, named "Dushuqiang" in Chinese, into food and
drinks and then offered them to beggars and junk men on 17
occasions between May 25 and June 26 in Cangnan County's Longgang
Chen told the police that it
is beneficial to his "Falun Gong" beliefs to kill beggars or
vagrants, whom are regarded by him as the highest-level people
among all kinds of human beings.
Medical experts said that "Dushuqiang"
has been found in the stomachs of Chen's victims.
Among the 17 victims, only one
is still alive and is receiving emergency hospital care.
A death too far
in Falun Gong's history
July 4, 2003
The appalling truth of the mysterious death of
16 beggars and rubbish collectors in Cangnan, East China's
Zhejiang Province was finally uncovered by the tenacious digging
by more than 500 police officers in the past week.
The accused serial killer turned out to be a
Falun Gong practitioner who allegedly poisoned the victims in
order to boost his own "efficacy."
Believing beggars and rubbish collectors "belong
to the highest echelons" of humanity, Chen Fuzhao, confessed to
killing the 16 and fatally poisoning another person between May 25
and June 26 with ratsbane. His motive, to "upgrade the efficacy"
of his "Falun Gong cultivation."
As the once prominent cult fades from the
public eye, the cruelty of the Cangnan killings reminds us of the
damaging potential of its pernicious vestige.
As one of those who happened to witness Falun
Gong's besieging of the Zhongnanhai, China's political
headquarters, on April 25, 1999, I had no particular animosity
against the average Falun Gong practitioner in the very beginning.
Instead, eager to make sense of their outlandish lexicons, I read
through the earliest works of their enshrined Master Li Hongzhi,
which in itself required the utmost perseverance to complete.
The well-touted and quoted tome among the
secretive Falun Gong communities was, in my secular eyes, but a
juxtaposition of Buddhist sutras, rituals of rural superstition,
qi gong, and undisguised self-glorification. It was more like
megalomaniac sleep-talking than the inspired and sacred teachings
of a saint, as Master Li is often portrayed.
The real-life stories of Falun Gong
practitioners convinced us that most of them were ordinary decent
people who were driven to the cult by life's frustrations.
Master Li's bragging of being able to elevate
them to a "higher world," free of secular life's misfortunes,
could not but be farcical for us common folk. But it somehow
became spiritual candy and balm for some fellows who feel
abandoned in real life.
In spite of the government-led crusade against
Falun Gong, many of us had not seen the true perniciousness of the
cult until people started to be killed.
When their unsolicited messages landed in our
mailboxes, we did no more than simply block them, possibly even
feeling sorry for denying them. When they jammed public television
channels with their signals, not all of us took it seriously,
thinking it was no more than a desperate stunt to get their voice
across. Everyone fears loneliness. Everyone needs listeners.
When they immolated themselves into their
coveted "higher world," some of us tended to accept their choice
while lamenting the tragic deaths.
Even those instances where they killed their
family members, we reserved some sympathy for them, thinking at
least in their ludicrous fantasy they were trying to "elevate"
their beloved ones to happiness.
But the homicides in Cangnan showed that Falun
Gong's preaching can result in more than suicide. If the self-elevation
of Falun Gong practitioners has to be conditional on the killing
of innocent others, it constitutes a heinous threat to public
And that brooks no tolerance.
16 beggars die
from poisoning in East China province
July 3, 2003
Chen Fuzhao, a 29-year-old "Falun Gong"
practitioner, was detained for allegedly killing 16 beggars and
vagrants and injuring one more by supplying them with poisoned
food and water in Cangnan County of East China's Zhejiang Province,
provincial police said Wednesday.
Chen was taken into custody and further
investigations are going on.
Chen was believed to have put a kind of rat
poison, named "Dushuqiang" in Chinese, into food and drinks and
then offered them to beggars and junk men on 17 occasions between
May 25 and June 26 in Cangnan County's Longgang Town.
Chen told the police that it is beneficial to
his "Falun Gong" beliefs to kill beggars or vagrants, whom are
regarded by him as the highest-level people among all kinds of
Medical experts found that "Dushuqiang" has
been found in the stomachs of Chen's victims.
Among the 17 victims, only one is still alive
and is receiving emergency hospital care.
About 500 policemen have been involved with the
case, according to sources with the Zhejiang Provincial Department
of Public Security.
To Alleviate Jiang
Zemin's Fears Regarding the Murder of Mr. Liu Chengjun, Xinhua
News Publishes Another Fabricated Story Slandering Falun Gong
By Minghui.org reporter Ms. Ouyang Fei
Monday 12th January 2004
Even on New Years Eve of 2003, Xinhua News (the
official news agency of the Chinese communist government) was
actively slandering Falun Gong. The state's official news agency
published a fabricated story claiming that a homeless man named
Chen Fuzhao was a Falun Gong practitioner, and that he was
sentenced to death for killing people by poisoning them. We note
that this poisoning incident occurred between May and June of
2003. The homeless man, Chen Fuzhao, murdered 15 out-of-town
Why did Xinhua News choose to publish another
slanderous story at year-end 2003? Was it no more than coincidence
that Jiang Zemin's evil political cohorts had tortured Mr. Liu
Chengjun only shortly before this story was published? Liu
Chengjun was a Falun Gong practitioner who broadcasted TV programs
clarifying the truth about Falun Gong on the Changchun City cable
TV network in March of 2002. [Please note that there are no
available venues for Falun Gong practitioners to defend themselves
against the government's fabricated accusations and slanderous
publications.] It is important to note that Mr. Liu Chengjun's
wrongful death has triggered a series of protests worldwide.
Immediately after Jiang's group of political cohorts murdered Mr.
Liu Chengjun, Xinhua News started a new round of persecution in
2004 by associating a public assassin with Falun Gong.
There is no doubt that Falun Gong's teachings
forbid killing. The founder of Falun Gong Mr. Li Hongzhi sets
forth in his book Zhuan Falun (the primary text for Falun Gong), "For
practitioners, we have set the strict requirement that they cannot
kill lives." ("The Issue of Killing" in Lecture Seven of Zhuan
In an article dated July 2, 2003 Xinhua News
fabricated an absurd theory that was contrary to Falun Gong's
principles. They claimed that Chen Fuzhao murdered 15 beggars
because of the Falun Gong principles. [of July 20, 1999, Jiang
Zemin banned all Falun Gong's books, videos, and audios in China.
Thus, people in China are unable to obtain a copy of Zhuan Falun
to discover Xinhua News' fabricated stories.] Xinnhua News
published the reasons why Chen Fuzhao, whom they claimed to be a
cultivator, must kill people. They said it was so he could rise in
his cultivation level. The report claimed that being a beggar
would help achieve the highest level of cultivation, and therefore
Chen Fuzhao must kill beggars.
The Xinhua News' invented theory was illogical
and preposterous. While it may be technically difficult to become
a millionaire, far fewer difficulties are encountered when one
wishes to become a beggar. If one is determined to become a beggar,
one simply abandons everything one owns, becomes a street person,
and begs for food with a begging bowl. That is all it takes to
reach the so-called "highest cultivation level" based on Xinhua
News' theory of cultivation. Why even make the effort to kill
Apparently Xinhua News realized how foolish it
was to publish such an absurd story. Thus, when it decided at the
end of 2003 to again slander Falun Gong and revisit the criminal
indictment of Chen Fuzhao, it changed the story and no longer
claimed that being a beggar would allow one to reach the highest
level of cultivation. To prove its point to the public, Xinhua
News made up an equally bizarre and absurd cultivation theory. It
alleged that Chen Fuzhao tried to "increase the ˇ®potency of his
energy' by killing people." It no longer asserted that being a
beggar would allow one to reach the highest level of cultivation;
it now claimed that, "Chen Fuzhao made beggars and homeless men
his killing targets."
Actually, even CCTV (Chinese communist
government's official TV station) wasn't willing to pick up Xinhua
News' preposterous theory in their separate effort to slander
Falun Gong. On July 14, 2003, more than 10 days after Xinhua News
published its article on Chen Fuzhao, CCTV announced another
equally preposterous cultivation theory. They fabricated a
different cultivation theory called "reverse cultivation," which
it expounded on during its talk show "Focus Interview." CCTV
stated that once a cultivator reaches a specific level based on
the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, he has
to cultivate himself based on the opposites of Truthfulness,
Compassion, and Tolerance. CCTV claimed this to be the "real"
reason why Chen Fuzhao killed people. As to why Chen Fuzhao killed
only beggars, "Focus Interview" said it was a pure coincidence.
CCTV's "reverse cultivation" theory is even
more illogical than the Xinhua News theory. If trying to become a
man of high morality will eventually make a man depraved, does
CCTV imply that by following Jiang Zemin's wicked deeds the
Chinese society will sooner or later return to morality?
Every time Jiang Zemin's group of political
cohorts instigates people's hatred toward Falun Gong by using
slander, they fabricate a variety of lies, which are essential, as
they can not quote directly from any of the Falun Gong books. Why
couldn't they quote directly from Falun Gong's books to support
these slanderous reports? Because Falun Gong texts clearly forbid
Falun Gong practitioners from killing lives or committing suicide.
"For practitioners, we have set the strict
requirement that they cannot kill lives." ("The Issue of Killing"
in Lecture Seven of Zhuan Falun) (Zhuan Falun is the
primary text for Falun Gong)
"Question: The third question is the issue
of killing as mentioned in the book. Killing a life is a very big
sin. If a person commits suicide, does it count as a sin or not?
Master: It counts as a sin. [...] Committing
suicide has another sin. This is because a person's life is pre-arranged.
You have disrupted the sequence of the god's entire layout.
Through the obligations you carry out to society, between people
there is this kind of interrelationship. If the person dies, won't
this entire sequence disrupt the god's arrangement then? If you
disrupt it, he will not let you go. Therefore, committing suicide
is sinful." ("Falun Dafa Lecture in Sydney")
Jiang Zemin's group of political cohorts
clearly recognizes that Falun Gong forbids killing lives and
committing suicide; therefore, they destroyed and banned Falun
Gong books in China. They wanted to assure that non-practitioners
in China would be unable to verify the facts and would thus
believe the preposterous lies disseminated about Falun Gong. Their
lies have become so illogical that even their fellow conspirators
find each other's versions ridiculous.
The official Chinese news began using Chen
Fuzhou's murder to slander Falun Gong in July 2003. It was because
July 20 was an unforgettable day for Falun Gong practitioners. On
July 20, 1999 Jiang Zemin ignored everyone else's favorable
opinions of Falun Gong and intentionally began the public
persecution of the practice. Since then, Falun Gong practitioners
throughout the world have and will continue to hold public
protests calling for an end to the persecution against Falun Gong.
As July 20, 2003 approached, Jiang ordered the Chinese media to
publish slanderous reports, as he wanted to instigate people's
hatred towards Falun Gong. He needed to justify his persecution
against Falun Gong. To reach this goal, they claimed that Chen
Fuzhao was a Falun Gong practitioner and that he followed Falun
Gong's teachings by killing people.
The aforementioned serial killing case was not
the only one of its kind. Another such serial murder case occurred
in Zhejiang Province a month before Chen Fuzhao committed murder.
A man named Chen Yongfeng killed ten beggars and dismembered nine
of their bodies. The frequency and brutality of these serial
murder cases reveal an acute social problem in Zhejiang Province.
Why is Jiang's group of political cohorts refusing to restore
public safety and social order in that area? Why are they using
the security resources for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners,
people who are known to be of high morality? According to Xinhua
News, it was under the direct "supervision" of the Minister of
Public Security Ministry, Mr. Zhou Yongkang, that the murder case
of Chen Fuzhao in Zhejiang Province was quickly solved. Who is Mr.
Zhou Yongkang? He is one of the key collaborators with Jiang Zemin
in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. When he visited the
United States, Falun Gong practitioners in the United States filed
a civil lawsuit against Zhou Yongkang and served him an official
summons from the United States Federal Court.
In examining the Xinhua News reports over the
years, one will discover that murders by poisoning are widespread
in today's Chinese society. It is an indisputable fact that
Falun Gong forbids its practitioners to kill lives or commit
suicide. There are no "facts" to support Jiang Zemin's
persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Jiang's group of evil
political cohorts must lie to the Chinese people and ban Falun
Gong books, which would expose their lies, to instigate and
sustain Chinese people's hatred of Falun Gong.
There is another downside to CCTV's cultivation
theory. If Chen Fuzhou was cultivating according to "reverse
cultivation," or according to the "reverse" of Falun Gong's
teaching, then logically speaking Chen Fuzhao's killing behavior
would have nothing to do with Falun Gong.
For example, if an operator refuses to follow
the safety instructions while operating machinery, and insists on
doing the opposite of the safety instructions, is anyone entitled
to attack the validity of the safety instructions? If one is
indeed entitled to attack the validity of the safety instructions,
then, by the same logic, one is entitled to attack everything in
Xinhua News also stated in their report, "During
the trial, the defendant Mr. Chen Fuzhao and his attorney were
given sufficient opportunities for defense. The local residents of
different walks of life also sat through the trial and heard the
I cannot help questioning their truthfulness
when Xinhua News said "local residents of different walks of life
also sat through the trial." Were Falun Gong practitioners allowed
to attend this trial? Were Falun Gong practitioners allowed to
testify that Mr. Chen Fuzhao was not doing anything remotely close
to what Falun Gong requires of its practitioners? I think we can
reach a conclusion by reviewing what happens when Chinese
communist party leaders visit foreign countries. Once it was found
that a journalist in the country visited was also a Falun Gong
practitioner. The Chinese Embassy and consulate staff used all
kinds of underhanded tactics to assure that he/she was not allowed
to participate. They wanted to assure that the visiting party
leaders would not be contradicted. Thus it follows that if the
Chinese communist government does not allow Falun Gong
practitioners to participate in a public event in democratic
countries, they would not allow practitioners to be present during
trials in China.
In conclusion, the year-end 2003 Xinhua News
slanderous report has once again confirmed that Xinhua News does
not understand Falun Gong, and that Chen Fuzhao was not a Falun