An ‘evil genius’ student has been arrested for killing his mum, wrapping her body in plastic bags, using charcoal to hide the smell and putting up CCTV cameras to avoid being found out.
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Talented student Wu Xieyu, who studied at Peking University’s School of Economics, one of China’s top two universities, has been arrested Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in the Chongqing Municipality in south-western China.
Wu is accused of killing his mother Xie Tianqin in July 2015 after they had an argument.
Local media report Wu, who finished Fuzhou No 1 Middle School with top grades, bought a kitchen knife, a surgery knife, a saw, plastic bags, waterproof cloth, and activated carbon from online shops before the murder.
Activated carbon is charcoal which has been treated to increase its adsorptive power.
He is then said to have killed his mother before deciding against dismembering her body and instead wrapping her corpse in 10 layers of plastic bags and cloth, with activated carbon placed between each layer to stop the smell of rotting flesh leaking out.
The suspect, who received several scholarships to study at Peking University, reportedly blocked off his mother’s room and installed CCTV cameras in their home which were linked to his laptop so he could check if her body had been discovered.
The student allegedly told friends and family he was going to travel to the United States to study and that his mother was going with him in order to explain her absence.
He then disappeared and his mother’s body was not discovered until 218 days later on 14th February 2016 by neighbours.
Wu, 22 at the time, has been wanted for her murder since then but had evaded capture for three years.
Reports say he managed to borrow money in his mother’s name after her murder and cops found him with over 30 different ID cards he had bought online on his person.
It is believed Wu had stayed in China for the three years he was on the run.
It is unclear if he has been charged and the police are yet to release a statement.
Times Higher Education rank Peking University as the third best university in Asia and the 31st best in the world.