A Taiwan man was arrested yesterday for decapitating his sister in front of horrified neighbors, only a week after another killer was jailed for beheading a 3-year-old girl in the street.
The 54-year-old man, identified by his family name Lin, beheaded his sister with a kitchen knife outside their home in southern Kaohsiung city after an argument, police said.
Lin had been caring for his mentally ill sister, 52, in Kaohsiung. They were both unmarried, according to police.
“She was supposed to go to the hospital this morning and they quarrelled when she refused. Lin then attacked her with a kitchen knife and severed her neck,” a police officer said.
An eyewitness said the woman had knelt and pleaded for her life while neighbors screamed when they saw her severed head on the pavement.
In the previous killing of the 3-year-old girl, schizophrenic Wang Ching-yu decapitated the child in public near a metro station in Taipei last year.
Wang’s case sparked fresh debate over the death penalty for child killers.
Wang claimed that he had hallucinated he was a Chinese emperor from Sichuan Province and believed that killing the girl would bring him concubines to “carry on his family line.”
Prosecutors called the crime extremely cold-blooded and demanded death penalty. But a district court refused and sentenced Wang to life in prison due to his “mental handicap.”