Chemist Poisons Husband In The US, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Li Tianle, suspected of poisoning her husband with thallium.

Li Tianle, on trial in New Jersey.

From Sohu, NetEase, & Xinhua:

Overseas in America, former Peking University graduate female chemist suspected of poisoning former Tsinghua University graduate husband with thallium

According to American media reports on the 9th, a family tragedy was exposed several days ago in New Jersey, United States: 40-year-old female chemist Li Tianle (transliteration) is suspected of using toxic metal Thallium to poison husband Wang Xiaoye (transliteration). It is reported that Li Tianle and Wang Xiaoye graduated from Peking University and Tsinghua University respectively, later studying abroad in America where they settled in New Jersey. On January 26th, Wang Xiaoye passed away from illness, the autopsy report indicating that he had died from thallium poisoning. The police investigation discovered that prior to the incident, Li Tianle had requisitioned from her company various dosages of the toxic metal thallium multiple times.

Peking University female scholar falls in love with Tsinghua University male scholar

According to reports, Li Tianle has served American pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb as a research chemist for 10 years. Her 39-year-old husband Wang Xiaoye was a computer engineer. According to insiders, back when Li Tianle was in Peking University, she had a boyfriend, but later Wang Xiaoye “broke them apart to compete for her love”, and afterward the two of them went to America to study. It is reported that after Li Tianle and Wang Xiaoye married in America, they gave birth to a son in 2008, and moved to their current address on Stanley Drive in a high-end neighborhood of Monroe Township, New Jersey. However, problems appeared in their marriage a year later. According to neighbor’s recollections, they often heard the sound of a couple arguing, the wife’s sound being louder than the husbands, and the police arrived to investigate almost every week.

Peking University female scholar liked to argue

According to insiders, Li Tianle has always been a lively, smart, and capable girl, but her personality was very strong, and took love very seriously. A netizen revealed information that Li Tianle has done many outrageous things before. For example, she once harassed her ex-boyfriend’s wife, work-related conflicts were escalated until management is involved before she was satisfied, and trivial matters in her personal life were escalated to the court and police station before she would give up. And she always believes that she is right, that she is the victim, that the world is unjust to her.

However, the deceased Wang Xiaoye had good people skills, getting along well with othes. He knew many girls. Friends recall Wang’s personality having a cheerful disposition, loved to to have fun and having people around, loved joking and laughing. From 1998 and on, rumors continuously emerged of Wang Xiaoye having affairs, but most friends believed that with his lively personality and love for socializing, none of them thought anything was unusual.

Zhu Ling thallium poisoning incident

One can’t help but associate the Wang Xiaoye incident with Tsinghua female scholar Zhu Ling’s thallium poisoning incident. Born 1973, Beijing native Zhu Ling was multi-talented, having in 1992 been admitted to Tsinghua University’s Chemistry Department specializing in Physical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis.

In the winter of 1994 and the Spring of 1995, Zhu Ling at least twice ingested lethal doses of heavy metal thallium salt, the second poisoning resulting in her entering a coma for many days, nearly become a vegetable. Today, at 37-years-old, she is unable to take care of herself, entirely paralyzed, 100% disabled, her brain slow, completely dependent upon her old parents for care. However, just who was the person responsible for this remains an unsolved mystery to this day.

Thallium (Tl) is a type of highly poisonous toxic metal, usually in powder or crystalline form, one gram enough to be lethal. Thallium obstructs the body’s absorption of potassium, affecting cell survival, as well as attacking the nervous system, stomach, and kidneys. It’s toxicity is not immediately apparent, with several weeks passing before those who have been poisoned exhibiting vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, burning sensations in the extremities, and other symptoms.

Li Tianle, suspected of poisoning her husband with thallium.Li Tianle and her husband Wang Xiaoye.

Comments from NetEase:


Does anyone remember the Zhu Ling incident? Isn’t the murderer likewise roaming carefree abroad…this society, sigh.

网易英国网友: (responding to above)

The murderer evaded capture because of her background. Anothe reason is because the media at the time wasn’t developed. They were able to cover it up.

网易内蒙古赤峰市网友 [jeveler]:

When looking for a wife, definitely do not look for doctors or those learning chemistry, [because they] can kill you in imperceptible ways. Remember my words.
That so many thallium poisoning scandals have come out of Tsinghua and Peking University in the past 10 some years, do all elite students like this method of imperceptible murder? Apart from the Tsinghua Zhu Ling case, similar things have happened on Peking University campus as well. If you don’t believe me, you can Baidu it [Baidu is the number one search engine in China].

网易美国网友 [郫县女婿]: (responding to above)

True, it is indeed like this. There is a true story, where a wife who was a doctor castrated her cheating husband, while he was sleeping, she even put the man under anesthesia (don’t know if it was ether), then cut it off, sewed together the wound, threw the penis into the drain and flushed it away, then called the police. However, the key is not the woman’s occupation. Their occupation only gives them an idea about what methods to use. The key is the woman’s personality. Many women are narrow-minded, and those women who have had a lot of education, especially those from famous schools, are accustomed to attention, are extremely self-centered, arrogant, jealous, and those with good looks are even more so. If I could offer everyone a piece of advice it would be to keep far away from this kind of irritable and petty woman. Be very polite and well-mannered with them when you run into them, but avoid them as much as possible.

网易山西省晋中市网友 [草原上1的狼]:

When I’m look for a partner, my mother often tells me to find a girl who doesn’t know much to live my life with (“An ignorant woman is virtuous.”). Today I thoroughly admire my mother’s intelligence, [because her advice] can save my life.

网易美国网友: (responding to 网易英国网友 above)

So what you’re saying is had that incident happened today, there wouldn’t have been a cover up, that there would have been a different result? Li Gang

网易内蒙古赤峰市网友 [jeveler]: (responding to above)

Oh come on, Li Gang at least was sentenced to 6 years! In terms of traffic accidents, that can be considered a severe punishment.

网易美国网友: (responding to above)

So maybe Li Gang isn’t niubi [powerful, connected enough] enough…plus we’re all eagerly awaiting how long his son will be locked up for, what kind of treatment he gets inside, etc.


Those from Tsinghua really do things differently.

[This comment is suggesting that Tsinghua students/graduates as above-average people also tend to do things like murdering people differently than how ordinary average people would.]

网易上海市浦东新区网友: (responding to 郫县女婿)

If it were that a wife made her husband “wear a green hat” [made a fool of him be publicly cheating on him], and the husband sewed her vagina together,
all of you would then say how that woman deserved it, that the husband did a good thing, etc.
Hehe, Chinese men are truly TM amusing.

网易山东省济南市网友 [xiaocheng]:

Once married forever grace, what kind of hate was there for such a thing to have been done? If people could be a little more forgiving, how much better the world would be!

网易上海市网友 [mofer527]:

Can someone who left the country and settle abroad really be a talented/intelligent person??? Is a traitor worth sympathizing with? Better if they are dead.


Fortunately this was outside of the country.
A husband and wife quarrels and the police will investigate? Are you serious?

网易广东省云浮市网友 [中华好小子]: (responding to mofer527)

As a netizen, we need to be civil. Online comments should be impartial and objective. Don’t say uncivil things, don’t curse/abuse others, much less insult others. One’s character can be seen from their speech, words can embody whether or not a person has good morals, upbringing, and high character.

网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友 [茉莉花] :

This is actually about two foreigners…


The place this happened was different, and so was the result! (in comparison to the Zhu Ling incident)

网易加拿大网友 [封口废]:

Zhu Ling was a Tsinghua University student, and because it was very competitive, she was envied and poisoned. She didn’t die but she was poisoned stupid. The person who poisoned her was a female student in her dorm, the child of a high ranking official, and strangely the police didn’t even open a case. In reality, they had all the evidence needed. Poor Zhu’s parents kept petitioning, but got nowhere. It is said that the murderer left the country, even founded their own company. If only God had eyes. Many of Zhu’s classmates were sympathetic, several years ago bringing up the incident again online, even helping collect donations for the Zhu family, and I too donated some money. I very much sympathize with her and her parents, and even wrote an email to the Phoenix TV “Lengnuan Rensheng” program, hoping they would look into this poor girl. But they never replied.


There is a saying that says: The more outstanding a person is, the more dangerous that person is. However dangerous this world is, is however many outstanding people are in control. Those below, do you agree with what I’ve said?

网易四川省成都市网友 [duzidengdai0]:

I think it is better if a woman’s intelligence and ability is not too strong, [because] often they will be mentally/emotionally extreme. I used to think I was rather outstanding, but in the end I haven’t done well, and now think it it’s better to be a simple woman. Independence and personality is still necessary, but being a good wife and a good mother is a more important duty for women.

网易广东省广州市网友: (replying to 郫县女婿)

This is why the most important thing when looking for a wife is her personality, and the least important is her level of education! I’ve suffered this misfortune myself! Even today very much regretting it!

Comments from Sohu:


From them we can see that well-known universities teaches knowledge but not morals!


This kind of “male or female scholar”, it doesn’t matter if they’re dead or alive. Even a dog knows to be loyal to their master, never complaining that their home is poor. Think about it, a Chinese person, studying so hard and finally becomes successful, but for a cozy life runs overseas to settle down and work, no different from an ant, without ever thinking of repaying the motherland, repaying society, no different from waste~~


They are American, it has nothing to do with us.


A pair of garbage!!
Fortunately, they didn’t embarrass themselves here in China!!



搜狐辽宁省沈阳市网友: (replying to the other 搜狐辽宁省沈阳市网友 above who posted the same comment on Sohu)

Repay what? Repay who? They went to school relying on their own ability, the money spent their parents’, and you want them to repay you?

xinxihuanyu: (responding to above)

You can attend this school [Peking University or Tsinghua University] just by spending your parents’ money? Taking up social resources, do you know what that means? Revealing one’s true colors too soon, no matter how capable you are, no one will want you.

沙贝尔勒: (responding to above)

You don’t have the ability to go abroad, so you’re even more a waste. Are those who go abroad no longer people?

xinxihuanyu: (responding to above)

If you go abroad, you should be a master, not a slave; better to be the beak of a chicken than the ass of a cow. Do you think “cow ass” is very glorious?


Why not come back to China to work? I look down upon these kind of Chinese the most!

北京一隅: (responding to above)

Fortunately these two elite students didn’t come back, otherwise they might have hurt others! Chinese people are poor enough, suffering under corrupt officials.

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