Shanxi School Principal Tied in Steel Wire/Cable Determined to be Suicide, Cause of Death Not Yet Investigated
Xinhuanet.com Taiyuan November 2 report (reporter Hu Jingguo, Sun Liangquan) — In September of this year, when Shanxi province Luliang city Shilou county middle school principal Wang Jizhen was discovered underneath a bridge over the Yellow River having suffered a violent death, the local police’s continuous refusal to open a case [criminal investigation] has the public asking questions. Recently, the Shanxi province Luliang City News Office and Luliang City Public Security Bureau have said that after reviewing the evidence, they have not found evidence that a crime has been committed, and have ruled out homicide in the death of Wang Jizhen, determining it to be a suicide.
On September 3rd of this year, Wang Jizhen was discovered dead near the Xinguan Bridge in Shilou county, his body bound by a 6-meter long “rusty” steel cable/wire. Three days later, the other scene/location in this case was discovered, a scene with large bloodstains, a kitchen knife, and other material evidence. As a result, relatives suspected that Wang Jizhen had been murdered and his body dumped. Afterward, local police got involved in the investigation, but based on “not finding evidence of a homicide”, they’ve continuously refused to open a [murder] case, therefore inciting intense suspicion from society [the public].
Wang Jizhen was the principal of a middle school in Shilou county, as well as the Vice Bureau Director of the Shilou County Education Bureau, responsible for the Shilou county’s 50 million [RMB] vocational school construction project. The motive for his death [wanting to kill him, or wanting to kill himself] has also attracted attention locally.
Police claim that after they received the report [of the body/death] on September 3rd, police officers from Shilou county Public Security Bureau and Luliang city Public Security Bureau criminal divisions rushed to the scene and collected the private car the deceased Wang Jizhen drove that day as well as related articles/items left at the scene, at the same time carrying out the other related investigation and evidence-collecting work. On September 6th, at another location in Shilou county Lingquan town Songjiagou village, police discovered bloodstains, a kitchen knife, and a single white shoelace which they cataloged.
Police say, after the deceased Wang Jizhen left home and arrived near the Xinguan town Shiqing Yellow River Bridge, he successively made four calls to friends and colleagues, informing his friend to come to the Yellow River bridge to drive his car back home, and exhorting the vice principal to take good care of the school’s matters. That day at 8:40, Wang Jizhen’s friend arrived at the Yellow River bridge, found Wang Jizhen already dead, then informed the work unit, family, and called the police.
Through analysis of surveillance footage and records of the relevant telephone conversations along with on-scene investigations, the Shilou county Public Security Bureau confirmed that the telephone conversations matched what the relevant people involved testified, and that high-resolution surveillance footage fit [the sequence of events]. At the same time, the deceased’s son reported that their home was missing a kitchen knife and shoelace. The characteristics of the kitchen knife described matched the characteristics of the kitchen knife recovered from the scene at Songjiagou, and the missing shoelace was of the same brand as the shoelace recovered from the scene at Songjiagou.
Luliang police also made public the forensics results concerning the circumstances of Wang Jizhen’s death from the Shanxi provincial police forensics center, Luliang municipal police forensics center, and the Shanxi province University of Medicine’s forensics center. In them, the expert opinion was “death by drowning”.
Luliang city Public Security Bureau Chief Quan Zhigao said that the corroboration between witness testimony, surveillance footage, on-scene material evidence, and forensics results provides a complete chain of evidence. Combining all the evidence, there is no indication that a crime occurred, and they have ruled out homicide in Wang Jizhen’s death, determining it to be a suicide. “According the the relevant regulations of criminal procedure, the Shilou county Public Security Bureau have decided not to open a case [criminal investigation] in Wang Jizhen’s death,” he said.
Furthermore, regarding the motive for death that the local public and netizens have been concerned with, Quan Zhigao says Wang Jizhen’s death has been confirmed as a suicide and not a criminal case, and now that the police have lawfully conducted the relevant investigation, any other investigations would infringe upon personal privacy and other problems, as well as do not fall within the scope of police duty, and therefore the police have no investigated the motive and reason for death.
“If the family has a need and obtains approval from the relevant departments, we can assist in the investigation,” Quan Zhigao said.
(Original title: No Case Opened for “Death” of Luliang School Principal Bound in Steel Wire/Cable Questioned, Police Respond That It Was Suicide)
Comments from Sina:
With this kind of scene, how was it confirmed that it was a suicide? Are they afraid of implicating other cases? Why doesn’t the police open a case/investigation?
Shanxi, this mysterious piece of land!
Lots of suspicious points. There absolutely must be an inside story.
If Di Renjie were alive, he’d definitely be stupefied by this~
Too amazing, even this can be called suicide.
There’s a lot unseen here.
Impressive, truly impressive!
Feels a bit like having gone mad.
Difficulty coefficient 8.9
手机用户[山西太原] (responding to above)
I think it’s a 9.3.
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Comments from NetEase:
This suicide difficulty coefficient sure is high!
If you don’t commit suicide, I’ll have you suicided, haha.
I remember last time there was even someone who had stabbed himself dozens of times. Incredible, there’s hope/promise.
This definitely was suicide!!!
Suicide, once again suicide.
Suicide with such a high level of difficulty involved, afraid the pain index isn’t high enough???
Don’t even need to think about why. It’s like playing a game, going through the motions, and the public and media are already used to it.
Committing suicide involving this much complexity? Why not just take a lethal drug/poison and be done with it? So uneducated.
So he wound the wire around his own body and used a kitchen knife to kill himself. Talk about making it hard for the school principal…
Commits suicide, then ties himself up, and then movies his corpse to a second location. What a high difficulty level!
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