Mingdong Chen, the 26-year-old illegal immigrant from China accused of killing his cousin’s family with a meat cleaver last October, reportedly said that he committed the crimes because the family had tried to move him to a “mahjong spot” that was too noisy.
The killing spree took place at the end of October last year, when the man attacked his cousin and her four children with a butcher knife in their home. According to recently released court documents, the man told detectives after the murder that “this happened tonight because I was thinking about not having a wife and job”.
Chen was believed to have moved to the US illegally in 2004, where he had been “bouncing around” without a job. Neighbors said that he was “not stable”.
He was drifting between homes and was staying at his cousin’s house after she tried to move him into an apartment in Flushing, Queens. Chen told investigators that he didn’t like the accommodations because he was “unable to get good rest”.
“It’s a mahjong spot,” he said. “I didn’t like staying there because it was too loud. So I argued and took a knife to them.”
Chen was found unfit to stand trial this week after psychiatrists said that he “is currently displaying symptoms of a severe mental illness.”