Ghost marriages are an ancient custom, but instances of the practice being carried out are occasionally still reported today. There are generally two types of ghost marriages: one which is held between two deceased people, and the other between a dead and a living person.
Traditional belief has it that a dead person who is buried single and alone in a grave brings bad luck to his or her descendants. Therefore, some bereaved families seek a corpse to hold a ghost marriage for the deceased.
Recently, a suspect surnamed Wang confessed to police that he and eight accomplices were involved with the stealing and selling of a corpse in March. Police had initially interrogated him after he was caught stealing motorcycles in Shandong’s Juye county, said Qilu Evening.
Motorcycles stolen by Wang.
According to Wang, he and his accomplices dug up the corpse of a female, which had been buried for around three months, and then sold it for 18,000 yuan.
The dug-up grave.
“The corpse of a person who died many years ago is not worth as much as that of someone who just died. Generally, it can be sold for 16,000 yuan to 20,000 yuan,” said Wang.
Wang is being interrogated.
Police eventually traced the case to Handan city of Hebei province and found the corpse buyer surnamed Liu, who’d kept the body at a mortuary in a hospital for a week before he sold it for 38,000 yuan in Wuan city, making a profit of almost 20,000 yuan.
Liu confesses he sold the corpse for 36,000 yuan.
Zhang Linhai, the police official in Juye county, told reporters that a total of 11 suspects have been implicated in the bodysnatching case, which is still under investigation.
By Lucy Liu
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