Another grisly public decapitation has shocked Taiwan; however, this time the beheading was not a random crime but one between siblings.
A 54-year-old man surnamed Lin was arrested in Kaohsiung on Thursday for beheading his mentally-ill sister with a kitchen knife outside of their home, right in front of their horrified neighbors.
Lin had taken care of his 52-year-old sister for years. They lived together and were both unmarried, police said. Yesterday, Lin’s sister refused to go to her hospital appointment, sparking an argument that led to her beheading.
According to the AFP, an eyewitness told a local news outlet that the woman had knelt down on the ground and pleaded for her life, but to no avail. Neighbors screamed in horror after seeing the woman’s severed head on the pavement.
The horrifying incident comes less than one week after a mentally-ill man was sentenced to life in prison for beheading a 4-year-old girl on the street in broad daylight last March in Taipei. The man escaped the death penalty after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. In court, he claimed that he had believed himself to be a Chinese emperor from Sichuan and thought that by killing the little girl he would be granted concubines to carry on his ancestral line.
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