So many interesting stories out there today, but I had to get something out on this mysterious “suicide” case out of Hubei. (Well, not so mysterious actually, but certainly entertaining, if you’re into black humor.) ChinaSMACK has a rundown of all the particulars. Here’s a summary:
August 27th at around 6:40 in the afternoon, Hubei province Gongan County Disciplinary Committee cadre Xie Yexin died in his office, with over 10 stab wounds discovered on his body. Xie one month ago participated and assisted the investigation of corruption against the county’s Deputy Secretary. The Hubei province Jingzhou city Gongan county government website posted information on the night of October 28th stating that through the careful investigation of the public security organs, Xie Yexin committed suicide.
Those of you in the West who might have grown up reading about ritual suicide in Asia, keep in mind that hara kiri (also known as seppuku) is a Japanese tradition. If you suggested self-inflicted disembowelment to your average Chinese person, a loose translation of the response would be “Are you fucking kidding me?”
Nevertheless, here we have Mr. Xie, who must have possessed giant brass cojones to pull off this deft maneuver. Now, if you’re the skeptical type, you might be thinking “Look, I trust everything the police say, but in this case, I’m finding myself questioning just how Mr. Xie was able to do this.”
I understand your confusion, but good for you giving the cops the benefit of the doubt. To help out Doubting Thomases such as yourself, the police have explained that Mr. Xie’s first 10 wounds were simply “test stabs”. In other words, he wanted to get it right, so he needed a few trial runs before settling on that eleventh masterstroke.
Still not sure how it went down? Here’s a helpful diagram (the site I found it on says it came from the police, but that seems unlikely). Anyway, as you can see, Mr. Xie, looking very Caucasian (reminds me of Robert F. Kennedy for some reason) and clinically detached, made a series of test stabs before victory was achieved.
By the way, I appreciate that the depiction is discreetly limited to his torso and head and does not continue below the waistline. Gotta think of the children.
I think this graphic graphic clears up all questions, doesn’t it? This fellow looks quite lucid and capable of inflicting several more injuries at this point, so obviously Mr. Xie could have done it.
Those tests he conducted must have been interesting, though. I mean, stabbing yourself at least twice in the forearms/wrists. How clever to make those look like defensive wounds! Methinks Mr. Xie was having a bit of a funny with the police. Ha ha ha. That Mr. Xie must have had quite a sense of humor! (For the record, the police have said that those were definitely not defensive wounds.)
Now, some of you might still be wondering whether Mr. Xie’s job had anything to do with this. Let’s clear this up right now: just because he was conducting a major investigation into the activities of the local Deputy Secretary, that doesn’t mean that the two things had anything to do with each other. I’m sure that the Deputy Secretary figured that Mr. Xie was just doing his job and, also being a good civil servant, wouldn’t dream of interfering or exacting revenge. Anti-corruption investigations are so commonplace these days, it just doesn’t make sense that anyone would get upset about it.
As to Mr. Xie’s motives for the suicide, I hear that he became despondent after the death of Puddles, his prized miniature Schnauzer. I’m not sure that’s been confirmed yet, though.
Some people are just so cynical. It amazes me. Obviously Occam’s Razor applies here. The simplest explanation is that Mr. Xie stabbed himself eleven times. Why can’t we just accept that?
I’m glad to see that some folks have done just that, not only accepting the obvious but pointing out to other depressives that if they wish to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Xie, there are several options. (Click on the image to see full size.)
Several questions remain. Will Mr. Xie become a revered icon in China, held out as a tough guy who puts your average samurai to shame?
Will we see a wave of copycats and an informal competition to see who can first reach the fabled “death of a thousand cuts”?
What response will we see from the manufacturer of the “Lang Bo Fei” brand of knife used by Mr. Xie? I’m thinking new marketing campaign at the very least. I mean, if you want to be known as a company that sells sharp knives, well, eleven cuts makes your product look a bit dull and ineffective.
Most importantly, how will Next Media Animation deal with this? (I can’t wait.)