Chinese Gamer Murders Two, Burns Down Cafe When Internet Cuts Out


This story has been updated: a previous version mistakenly reported that Zhao murdered Ren and his wife in their home. They were actually murdered in the internet cafe itself.

A spotty internet connection can be a real annoyance, but a gamer in China surnamed Zhao took things to a whole new level at an internet cafe in Renqiu, Hebei. When the connection dropped while Zhao was playing a favorite web game, he got angry and called over the owner to see what was the matter. The two got into an argument after the owner (surnamed Ren) suggested that Zhao had downloaded a virus that caused the drop, and Zhao began to hit Ren with his fists. Ren, trying to protect himself, brandished a hammer (though he didn’t strike Zhao with it), and Zhao responded by grabbing scissors and stabbing Ren repeatedly. Ren tried to counter with the hammer, but Zhao grabbed it and began smashing him in the head until he fell to the ground, dead. When Ren’s wife came over, Zhao smashed her in the head with a hammer too, also stabbing her with the scissors and a nearby kitchen knife.

Having murdered the couple, Zhao then set the building ablaze and tossed the murder weapons into the fire. It wasn’t until the next morning that Ren and his wife were found, and although the incident happened in December, Zhao wasn’t arrested until this month. Murder is a capital offense in China, and given the fact that Zhao’s was a double murder with no real provocation, he can probably expect a short trial followed by a bullet in the back of his head.

The Chinese gaming news is full of stories about addicted gamers overreacting when their favorite games have been taken away, but clearly, Mr. Zhao has long since crossed the line between “entitled douche” and “total psychopath.” If there’s anyone out there who feels like Zhao when bad internet connections take your favorite games away, please, seek help.

(Hebei News Agency via QQ Games)

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