ChinaConflicted with his wife’s family when he was at home, Ha Tuyet Long caused a tragedy and then ran away for 29 years before it was revealed from a fingerprint.
On July 29, 1991, the police of Songjiang district, Shanghai city, received a call to report a murder and arson. The scene is a three-room house in Hy Vong village, Mao Cang town. Four victims lay in the yard, two others crashed in the old block behind. All 6 are family members.
Five victims died, including a pregnant woman. The survivor, a young woman, was also seriously injured and taken to the hospital.
According to witnesses, the perpetrator is the son-in-law of the victim’s family, 27-year-old Ha Tuyet Long. The six victims were Long’s parents-in-law, aunts and uncles and two younger sisters of Long’s wife. The survivor was one of two sisters. Around 7pm that day, Long killed four victims in the yard, then entered the old house to set it on fire and then continued to attack two other victims. After committing the crime, Long ran to the river dug in the south of the village and jumped in.
Searching along the riverbank, police did not find Long’s body, speculating that he did not commit suicide but jumped into the river to escape for fear of being surrounded if he went by road. Hope Village is surrounded by three interconnected rivers. If swimming along the river to the north, Long can reach Nam Son village.
Through research, people in Nam Son village saw a man from the river to the shore, but did not pay attention to his direction. Police set up checkpoints on the road, checked people and vehicles, but did not find any suspects.
On the other hand, the scene was consumed by fire, leaving no useful clues. The police issued a arrest warrant for Long across the country. But after sifting through many clues, they still couldn’t find Long.
29 years have passed, Tung Giang police still persisted in investigating the case, did not disband the special case team and the arrest warrant is still valid.
At this time, crime investigation technology has developed by leaps and bounds, the police wanted to use fingerprint and DNA comparison technology to find clues, but Long destroyed the crime scene and did not leave any traces. any biological traces.
The case was assigned to Ha Quan Binh, the deputy head of the criminal police team of the Tung Giang police department in 2019. When the case happened in 1991, Binh had just entered elementary school. He has a classmate who is the son of the victim. The death of his parents left him deeply traumatized. When accepting the task, Binh decided to find Long.
Once casually chatting about the case, Binh heard someone say that Long was not a good person, apparently having a criminal record. Binh immediately mobilized everyone to turn over the investigation records from 1991 to the early 1980s. The archives in the 1980s were all paper books, the volume was very large, and could only be checked manually.
After many days of searching, the police discovered a bicycle theft occurred in July 1982, the suspect was a man named Ha Tich Long, only one letter different from Ha Tuyet Long. The file does not record information about Ha Tich Long’s identity number, but his hometown and age match.
The pronunciation of “Tich” and “Snow” in the Shanghai dialect is very similar, you have to listen carefully to distinguish it. It is important that Ha Tich Long left fingerprints on the declaration that year.
The police entered this fingerprint into a national database for comparison, and the results matched a man named Yang Huiming, from Dongtou County, Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Minh was born on April 10, 1968, the same birthday as Long’s daughter.
Arriving where Minh lived, the police confirmed that Minh was Long after showing photos by village officials.
Through investigation, in 1993, Long met Mr. Duong – a villager who went to work elsewhere. He called himself Tieu Tran, from Anhui, a homeless wanderer. The two got along very well, so Mr. Duong took Long home. At that time, Mr. Duong’s son-in-law had just died, and his daughter had to take care of her three children alone. He and his wife were satisfied with Long, so they accepted him as a son-in-law, changing the surname Duong to Duong Huy Minh.
In 2013, Long’s wife died. Before he died, he instructed his three children to register for Minh’s household registration. The children took their stepfather to the police station to take fingerprints as a household registration book. But a few days later, Minh left without saying goodbye, the whole Duong family was confused as to what had happened.
Hearing that, the police immediately understood that Long had suddenly left after taking fingerprints for fear of revealing the identity of the fleeing suspect.
Authorities traced Long’s whereabouts through facial recognition and big data analysis.
With the help of the Duong family, they found a photo of Long sitting on the sofa looking at the camera, his facial features clear. At this time, Long was about 46-47 years old, much changed compared to when he committed the crime in 1991.
In August 2020, the large data system of the Ministry of Public Security of China showed that the road surveillance system in Zhuhai city, Guangdong province, took a photo of a dark-skinned man with a slightly bald head, short body, wearing a blue t-shirt, a black bag on his left shoulder and a purple umbrella. This man’s facial features are very similar to Long’s.
The police quickly found Long’s hiding place and arrested him at noon on August 11, 2020. After three days of questioning, Long admitted his identity and confessed to the crime 29 years ago. Long said he committed the crime because of a conflict with his wife’s family when he was in-law.
The Long family was so poor that they couldn’t find a daughter-in-law, so they were reluctant to ask someone to introduce them to the village of Hope at the age of 18, marrying his wife, A Tran.
In his wife’s house, Long worked hard all day, every time he rested, he was scolded by his wife’s parents. Long feels that they only see themselves as hired workers. The conflict between the two sides grew, but Long could only swallow his anger.
One day, Long argued with his wife’s sister. Just saying a sentence, Long was suddenly slapped in the face by his wife, he also angrily slapped back. At this time, Tran is pregnant. The father-in-law immediately scolded: “I gave birth to four daughters, I can’t bear to scold a sentence, what do you rely on to beat her?”. Long broke out in anger that had been patient for so long, argued violently with his father-in-law, and even moved his limbs.
Since then, Long often used the excuse not to come home, the couple’s relationship was in trouble, not long after that, Tran filed for divorce. Long resolutely opposed because he thought he had devoted both his youth and labor to his wife’s family, now his wife demanded a divorce and kicked him out of the house with empty hands. But Tran refused to meet her husband, suing Long to court.
On July 27, 1991, the court ruled for the two to divorce on the grounds that the couple’s relationship was broken.
Long felt that he had nothing left, holding a grudge against his wife’s family. On July 29, 1991, Long caused a tragedy. Long said that his wife’s family forced him to go crazy and lose his mind, leading to revenge.
But Tran said completely different. She said Long has a problem with dignity, twice stealing money from his father-in-law. He was taught by his wife’s parents, but he did not change, making them increasingly dissatisfied, supporting Tran’s divorce.
Police investigated that Long had sharpened the ax before the divorce, openly threatening to kill people if they broke up. Moreover, Long intentionally set fire after committing the crime, clearly in order to destroy the scene, and at the same time attract people to put out the fire to take the opportunity to flee. Long tried to avoid the police’s pursuit, concealing his identity, which showed no remorse.
From these points, Long intended to kill people in advance for the purpose of venting his anger, not being impulsive as he said. After hiding for 29 years, Long faced the death penalty.
Long and Tran’s daughter Na Na said she never forgave her father. Na Na was born on April 10, which is also the fake birth date of Long Dien on household registration. But Na Na does not think this shows her father’s love for her. She said she almost lost her life in the fire that year, fortunately she was saved by a neighbor.
When setting fire, Long knew that his daughter was still in the room but still took action. After that, Na Na always had to live in the name of “the murderer’s daughter”, whose 5 victims were all her relatives.
Tue Anh (Follow Toutiao)