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Suspect in random murder had list of 11 targets: Taiwan police

Suspect in random murder had list of 11 targets: Taiwan police

A suspect arrested for murdering a total stranger showing him a house for rent as a way of taking out his anger on society was found in possession of a list of potential victims, police said yesterday.
The unemployed 37-year-old man, surnamed Huang, selected his targets on a real estate rental website, police said.
He contacted a man surnamed Chien and made an appointment to visit his property for rent in the Tienmu area of Taipei's Shihlin District on Monday. During the visit, Huang reportedly produced a hammer and a dagger and stabbed Chien to death. An autopsy yesterday showed a cut to the throat had been the fatal stab. The landlord also received a blow on the back of his head and a cut near the right side of his mouth.
He used the dead man's identity documents to locate his home, attacking Chien's wife and son as well before being arrested.
Huang, a plumber originally from Nantou County, told police he had been unemployed for a long time and lost his savings of NT$6 million in a scam. Media reports said he had no criminal record but had become addicted to online mahjong games.
The attacks had been his way of getting back at society and of trying to improve his fate by passing his bad luck on to others, reports said.
Huang also claimed to have been influenced by violent Japanese manga cartoon books, reports said. Reporters found the books in question easily available at stores catering to youths.
Huang was allegedly found in possession of a list mentioning 11 people renting out apartments in Taipei's northern districts of Peitou and Shihlin.
Another home owner on the list, also surnamed Chien, told cable stations he had refused to meet Huang because the suspect gave him a bad impression during their phone conversation.