Photos of a Chinese execution

These photos are quite graphic, so view at your own risk.

The Discussion: 50 Comments

Sad. I just can’t help but wonder what is that woman’s backstory and what crime was she convicted of to warrant this reprisal.

February 24, 2005 @ 5:35 pm | Comment

On the board, it is said that she committed murder. It is very disturbing to see a young woman like her to be executed like this.

February 24, 2005 @ 6:43 pm | Comment

Life is cheap in China, I’m afraid. How many do they execute like this every year — about 15,000? Staggering. Often the crime is far less than murder.

February 24, 2005 @ 6:53 pm | Comment

Do you know exactly where in China the executions in these photos took place?
Just wondering.

February 24, 2005 @ 7:26 pm | Comment

Hank, I don’t know. The photos were emailed to me. (Thanks Tian!)

February 24, 2005 @ 7:37 pm | Comment

Cannot judge whether the death sentence is right or wrong. But the way in which people are killed is absolutely wrong. The soldier committing the execution may get mad.

February 24, 2005 @ 10:03 pm | Comment

Ugh. I’m against the death penalty. If murder is barbaric, the state killing people is even more so. It’s a great stain on the United States as well…

February 25, 2005 @ 12:24 am | Comment

Growing up in China, I have witnessed public executions like the one shown in the photos.

So close that I could smell the air mixed with human blood and powder smoke from the bullet cartridge.

I think my first exposure to public execution is when I was about 6 or 7 years old (2nd grade in elementry school).

Keep in mind, that was the good old “humane” days, where the prisons are actually killed. Unlike today, where prisoners’ organs are harvested while they are still alive!

February 25, 2005 @ 12:36 am | Comment

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February 25, 2005 @ 12:49 am | Comment

Damn. ESWN, I accidentally deleted your comment after getting hit by more than 250 spam comments last night. Can you please come back and give us the link to your own post about these photos? Thanks!!

February 25, 2005 @ 7:58 am | Comment

Life is cheap in China (and many other parts of the world). It is a sad state of affairs indeed. I have mixed feelings about the death penalty. Leathal injection is certainly the most “humane” method. But this is utterly barbaric and dehumanizing. No matter the crime, everybody at least deserves a modicum of dignity in death.

February 25, 2005 @ 12:04 pm | Comment

I really don’t think there’s a “humane” way to take someone’s life. Lethal injection might be the most antiseptic, but it’s no more humane than a shot to the head — it’s just less messy. I’ve always hated the death penalty, in spite of there being many monstrous criminals who deserve it (I shed no tears for Timothy McVeigh, for example). The bottom line: no matter how you try to frame it, taking someone’s life against their will is a cruel and unusual punishment.

February 25, 2005 @ 1:10 pm | Comment

I just found the post on ESWN about this subject, and the photos as well. Be sure to check it out, and apologies for deleting the original comment by mistake.

February 25, 2005 @ 1:14 pm | Comment

These pictures have been making the rounds for a while now but it seems they’ve hit a flurry of activity recently. If you head over to the free republic, you’ll find a post about it there, except its titled as the execution of Tibetan prisoners and someone translated the sign as fomenting rebellion. I figured it was a matter of time before the free tibet crowd purposefully pulled a stunt like this, it was inevitable.

February 25, 2005 @ 2:19 pm | Comment

Jing posted:

“except its titled as the execution of Tibetan prisoners and someone translated the sign as fomenting rebellion. I figured it was a matter of time before the free tibet crowd purposefully pulled a stunt like this, it was inevitable”

my oh my… the situation in Nepal must be making you wet! I bet you are a Bush supporter as well… yikes!

February 25, 2005 @ 6:38 pm | Comment

Yes, at Free republic, that picture is indeed related to the execution of Tibetans.

Actually there are some good commets there. Here is one by Al Gator,

“Yeah, this certainly is a forensic puzzle here. I personally think that there was some re-arrangement after the fact.

A 7.62 can certainly do some amazing things, but I don’t think it would be as clean or massive as the photo indicates. There would certainly be a cavernous hole in the front, but the back of the skull would probably stay in tact with a smaller entry wound. There would be a whole lot left over. Also, the hair is gone too. Basically, there should be a bigger mess, especially if they used some type of hollow point or soft point round. ”

This fellow actually used his brain, unlike the rest of the crowd.

February 25, 2005 @ 8:52 pm | Comment

Speaking of using my brain, I tried but I’m still confused. Did you actually have something to say Rikk David or was that completly unrelated out of the blue comment just that…

February 26, 2005 @ 12:41 am | Comment

Rikk David –

It’s quite possible to criticise aspects of the ‘Free Tibet’ campaign while supporting Tibet’s right to independence and deploring Chinese atrocities. I suggest reading Patrick French’s ‘TIBET, TIBET’ to educate yourself.


March 1, 2005 @ 2:58 am | Comment

prolghma poiuyt

April 3, 2005 @ 10:58 am | Comment

Steve, how many people have you seen shot with a high power rifle in the back of the head? What makes you think there should be a bigger mess? I’m not sure what your saying? Are you saying they cleaned up after the execution or they used something other than the rifle in the pic? They do not use hollow points. Just the standard fair military round the PLA in china uses. They do have steel or copper jacketed rounds, some with steel cores. But if I know anything about china, they will use the cheapest round which would be the steel jacket. But, who cares what they used? This is how a communist dictatorship treats people. With all the history in china, this is what they have come to. They execute more people than the rest of the world combined.

April 30, 2005 @ 8:10 pm | Comment

I believe that capital punishment is wrong. I also believe it to be a possible case of religiouse persecution as this is common in that region. You should pray for her family. My mother wasc murdered in my own home when I was 11 Years old.


May 25, 2005 @ 11:57 am | Comment

Well, I saw the pictures sometime ago – including the pictures before the execution ground, where the woman who is the focus of the camera work (and I do not forget for one second the other people shot that day), is seen being taken from the court and loaded onto a lorry. Obviously the executioners removed the top part of her skull and brain from the area before the final picture was taken. On another forum, people were of the opinion that the woman was not Tibetan, but northern Chinese- her name was not Tibetan.

September 21, 2005 @ 12:51 pm | Comment

15,000 a year is a lot. more than death by traffic accident.
Maybe I can propose the chinese judicial court to use Nuke instead of bullet.

October 6, 2005 @ 2:56 am | Comment

I can just see Lu Hsun shrivel in his grave – 100 years later and the Chinese are still the same….

October 12, 2005 @ 5:14 am | Comment


October 26, 2005 @ 10:12 am | Comment

Please don’t think for one minute that the US people, as a whole, get our jollies off of sending some “evildoer” to the needle room!

Overlooking the US’s violent history, most of us believe (Christian standpoint) that:

God allowed man to over see punishment for crimes and enforcing the Law. Unfortunately, man ain’t perfect. Many an innocent man has been executed by shit testimony from seedy witnesses, evil Distict and State Attorneys hell bent on blood and nothing less.

The only reason the laws don’t get changed is because the US citizen are apathethic. Don’t tell me Im full a shit, neither, cuz Im from Texas the USAs #1 executioner of evildoers. So there.

November 30, 2005 @ 10:46 pm | Comment

The entry wound is clearly seen on her LH temple. She must have turned her head when the exicutioner fired. in fact a shot to the back of the head is sometimes not fatal, wheras a temple shot always is. The damage is consistenent with a 7.65 round

December 18, 2005 @ 7:07 am | Comment

This is the most horrific thing any humane person would do!! I am shocked and ashamed of what the chinese government is doing! There is always a more humane way of executing someone. and to take the picture after they removed her brain and half of her head is just wrong. This is not right!!!!!

May 9, 2006 @ 9:56 pm | Comment

This is the most horrific thing any person could do!! I am shocked and ashamed of what the chinese government is doing! There is always a more humane way of executing someone. and to take the picture after they removed her brain and half of her head is just wrong. This is not right!!!!!

May 9, 2006 @ 9:57 pm | Comment

Question about the case of Teng Xingshan, excuted in 1989 for allegedly killing a woman in Hunan Province. She turned up unharmed later and Teng was posthumously exonerated in January. What practical expression did that exoneration take? Then the question of She Xianglin of Hubei Province. After 11 years on death row, accused of murdering his wife, he was freed after she reappeared in their village last year. What COMPENSATION did he RECEIVE, if any?

May 16, 2006 @ 11:56 pm | Comment

How bloody stupid are people?

There are many ways to painlessly and quickly execute a person if it has to be done.

Put a few ml. of HCN [Hydrogen Cyanide] into a syringe and stick in the lucky person’s vein.

They’ll be unconscious in 1 second and dead in 10 seconds.

Gas chambers are a slow and stupid and clumsy way of acheiving the same result.

June 2, 2006 @ 1:48 pm | Comment

Sad is putting it mildly.Are the not recent introduction of” traveling execution units” yet another mockery of life?An escuse for murder for the sake of harvesting tissue!!That young womans image haunts me.

June 18, 2006 @ 1:28 pm | Comment

All execution is cruel and unusual… dead from lethal injection or dead from a bullet are precisely the same level of dead. I’m tired of sanctimonious idiots calling for “humane” executions. If humaneness is important to you, oppose executions.

If a government is going to murder people, I *want* it to use the most gruesome, bloody, violent method possible and broadcast it on TV. So people have no illusions about what their leaders are doing. And this goes for the hypocrites running the US especially.

June 19, 2006 @ 7:22 am | Comment

Fucking disscusting. this is a vile country that does this to people

June 30, 2006 @ 1:18 pm | Comment

What a hero, the wanker pulling the trigger that is. I am sitting in a hotel right now in Shenzhen, a little bored, surfin the net…… The people who are looking after me, find the whole scenario of killing people wonderful to say the least. At the end of the day I agree execute murderers and rapists etc (with 100% proof of course).

But these Chinese, they are on a different playing field. Also sitting here doing a search on the massacre in Tiananmen square massacre, one finds that every Google seach result that shows that these bastards killed hundreds of their own kind will not show (page not displayed etc), they make the ISP?s here block any reference etc.

I could tell you a whole lot more, but the military might knock on my doorstep in a moment demanding an explination and i really want to take home sooner than later the ?slave labour? clothing and the like that i have purchased in the last few days 🙂

July 12, 2006 @ 5:53 am | Comment

Another quick note…..


Who ever decided on that is Fuc*$#@ Crazy!!!

July 12, 2006 @ 6:00 am | Comment

HEY ! Some people should die. That’s just unconscience knowledge.

July 26, 2006 @ 12:43 pm | Comment

Maybe China should have the Olympics in 2008 (per comment above), because they don”t believe in cheating the game. And if you do cheat, then there’s this consequence for your head to behold. And that’s that.

July 26, 2006 @ 12:51 pm | Comment

Aware as I am of the horrors that exist in China and elsewhere, these photos of the young woman being walked to her horrible death sparked a rage in me, almost unbearable to endure.

She, and the others in her group of condemned innocents (there’s no due process in the barbaric nation) had their faces and heads blown away, apparently in a flurry of automatic weapon fire, administered by one of the lowest of creatures in existence on this earth. Executioners are nothing more than a cold-blooded killers, devoid of all humanity and morality.

Despite all the truly guilty parties in this drama, from the arresting officer to the “judge” to the executioners, I keep wondering about the identity of the vicious mother-f—-r taking aim with the rifle in the photograph. I fantasize about tracking him down, taking him prisoner, and doing the same to him – after giving him plenty of time to think about it. Then, I’d like to harvest his organs, and force-feed them to the judge. Of course, I wouldn’t, even if I could, because I would then be too much like them.

But keep in mind China’s most-favored-nation status, so let’s all go to China for the olympics in 2008. But if we can’t, let’s make sure we buy lots of slave-labor and child-labor-made goods from China at Wal-Mart, the dollar stores, etc. to show our support. Sick! Sick! Sixk!

August 29, 2006 @ 4:30 pm | Comment

Look on the bright side. At least China may do well in the Olympic firearms events.

August 31, 2006 @ 12:09 pm | Comment

she was probably innocent of any crime- injuries are consistent with weapon. The lady appears to be a Han and not a native Tibetan. Note her dress – she probably hoped she would be released – rather she was sentenced and murdered a short time later. As for the police pig that murdered her – when his identity is known and he can be brought out of China he can be taken before a court and punished for murder. Note the scum with his foot in her back – what brave dogs these Chinese police are. While the Chinese people do deserve the Olympics, their government does not.
Also note that by shooting this woman in the head the murderers have preserved her organs. She was probably executed on the basis of blood type and donor compatibility. Such are the corrupt scum that form the Chinese police force.

September 29, 2006 @ 12:45 am | Comment

Yea, should be coming to Amerika soon, but a lot of dumb bastards should get it.

September 29, 2006 @ 4:47 am | Comment

The woman is not Tibetan – but the film has been shot somewhere in/near the Himalayan plateau – and that means probaby Tibet but there are some other provinces as well. Maybe she was from Yunnan or Sichuan (?) province. However there is nothing that can be done for her now. The concern should be for those others who face an incompetent judiciary which is capable of sentencing a person to death. It seems that despite the major efforts of China to hide its mistakes, more are being reported as time goes on. It is just a shame that the Chinese people are to a large extent unaware of the large number of judicial errors made by the Chinese courts. There also does appear to be a link between human organ trafficking and the execution of people by Chinese authorities. Anyway, since the officials might be monitoring this web page it is probably an idea not to get too carried away in commenting on the state of Chinese justice. BTW, to whomever TSM is, America is spelt as I have just spelt it. So before you start call people dumb you should make certain that you are brighter – have a nice day.

September 29, 2006 @ 5:18 pm | Comment

The woman in the photo had made effort to ‘look nice’ on her big day!

She wore a lovely jumper. It was probably her favourite. She probably had to work very hard long hours to earn the money to pay for it.

He beautiful hair was meticulously prepared and groomed so that she would present very smartly before the executioner. It just would not do, turning up looking shabby. Her children and mother want to remember her looking her best.

October 1, 2006 @ 6:49 pm | Comment

She was once someones little girl.

October 3, 2006 @ 5:18 am | Comment

I’m so totally disgusted with the US government and their cronies putting that Mao Fascist into power. They have absolutely no sense of humanity there. People are slaves. Even worse, the executions are so frequent that the’re used for harvesting organs used for selling on the organ market these days. This is so freakin’ disgusting.

October 4, 2006 @ 5:06 am | Comment

My brother in law lives in China and keeps hassling us to visit. He will not believe me these people are savages because he is angling for a government sponsored job. Such is the attitude of many, if they are gettng something ut of China then they wil not rock the boat. How long must it take for people to see how immoral this government is. It is not the fault of the ordinary chinese citizen because they are spoon fed info and if you query your government you end up with the same fate as this young woman. Instead of mourning this woman, perhaps mourn humanity and compassion and get off our butts and make our voices heard.
P.S. I do not normally write in forums but this is a particularly horrendous case.

October 4, 2006 @ 2:19 pm | Comment

well for years i was against the death penalty, i have mixed feelings today about it, this execution of that woman was disturbing to me.
its very inhumane, i do not know her crimes. but i have been reading about the disturbing crimes some of the murderers do and many saying they dont deserve to die,i have read about the crimes these individuals commit, some killing children,raping kids,beating innocent people for fun, and tortures for no apparent reason other than their own sick selves enjoying it, i put mymyself in the victims shoes and one can only imagine what they feel when they are tortured and about to die, these kids and so forth who got killed had parents and also family who loved them, i have 2 kids of my own and if anything happened to them in that horrific fashion i would not feel sorry for an inmate about to be executed, there arre some who were monsters who killed over 50 people for the heck of it and enjoyed it, they deserve to die, they deserve to feel the pain they get, they never cared or had remorse of the pain they caused the victims, some are killed with guns so they go fast, but some are tortured for weeks before they are killed,wutever the crime a person knows what they are doing they are adults who know the law and that theres death penalty in their states,i didnt have kids years back so i sympathised about it or felt bad for inmates who were to be executed by state, now that i got a family of my own i think of them and theres no way i would then say i feel sorry for them,it is simple to say that when you dont have family or are not in the situation where you lost a family member to murder, when a person is in that situation they will see how quickly your opinion can change about it. i do think the states methods are not humane like electric chairs etc but would i be concerned if he/she felt alot of pain? no i would not because why should i? this that particular individual care of causing pain to kids or older people? no they did not care so i believe they get what they deserve. just my opinion

October 16, 2006 @ 4:16 am | Comment

That poor womyn being turturemurdered like that is just another example of how the United States and it’s “selected” president, George W. Bush is ruining the world with their Halliburtontorturemurder of child-bearing womyn who is obviously innocent of all crimes other than being against George W. Bush and being torturemurdered by his Asian cronies who themselves will pay the piper for this dance and hundreds of others.

October 21, 2006 @ 9:49 am | Comment

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