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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Lightning

This page on Rick Ross's cult awareness site offers dozens of articles on Chinese cults, some - perhaps most, concern Eastern Lightning.

English Site: https://www.holyspiritspeaks.org/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/godfootsteps
Twitter: https://twitter.com/godfootsteps In Chinese, but there are some interesting links there. Like for example, this concert which reminds me of pretty much all the Korean cults I'm aware of:

韓國全能神教會國度讚美合唱 第一輯

This video, uploaded on May 31, 2014 about Chinese government persecution of the cult was perhaps uploaded in response to the negative articles stemming from the murder at McDonald's three days earlier:
 全能神教會經歷見證《永不熄滅的生命力》

Critical site with a religious slant: http://www.chinaforjesus.com

McDonald's Murder:
http://nypost.com/2014/05/31/woman-killed-by-cult-in-mcdonalds-for-not-giving-phone-number/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPFacebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow
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Six members of a religious cult have been arrested over the beating death of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China, police said Saturday.
The accused, including four members of the same family, allegedly attacked the woman in the city of Zhaoyuan after she refused to tell them her phone number. Zhaoyuan police said on their microblog that the six belonged to a group calling itself the “All-powerful spirit” and had been collecting numbers in an effort to recruit new members.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/anger-in-china-over-fatal-beating-of-woman-by-cult-followers-1.1820417
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-03/china-police-detain-five-cult-members-for-murder-in-mcdonald-s.html
http://online.thatsmags.com/post/religious-cult-kills-dog-the-day-before-mcdonalds-murder
http://pallynews.com/china-police-detain-five-cult-members-for-murder-in-mcdonalds/
http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/2796/20140601/cult-suspect-reveals-motive-killing-woman-mcdonald.htm
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The suspects were identified as Zhang Lidong, his 2 daughters, his son and 2 women surnamed Zhang and Lyu. With the exception of Zhang's son who is still underage, the five suspects are currently being held in custody on charges of intentional homicide.

The minor, according to police, will be dealt with separately. A search of Zhang Lidong's house found a number of books and materials from the heretic sect, Quannengshen. ...

Zhang revealed the main motive for killing their victim in an interview with state broadcaster, CCTV.  He described the woman as "evil" and had to be beaten to death. He also mentioned that he wasn't afraid of the law.
Husband Joins Cult to Rescue Wife:
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1526031/inside-cult-chinese-husband-goes-undercover-almighty-god-sect-wake

http://www.vice.com/read/the-chinese-cult-who-kidnap-christians-and-paint-snakes
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In some ways, Eastern Lightning are hilarious. For starters, the cult's core belief is that Jesus Christ has been reincarnated as a middle-aged Chinese woman called Lightning Deng who now lives in Chinatown in New York. Then there are the bizarre evangelizing attempts to recruit China's rural communities—stuff like the sudden appearance of live snakes painted with scripture and mysterious glow sticks hidden in people's homes that somehow (I'm really not sure how) signal the second coming of Christ.

Leaders of Christian groups warn their members against the "flirty fishing" methods supposedly adopted by Eastern Lightning ladies to convert Christian men to the path of their female Christ. Lastly, of course, there's the name, which sounds more like an energy drink or AC/DC cover band than a cult. Perhaps that's why, these days, they often use the alias "Church of the Almighty God."

To their victims, though, Eastern Lightning aren't a joke. In fact, to some they must seem kind of terrifying. The cult operates by infiltrating China’s underground house churches (proper ones are banned in China) and integrating themselves into the community, before allegedly seducing, kidnapping, bribing, or blackmailing members into joining them. Highly organized and comprised of more than a million members, according to some estimates, Eastern Lightning train their leaders to build trust slowly over months before making their move.
http://www.facts.org.cn/Reports/World/201307/26/t20130726_1001099.htm
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This cult was founded in 1989, by a man, Zhao Wei Shan at A Cheng in Hei Long Jiang province. He took on a title “The Powerful One” for himself and later he met a woman named Deng. He then proclaimed that God had revealed himself in the person of this woman and he called her “The Almighty God”.
http://www.billionbibles.org/china/eastern-lightning.html
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Like many others cults, Eastern Lightning tries to hide by using different names, including, "The Church of the Almighty God", "The Congregation", "Oriental Lightning", "Seven Spirit Sect", "Second Savior Sect", "True Light Sect", "True Way Sect", and "New Power Lord's Church".

The key figures in Eastern Lightning include a Chinese woman named Deng, the supposed female messiah, and a Chinese man named Weishan Zhao, a former member of Shouters, another sect, who has moved to the United States to direct Eastern Lightning's activities from safety.
Mention of an Australian presence: http://chineseministry.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/lightning-from-the-east-now-in-australia/
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However there are now reports that Lightning from the East is making inroads among Chinese Christians in other countries. Hong Kong church leaders are particularly alarmed at attempts to infiltrate churches and win over church leaders.

And significantly, there have recently been a number of reports of Lightning from the East followers making their way into Chinese churches here in Sydney.
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1107166/cult-infiltrating-hong-kong-churches-warn-religious-leaders
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A Christian sect which believes a peasant woman from Hunan province is the second coming of Christ is infiltrating Hong Kong's mainstream Christian churches since being banned on the mainland, religious leaders warn.

One veteran pastor has already been sacked by the Hong Kong Evangelical Church after she was alleged to have adopted the beliefs of the Church of Almighty God.

Ng Yin-fan succeeded in getting some of her congregation from the Yan Ying Church in Yau Tong to join the sect after taking churchgoers to a bible study session run by the cult in early December, according to church executive secretary Kato Chow.

http://www.omf.org/omf/us/resources__1/newsletters/china_insight_newsletter/china_insight_newsletter_archive/china_insight_2001_2005/sept_oct_2001

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The utterly satanic nature of this cult is confirmed by the contents of an “insider” handbook which trains sect members how to infiltrate and destroy gospel churches from the inside. Orthodox evangelical house churches are deliberately targeted, as are the most spiritual house-church leaders. The first chapter of this book is entitled “Spying” which is divided up into the following sections:

1) “Spying is using different connections and differing methods to gain access to the inner working of churches; it is to make better connections, winning their trust…

2) “Don’t put other people off—be a normal person and leave a good impression. Be well-mannered, dress neatly and normally…

3) “You must have some basic knowledge of the Bible, especially what Jesus said in the New Testament, as well as the epistles of Paul and passages in Revelation concerning saving grace…

4) “Know something of the denomination’s methods of indoctrination.

5) “Do not spy on these denominations:
i) Three Self church
ii) Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, Established King, New Testament Church, etc

6) “You should spy on:
i) Those who believe in Jesus, pray to Jesus and thirst after God’s revelation.
ii) Real believers, who truly love God, with no physically serious impairment and with a sane mind...

7) “How to be successful at spying:
i) As many denominations oppose bearing false witness, we should try our best not to let people know we are lying, although for the sake of our work we do not speak the truth.
ii) During the first few times in a new church, speak less and ask more questions to try and understand the situation and what kind of experiences they emphasize...
iii) Take advantage of the situation and say what they want to hear:
a) Be sincere in prayer, mentioning some sad things, asking for more blessings for their families and church;
b) We can make use of the weak points of those sheep who are selfish, e.g.:
Some people will take you as their mentor. Oblige them.
Some believe crying is important [Note: The New Birth house-churches]. So we should cry with more sadness and bitterness, thus moving their hearts and winning their trust.
Some believe we should suffer outwardly and be persecuted. So we should act so and with a greater degree of seriousness to satisfy them.
Do not at this stage preach. Just speak of personal experiences and give short testimonies to give them a good impression, to fulfill your role of a spy and establish good contacts.

8.) “How to remove suspicion while spying:
When necessary weep or kneel in prayer, speak sincerely and cry as though from the heart, and not faked.
Korea's Shinchonji cult also infiltrates other churches, but I don't think their guidelines have been released, in English at least, but I'm sure they have their own internal documents that look something like the above.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1106964/qinghai-officials-crack-down-church-almighty-god-cult

http://www.examiningthewmscog.com/forum/topic.php?id=5843

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b23f7d90-4a95-11e2-968a-00144feab49a.html#axzz33pHD89R4


June 08, 2014, 09:56:13 PM
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Re: Eastern Lightning/Church of Almighty God Links...
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014, 09:56:13 PM »
And from the LA Times:
Deadly attack raises concern about growth of 'evil cults' in China
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Wu Shuoyan was waiting for her husband and their 7-year-old son at a McDonald's when she posted a note on a social media site: "I met some crazy people."

Twenty minutes later, she lay dead on the floor, beaten to death with a metal pole. Authorities say the perpetrators were six members of a religious cult, including a middle-aged man, his two grown daughters and his 12-year-old son, who became angry when Wu refused to give them her phone number.

A bystander recorded the horror with a cellphone camera; in the footage, uploaded to the Internet, Wu's main attacker can be heard bellowing, "Go die! Evil spirit!" as he pummels her. A female accomplice screeches at onlookers: "Whoever interferes will die!" ...
And from the cult's (so far) uncensored forum, a post that mentions a possible presence in Korea, which given its proximity and close ties (Chinese students by far make up the bulk of exchange students here), is no surprise.
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The cult originally rooted in mainland China (He Nan Province etc). Now like Fa Lun Gong, it has been spreaded into the other countries. Taiwan, Singapore, S. Korea ...

June 13, 2014, 05:29:31 PM
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China announces round up of alleged cult members
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hina on Wednesday announced the roundup of hundreds of alleged cult members following a deadly attack in which a group of adherents beat a woman to death in a McDonald's restaurant.

Slightly more than 1,500 cult members have been detained and prison terms handed out to at least 59, the official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday. It wasn't clear when the arrests took place, although the reports said some went back as far as two years.

Wednesday's reports appeared to be an effort to reassure the public following outrage over violence and other illegal activity blamed on cult adherents.

The reports said cult members were given terms of up to four years on charges of "using a cult organization to undermine enforcement of the law." Accusations against them included that they used threats, violence and other illegal measures to expand their memberships and organizations.

Those detained were allegedly members of the Church of Almighty God and the Disciples Sect, groups drawing on an unorthodox reading of Christian scripture.

Six members of the Church of Almighty God are accused of beating a woman to death at a McDonald's in the eastern city of Zhaoyuan last month after she refused to tell them her phone number as part of a recruitment drive. ...

August 14, 2014, 11:26:21 PM
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The Chinese cult that kills 'demons'
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... A very different picture emerges from those who have lost family to the cult.

Most don't want to reveal their identity for fear of retribution. We talked to one man who went undercover to rescue his wife and father-in-law.

He said: "The cult is anti-family, anti-human, anti-government. It is constantly training its members to lie to their husbands and wives. They throw away family relationships and encourage each other to do the same."

"Whoever is more resolute in rejecting their family is given a higher rank. It takes people who are kind and makes them crazy and extreme."

We found many victims through family support websites and heard of a shadowy cell structure where false names and identities make it almost impossible to trace relatives.

A picture emerged of recruiters who start by offering support and move on to intimidation, who persuade new members to hand over money in exchange for salvation, and who sometimes resort to seduction and kidnapping. ...

BBC Podcast: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/docarchive/docarchive_20140814-0330a.mp3

August 20, 2014, 04:49:37 PM
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China arrests 1,000 members of banned religious cult 'Eastern Lightning'
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Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a banned religious group, state media reported.

The arrests come months after five members of the group, known as the Church of Almighty God or "Quannengshen", were charged with the brutal killing in May of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant while they were allegedly trying to recruit her.
A report by state news agency Xinhua said that the group, which Beijing regards as a dangerous doomsday cult, cheated people, illegally collected money and "violated the law under the guise of religion."

"A series of acts by its members have harmed people's lives and property, and disrupted social stability," Xinhua said.
 China doomsday cult members detained.

The report added that members of the cult, also known as "Eastern Lightning," were responsible for "numerous" suicides and murders, including those of their own family.

Among those arrested were nearly 100 "backbone members", Xinhua said. ...

August 28, 2014, 01:13:18 PM
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Inside China's most radical cult
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The Church of Almighty God teaches its followers to abandon their families and to hate the Communist party. On Thursday, five of its members go on trial for beating a woman to death in a branch of McDonald's.

It was the day after Chinese New Year when Peng Lijuan, a 28-year-old computer science graduate, ran off to join China's most radical cult. "When I got home, I found our car there, and all her clothes, her ID card, all her belongings, but she was missing," said her husband Peng Baoshun. The couple had only been married for a year and rarely fought, said Mr Peng. Seven months later, he has not seen or heard from her since.

Shandong, their home province, is the heart of the Church of Almighty God, a cult that believes that Jesus has risen in the shape of a 40-something Chinese woman named Yang Xiangbin, also sometimes known as Lightning Deng.
Today, five members of the cult will go on trial in Yantai, a seaside city in Shandong, for murdering a 37-year-old woman in a branch of McDonald's while she waited for her husband and seven-year-old son.

No one intervened to stop the killing, which was caught on smartphone cameras, as Zhang Lidong, an unemployed salesman, three of his children and his partner tried to enlist the woman and then bludgeoned her to death when they failed. "She was a monster," he later said on television. "She is an evil spirit. We are not afraid of the law. We have faith in God."

The Church of Almighty God has said the case against its five members is "full of lies and layered with dubious facts".

After being put on a wanted list by the Chinese police 14 years ago, Yang Xiangbin and her lover, the founder of the cult and a former physics teacher Zhao Weishan, travelled to the United States on false passports and claimed political asylum.

Today, they mastermind an organisation with as many as a million members and which is on a ruthless recruitment drive, especially targeting housewives and members of China's Christian congregations. "I have seen some of their teaching material," said Mr Peng. "It begins just like normal Christianity, with no difference at all. But when you get more involved, they introduce the theory of [Mrs Yang] being 'Almighty God'."

Mr Peng said the teachings are straightforward. "They just want you to repeat over and over that you obey 'God', listen to her, and not fight back. And there are threats for those who think of quitting. After six months, a new member can be brainwashed."

The Church of Almighty God, which is also known as Eastern Lightning, boasts a slick website in both Chinese and English, professionally produced videos, and even recently took a double-page advertisement in The Times newspaper.

In 22 pages of instructions sent from the United States in June and July, the heads of the cult preached that the "chosen ones" should be ready to "sacrifice their lives" and that their ultimate goal is to kill the Communist party, referred to in their teachings as "the Great Red Dragon". If cultists murder Communist party members "the spirit of the Great Red Dragon will no longer possess them," according to the material.

The Chinese government has been slow to grasp the scale of the cult, but since the McDonald's attack in May the police have arrested over 1,000 of its members, according to state media. As a result, many members have gone underground, staying with "host families" in the Chinese countryside.

"Every parish must secure its perimeter," said the instructions from the cult leaders. "Everyone should keep hiding, maybe until October. If the situations in certain cities are particularly bad, you should hide in a neighbouring city."

In Beijing, Qi Jianguo, a former engineer at a car parts factory, said 90 per cent of the cult's new members are women, many of whom have been introduced by their friends and family. "My wife was always very respectful of her mother, so when she asked her to start going, she did," said Mr Qi, whose wife abandoned him and their five-year-old son earlier this year. "You can see how far from Christianity this cult is. Christianity preaches that family is important. Who would tell a mother to leave behind their child?"

Mr Qi is part of a network of thousands of family members who use the internet to share their stories. "There must be 30,000 families in Beijing alone who have been abandoned," he said.

"From what people say, the cult is like a pyramid and the members at the bottom do not know the names of the levels above. The purpose is to collect money. They have to give donations," he said. He added that the cult, which for many years has recruited uneducated Chinese in the countryside, is changing its focus. "They are now targeting educated members. There is one woman who joined in Shandong with a postgraduate degree, and there was a SWAT policeman in Guangzhou who was given three years in jail after his commander found out he had joined."

One 31-year-old former member of the cult, who owns a small company in the eastern city of Yangzhou, who asked not to be named, said she had started going to meetings because a close friend asked her to. "The strategy is to slowly draw you in. It is like taking classes in school. They told us there are three steps to believing in God. First you believe in Joseph, then in Christ, then in the female reincarnation of Christ."

"They asked us to convert more people or God would be upset. The meetings were led by 'teachers'. New members like me could not ask any questions about their personal life. I only knew my teacher as Little Red. I did not even know her real name." The woman said she had quit after feeling herself become more and more anxious about life. "At night I would always feel scared when I was alone," she said. Her husband eventually persuaded her to quit. But both Mr Peng and Mr Qi saw their wives gradually lose interest in their work and devoted their lives to watching videos online.

"She was very mysterious, always keeping secrets and never allowing anyone to see her mobile phone, hiding it under her pillow at night," said Mr Peng. "She basically stopped working, just spent her time on the internet". However, both men dismissed some of the wilder rumours circulating about the cult; that members have kidnapped priests and that they blackmail them after seducing them into orgies.

"There may be some extreme cases," said Mr Qi. "But basically the members are good in their heart."

September 07, 2014, 03:01:46 PM
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Re: Eastern Lightning (东方闪电)/Church of Almighty God (全能神教会)
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Eastern Lightning in Australia: Fears the terrifying Chinese cult is gaining ground
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A BRUTAL cult branded “evil” by the Chinese government is operating in Australia.
That’s according to Sydney-based pastor Andrew Hong who said Eastern Lightning — also known as Church of Almighty God — has been creating “alarm” among church leaders.

“They’ve changed the name — but yes they’re operating here. Not in my church but in other churches here,” he told news.com.au.
“It’s very popular because they basically talk to people who have some experience of Christianity and say ‘we can promise you freedom from sin’ but it actually ends up enslaving people to a cult. While it has some similarities with Christianity it’s really nothing of the sort.” ...




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Some recent articles from November through to yesterday's execution:

Nov. 28, 2014: Death Sentence for Cult Members in E. China Upheld (English news CN)
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The Shandong Higher People's Court on Friday upheld the death sentence of two Church of the Almighty God cult members who beat a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet in May.

The local higher court heard the appeal of five cult members on Nov. 21. It rejected all the appeals and supported the original judgements.

In October, Zhang Fan and Zhang Lidong were sentenced to death by the Yantai Intermediate People's Court in Shandong Province, with another accomplice, Lyu Yingchun, given a life sentence. The final two cult members, Zhang Hang and Zhang Qiaolian, were sentenced to prison terms of ten and seven years, respectively. All four Zhangs are related.
Dec. 10, 2014: China Jails 21 Members of Banned Religious Cult (Reuters)
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Courts in two Chinese cities handed jail terms to 21 members of a banned religious cult, state media said on Wednesday, in the latest action against a group that saw two of its members condemned to death in October.

China's Communist Party, obsessed with social stability, brooks no challenge to its rule. It has cracked down on cults, which have multiplied in recent years. Demonstrations have been put down with force and some sect leaders executed. China has vowed to levy harsher punishments on anyone spreading superstitions or undermining the law through the use of a religious institution.

Members of the group, Quannengshen, or the Church of Almighty God, which had preached predictions of a global apocalypse in 2012, killed a 37-year-old woman in the eastern province of Shandong in May. ...
Dec. 22, 2014: Inside China's Jesus Cult (Channel 4 News) Link contains an 11-minute video
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Jesus is back and she is opposed to the Chinese communist party.

The Chinese government calls the Church of Almighty God an evil cult. It's a million-strong doomsday sect that believe Jesus has returned to earth as a middle aged Chinese woman named Lightening Deng.

To ask of her whereabouts is "against the will of God", to question her preaching is "against the will of God" and to ask too many questions, is ,well "against the will of God", I am told by Samuel, a 39-year-old member and migrant worker from central China.

The group worship in secret, members never talk on mobile phones and they are banned by the Chinese government. But membership is growing. ...
Dec. 27, 2014: Six Cult Members Jailed (New Straits Times)
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China has jailed six members of a fringe religious group known as “Almighty God” for up to five years for promoting their faith, state-media reported Saturday. China has cracked down hard on the group, whose members believe that Jesus was reincarnated as a Chinese woman, detaining and imprisoning thousands since labelling it a “cult” in the 1990s.

The court in the western city of Lanzhou said their activities “seriously disturbed social order and the work of state agencies“, the official Xinhua news agency said in a brief dispatch. The six members were found to have held fundraising events and promotional activities, Xinhua said without giving details. They were each sentenced to between three and five years in jail. The court could not be reached for comment. ...
Feb. 2, 2015: China Executes Cult Members Guilty of McDonald's Murder (CNN)
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Two people have been executed in China following their conviction for a brutal, cult-related murder in a McDonald's restaurant last May, Chinese state media reported.

The two "cult members," father and daughter Zhang Lidong and Zhang Fan, were executed in east China's Shandong Province on Monday, following the approval of the use of the death penalty by the Supreme People's Court. The pair had been convicted of committing intentional homicide in the province's Zhaoyuan City.

The convicted duo attacked and ultimately killed a 37-year-old woman, Wu Shuoyan, last year after she refused to give cult members her phone number during a recruitment drive in the fast-food restaurant. The pair, along with three other people convicted in the attack -- including two other members of the Zhang family -- belonged to the Church of Almighty God, or "Quannengshen."

Linked to kidnappings, violence and extortion, the Church of Almighty God has been on a list of 14 banned religious groups, issued by China's Ministry of Public Security, since 1995. The three other members of the cult involved in the incident were sentenced in October to jail terms ranging from seven years to life.

Zhang Fan and Lyu, another member of the group, called the victim an "evil spirit," before Zhang bludgeoned her head with a chair, then jumped on her and trampled her head, state media reported at the time of their conviction in October. Before the execution, Yantai Municipal Intermediate People's Court arranged for Zhang Fan and Zhang Lidong to meet with their family.