Catching a Taxi Tonight?

Posted: December 28, 2009 in International
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It’s the 1980’s, late night on the streets of Hong Kong, and a murderer is on the loose. This man is known by a few monikers, The Jars Murderers, The Hong Kong Butcher or The Rainy Night Butcher. This man, Lam Kor-wan was born in 1955 in Hong Kong and got his nickname because he hoarded tupperware containers of his victims’ organs. The Chinese newspapers dubbed him The Rainy Night Butcher due to several of his attacks occurred during inclement weather. Lam Kor-wan worked late night shifts as a taxi driver in Hong Kong which gave him easy access to his victims, women between the ages of 17 and 31. In an estimate two years, before his capture in 1982, Kor-wan is believed to have murdered atleast four women. He also followed a strict pattern of strangling his victims with electrical wire and then dismembering his victim and disposing them on Hong Kong Island. It was because of his late night job that Kor-wan was able to take his victims to his home and dismember there with suspicion from his immediate family, including his brother with whom he share a room. Kor-wan also had a knack for photography, he was known to have taken many photos of his victims, and on at least one occasion filming himself performing necrophilia. It was Lam Kor-wan knack for photography that would also lead to his capture. On August 17, 1982, Lam Kor-war had attempted to develop pictures of one of his dismembered victims at a local Hong Kong Kodak shop. The shop manager had alerted authorities, who were then waiting for him when he returned to pick up his photos. In April 1983, Lam Kor-wan would be convicted of four murdered and sentenced to death by hanging; his sentences would later be commuted to life imprisonment due to the death penalty being abolished. As any cop would tell you, eventually every killer slips up, and this was one of those times, but when it comes to serial killers there are many that remain unknown and never caught. Lam Kor-wan has become only the second known serial killer in Hong Kong and has become immortalized in numerous films, namely Dr. Lamb and The Underground Banker, which is a more fictional telling of Lam Kor-wan after he has been released from prison as a now Reformed Buddhist.

  1. […] check: A very shrill, but surprisingly accurate depiction of the case of Lam Kor-wan, who haunted Hong Kong’s streets in the early […]

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