Rumor that senior military officer and mistress died of CO gas poisoning while fornicating censored in China

August 31, 2012Jing Gao12 Comments, , , , , , , , , , , ,

*Warning: Explicit photos below*

From Apple Daily and DWNews

Rumor has it that a lieutenant colonel in People’s Liberation Army of China was killed by carbon monoxide gas while committing adultery with a married woman in a car. Photos of the two found lying naked in the car were also spread like wildfire on the Internet. Chinese censors tried to suppress the rumor the moment it came out. Searches for names of the dead were even blocked by Baidu, the largest search engine in China.

A net user leaked word on Sina Weibo that on the afternoon of August 15, a man and a woman were found dead in a car inside a garage of a commercial building next to a primary school in Jiangyin, eastern China’s Jiangsu province. At the time of discovery, neither of them was wearing any piece of clothing from the waist down. Judging by the photos of the scene, they were apparently in the middle of sex when they inhaled enough carbon monoxide to kill them.


Photos taken at the time of discovery (censored)

More discussions on Tianya, a popular Internet forum, even revealed that the man was Gu Jixiang, a lieutenant colonel in the People’s Liberation Army, and the woman, a 38-year-old named Zhang Lixia, was a third grade teacher at a primary school. Both were married, but not to each other.


It is rumored that the two fornicators are a senior military officer and a primary school teacher.

Lt. Col. Gu Jixiang, 45, was the deputy director of China Satellite Maritime Tracking and Control Department under the People’s Liberation Army’s General Armaments Department. In June, he was interviewed by the mainland media to discuss the role Yuanwang Space Tracking ship plays in the docking mission between the Tiangong-1 space module and the Shenzhou-9 space shuttle, which reflects his considerable status in the military.

The Chinese authorities did not confirm or comment on the scandalous hearsay. But several websites, including Sina Weibo, the hugely popular microblogging service, and Baidu, have listed “Gu Jixiang” and “Zhang Lixia”, names of the fornicators, as sensitive words, and blocked related searches. Web postings on message boards have also been deleted, which seems to a tacit admission. There are speculations that with China’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition approaching, the authorities view such an indecent and unsavory death of a lieutenant colonel as too terrible a disgrace to the Party and the military to tolerate.


Photos taken at the time of discovery (uncensored)

Netizens who did hear about the story and see the pictures reacted with much sarcasm and humor, “The officer died on his post during the battle. He should be posthumously recognized as a hero.”

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12 comments to “Rumor that senior military officer and mistress died of CO gas poisoning while fornicating censored in China”

  1. Jess | August 31, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Gee, I dunno. The guy has a pretty nice butt. It doesn’t look like it’d match his face.

    • Popo | September 17, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Never mind that there are 3 different photos showing 3 different body positions. The white T-shirt is also in different positions in each photo… And the defrost lines on the window seem to change position.

      These are very clearly photos of people *actively* having sex.

      If in fact these people wound up dead, it would appear that at least one photographer saw them prior to their death and may have watched them have sex and die. Either that, or these photos are fakes and have nothing to do with the couple in question.

      The latter seems far more likely.

  2. Shanghaier | September 2, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    In my opinion this case really doesn’t concern the public. So I don’t see any sense of reporting it.

  3. piotr | September 4, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Love your posts, but what is it with the “Sina Weibo, the hugely popular microblogging service”? I hear it in every post your guys writing :)

    • Jing Gao | September 5, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Yeah, because I want to make sure any reader that comes to our website for the very first time and has no knowledge of Sina Weibo will have a very basic understanding of what that is. Thank you for pointing out that it gets repeated too much. I will paraphrase this part next time.

  4. Bdog | September 4, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    I’m a little confused. The bodies in the picture seem to be in different positions in each photo. Did the photographer watch them die. I call bs on this story

    • wppp | September 4, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Total BS reporting. First of all, lieutenant colonel is mid-level officer, not senior in any sense. Second of all, such explicit photos would be blocked from any decent web site, so Sina’s action to censor it speaks nothing about its validity. Get a clue!

      • Jing Gao | September 5, 2012 | Permalink Reply

        Thank you for commenting. But what about blacklisting their names as taboo keywords? That has nothing to do with taste. And you should really check Sina Weibo to see how many indecent photos (search for: 成都奶展, 干露露) are circulating there. We are not a mass market online publication, that’s why we’ve so far followed editorial rules and standards that may seem loose.

        • Blacksoth | September 5, 2012 | Permalink Reply

          I think most regular readers of your site are more familiar with the state of journalism in China and the neccessity to be “loose” as a result of a more “citizen journalistic” approach. I’ve seen this criticism before and thought, perhaps, this applies more to those not as familiar to the state of things.

    • Jing Gao | September 5, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Hi. I did add a lot of “rumor”, “unsubstantiated” and “allegedly”. My key point is that the Chinese propaganda department ordered it censored any way. I personally think the photos are questionable too.

  5. A | September 5, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Shouldn’t have left the engine running. Or did the ventilation of the garage fail? If so, that is an obvious safety hazard, and might kill some others.

  6. Cleo | September 13, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This is so unattractive. Nevermind the disbelief but the use of the word FORNICATING in the headline grabbed me because Heidi Klum will NEVER live down Seal using that word at calling her out. He is VERY articulate.

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