Rumor that senior military officer and mistress died of CO gas poisoning while fornicating censored in China
August 31, 2012Jing Gao12 CommentsAdultery, Baidu, censorship, fornication, Gu Jixiang, leadership transition, lieutenant colonel, people's liberation army, PLA, sex scandal, Shenzhou 9, space ambition, Zhang Lixia
*Warning: Explicit photos below*
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.”