China Hitman Job Fails After Passing On Till 5th Man

Sleek espionage movies often betray the gritty truth of cold-blooded vengeance and gory murders.

For a hitman in Guangxi, China, however, what spy movies never told him was how little the job pays.

The situation was apparently so bad that he became the fifth hitman to pass the job on, allowing the target to escape perfectly safe and alive.

Business rivalry takes a turn

According to a report by Shanghaiist, real estate company owner Tan Youhui was unhappy after his rival, Wei, filed a civil court case against his businesses in 2013.

Wanting to eliminate the competition, quite literally, Tan engaged Xi Guangan to kill Wei.

He paid Xi 2 million yuan (S$385,400) in cash and gave him some of Wei’s personal information, including:

  • A copy of his identity card
  • His mobile number
  • His license plate number

Instead of fulfilling the task, Xi handed half of the money and all the information over to a second man named Mo Tianxiang, instructing him to kill Wei.

He later asked Tan for an extra 1 million yuan (S$192,700), which Tan agreed to only upon Wei’s confirmed death.

If he were to receive it, he would essentially get the initial full sum without even executing the task. Talk about crafty.

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Meanwhile, Mo, who had half of Xi’s payout, was out and about looking for someone else he could give the job to.

That was when he met Yang Kangsheng whom he paid 270,000 yuan (S$52,029) to get the job done. Yang was promised another 500,000 yuan (S$96,350) if he followed through.

But here comes the funny part – he didn’t. Like the hitmen before him, Yang went in search of another person for the job and found Yang Guangsheng.

Yang Guangsheng received 200,000 yuan (S$38,540), with a promise of 500,000 yuan (S$96,350) once he killed Wei. Pretty lofty promises for a man who didn’t even get that much in the first place.

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The chain didn’t even end there. Yang Guangsheng then hired a fifth man named Ling Xiansi, only guaranteeing him 100,000 yuan (S$19,270) once Wei was dead.

Fourth China hitman tells target to fake his death

In case you lost track of how much each hitman has escaped with, here’s a comprehensive list:

  • Xi Guangan: 1 million yuan (S$192,700)
  • Mo Tianxiang: 730,000 yuan (S$140,671)
  • Yang Kangsheng: 70,000 yuan (S$13,489)
  • Yang Guangsheng: 200,000 yuan (S$38,540)
  • Ling Xiansi: 0 yuan

Thinking that the payment wasn’t worth murdering a man for, Ling contacted Wei directly and met him at a coffee shop in April 2014 to discuss faking Wei’s death.

But Wei saw no point in playing along with Ling, and so reported the case to the police.

All 5 hitmen and the main instigator Tan Youhui were eventually arrested. They were finally charged on Friday (18 Oct) and received various lengths of prison sentences:

  • Tan Youhui: 5 years
  • Xi Guangan: 3 years & 6 months
  • Mo Tianxiang: 3 years
  • Yang Kangsheng: 3 years & 3 months
  • Yang Guangsheng: 3 years & 3 months
  • Ling Xiansi: 2 years & 7 months

Crime doesn’t pay

Some of the men may have made money out of their devious plans, but they were all punished for being involved, even Ling, who ended up with no profits.

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Taking a person’s life is no small matter, and the fact that the men played some part in hatching the plan was criminal enough in the eyes of the law.

Luckily for Wei, he got away with his life, but the outcome could’ve been graver in riskier situations.

Featured image adapted from Shanghaiist.