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Samsung invents the on/off switch
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
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The Kitten Killer of Hangzhou
Status: Real (unfortunately)
A series of pictures showing a woman crushing a kitten to death with her stiletto heels is causing an uproar over in China. The pictures first appeared on the internet and have recently been published by some Chinese newspapers. The woman in the photos has been dubbed the Kitten Killer of Hangzhou, because the background scene has been identified as Hangzhou. I've been able to locate four of the pictures in the series, but I think there are a few more (far more graphic) ones. Here are the ones I found (I don't have larger versions):

image image
Image 3
(possibly disturbing)
Image 4
(possibly disturbing)

The big question is: Who is this woman? One theory is that the images come from a Japanese shoe advertisement. Another theory identifies the kitten killer as a "37-year-old woman from Hubei province with the internet identity 'Gainmas.'" The London Telegraph elaborates:

She had registered a website in Hangzhou and - the ultimate evidence - had bought a pair of stilettoes on eBay last year. She was also registered with QQ, a popular Chinese message service, where she wrote of herself: "I furiously crush everything to do with you and me." Before her QQ address went dead, its owner had several conversations. In one, she is coy, saying "So what?" when asked if the pictures are of her, and then, when asked again, replying: "In theory." When confronted by a reporter, she became defensive, saying: "Suddenly hundreds of people are on my QQ and cursing me. What's the problem if I crush cats? It's a type of experience. You wouldn't understand."

The Telegraph goes on to note:

No one seems to have suggested the serious possibility that the photographs could be a hoax - created by picture-altering computer software. But in the face of tight control of self-expression, young Chinese are seeking wildly different forms of sensation or satire on the state of society.

Without having seen all the pictures (and better quality ones), it's hard to judge whether or not they're real. But it certainly seems like this has already become the Chinese version of Bonsai Kitten (with the added twist that it may be real... in which case it's definitely disgusting).

Update: A "Crush" video is circulating around (you can find links to it in the comments, if you're interested) that makes it pretty clear the woman really did step on a kitten. Also, an article in the Shanghai Daily reports that the lady, and the guy who produced the video, have been identified. The producer, who is a camera operator at a TV station, has apologized. However, the woman, who works as a nurse at a hospital, has disappeared, leading to concerns that kitten commandoes may have abducted her (or something along those lines).
Categories: Animals, Gross, Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 07, 2006
Comments (237)
what i got to say?? like everyones major point...WE ALL HATE YOU! i mean.. WAT DID THAT HOSPITAL TRAIN YOU TO BECOME?! oh OHH YEAH..beware PATIENTS. she might have a bad day and wear her stitello shoes, and come step on ur head and squish ur eyeballs out. .O u see how theres only one eyeball? yeah..she squished it out. DID YOU ASK NOT TO GO TO WORK???? SO U COULD GO KILL A CAT!?!??! well yeah... YOU NEEDED A GOOD EXPERIENCE.. -__-" i mean.. ITS A FREE WORLD, so i mean if i wear my boots... i could just u know CRUSH YOUR BIG HEAD UNDER MY BIG FOOT. right? YEAH IT WILL BE A GOOD EXPERIENCE lady... such a disgrace, HEY? i got a question did u get fired yet? or are you trying to tell them that it waS A GOOD experience..and that they should come join u and kill cats. DDONT HAVE KIDS, YOU MIGHT KILL THEM.
Posted by this1catkillerhater  on  Thu Mar 23, 2006  at  04:27 PM
um actually Paper8 yeah all chinese ppl are like aat least 3/4 of them have u not noticed what goes on in china all the animal cruelty n thats just because they dont have animal rights there and actually aprove of animal cruelty
Posted by Keyra  on  Sat Mar 25, 2006  at  10:36 PM
oh and by the way i couldnt care less if u say im racist its just my opinion about chinese ppl and im allowed to think what i want. and i have never liked them whatsoever
Posted by Keyra  on  Sat Mar 25, 2006  at  10:40 PM
I really do hope this is photshopped.

Here's the video...
http://www.consumptionjunction.com/content/detail.asp?ID=54748&type=1&page=2
Posted by Krystal  on  Sun Mar 26, 2006  at  02:09 AM
How can some of you people still believe that that was photoshoped! Even when you've seen it, surely this generation would be more savy to tell te difference between whats real and fake, even with poor quality footage.

i seriously dont mean to be rude or techified but its really getting on my nerves. Using a computer to create anything similar to that movie would be highly inefficient for the filmakers/producers, mundanely time consuming and so goddam costly i doubt anyone bar big buck blockbuster standards wud pay for it. it would take months, 24/7 to photoshop a moving image perfectly. and you wouldnt use photoshop, there are hundreds of applications that would do the job.
Posted by gericka  on  Sun Mar 26, 2006  at  08:29 AM
Keyra you must not get out much, because from what you are saying, it seems like every 4th chinese person that you pass along the street inhumane and likes to torture animals! Man you are free to say what you want, but at least think before you say shit like that. There are poeple who are cruel to animals all around the world, whites, blacks, indian, chinese. Every race has fuck ups who do fucked up things, you can't just group people together just because of their skin.

You got some serios issues if you hate a person just because the color of their skin. How can you judge a person before even seeing them or getting to know them.

What you said can be seen as pretty racist to be perfectlly honest, but at the same time I feel sorry for you because you are narrow minded and from your comments it does seem that you live in your own little world where the majority of chinese people like to torture little animals in their spare time.

China does not have animal rights, but does that mean that just because they have animal rights people won't do it! Don't be stupid. Rape is against the law people still do it, robbery is against the law people still do it. There are just bad people and bad people will just do shit like that.

Anyway I'm not gonna comment on this anymore because there's no point in trying to explain anything to anyone who has ideas set in their heads already.

What heppend in the video is bad, I'm not denying it, but there are worse things happening in the world for us to get so worked up on this few minutes clip. What has been done is done, it can't be erased and it will happen again, so just wacth the clip and just understand that shit like that happens and not turn it into a race thing, as shit like this happens everyday! NOT JUST IN CHINA!

I'm in the U.K and the other week there was a picture in the papers of a dog chained to a tree and set alight! Shit like that just happens.
Posted by PAPER8  on  Mon Mar 27, 2006  at  10:11 AM
i guess.... maybe she could have been a single mother....and her kid had a terminal illness....and they had no money for food.... so she could have taken the cat home for dinner
Posted by ericka  in  UK  on  Mon Mar 27, 2006  at  10:16 AM
ericka: yeah, could have been. but it wasn't. so read the facts
Posted by mike  on  Mon Mar 27, 2006  at  10:31 AM
mike: read the sarcasim
Posted by gericka  in  uk  on  Mon Mar 27, 2006  at  10:45 AM
lllllllllpppppppppp,

you're not seriously saying you think bonsai kittens are real are you??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Trotsky  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  09:16 PM
even if the bonsia kittens arent real its still sooooooooo gross...and its rong to say thing like that
Posted by vurb  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  10:52 PM
^^^^^ o, and this is seriesly gross wut n the hell is rong wit that bitch smashing a poor innocent kitten
Posted by vurb  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  10:56 PM
personally i think it is funny i HATE cats.... jk i luv them this is sooooooooo gross i agree wit vurb
Posted by mwahaha  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  10:59 PM
Bonsai kttens, my love, are a hoax, a joke. I am a total cat lover (not in THAT WAY) and find the Bonsai kitten site clever and funny.
Lighten up.
Of course The Kitten Killer of Hangzhou is another kettle of fish (jar of kittens!)altogether.
Posted by Trotsky  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:00 PM
dont u get it, thats not the piont, god
Posted by vurb  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:05 PM
LOVE? that gross
Posted by lllllllllppppppppp  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:08 PM
thank u ppl like that make this world a horrible place
Posted by vurb  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:18 PM
I was talking about Bonsai kittens being funny certainly not this.
I agree and have said in a previous post that the whole Crush fetish scene is disgusting (please if you are going to make a comment bother to read the 7 previous pages of postings). I have no desire to watch that video thanks. In fact I find it very odd why anyone who knows this video is going to be offensive would watch it. It
Posted by Trotsky  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:20 PM
totally agree,and as a fellow animal lover, people should not even think things up like that thats freakin horrible and i looked up bonsia kittens i totally beleive it and its a horrible and painful process for the cat anyway i hope that girl will rott in hell and it does not look photoshopped even thinkin those things is gross beyond gross
Posted by mark  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:24 PM
still gross guess wut... the bonsia kittens r n the same principal that is just a longer and more painful process and thinking of sumtin like that is equally gross poor cats wut kind of person would think that bonsia kittens r funny.. maybe we just have 2 different oppinionsplease stop arguing with me, but at least u agree this kitten killer thing is bad as most anyone would
Posted by llllllllllpppppppppp  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:30 PM
7 wut pg 7... the 7th one please explain Trotsky
Posted by vurb  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:32 PM
Sadly, it is looking like this is most likely a real video. It would take so much effort to fake this, and from what other people on here have mentioned this sort of thing does seem to be a fashion. While I don't have anything against quickly killing animals for food or such, it is a shame when people abuse animals simply for the sake of abusing them.

I do find it rather amusing, though, to see that some people still adamantly cling to the belief that bonsai kittens are real.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu Mar 30, 2006  at  01:06 AM
i really dont think that is the piont, the idea of bonsia kittens is sickening.
Posted by mark  on  Thu Mar 30, 2006  at  08:39 AM
I saw the video, it looks real, but the cat does not move (hmmmmm) nor does it struggle to get away, it looks like the evil girl is just laying down a dead cat and squishing it, or maybe it was not awake like that lady tranquilized it, either way it does not look like it was suffering
Posted by who cares  on  Thu Mar 30, 2006  at  11:16 AM
if u saw the video, then surely u wud have seen its legs make making convulsive movements?! well into the middle part of the movie? sorry u must be blind.
Posted by gericka  on  Fri Mar 31, 2006  at  02:05 PM
maybe its legs were moving slightly, but y did it not try 2 get away
Posted by who cares  on  Fri Mar 31, 2006  at  06:49 PM
The video links don't work anymore. Can someone find a new one?
Posted by Ian  on  Sat Apr 01, 2006  at  03:17 AM
if you read my post in page 6, i mentioned that the animal cud be only partialy sedated or paralysed, as i worked as a vets assistant, i got to stand in on operations to just watch, iv seen that when an animal isnt properly anaesthetized it does those things. although i believed it was a paralytic drug as apposed to anaesthetic where it wud be asleep. as shes a nurse too she cud get sum no problem. heck! i was born in hong kong, being in china a person cud get anything no problem!
Posted by gericka  on  Sat Apr 01, 2006  at  08:17 AM
I guess two kittens will die, cause I just rubbed on out to this.
Posted by Baddude  on  Sun Apr 02, 2006  at  05:03 PM
llllllllllpppppppp said: heres another coppy of the video.....i cant believe that u even want to watch it!!!

I can't believe that you took the time and effort to find another copy of the video, especially as you appear to find it so offensive.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Mon Apr 03, 2006  at  10:07 PM
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