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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Cursed by Allah
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
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):

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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)
I still believe this video was faked. Cats are highly regarded as good in Asian culture. They do however kill and eat dogs in Korea and China and use the fur as trim for winter coats which many Americans find repulsive.
Posted by Lenny  in  Denver CO  on  Sun Jan 14, 2007  at  03:47 AM
You didn't mention the fact that in Korean and China, cats are considered pests and almost vermin, by lots of people. They are viewed as rats are in this country. If you want to learn more about how to help dogs (who are hung from trees and beaten for hours until they die) and cats (who are beaten to death in sacks or boiled alive in pressure cookers to make cat soup)in Korea, please check out: http://www.KoreanAnimals.org a group of Koreans who are trying to change all of this.
Posted by Sarah  in  Ohio, USA  on  Fri Jan 19, 2007  at  08:16 PM
i saw the video i almost cried wut kind of person would do that she shoud be put in jail
Posted by gfdsff  on  Sat Jan 20, 2007  at  05:51 PM
golightly
wut is wrong with u?
Posted by lppppppppp  on  Sat Jan 20, 2007  at  05:54 PM
I KNO ISNT THIS SO COMPLETELY OUTA YOUR MIND WRONG!!!
Posted by lllppp  on  Sat Jan 20, 2007  at  06:21 PM
OK HEY GUESS WHAT IM BACK AFTER A COUPLE MONTHS AND IM READY TO ARGUE A.) PEOPLE SAY THAT EVEN THE CONCEPT AND THOUGHT OF BONSAI KITTENS ARE SICKENING AND I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE EVEN IF ITS A JOKE, ITS NOT FUNNY BECUASE ITS LIKE SAYING "HEY! LETS GO STUFF A BABY INTO A JAR AND SEE IF IT GROWS INTO THAT SHAPE!" B.) PEOPLE SAY THE THOUGHT OF THIS VIDEO IS DISTRUBING,FAKE, SICKENING, I WOULD HAVE 2 AGREE TAHT THIS VIDEO IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING ONES I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE AND THE REASON SOME PEOPLE WATCH IT IS BECUASE ITS LIKE WATCHING A TRAIN WRECK, U JUST CANT STOP. AND C.) EVEN IF THE CAT IS FAKE ITS JUST AS WRONG AS THINKING ABOUT PUTING A KITTEN INTO A JAR. I FOR ONE TO SUM IT UP HAVE TO SAY THAT THE PICTURE,THOUGHT, AND CONCEPT OF HURTING ANY LIVING THING ON EATH IS WRONG,SICK,DISGUSTING, AND NOT TO MENTION...WIERD.
Posted by lllllllppppppp  on  Sat Jan 20, 2007  at  10:39 PM
O p.s. stelletos r so outa style..some one should like tell tell her that like duh!
Posted by golightly  on  Wed Jan 24, 2007  at  04:53 PM
Is this video still circulating. i have tried to follow this post, but it has been taken down everywhere.
Posted by SCJ  in  USA  on  Fri Feb 16, 2007  at  10:37 PM
OK HEY GUESS WHAT IM BACK AFTER A COUPLE MONTHS AND IM READY TO ARGUE A.) PEOPLE SAY THAT EVEN THE CONCEPT AND THOUGHT OF BONSAI KITTENS ARE SICKENING AND I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE EVEN IF ITS A JOKE, ITS NOT FUNNY BECUASE ITS LIKE SAYING "HEY! LETS GO STUFF A BABY INTO A JAR AND SEE IF IT GROWS INTO THAT SHAPE!" B.) PEOPLE SAY THE THOUGHT OF THIS VIDEO IS DISTRUBING,FAKE, SICKENING, I WOULD HAVE 2 AGREE TAHT THIS VIDEO IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING ONES I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE AND THE REASON SOME PEOPLE WATCH IT IS BECUASE ITS LIKE WATCHING A TRAIN WRECK, U JUST CANT STOP. AND C.) EVEN IF THE CAT IS FAKE ITS JUST AS WRONG AS THINKING ABOUT PUTING A KITTEN INTO A JAR. I FOR ONE TO SUM IT UP HAVE TO SAY THAT THE PICTURE,THOUGHT, AND CONCEPT OF HURTING ANY LIVING THING ON EATH IS WRONG,SICK,DISGUSTING, AND NOT TO MENTION...WIERD.
Posted by llllppppppp  on  Sat Feb 17, 2007  at  06:28 PM
Is this video still around anywhere?
Posted by SCJ  in  USA  on  Wed Feb 21, 2007  at  01:40 PM
please notify me about what is going on with these sick videos, when i saw the video of the woman in heels killing a puppy i cried. please e-mail me back at ****@yahoo.com because my goal in life is to stop animal cruelty !!
Posted by Bianca  in  New York  on  Fri Mar 16, 2007  at  10:57 PM
I can't believe the sorry logic I'm seeing on this page.

Just because people eat pigs or cows doesn't make it okay to crush an animal to death for entertainment / sexual purposes (or for any reason, actually).

Just because some animal experiments and scientfic and medical research performed on animals is inhumane and wrong does not mean it's okay for people to crush an animal to death.

The people who do this "crushing" should have hot irons inserted in to their rectums and then be shot to death.

To so completely lack empathy for a life, be it human or animal, makes that person undeserving of life.

They are completely warped and depraved and should not share the planet with the rest of us.

Posted by Omfg!!!!:
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"Well, we literally slaughter pigs...what's the difference between a pig and a cat? What if we always ate cats, not pigs and this was a pig being crushed?"
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Then it would *still* be wrong and disgusting, idiot.

Animals killed for human consumption should be treated humanely. Their deaths should be as fast and painless as possible.

The fact that some slaughter houses are insensitive ass wipes and allow the animals to feel some pain before / during death does *not make it okay for people to crush animals to death.*

*Both* actions are wrong.
Posted by ramblingrose  on  Thu Mar 29, 2007  at  03:06 AM
Above I said,
'The people who do this "crushing" [who make the videos or tapes of it] should have hot irons inserted in to their rectums and then be shot to death. '

I'd also like to add, and I'm completely serious, that the people *who WATCH the crush videos and get off on it, who watch for enjoyment* should *also* have hot irons placed in their rectums and be shot to death.
Posted by ramblingrose  on  Thu Mar 29, 2007  at  03:12 AM
@ramblingrose

"The people who do this "crushing" should have hot irons inserted in to their rectums and then be shot to death.

"To so completely lack empathy for a life, be it human or animal, makes that person undeserving of life."

It's telling that you find no contradiction in your own statements. Perhaps you are right.
Posted by Robert  in  America  on  Thu Mar 29, 2007  at  09:56 PM
being so cruel to animals is sick and disgusting and i wish it would all stop. i havent watched 'the crushing' and i dont think i want to because i dont think i could stand it.
Posted by angel  in  south australia  on  Tue Apr 03, 2007  at  12:57 AM
OK HEY GUESS WHAT IM BACK AFTER A COUPLE MONTHS AND IM READY TO ARGUE A.) PEOPLE SAY THAT EVEN THE CONCEPT AND THOUGHT OF BONSAI KITTENS ARE SICKENING AND I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE EVEN IF ITS A JOKE, ITS NOT FUNNY BECUASE ITS LIKE SAYING "HEY! LETS GO STUFF A BABY INTO A JAR AND SEE IF IT GROWS INTO THAT SHAPE!" B.) PEOPLE SAY THE THOUGHT OF THIS VIDEO IS DISTRUBING,FAKE, SICKENING, I WOULD HAVE 2 AGREE TAHT THIS VIDEO IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING ONES I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE AND THE REASON SOME PEOPLE WATCH IT IS BECUASE ITS LIKE WATCHING A TRAIN WRECK, U JUST CANT STOP. AND C.) EVEN IF THE CAT IS FAKE ITS JUST AS WRONG AS THINKING ABOUT PUTING A KITTEN INTO A JAR. I FOR ONE TO SUM IT UP HAVE TO SAY THAT THE PICTURE,THOUGHT, AND CONCEPT OF HURTING ANY LIVING THING ON EARTH IS WRONG,SICK,DISGUSTING, AND NOT TO MENTION...WIERD.
Posted by lllllllpppppppppppp  on  Tue Apr 03, 2007  at  07:16 PM
Hi,

Does anyone actually have a copy of the video? I've never heard of this incident before, but I'm already sickened by the photos.

Please get in touch with me or post a current link to the video. I can be reached at: ******@graffiti.net
Posted by Brian  in  Ireland  on  Tue Apr 03, 2007  at  08:08 PM
Hello, has anyone seen my kitty cat. He's about 6 weeks old and is grey. He responds to Love Muffin. The last time I saw him I let this hot asian chick play with him. She kind of looks like the lady in the article...wait a sec... What is she doing?, Oh there is my kitten...what the..wtf?!...NOOOO!!!! LOVE MUFFIN! NOOOO!!!!! Good god, That's not the appropriate technique for a back massage. Your suppost to be barefooted. Poor, Poor Love Muffin. R.I.P. I'll miss you little guy. I guess it'll be take out tonight. Maybe Chinese. meow? me-ouch.
Posted by Mingyur  in  califorina  on  Wed Apr 04, 2007  at  01:00 AM
its hard to tell whats wrong and whats right in the world today.things like crushing a kitten at least polarises whats not right and gives us some clarity on right and wrong. i hope the little kitten is in heaven now and having some nice milk while playing with a fluffy ball( and then catching and eating some poor defenceless bird)
Posted by harry ramsden  in  europe  on  Fri Apr 06, 2007  at  09:35 PM
I'll just say this...the B*itch is a sexually depraved scum.Just like all the millions of other sexually depraved scum that get a sexual kick out of killing animals and watching that stuff.

Every day I thank God he gave some of us the intelligence to invent the most wonderful thing known to the modern world....The Internet.

Now these scumbags,instead of doing these things in the privacy of their own homes,where nobody would ever find out,are doing it for all the world to see.

That will be their downfall because as many as there are sick sexually depraved scum like that,there will always be millions more people willing and able to hunt them down and take them out in the same way.


They will never be safe again....and that makes me really ecstatically happy.

Have a sad life sick scum....well....what's left of it anyway...lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol



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Posted by furryferals  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  12:16 AM
oh jeese.. your as much if not more of a nutter than her
Posted by harry ramsden  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  08:28 PM
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The truth hurt harry ??

Are you worried harry??

By the sound of you....you should be!!!

Have a sad life you and your kind!!!
lol lol lol lol lol lol


I got more important things to do, like pick up the pieces of animals lives after sick scum have had their way with them than waste my time with scum like you.





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Posted by furryferals  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  09:45 PM
The video is not a fake, the bi*$
Posted by Bruno  in  Madrid  on  Wed Apr 18, 2007  at  06:37 PM
I read almost all of the pages and most of the links were to disguisting porn sites. My stomach is churning and I am about to puke Taco Bell. Anyways, I wouldn't mind giving that bitch a stomp on the head with some stilletos, either. You might call me racist but pretty much all of Asia is pretty whacked. If you've ever seen any childrens jap cartoons they are like what would be American shows similar to Family Guy and American Dad and South Park. Asia = All of the USA on drugs and with squinted eyes.
Posted by Patrick  in  Florida  on  Sun May 13, 2007  at  02:16 AM
fucking shithole if i see her i will kick her ass and kill her like the cat the cat is way more important than her u cant apologize for that. animals have feelings too
Posted by yire  in  mia  on  Thu May 17, 2007  at  08:14 PM
hey furry ferals,are you ok? im trying to have an intelligent debate about morality and right and wrong here,stop calling me scum you wierdo
Posted by harry ramsden  on  Sun May 20, 2007  at  09:31 PM
unbelievable when she said this:
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."

She publicaly excused herself after she said this... this is plain wrong. And we all feel very powerless, i know i the fuck am.
Posted by sassaru  on  Mon Jun 04, 2007  at  04:16 PM
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