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Published at 14th of January 2016 12:40:38 PM

Chapter 51

2am .


Officers and residents fill the tiny Hongyun Village .   The officers are listening to Bo Jinyan’s briefing .   The residences are standing near the crime scene, discussing amongst themselves .  


Bo Jinyan takes off his jacket .   He stands on front of the crowd, like he is about to present an academic paper .   He takes a quick look at the crowd and starts: 


 “The suspect is a male, between the age of 25-35, thin… . ”


The officers are impressed .   This matches the opinions from the forensic team . The forensic team also said that the killer is between 165 to 175cm .


“… He may look like he suffers from malnutrition .   He is dirty, probably has not had a shower or bath for days .   You should be able to identify him from a crowd quite easily .   He is a history of mental illness, even possibly been diagnosed to have paranoid schizophrenia and delusions . In the past year, he would have stayed at a mental institution .   You should match your DNA samples with hospital records first .


Education level: Junior or senior high school .   He doesn't have a job .   He might be doing contract work or is dependant on family or the state for financial assistance .   He most probably lives alone . But there is a small possibility that he lives with other family members .   He is withdrawn, with not much contact with the neighbours .   But the neighbours should recognise him because of his strange behaviours .


He doesn’t drive .   And since there’s no traces of any bicycle tracks or other vehicles tracks, he probably walked here .   So he lives quite close to this village .   His house is very messy, probably full of rubbish .   That’s all .   You should leave now . ”


His speech is fast and concise .   He almost finished the whole briefing in one breath . All the officers are stunned .


Jian Yao is used to seeing him in ‘work’ mode . After hearing the briefing, she knows it’s not going to take long for the killer to arrested .   And in her mind, a picture of what the killer looks like begins to form - like a tramp you might occasionally see on a street; dirty, with messy hair; mental unstable, might looks a little scary, may even flash his body in front of strangers… .


Even though Bo Jinyan asked the officers to ‘leave now’, nobody is moving .  


“Why?” Some officers are asking .  


“There is no time to explain!”  Bo Jinyan interrupts them . “He  is most likely wandering nearby, or has gone home to sleep .   We must catch him before he kills again .   My assistant will email you a more detailed report soon .   Now, go!”


Suddenly everyone sense the urgency of the matter .   They quickly leave .  


Bo Jinyan turns to says to Jian Yao: “Back to the car . ”


They are inside the car, separated with the noise and action outside by the thick tinted glass windows .


Jian Yao has her notebook ready .


After the briefing, Bo Jinyan is not as hurried as he was before .   He leans back and picks up a bottle of water .   He opens the lids and drinks some .   Then he passes it to Jian Yao: “Here, have some . ”


Jian Yao realises then, that her throat is very dry too .   She let Bo Jinyan hold the bottle for her and drinks a few mouthfuls .


Bo Jinyan has a smile on her face .   When she has finished drinking the water, he throws the bottle to the back of the car: “Can you handle the report yourself?”


Jian Yao: “… . not yet . ”


Bo Jinyan looks at her, and says: “I am still feeling uncomfortable . ”


His sudden swap from ‘professor’ to ‘her man’ mode .   Jian Yao blushes and laughs at the same time .  


She gently holds his hand: “I have some thoughts, but I am not entirely certain .   Please help me out . ”


He is obviously less grumpy now: “It’s a simple case . ”


Jian Yao keeps quiet .   She waits for him to continue .   Besides, my boyfriend .   It’s for your own good .   Something to distract you from your ‘uncomfortableness’ .


“Today, today’s lesson is: Criminal psychology is not always a logical deduction .   Details are important, of course, but if you can grasp the big picture, it will help speed up the investigation .   Criminal psychology is an art, not science .   When we can link their unusual behaviours with their characteristics/personalities, then we can successfully profile them .  


These clues might be buried in a seemingly complicated crime scene .   And what you need to do is to discover them .   I wrote a thesis on this in 2010, published in the annual report of the Federal Association for Behavior Analysis . ” He looks at her: “If you need it, I can give you my original copy . ”  


Jian Yao smiles: “Oh, thanks . ”

- Of course she will be happy to keep it .   It’s monument of his wisdom .  


“For example . In the killer machine case, what behaviours best reveal the killers’ psychological characteristics?”  


Jian Yao: “… . cutting up the bodies?”


Bo Jinyan gives a small smile: “Correct!”


Jian Yao remembers what Bo Jinyan said before: “…the desires of his heart will be ‘written’ on the bodies…” After finding the bodies, they realised the killer did not torture or harm them in any other ways .   Therefore ‘cutting the body’ helped them to sketch the picture of a serial killer dreamed of being a killer, hiding amongst the crowds, preying…


“What about Huo Xiao Lu?”  Bo Jinyan asks .


A lot of elements in the case comes to her mind: successfully slitting her throat with just one try, the multiple stab wounds, the love triangle…


“Don’t contemplate for too long . ” He says: “What is the first thing that comes to your mind?”


“Jealousy . ” Jian Yao quickly says: “the deep wounds on the victim’s face . ” That’s the distinctive element, which led them to profile the killer as a girl that is emotional unstable, rather than a boy in need of money .


Bo Jinyan’s long finger is tapping on the bottle of mineral water, making ‘tonk’ sounds . She notices his hand actions .   He must be in a better mood now .


He looks at her: “You should thank me .   See, you have become wiser . ”


Jian Yao tries hard not to laugh .   She squeezes his hand: “Please continue . ”


He looks down at her hand squeezing his, he says slowly: “For this case, what’s the distinguished elements?”


Jian Yao answers: “Mmm… Chaos, brutality . ”

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Bo Jinyan lifts up his head to look at her: “See, it’s not a hard question at all . ”


He lifts his brows and starts composing his ‘written’ report: 


“The more appropriate phrases for describing the crime scene is: No logic, uncontrollable desires . ”


I mentioned in the killer machine case .   Psychopaths can be divided into two types: organised and unorganised .   Sung Yu belongs to the former - carefully planned, fixed way of luring and killing his victims .   But this killer - messy crime scene, no logic . . from  the evidence, he probably ate the leftover food and changed his clothes .   He didn’t not consider if he would be exposed .   Even a primary school kid knows it’s important to wipe off the fingerprints .   So whether he knew this family or not, whether they had some arguments between them or not, he is a typical ‘unorganised’ psychopath .   

Murderers like him usually has mental illness .   I said he is thin and suffer from malnutrition because most longterm mental patients don’t have a good appetite .   And studies show that those who are thin are more likely to develop schizophrenia .  


These people are exposed to mental pressure for a long period of time .   They don’t care about their appearance and tidiness .  


Aged between 25-35 years old . This point, I have mentioned before during the killer machine case .   Their illness is developed during adolescence .   There’s a gestation period of around ten years before it gets to this stage .   He is not any older as he would have done other crimes by now due to the development of his mental state . This is the first time this area encounters these type of cases, which means this is his first killing .  


Because of his mental capabilities, the chances of him getting into university is very low .   He can’t stay at a job, and of course, won’t be able to find a girlfriend easily .


Driving is a dangerous activity for him .   Besides, the neighbour did not hear any automobile sounds .   He walked to the house . Because he has lost  his ability to organise, and is living in a state of fantasy, he will not consider the danger of crime .   There is no planning, his killing is a spontaneous decision .   And I believe he lives nearby .


Lastly .   The physical abuse .   Beheading the owner, and inflicting injury on his wife’s private parts, is a sign of releasing his desires and suppressions .   We do not know currently what he is fantasising about, but I think it is to do with revenge and sexual desires . ”


It is hard to digest all the things he said in a short period of time .   And he is speaking very quickly today .   Why is this?  


“That’s great . ”  It is still important to give him some praise .  


Bo Jinyan smiles .


- Huh… . . of course .


Male likes to display their strength in front of female . Peacocks arch into magnificent fans, high school boys will play a better basketball game when the girls are watching…


And Mr . Bo Jinyan feels the need to show off his superior abilities in criminal psychology to make up for the criticism he received regarding his bedroom skill .


Seeing that she is still stunned, Bo Jinyan taps her and says: “What are you waiting for?  Write it down for the police . ”


Jian Yao: “There’s too much information in one go .   Speak slowly .   I didn’t get all of it just now . ” Then she adds: “Next time, can you please slow down as you speak . ”


Bo Jinyan: “…”




Jian Yao completes the report and passes it to one of the officers .


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She is standing next to wall in the courtyard .   A staff is taking out a black bag with one of the bodies in it .  


Even though she was keeping calm just now, she was controlling herself to focus and calm down .   Now that all the work has been done, there is ‘space’ in her mind .   The gruesome scenes reappeared in her mind .   Suddenly, she feels there is a nauseating feeling in her chest .  


She bents over and starts vomiting .  


Most of the people have left the crime scene by now .   One can still hear the footsteps and voices of a few officers nearby .  


The position of where she is standing faces a forest .   She thought she saw a black shadow  going past .   It’s dark .   The leaves rustle as the wind blows .   She looks more closely, but it seems there is nothing .  


She remembers Bo Jinyan’s words .   The killer may be nearby .   Suddenly she tenses up .   Chills are running down her spines .  


“What are you afraid of?” A familiar voice from her back: “Vomit .   It will make you feel better . ”


Such a condesending tone .  


Suddenly, she feels fine .   The fear and the sick feeling is gone .   She rinses her mouth with water, then she turns round and look at him: “I am ok now . ”


Bo Jinyan nods .   They walk back to the car together .   Jian Yao asks: “When you were working for the FBI, did you throw up?”


She remembers Fu Ziyu  told her that when Bo Jinyan first started working with the FBI, he did .  


Bo Jinyan pauses and answers: “The first time . ”


Then he frowns and adds: “That morning, I had some fish that was not fresh .   It took me a whole day to get over it . ” 


Jian Yao: “Oh… . ”


So, it’s nothing to do with the case?  This man is born to work in this field .


They get back into the car .  


“What are we doing next?” Jian Yao asks .


Bo Jinyan adjusts their seats so they can lie down straight .   “Sleep . ” He says .


Jian Yao understands his work system now .   Arresting criminals is the job of the police . They are there to provide in depth analysis .   So it’s time to rest and recuperate .   Then when the police needs them, they can give their best .


She nods and says goodnight .


Bo Jinyan looks at her .   “Goodnight . ” 


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Jian Yao takes a look at him . Her handsome and capable boyfriend .   She smiles and closes her eyes .


Then she hears his steady and evenly breathing sounds…


“I will make the necessary adjustments .   You don’t have to worry . ” He says .


Jian Yao is puzzled by the statement .   She turns around and see him wearing the sleep mask .  


He opens his mouth again: “But of course, I will need a bit of time . ”


Jian Yao is so confused: “Adjustments… for what?”

Bo Jinyan bites his bottom lips .


“Sleep . ” He says .   Then he turns his head to the side facing away from her, and pulls up the blanket to wrap around himself .  


Jian Yao thinks about what he just said .   Ah… . she told him he was speaking too fast when they were doing the report for the officers .


Oh, such trivial matters .   Yet he remembers and even give her a promise that he will improve .   He is … so sweet to her .  


Bo Jinyan, on the other hand, has different ideas in his head .


He knows he lacks experience in bed .   And he has no knowledge in the area .   That’s why she feels its ‘unreal’ .  


But up-skilling is one of his strength .  


Don’t worry, he will prove it to her in action after the case is solved .




They are woken up by a phone call .  


She grabs her mobile phone .   Bo Jinyan takes off his sleep mask .   They are both sitting up straight .


The sky is still dark .   The roads are quiet and empty .   Except for two officers that are left to guard the crime scene, the rest have gone to find the killer .


The call is from one of the officers . Jian Yao presses the speaker button .  


“Jian Yao, please let Professor Bo know .   We have just received reports of another killing .   It’s approximately 8kms away from where you are now .   Again, the whole family is killed .   We are not sure of the details yet .   We are on our way there .   The police officer at the scene tells us that it has many similarity with our case, including what happened to the couple that owns the house .   All the killings are done by just one person .   Time of death is approximately two hours after our case . ”


Jian Yao’s heart sinks .   This means after the first murders, the killer went on to the second house, even before they arrived the first crime scene .


Bo Jinyan is enraged . He starts the car and makes a quick U turn and onto the highway .   He does not say anything for minutes, then lets out a loud swear: “Fxxx!”

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