A 37-year-old woman from Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei Province has been arrested after she faked her own kidnap and murder at the hands of her ex-husband in order to avoid having to break up with her current boyfriend, whose financial situation she considered lacking.
It was gathered that the woman, whose surname is Yu, had been dating her boyfriend, Lin, for a while but she only learnt that he was poor after visiting his home during the Chinese New Year. It was something she apparently just couldn’t get over, so she decided to leave him, but fearing that he would get clingy and refuse rejection if she simply told him she wanted to end the relationship, Yu devised a plan to make herself disappear.
It was reported that on February 21, 2019, shortly after returning from the disappointing visit to Lin’s home town, Yu disappeared from the couple’s dormitory, and a few minutes later she called her boyfriend to tell him that she had been kidnapped by her ex-husband.
“Come and save me, my ex-husband has kidnapped me. Come quickly! I think I’m on the highway already,” the 37-year-old woman said before abruptly ending the call.
To make her kidnapping seem more believable, Yu then sent her boyfriend several text messages, pretending to be her kidnapper, warning him that she would be killed if he dared call the police. She then followed up with more texts, informing Lin that she had been killed and her body had been thrown in a lake.
Unable to negotiate with the “kidnapper”, a distressed Lin eventually called the police. After being informed about the situation, local police started investigating surveillance footage in Wuhan and recently, they were able to track down Yu to a small motel. But when they arrived on the scene, officers were shocked to find the alleged victim casually lying on the bed, watching TV.
When questioned by police about her kidnap, the “surprisingly calm” woman told them that she had recently found out that her boyfriend was poor, and that she had faked her own kidnap and murder, hoping that he would just “give up” and move on with his life.
Wuhan Evening News reported that Yu has been detained by police for 10 days for disrupting social order.