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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
Posted by Alex on Mon Mar 06, 2006
Comments (237)
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it BETTER not be real or i'll go over and crush HER to death that B*TCH
Posted by Yushi  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  01:32 AM
There was a movie going around at, but it has been removed.
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  01:34 AM

In the third one, look carefully at the cat's stripes. It's not even a good photoshop.

If this riled you up, go wash the red "sucker" off your forehead.
Posted by raoulduke  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  02:16 AM
You can do far worse than that, i'll send up some images of one of my mates crushing a kitten with one of his Demonia boots 4 inch heel.

Lol Randomninja
Posted by kiTY KilLeR  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  03:00 AM
Wait... Bonzai Kitten is a hoax?!

Does that mean I should let mine out of the jar now, or what?
Posted by David B.  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  03:09 AM
raoulduke, that is most likely an artifact of digital image compression. There is no evidence the cat was alive, and there is no blood, also the eye looks fake, but that doesnt mean it is photoshopped. I would put this down to a prop being used to make disturbing images. Or a disturbed woman actually doing something this horrible.

The word photoshopped is throw around as if it is an all powerful tool (and as if you only use photoshop). Even the best digital image maniputation software and the best artist would have huge difficulty with things like this, and the end result wouldnt look anywhere near real in most of the images presented.

The fact is, these images have some basis in truth. Photos would have to have been taken of a woman and a cat in these positions and of the woman holding said cat, if you were planning on faking such images.

So we know that the woman at some point somewhere held the cat, so what about this incident indicates it would be faked by image manipulation? Not much. There would simply be no point in spending hours and hours editing a set of images of this woman and this cat, when she could have just done (and probably did) the disgusting thing depicted, although probably to an already dead cat/prop. At least i hope.
Posted by JP  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  04:25 AM
hoax or not, tasteless, very tasteless.

and "kittykiller" why don't you deliver those pics of your "mate" to me in person and I will show you what it's like to have your head crushed under a boot.
Posted by Chuck  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  04:38 AM
Go Chuck!
Posted by Nettie  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  04:43 AM
A link to the movie:

Warning, disturbing video!

Posted by Oscar  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  05:05 AM
OMFG !!!! that's inhuman, evenif it's a fake video.. i've just seen first 10 seconds and i can see more :(
Posted by mattt  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  05:24 AM
Sick, Alex! Very sick! Real or not, you could have posted a link for these pictures. Not all of your site visitors come here to be grossed out like this! Spare us next time, the gore!
Posted by Christopher in Joplin, Missouri  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  05:25 AM
aww.....that is DISGUSTING! i agree with Yushi!!
Posted by cat  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  05:55 AM
15 million US children live in poverty and people are worried about one cat half way round the world?!

Something's sick here, but it isn't the video!
Posted by HeartsAndMinds.Org  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  06:09 AM
HeartsAndMinds...yes, you are right, it is quite ok to kill cats since children live in poverty.
Posted by Chuck  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  06:11 AM
"you are right, it is quite ok to kill cats since children live in poverty"

Says Mr. "it is quite ok to kill people because they kill cats"! Hypocrit!
Posted by HeartsAndMinds.Org  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  06:20 AM
sigh, I guess my sarcasm didn't quite make through your tiny little brain.
Posted by Chuck  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  06:43 AM
Perhaps you should have worn stilletos.

People matter more than animals. Everytime you forget that, God kills a kitten; and this is how!
Posted by HeartsAndMinds.Org  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  07:05 AM
umm, people are animals. I will say no more on the subject as you are obviously whacked.
Posted by Chuck  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  07:15 AM
I knew someone would dig up the video...we're great at digging stuff up...
Posted by davetolomy  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  08:24 AM
Oh and those awful noises that cat makes in the video :( it makes me want to cry...
Posted by davetolomy  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  08:28 AM
Please take the Snopes route and warn of graphic images before displaying them. Posting those like that was just cruel.
Posted by Doug Nelson  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  08:29 AM
"people are animals"

So why are you so upset when somebody behaves like one?! Its because its easier to be outraged about somthing you can't do anything about than to get worked up about something you can! It's not like you actually want to do anything, not when pretending you would makes you feel just as morally supereor.

Hey honey, screw the couch-potato moralizors; squash one for me!
Posted by HeartsAndMinds.Org  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  09:07 AM
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  09:08 AM
Ow and btw she hates rabbits too:
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  09:12 AM
Okay, I replaced the two most disturbing images with links.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  09:24 AM
Thank you
Posted by Doug Nelson  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  09:35 AM
Damn, Oscar. Thanks for clearing it up, at least. That is one sick woman.
Posted by raoulduke  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  10:06 AM
Uh, HeartsandMinds, I don't know if you noticed or not, but the reason people are discussing animal abuse is because the story is about a kitten being crushed.

Now, if she had crushed a poverty stricken child with her heel, I'm sure people would be saying "Poor starving kid!"

Go pimp your site elsewhere.
Posted by Banana  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  11:22 AM
Wow. Some people deserve to die. I hope this woman gets mauled by a tiger or something. It would serve her right.
Posted by Sakano  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  11:38 AM
It's bad enough that someone would do a thing like that but 2 or more people making a video of it and posting it on the internet just leaves me speechless.

That video ranks right up there with footage of Nazis shooting people on the edge of an open pit.
Posted by Blondin  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  11:42 AM
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