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Man Pretends to be Mute, Ends Up Can’t Speak

by Natasha Christopher

How can this story be anymore weirder?

An escape suspected murderer who had evaded capture for 12 years by pretending to be a mute has allegedly lost his ability to speak, Chinese media recently reported.

The Chinese man, identified only by his surname ‘Zheng’, had been charged with murdering his wife’s uncle, a Mr Cao, in a dispute over a 500 yuan ($76) rent, back in 2005. It was a heated argument that ‘Zheng’ allegedly stabbed Mr Cao then ran away from home. The runaway suspect obtained his new identity with a fake name that goes by Wang Gui and started pretending to be a mute beggar in order to make ends meet.


Zheng eventually settled into his new life by working in construction and have a new wife and fathered a child. All this while being mute as he’s scared he would blow his own cover.

Unfortunately for Zheng, his 12 years of self-imposed silence couldn’t help him during a household survey conducted by police, earlier this year. The authority took an account to further investigate him after his lack of identification papers made the police took a sample of his blood and use his DNA to check who he is. That is where the 12-year escape finally has ended for Zheng.


According to the Zhejiang Daily newspaper, the man’s vocal chords had wasted away due to lack of use over such a long period of time and had eventually become useless. It’s unclear whether Zheng’s muteness can be reversed, but that may not matter too much, as he faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the murder he allegedly committed 12 years ago.

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