In November 2009, Kuang Jilu was shocked to the core when he discovered the body of his 13-year old son Kuang Zhijun hanging from a wooden beam in their family home in Shuangxing. The boy’s hands and feet were tied with twelve knots each and there was a weight suspended between his feet. Upon closer inspection, a small pinhole could be seen on his forehead. Kuang was wearing a red dress over a black female swimming costume.
Initial reactions to the strange crime scene included claims that the young boy’s death had been part of a Chinese occult ritual. He died at the age of 13 years and 13 days which indicated a link to Taoist sorcery, according to theory. There was even wild speculation that the child had been killed by a cult of sorts, in order to resurrect him as a ghost. It was believed that this was to be achieved by use of the five elements, metal (weight), water (swimming costume), wood (wooden beam), fire (red colour of the dress) and earth (the dirt below the beam). The pinhole would allow the soul to leave the body, while the weight kept the body tied to the earth. The red dress represented the binding of the boy’s soul to his murderer.
Police would have none of this however, concluding within one month of investigation that Kuang had died while playing a game. They refused to reopen the investigation.
The true circumstances surrounding Kuang Jilu’s death remain unknown.