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Top 5 Most Popular Murders/Killings in Hong Kong

This list is in no particular order. There are a lot more that were not indicated in this list. These are just some of the most talked about, viewed or disturbing ones. If I have missed anything important please comment on the link below and I will try my best to update the list.

Hello Kitty Murder

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In May of 1999, a fourteen-year-old girl, Ling Choi San (named changed) walked into a police station in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong to file a very strange report. She reported to the police that she was being haunted by a young woman’s ghost. Although her complaint would have been dismissed as ludicrous, it is what she then said that required further investigation. The young girl went on to explain that she believed the ghost was that of a young woman she had helped torture and kill.

Twenty-three-year-old Fan Man-yee was a night club hostess with a troubled past. Raised in a girls’ home after being abandoned by her family, Fan turned to drugs and prostitution by the time she was a teenager. Her tragic life made it inevitable that she would cross paths with Chan Man-lok, a 34-year-old pimp and drug dealer who lived in a five-bedroom apartment above the city’s famous shopping district. His apartment was a teenager’s dream decorated in a wide assortment of Hello Kitty paraphernalia including sheets, curtains and a large collection of stuffed dolls. He also kept a steady supply of video games, pornography, and drugs.

Fan’s first encounter with Chan came in 1997 when Fan stole his wallet containing $4,000. Realizing she made a mistake, Fan returned the wallet with and addition $10K as an apology. Chan was unsatisfied with her apology and demanded another $16K. On March 17, 1999, Chan sent his henchmen to kidnap Fan for not paying what she “owed”. Chan’s original intention was to have Fan work off her debt as a prostitute. However, as he and his henchmen were high on “ice”, they began taking turns beating her. That’s when 14-year-old Ling, who had been living with Chan and thoroughly enjoying the gangster lifestyle, said she too joined in on the torture.

Fan’s torturers spent nearly a month alternating between video games and beating their captive, all while under the influence of crystal meth. After a month of enduring depraved abuse, Fan passed away. Chan ordered his men to take her body to the bathroom where it was dismembered. Her body parts were then boiled in an attempt to conceal the smell of decomposition. The boiling took days and was done in the same kitchen that the gang ate in, sometimes utilizing the same tools for both. Although most of the body was eventually disposed of, for some unexplained reason they decided to place Fan’s skull into a large Hello Kitty mermaid doll.

That’s when, according to Ling, the haunting began. Whether it was guilt or drugs, Ling was convinced that Fan was seeking revenge from beyond the grave. Chan and his gang were eventually arrested and given life sentences. Lin, for her testimony, was given immunity. The case was covered extensively in the Hong Kong press and became the subject of two feature films. For several years after the case, paranormal investigators visited the building where Fan was killed attempting to communicate with her until the building was eventually demolished in 2012.

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Murder of Glory Chau and Moon Siu

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A son who was found guilty of murdering his parents and chopping their bodies into pieces was jailed for life at the Court of First Instance this afternoon.

Henry Chau Hoi-leung, 31, was found guilty of two counts of murder over the deaths of his father, Chau Wing-ki, 65, and mother, Siu Yuet-yee, 63, on Friday.

“People may wonder why you did this. The fact there is no obvious answer is what makes you so dangerous,” judge Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore said to Henry Chau as he handed down the sentence.

“You fail in everything but the piano. You always blame your faults on others but not yourself … your parents became the victims of your blame.”

Stuart-Moore also gave Chau an additional nine years and four months in prison for preventing the lawful burials of his parents, which he admitted earlier. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Chau’s co-defendant Tse Chun-kei, 38, was acquitted of the murder charges. He also admitted he had unlawfully dealt with the couple’s bodies. As his role was comparatively a minor one, the judge jailed him for one year but released him last week as he had already served two years on remand.

During the trial the court heard that the couple’s heads were found in two refrigerators and some salted body parts in three plastic boxes in Tse’s flat in Tai Kok Tsui two weeks after they were killed.

Henry Chau prepared the murder for six months before he carried it out on March 1, 2013.

The court heard the dismemberment was included in Henry Chau’s plan as computer records showed he searched for information about missing people and blood-taking methods around October 2012. He also prepared a shopping list to buy knives, saw blades, bleach, refrigerators and microwave ovens.

He also took action to purchase the items piece by piece on alternative days in January and February, 2013.

About five days before the murder, he told his parents he would move to Tse’s flat and asked them to help him tidy the place.

He took his parents to the flat and killed them on March 1, 2013. The couple’s bodies were believed to be dismembered inside the flat in the following few days.

Henry Chau, at the same time, kept up appearances before his brother Chau Hoi-ying, who lived in the family flat with him in Sai Ying Pun.

When the elder brother began to feel strange about losing contact with their parents, Henry Chau accompanied him to look for them and even appeared in a video to appeal to the public for help. A report was then made to police about their disappearance.

Not long after the police started the investigation, Henry Chau confessed to his friends and a cousin that he killed his parents. He told a group of friends by sending text messages while he was assisting officers at a police station.

Police arrested Henry Chau and Tse on March 15, 2013. They also found the couple’s bodies in Tse’s flat.

Tse claimed Henry Chau killed and dismembered the couple in his flat without his knowledge. Henry Chau threatened to harm his mother so he felt compelled to help him to pack and throw some body parts into the sea a few days before his arrest.

Forensic officers believed the couple’s body parts were cooked, microwaved and salted. Some of the body parts were decaying when they were found.

Henry Chau claimed he hated his parents and found his failure in life and in love were all due to them.

He hated his father because he refused to turn down the television volume when he was trying hard to study in his school days. He was angry with his mother for humiliating him in front of the girl he loved on his 24th birthday. He also blamed his mother for forcing him to study piano and showing a sad face to him when he failed to make any contribution to the family.

He told psychiatrists he wanted to achieve something important before he was 30. As he felt he would fail to do so, he planned to commit suicide. Henry Chau alleged that when he told this plan to Tse in September 2012, Tse inspired him to think of killing people instead.

He then thought of killing his parents. His original plan also included killing his brother, as his brother used to hit him when he was small. If he could escape, he would go to mainland China to kill women and prostitutes and become a serial killer with a partner.

He also told a psychiatrist that he listened to Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s piano piece “Vers la flamme” continually for 30 days before he killed his parents and it enhanced the images of flames in his mind that he believed would signal the impending end of the world.

Henry Chau confessed to his cousin and a good friend that he was a psychopath. He could only remember the bad sides of people and had no feeling of others’ pain.

When he killed his parents, he did not worry about their death. He was scared only as he saw a lot of blood. After the killing, he only cared about a cut he suffered during the act and was calm enough to go to a hospital immediately for treatment.

He told a psychiatrist he felt relief when he saw his parents’ empty bed the next morning. Thus, there was no need for him to kill his brother.

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The Braemar Hill murders

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The Braemar Hill murders (Chinese: 寶馬山雙屍案) were among the most notorious homicides to happen in Hong Kong. On 20 April 1985, local British teenagers Kenneth McBride and Nicola Myers were killed brutally by a group of five young gangsters on Braemar Hill, Hong Kong. McBride was found bound, beaten, and strangled with over 100 bodily injuries. Myers’ body was found half naked, her jaw broken, and her left eyeball out of its socket. Evidence also showed that Myers was raped. The murders are one of the most disturbing crimes in the history of Hong Kong.

Kenneth McBride (aged 17) and Nicola Myers (aged 18) were a couple and both studied at Island School, Hong Kong, and they were well-known on campus. McBride was the president of the students’ union, captain of the school rowing team, and a member of the debate team. His former teacher Chris Forse described him as smart, and loved by the school community. Myers was described as a smart student, who had an interest in languages and was hoping to become an interpreter. Simon Boyde, former schoolmates of the couple described that the couple was close, and both of them were popular in school.
On the day of attack, the couple decided to take a walk in the Braemar Hill countryside, part of the Tai Tam Country Park in the afternoon, located near McBride’s residence in Braemar Hill Mansions. They were seated on a remote and quiet pathway on the hillside, studying for their A Level examinations. Earlier the same day, a group of five local gangsters: Pang Shun-yee (彭信義) age 24, Tam Sze-foon (譚士歡) age 20, Chiu Wai-man (趙偉文) age 25, Cheung Yau-hang (張有恆) age 17, and Won Sam-lung (尹三龍) age 16[3] were gathered in the area. According to Won’s evidence, Pang was the leader of the group, and he suggested they steal a cable from the government aerial station on the mountain for some extra cash. After several failed attempts to steal the cable, the group spotted McBride and Myers. The group decided to “have some fun” and thought as McBride and Myers were European they must be rich. Pang led them to rob the couple. Unfortunately McBride and Myers only had one dollar on them and they tried to defend themselves. The gangsters did not believe the couple and it turned into a fierce attack. McBride was savagely beaten and his hands and feet were tied up. Tam pulled off McBride’s Nike shoes and Tam kept the shoes after the murder. The trainers being a key piece of evidence presented in court. According to the murderers’ statements, Pang verbally threatened the rest of the gang to take part in the attack. Pang raped Myers while the other four members were brutally beating McBride. Myers’ genitalia were penetrated by a stick and a bottle. After several attacks, Pang decided the couple must die as McBride and Myers would be able to identify them. The group left the country park after the murder, and destroyed the couple’s textbooks

In late November the police arrested Pang and the rest of the group within 48 hours. Although they had given details of the murders, only Won pleaded guilty. Pang, Tam and Chiu were found guilty by the court and convicted, they were all sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment in 1993 under the permission given by the Governor-in-Council. They remain in prison to this day. Two of the other killers, Cheung and Won (both born in 1968), were underage at the time of the crime and were sentenced to be detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

After the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, Won’s parents appealed to the McBride and Myers families for forgiveness for Won. In 1998, the McBride and Myers families announced that they have forgiven Won, and appealed to Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa for a lesser sentence. Tung agreed, and decided that Won would be incarcerated for 27 years and Cheung for 35 years. Won would later say upon release in front of press that receiving the families’ forgiveness was both touching and hard to accept, and that he would use the opportunity to reintegrate fully back into society.

Later, Cheung appealed to the court for a lesser sentence similar to Won’s, but on April 6, 2006, the verdict came down denying Cheung’s request, citing that due to the heinous nature of the crime, that 35 years for Cheung was more than generous.

In the end, Won was released from Stanley Prison in front of the press in 2004 and was last heard of being offered clerical work in a law firm through the government’s Criminal Rehabilitation Service.

In 2005, Cheung’s sentence was converted to a sentence of 35 years in prison and he was released In December 2007, and was last heard having been hired as an inspection worker at a public utility.

Tam died of cancer in prison in 2009 at the age of 45.

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The Jars Murderer

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In the 1980s, taxi driver Lam Kor-wan murdered four women, strangling them with electrical wires. He then took photos of their nude bodies and dismembered them at his family home. Lam earned his nickname as the ‘Jars Murderer’ when police discovered he had hoarded female sexual organs in jars under his bed. He was busted by a photo technician who noticed a severed breast in images he was developing for Lam, who was sentenced to death which was later commuted to life in prison.

Lam was arrested by plain clothes officers on 17 August 1982. He had attempted to develop photographs of one of his dismembered victims at a Hong Kong Kodak shop. The shop manager in Mong Kok tipped off the police and they were waiting for him when he returned to pick up the photos. When confronted Lam claimed that the photographs belonged to a friend of his who worked on a ship who would meet him shortly; when the man did not appear the police accompanied Lam to his parents’ first floor apartment on Kwei Chau Street  and performed a search. The police located an old ammunition box in the bedroom he shared with his brother; the box contained pornography and more photographs of body parts, video tapes and several tupperware containers containing women’s sexual organs.
On the 8th of April in 1983, at the end of a long three-week trial with a seven-men jury (as no women were able to stomach the gruesome background and evidence of the murders), Lam was found guilty of four counts of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. On the 29th of August in 1984, Lam’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, as was the tradition before the abolition of the death penalty in Hong Kong in 1993. He is currently (and still) serving his life sentence at the maximum-security prison facility at Shek Pik.

Movies has been made inspired by this murders. Lam Kor-wan is portrayed by Hong Kong actor Simon Yam in the movie Dr. Lamb (1992).

Lam was later portrayed by Lawrence Ng in a more fictional light in the 1994 film The Underground Banker in which Lam, now released from prison is a reformed Buddhist who is friendly and helpful to his neighbor and only returns to his psychotic killing state to help his neighbor take revenge on Triads who raped, murdered or maimed most of his family.

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Murders of Sumarti Ningsih and Jesse Lorena

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Sumarti Ningsih was found dead, and Seneng Mujiasih near death, on November 1, 2014, in a luxurious one-bedroom apartment in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Mujiasih, who was pronounced dead shortly after being found, also used the name Jesse Lorena Ruri. The apartment was rented by Rurik George Caton Jutting, who was convicted of their murders on 8 November 2016.

The two female victims were originally believed to be sex workers from Southeast Asia. Ningsih, 25, is believed to be Indonesian and Lorena, at first unidentified, was thought to be 30, and of Philippine origin. However, it was later revealed Lorena was from a region near Java, Indonesia. Lorena’s occupation as a sex worker is also disputed.

Sumarti Ningsih is believed to have arrived in Hong Kong a month before the murder on a tourist visa, and been murdered on October 27, 2014. The last known contact from Ningsih was on October 26, 2014, near Lockhart Road in Wan Chai. Jesse Lorena is thought to have resided in Hong Kong for more than eight years, originally worked as a domestic helper, but transitioned to a “part-time disc jockey in a pub” at the time of the murder. Lorena was last seen at around 20:45 October 31, 2014, outside a pub in the Wan Chai red light district, and spoke briefly to Robert van den Bosch, a Dutch DJ who works at the pub, who had also been Lorena’s acquaintance for four years. She said, “I’m going to have fun. I’m going to a Halloween party,” before leaving; and this was the last known communication from Lorena before her murder. The two women were found murdered at the J Residence in Wan Chai. On the morning of November 1, 2014, Jutting called the police three times to report that “something happened” in his 31st-floor one-bedroom flat. His call at 03:42 requested the police investigate his apartment. When the police arrived, a 12-inch knife, sex toys and cocaine were found at the apartment, and Lorena was found lying naked on the floor, with cut wounds to her neck, throat and buttocks; she was alive when the police arrived but was pronounced dead soon after. Rurik Jutting had been talking ‘delirious nonsense’ and was arrested at the scene.

Eight hours after Jutting’s arrest, a second partially decapitated female corpse was discovered in a large (3 × 1.5 × 1.5 ft) black suitcase on the balcony of the apartment. The badly decomposing corpse was partially clothed, wrapped in towels and had her hands and legs bound with ropes. It was later identified as Ningsih’s.

Police examined the contents of Jutting’s phone, and found about 2000 photos. These photos include those of a sadomasochistic nature; Rurik had also taken photos of himself with different portions of the corpses, including sexual organs and the partially severed head of Ningsih, and also said in a video that he killed one of the victims.Jutting was charged with the murder of the two women. After his arrest, he refused to cooperate with police.

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Top 5 Most Popular Murders/Killings in Taiwan

This list is in no particular order. There are a lot more that were not indicated in this list. These are just some of the most talked about, viewed or disturbing ones. If I have missed anything important please comment on the link below and I will try my best to update the list.

Man Decapitates Little Girl In front of Mother

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A mother and daughter were on their way to a subway station in the Neihu District when the attacker grabbed the girl from behind as she rode her bike just a few feet away from her mother. He took his clever and started hitting the girl in the neck. Her mother desperately tried to stop the attacker, but was unsuccessful. He continued until he decapitated her.

Local TV footage showed a body covered with a white cloth on the pavement near the girl’s bike.

Police arrested a 33-year-old man following the attack, according to the government-run Central News Agency. The suspect was being treated for mental illness and already had an arrest record for drug crimes.

The suspect said he did not know the victim, police reported.

Hours following the attack and arrest, an angry crowd gathered in front of the police station where the suspect was being detained. Some in the crowd were waving baseball bats in preparation for a possible attack on the alleged killer.

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Murder of Pai Hsiao-yen

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Pai Hsiao-yen (simplified Chinese: 白晓燕; traditional Chinese: 白曉燕; pinyin: Bái Xiăoyàn; June 23, 1980 – April 20, 1997) was the only daughter of popular Taiwanese TV host and actress Pai Ping-ping and Japanese author Ikki Kajiwara.

Pai Hsiao-yen was missing after leaving for her school, Hsing Wu High School, on the morning of April 14, 1997. Her family received ransom request of $5,000,000 United States dollars ($7150704.81 when adjusted for inflation) along with a severed piece of her little finger and a photograph of a bound girl.

Press in Taiwan first reported the incident on April 23, 1997. However, after the abductors negotiated with the police for 11 days and changed the locations of payment more than 20 times, the police finally decoded the communication methods used by the abductors. In the subsequent police raid, one suspect was arrested while two other escaped after a serious gun fight with the police.

Pai Hsiao-yen’s mutilated body, weighted down with dumbbells, was found in a drainage ditch on April 25, 1997. Investigators said that she had been dead for ten days before her body’s discovery.

Ransom negotiations had continued after the likely time of Pai’s death; an impersonator placed a telephone call to give Pai Ping-ping the impression that her daughter was alive. Tim Healy and Laurie Underwood of Asiaweek said that Pai was “apparently tortured” before her death.

The photograph of her naked dead body was leaked to the mass media, including the China Times which printed it. In consequence to this, people in Taiwan protested against the mass media. Twelve accessories were arrested, but three main criminals, Chen Chin-hsing (T: 陳進興, S: 陈进兴, P: Chén Jìnxīng), Lin Chun-sheng (林春生 Lín Chūnshēng), and Kao Tien-min (高天民 Gāo Tiānmín) escaped. An island-wide manhunt began and police were ordered to shoot the suspects without warning if they showed any sign of resistance.

On August 19, the trio were spotted by two foot patrol police officers in a residential neighborhood. A brief exchange of fire ensued and Lin turned the gun on himself after he was shot six times; one of the officers was killed and the other one wounded. Lin died around 11:55 AM. Reinforcement was immediately rushed to the neighborhood, and more than 800 officers conducted a thorough search, which turned up nothing.

On October 23, Kao and Chen shot and killed a plastic surgeon, his wife, and a nurse after forcing them to perform plastic surgery on them. A few days later, Kao was spotted by the police and shot himself when police attempted to arrest him on November 17.

The last criminal, Chen Chin-hsing, broke into the residence of a South African military attaché and took the family hostage on November 18, but eventually surrendered to the police after negotiation initiated by politician Frank Hsieh. Chen was executed on October 6, 1999, after being convicted for kidnappings, murders, and multiple counts of sexual assaults.

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February 28 Incident

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On February 28, 1947, about two thousand people gathered in front of the Bureau of Monoply in Taipei to protest the brutal beating on a woman cigarette peddler and the killing of a bystander by the police on the previous evening. The Chinese Governor, Chen Yi responded with machine guns, killing several people on the spot. Uprisings erupted. What ensued were a series of massacres on the island by the troops sent from China by Chiang Kai-Shek resulting in the deaths of more than 30,000 Taiwanese people, followed by an era of white terror (arrests and mysterious disappearances of countless additional people) by the military police for decades….

Fifty years later today, Taiwan has evolved into a democratic country, thanks to those brave people who sacrificed their lives, blood and freedom to continue their relentless fight for democracy and human rights. Taiwanese people will forgive but will never forget such a tragic page of Taiwan’s history. In reconciliation with this painful past, they want to commemorate February 28 as the day of peace.

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2014 Taipei Metro Attack

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A university student wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a subway train in Taiwan’s capital on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring at least 21 others, police and local media said.

The seemingly random attack occurred at about 4 p.m. at the start of the evening rush hour aboard a train on Taipei’s Banqiao line, which leads to the city’s southwestern suburbs.

Photos showed the floor of one of the train’s cars and the adjacent station platform splattered with blood and strewn with backpacks, umbrellas and other items.

The government’s Central News Agency and other media described panicked passengers rushing from the train when it arrived at Jiangzicui station, shouting for those waiting on the platform to flee.

They said security guards quickly called police, who arrived within minutes and took the man into custody. They said the man reeked of alcohol.

“Everyone in the train was trying to run to the other side. No one tried to stop the criminal suspect,” a woman injured in the attack told reporters at a local hospital. The woman, who was stabbed in the hand, would only give her surname, Yen.

Pictures showed the attacker handcuffed sitting against a wall, his face covered in blood. He was dressed in white tennis shoes, black shorts and a red T-shirt.

A police spokesman, speaking on routine condition of anonymity, said police were preparing to charge the suspect with murder.

Speaking to reporters, Chen Kuo-en, the police chief of Xinbeishi, where Jiangzicui station is located, identified the attacker as a 21-year-old second-year student at Tunghai University in the central city of Taichung.

Chen said the man told police he had wanted to do something “shocking and big” and had plotted to carry out the attack from childhood. Chen said no other motive was presently known and the suspect had no record of mental health problems.

“He’s aware of the legal responsibility of his crime,” Chen said.

A Tunghai University official confirmed the suspect was a student there and said a school counselor had seen him in April after he posted a message on his Facebook page saying he “wanted to do something big this year.”

However, the matter was dropped after the counselor reported nothing unusual, said the spokesman, who declined to be further identified.

Chen said the suspect had grown up around the station and might have chosen it because of his familiarity with the area. He said he boarded the train two stations earlier and started stabbing passengers after it passed the first one.

Police said the man used a 3-inch knife in the attack, and was also carrying a second blade three times as long. Although the suspect had been drinking, a breath analysis test showed he was below the legal limit.

Police said a 47-year-old woman and two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s, were declared dead on arrival at hospital. A 62-year-old woman died in surgery four hours after the attack.

The suspect struck his victims in the chest and stomach and injured at least 21 others in the attack.

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Guy Stabs Girlfriend 41 Times Caught On Video

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Chang Yen-wen, 29, allegedly murdered his girlfriend, a 22-year-old kindergarten teacher Lin Pei-jen, with a cleaver on a street in Taipei, Taiwan Monday morning.

In this ambulance dash cam footage, the suspect kneels next to the victim’s body, stabbing the woman even after she’s dead. He reportedly stabbed her 41 times and removed her underwear during the attack.

Chang then turned the cleaver on himself. He suffered 27 wounds to the neck, 8 to the head, and 9 to the abdomen. Chang was arrested soon afterward.

Authorities said the victim met Chang on the internet six months ago. The pair had allegedly broken up recently, due to Chang’s violent tendencies. The break up may have fueled the attack. Chang told police he thought Lin had cheated on him while they were together.
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