Even Detective Conan, the boy sleuth bearing a strange resemblance to Dr. Who, is at a loss in solving Zhu Ling’s case. Zhu was poisoned by thallium while studying at Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier universities, 19 years ago. The thallium left her wheelchair-bound and profoundly mentally impaired. Images of We the People petitions, lost evidence, and blocked online sources swirl in Conan’s head. (Meng Chengshang)
The death of a young migrant worker in Beijing, who fell from the top of the mall where she worked on May 3, stoked her fellow workers to protest last week. The Beijing police have concluded that she committed suicide, but many doubt that Yuan Liya, a 22-year-old sending money home for her father’s cancer treatment, would kill herself. A “non-suicide vow” circulated on Weibo late last week, much like this animated pledge by Cheng Tao:
I am Cheng Tao. I’m a lively, cheerful fatso. I love life and animation. I have no history of mental illness. No matter how horrendous the circumstance, I promise to never commit suicide. Any mishap which may befall me is homicide, and I ask my fellow netizens to pursue the case!