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试探性自杀 (shìtànxìng zìshā): half-hearted suicide attempt

Graphic showing the locations of Mr. Xie’s stab wounds.

On August 27, 2011, the body of Xie Yexin (谢业新) was found in his office with 11 stab wounds. Mr. Xie was a government official in Hubei Province and a member of the disciplinary committee. The month before his death he had investigated the local deputy secretary for corruption. The official cause of his death was ruled suicide, the explanation being that the initial stab wounds were “half-hearted suicide attempts,” followed by a final successful attempt. Netizens and Mr. Xie’s family were deeply skeptical of this official account.