On April 16, 2013, while the attention of the world and the U.S. media was gripped by the Boston Marathon bombings, Chinese news outlets and social media were captured by horrors of another kind: Huang Yang, a medical science graduate student at Shanghai's prestigious Fudan University, was poisoned to death, and the prime suspect is his roommate.
Bad news travels in pairs. Almost on the same day, one undergraduate at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics was killed by his roommate, and in a dorm room of Nanchang Hangkong University, a decayed corpse was found hidden.
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These heinous crimes revived collective memories of the bygone tragedies on Chinese university campuses. In 1994, Zhu Ling, a highly-accomplished sophomore majoring in physical chemistry at Tsinghua University, was poisoned with thallium, a highly toxic substance. Thanks to diagnoses made through the nascent Internet, the antidote was delivered in time to keep Zhu alive, but her life was destroyed by permanent paralysis and amentia. Zhu's roommate was the only named suspect in the case, but despite a 19-year long investigation, this case still remains unresolved and has gone cold . Thallium poisoning cases happened again in 1997 and 2007 in Peking University and China University of Mining and Technology, and the victims and the perpetrators were also classmates living under the same roof