Somewhere in distant China, there is an unusually special wedding ceremony, that is, the underworld marriage. Marriage is an ancient feudal custom that allows deceased people to remain husband and wife after death, staying together forever. However, there is a shocking story of a 14-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in order to marry. What is even more incredible is that the murderer turned out to be one of the people she was familiar with.
The story begins on October 12, 2004, when police search the ruins of an abandoned county. Local villagers were puzzled by this sudden police action, and they did not understand why so many police forces gathered here. However, two families were particularly nervous. One family was digging where their son was buried, while another couple sobbed, seemingly in deep grief. In the end, after exhaustive efforts, the police opened a coffin, and the scene inside was unbelievable. Inside the coffin lay not a male corpse, but a 14-year-old girl in a red wedding dress, and beside her lay a decomposed male corpse.
The girl's parents couldn't help but faint after seeing their daughter's body. It turned out that the girl in the red wedding dress was their daughter, named Li Tingting. Just 9 days ago, she was a little girl full of life and energy, but now she has fallen victim to this terrible marriage ceremony.
So why would an innocent 14-year-old girl lie in a coffin in a red wedding dress? What terrible experience did she go through during her lifetime? We need to go back to the story from 9 days ago to understand the ins and outs of it all.
The story begins on October 3, when a young girl hurries into the school office to look for her teacher, claiming that her father has been in a car accident and needs to take time off to visit him. The little girl, named Li Tingting, was an excellent student in the class and had always performed well, and the teacher trusted her honesty and obedience, so he approved her leave. However, five days later, Li Tingting's father called, claiming that his daughter had not been home for five days and that he did not know where she had gone. The teacher was upset and quickly contacted Li Tingting's parents, and together they called the police and launched a search operation.
The police quickly launched an investigation, reviewed the surveillance video of the day, and found Li Tingting and a middle-aged woman walking together outside the school. Police began questioning Ms. Li's classmates to see if anyone knew the middle-aged woman. A classmate provided clues that she and Li Tingting went downstairs to fetch water and planned to eat together later. However, the middle-aged woman suddenly appeared, claiming that she had something urgent to find Li Tingting, and then Li Tingting followed her and left.
With limited leads, police listed the middle-aged woman as a prime suspect. After investigation, the police identified a person who matched the description of her figure and appearance, she was Tang Sumei, a middle-aged woman who sold vegetables nearby.
Tang Sumei is an unemployed vagrant living nearby and makes a living selling vegetables. Her daughter is good friends with Li Tingting and attends the same school. On October 10, the police finally found Tang Sumei and began interrogation. Initially, Ms. Tang strenuously denied that she knew Ms. Li, insisting that she had nothing to do with the case. However, her nervousness gradually revealed and she had to confess her crimes.
Tang Sumei admitted that she lied to Li Tingting, claiming that her father was in a car accident and that her mother was taking care of him in the hospital and needed her to return home as soon as possible. Li Tingting, because of her trust in Tang Sumei, did not doubt the authenticity of the news, so she followed her and left the school. However, instead of sending Li Tingting to the man's home, Tang Sumei took her to the funeral home.
At the funeral home, Tang Sumei kept going