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Death for China's serial killer
A court in central China has sentenced a man to death for 67 murders and 23 rapes, in what is believed to be the country's bloodiest killing spree.

Yang Xinhai, 38, was found guilty of committing the killings over the past three years by the court in the province of Henan, state media said.

It said he used a hammer to carry out some of the attacks in four provinces, sometimes murdering entire families.

Yang waived his right to appeal after an hour-long closed-door trial.

Yang - a migrant worker - was arrested in Cangzhou City in Hebei last November, during a routine inspection of entertainment venues.

When I killed people I had a desire (to kill more). I don't care whether they deserve to live or not
Yang Xinhai

He later admitted the crimes in the provinces of Henan, Anhui, Shandong and Hebei, and police also matched his DNA with that found at several crime scenes.

In an interview shown on China's Central Television on Monday, Yang gave no real motive for the killing spree that had begun after he was released from a labour camp for rape in 2000.

"When I killed people I had a desire (to kill more). This inspired me to kill more. I don't care whether they deserve to live or not. It is none of my concern," Yang said.

"I have no desire to be part of society. Society is not my concern," he said.

Some earlier reports suggested that Yang went on the rampage after being dumped by his girlfriend, but police listed robbery and rape as the main motives.

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