Date
20 September 2017
A fortune-teller was stabbed to death in China's Sichuan province last week. The murder was committed by a former monk who complained that he was cheated with false predictions many years ago. Photo: Sina.com
A fortune-teller was stabbed to death in China's Sichuan province last week. The murder was committed by a former monk who complained that he was cheated with false predictions many years ago. Photo: Sina.com

Fortune-teller and the monk: A tragic Sichuan tale

A fortune-teller was murdered in broad daylight in Sichuan province last Thursday by a man who claimed that he had been cheated with wrong predictions about his life, according to mainland media.

Pang Lianguo, who had been plying his trade at a street-side stall in Nanchong for nearly 20 years, was stabbed to death by Peng Guoyong, a 41-year-old former monk, Thepaper.cn reported Tuesday.

According to the report, Pang told Peng many years ago that if he does not become a monk before his 28th birthday, he will die. Peng was scared at the prediction and gave some money to Pang to get him to delay the requirement of becoming a monk until he was 32 years of age, the report said.

Taking Pang’s prediction seriously and wishing to avoid death, Peng is said to have indeed become a monk at some point.

He stayed at a temple in Duofu town in Nanchong city for about five years and later spent more time in other temples in Jincheng Mountain and elsewhere. His older sister was quoted as saying that Peng had become a devout Buddhist who strictly followed the religious precepts and often advised his family and friends not to kill animals.

Peng’s older brother tried three times to bring him home but Peng refused as he believed that he would die if he renounced his monkhood, the report said.

But then stories began to spread among the fortune-teller’s neighbors that Pang sometimes intentionally told people that misfortune will fall upon them if they don’t do certain things. Pang is then said to offer solutions for the crisis in return for monetary gifts.

Hearing the tales, Peng finally came to the conclusion that he was taken for a ride by Pang, and became very angry. 

He complained to his brother and neighbors that the fortune-teller had ruined his life and brought misfortune to his family. Due to his lifestyle changes, no one was willing to give him a job. Also, since he is said to have given up his monkhood sometime in 2012, no temple was willing to take him back either.

Meanwhile, Peng is said to have asked Pang to return all the money that he had paid to the latter many years ago. Despite repeated requests, Pang refused to refund the money, the report said.

Unable to take it any longer and seething with rage, Peng stabbed the fortune-teller to death at around 9:20 am on August 25. He is said to have been arrested by the local police later that night.

Apparently, he is cooling his heels in jail now, wondering the bizarre turns that his life had taken — all due to a wily fortune-teller.

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