From Zhejiang Online:
After the Chinese New Year, Tiantai (天台) County, Zhejiang Province became the hot topic of the public, from ordinary folks to the media, the concern over the 5 missing children (later found drowned in the local fishery) was still not yet over, another 3 children with the last name Cai (蔡) died of unnatural causes.
The incidents were amplified in forums like MOP and Tianya because of the bizarre coincidences: all of them had the last name Cai (蔡), all of them are children and all of them died of unnatural causes one after another.
On March 18, Zhejiang reporter contacted Tiantai Country police spokesman, Public Security Bureau and Political Commissar Wang Xiejiao. He said there had been indeed 8 children with the last name Cai died of unnatural causes. But after rigorous investigation by the police, these were indeed accidental deaths. The police had ruled out the possibility of suicide and homicide, and these three accidents were not connected in any way.
On March 16 afternoon around 2 pm, a netizen named “我是caizhiyong” posted on Tianya forum claimed to be the father of a 5 year old girl Cai Shaohan (蔡少涵) who just died in an accident.
After this post titled “Tiantai County 5 year old girl bizarre death, hanged in telephone booth (the eighth child victim with last name Cai since the new year)” was published, until the 18th morning 10 am, there were over 400,000 clicks and over 2,500 comments.
This post then was soon copied and reposed on every other major forum on the internet.
In the post, author described his daughter was found dead on March 2, in a public telephone booth. She was hanged by the telephone cord. Tiantai police has determined the death to be an accident.
Couple days later, when our family went to the funeral home for my daughter’s funeral, the funeral home staff told us that your child’s death was a bit strange. And he said something that gave us the chills. “Your child is the eighth child with last name Cai who died of bizarre unnatural causes since the fifth of this year (lunar calendar).”
The eighth child named Cai died of bizarre death! The eighth!! Last name Cai! From the fifth day of the year to the day my daughter died the 17th, is only 12 days apart. Eight of them last named Cai!!! Such a coincidence!!
The father was in disbelief and had so many doubts, he told the public to help him to find out the truth, and claimed that he did not want to see the ninth child last named Cai to die. He also posted his phone number 13989618933 and his dad’s phone number 18760555178 and QQ number 845686129.
Cai Shaohan (蔡少涵)
5 brothers and sisters went missing on February 20, and later their bodies were found drowned in the local fishery. The police determined the death to be accidental.
Cai Songtao (蔡松涛), male, 7
Cai Bingbing (蔡彬斌), male, 9
Cai Danni (蔡丹妮) female, 10
Cai Yani (蔡亚妮), female, 12
Cai Kangni (蔡康妮), female, 13
On February 22, another tragedy happened in one village of Tiantai, two girls last named Cai drowned in a local pond. The two girls, last name Cai, were cousins, one was 7 and the other was 9. The villager guessed that two girls after eating some snacks and fell into the pond when washing their hands.
Lunar calendar the 17th (March 2), Cai Shaohan was hanged by a telephone cord and died in a public telephone booth.
After the above post was published, discussions poured in, netizens all think the incidents are bizarre and strange.
Zhejiang reporter contacted the father Cai Zhiyong, he confirmed that the post on Tianya was written by him, he still do not want to accept the fact that his daughter was already dead.