A man who committed suicide in China killed his neighbour first so that he could have him as a partner to play chess in heaven, according to a media report.
The 54-year-old, named only as Liao, strangled his 57-year-old neighbour before committing suicide Tuesday night in order to have a chess partner after death, the Shanghai Daily reported Liao as stating in his suicide note.
The neighbour’s body was found by his landlady in Zhejiang province when she visited his room to collect the rent.
The police said they detected evidence of strangulation, and Liao's body in the next room. The police also found two notes and some drugs in the room.
Liao was thought to have killed himself over family conflicts. His notes suggested he killed his neighbour because he was afraid of being alone after death.