The Hello Kitty Murder: One night, a nightclub hostess, Fan Man-yee, was abducted by three men, 34-year-old Chan Man-lok, 27-year-old Leung Shing-cho, and 21-year-old Leung Wai-lun. They took Fan back to their apartment, where they beat and tortured her for over a month. They eventually killed and dismembered her, and then stuffed her head into a Hello Kitty doll. The murderers were caught only because one of the kidnappers 14-year-old girlfriend reported to the police that she was being haunted by the deceased woman.
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The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal shepherd and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake to take the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty. Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid—human above the waist, fish below—though the earliest representations of Atargatis showed her as a fish with a human head and arm, similar to the Babylonian god Ea. The Greeks recognized Atargatis under the name Derketo. Prior to 546 BC, the Milesian philosopher Anaximander proposed that mankind had sprung from an aquatic species of animal. He thought that humans, with their extended infancy, could not have survived otherwise.