Morbidology the Podcast – 43: Yingying Zhang

Podcast released on: 13th April 2020

For parents, their child moving overseas can be most of the most daunting moments of their life. On one hand, they want to give their child the freedom to determine their own fate but on the other hand, it can be a very scary experience, knowing that your child is so far away from home.…

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For parents, their child moving overseas can be most of the most daunting moments of their life. On one hand, they want to give their child the freedom to determine their own fate but on the other hand, it can be a very scary experience, knowing that your child is so far away from home. However, that apprehension is nothing compared to the fear a parent feels when their child disappears while in another country.


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IlliniHW, 10 June, 2017 – “Search on for Visiting Scholar”

The Daily Illini, 11 June, 2017 – “UIPD Searching for Missing Student”

IlliniHQ, 12 June, 2017 – “Police Seek Information on Car Tied To Missing UI Scholar”

IlliniHQ, 15 June, 2017 – “FBI Joins Search for Missing UI Scholar”

South China Morning Post, 15 June, 2017 – “Missing Chinese Student in US Likely Kidnapped by White Man”

ABC – 8 WQAD, 16 June, 2017 – “FBI Offering $10,000 Reward for Information About University of Illinois Student, Missing Since June 9th

IlliniHQ, 17 June, 2017 – “Chinese UI Students Helping With Search for Missing Countrywoman”

The Daily Illini, 19 June, 2017 – “University to Offer $40,000 Reward in Missing Scholar Case”

Associated Press, 22 June, 2017 – “Father of Missing Chinese Scholar: Give My Daughter Back”

IlliniHQ, 22 June, 2017 – “A Lot of People Care About Yingying a Lot”

News-Gazette, 22 June, 2017 – “FBI Has Made Search for Missing UI Scholar a Top Priority”

ABC – 8 WQAD, 23 June, 2017 – “Missing University of Illinois Student’s Parents Make Plea to Her and Her Kidnapper”

The News-Gazette, 23 June, 2017 – “Chasing Ride Share Leads Missing Scholar”

The Associated Press, 26 June, 2017 – “Mystery of Missing Chinese Scholar Shakes up Illinois School”

The Associated Press, 27 June, 2017 – “FBI Locates Car Related to Missing Chinese Scholar Case”

FOX – 2 KTVI, 28 June, 2017 – “University of Illinois Community Marches for Missing Chinese Graduate Student”

The Belleville News-Democrat, 30 June, 2017 – “FBI Arrests Suspect in Case of Missing Chinese Scholar, Presumed Dead”

The News-Gazette, 30 June, 2017 – “Grad Student Arrested in UI Scholar’s Disappearance; FBI Presumes Her Dead”

IlliniHQ, 2 July, 2017 – “Man Attended Event for UI Scholar He’s Accused of Kidnapping”

The Associated Press, 3 July, 2017 – “Abduction Suspect Makes First Appearance in Court”

The Breeze, 3 July, 2017 – “Suspect in U. of Illinois Kidnapping Attended Rally for Victim”

The Daily Vidette, 3 July, 2017 – “Nobody Saw This Coming”

IlliniHQ, 3 July, 2017 – “Suspect Different, Work Out Companion Says”

IlliniHQ, 5 July, 2017 – “Bail Denied”

ABC – 8 WQAD, 6 July, 2017 – “University of Illinois Increasing Security on Campus Following Kidnapping”

IlliniHQ, 14 July, 2017 – “Missing UI Scholar’s Family Will Not Leave Without Her”

International Business Times, 21 July, 2017 – “Missing Chinese Scholar”

IlliniHQ, 22 August, 2017 – “Copy of Diary Turned Over to Missing UI Scholar’s Family”

The News-Gazette, 12 September, 2017 – “Candlelight Vigil Sunday for Yingying Zhang”

The News-Gazette, 3 October, 2017 – “Superseding Indictment”

The News-Gazette, 5 October, 2017 – “FBI Claims Have them Grieving”

The Associated Press, 1 November, 2017 – “How Do I Spend the Rest of my Life Without my Daughter?”

The Associated Press, 16 January, 2018 – “Man’s Girlfriend Allegedly Fainted Helping FBI”

The Associated Press, 19 January, 2018 – “Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Chinese Scholar Case”

The News-Gazette, 9 June, 2018 – “Emotions Flow at Memorial Marking Anniversary of UI Scholar’s Disappearance”

The Southern Illinoisan, 11 June, 2019, 2019 – “Man Accused of Kidnapping, Killing in Illinois Faces Death Penalty in a State where it’s Banned”

Agence France-Presse, 12 June, 2019 – “US College Student Killed Chinese Scholar”

The Associated Press, 12 June, 2019 – “Federal Prosecutors Detail Chinese Scholar’s Brutal Death”

The Associated Press, 14 June, 2019 – “Jurors Hear Suspect Say He Killed Scholar”

The News-Gazette, 14 June, 2019 – “FBI Details Efforts to Find Murder Victim”

The News-Gazette, 15 June, 2019 – “Court Hears What Killer Said at Vigil”

The News-Gazette, 20 June, 2019 – “Ex-Girlfriend Takes Witness Stand”

The Daily Illini, 24 June, 2019 – “Deliberations Begin for Verdict in Christensen Trial”

The News-Gazette, 24 June, 2019 – “Slain IU Scholar’s Family: Emotional Distress Has Been Un Bearable”

The Associated Press, 26 June, 2019 – “Defence: Chinese Scholar’s Killer Offered to Locate Body”

The Daily Illini, 8 July, 2019 – “Life or Death”

The Associated Press, 9 July, 2019 – “Parents of Slain Chinese Scholar Tell Jury of their Loss”

Associated Press, 10 July, 2019 – “Man Convicted in Chinese Scholar’s Death Cries in court”

The News-Gazette, 11 July, 2019 – “Defence Focuses on Killer’s Childhood, Family Issues”

The Associated Press, 18 July, 2019 – “Judge Berates China Scholar’s Killer”

The Daily Illini, 18 July, 2019 – “Yingying Zhang’s Family Gives Statements After Killer is Sentenced to Life in Prison”

The Associated Press, 7 August, 2019 – “Slain Chinese Scholar’s Dad Says Her Body May Never be Found”

The Associated Press, 9 August, 2019 – “Family of Slain Chinese Scholar Holds Memorial”

The News-Gazette, 9 August, 2019 – “While We Grieve, We Give Thanks for the Life of Yingying”


“Undercover Girlfriend – ABC News”

“Brendt Christensen FBI Interview”

“Zhang Yingying’s boyfriend refuses to accept the verdict”

“Justice for Yingying Part 3”

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