Category: Weird Articles
Published on Thursday, 08 December 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Zhang Yufen is in the business of revenge, and over 15 years of dedication towards helping cheated wives gather evidence on their husbands’ affairs and exacting revenge on their mistresses, she has earned herself the nicknames “mistress killer”, “China's top ladies' detective” and “terminator of extramarital affairs”.
Zhang waged war on all the mistresses in China the day she found out that her husband had been cheating on her back in the late 90s. Her husband, who worked in the district taxation bureau in the city of Xi’an, started having an affair and eventually told her that he was seeing someone else and didn’t want her anymore. He took their most valuable possessions, cleaned out their joint bank account and he disappeared.
The experience was devastating and Zhang remembers curling up on the couch and crying for a week. But after the news finally sunk in, she decided that the only way to receive justice was to track down her husband and his mistress and gather evidence about their affair. Little did she know that she would spend the rest of her life doing the same thing for other cheated wives.
Zhang spent five long years tracking down her husband and his mistress multiple times, as he moved to different locations to avoid her detection. But in 2007, after gathering enough evidence about his infidelity, she was finally granted a divorce and became entitled to a payout from her former spouse. At that point, she had already made a name for herself as a detective helping other wives expose their cheating husbands and their mistresses.
Soon after she started stalking her husband, Zhang Yufen was approached by another woman, who told her that her son-in-law was cheating on her daughter, and she had already attempted suicide. The detective agreed to help her, but by the time she went to see the young woman about her problem, she had already killed herself. When she asked her mother why she didn’t sue her son-in-law, the woman said that without conclusive evidence of his affair, the court was just going to throw her case out. That’s when Zhang realized that a lot of married women faced the same problem she did, so in 2003, with the help of nine female friends and a raging fury that can rival hell, she founded the Phoenix Detective Agency.
She only charged clients for basic expenses and in turn helped them gather evidence about their affairs, and if requested, also exact revenge on the mistresses. This was during the “golden age of mistress beating” when this was viewed as family matters, and she and scorned wives could beat and shame exposed mistresses in public, while the police turned a blind eye.
The first time she physically abused a mistress was when helping a client. “We beat the woman into the middle of the street, causing a traffic jam. There were lots of people standing there, watching us beat the woman,” she recently told Global Times. When police arrived, she went straight to them and told them that the victim had seduced another woman’s husband. “The police officer told me that he ‘didn’t see what’s happening.’ When I heard this, I knew it’s OK. So I kept beating the mistress. I quite miss the past,” Zhang added.
Things are different now, and the police intervene when such beatings happen. However, Zhang is still quite persistent in her ways of attacking mistresses in broad daylight as she feels that it is therapeutic for the scorned wives. “Those who don’t dare to beat will develop diseases including esophageal cancer, uterine cancer, lung cancer,” she claims, adding that beating mistresses helps wives vent their anxiety and emotional pain.
Today, 59-year-old Zhang Yufen runs the Alliance Against Mistresses, an organization that offers betrayed wives detective services and advice on how to deal with adultery. Her method of gathering evidence on cheating husbands are rudimentary but effective. Hiding behind trees, lamp posts and other miscellaneous objects during long stakeouts and following suspects on foot and by taxi are some of the most popular techniques used by Zhang and her colleagues.
But while they get the job done most of the time, gathering clear evidence of infidelity, the corruption in the Chinese justice system often prevents cheated wives from reaching their goal. Zhang Yufen claims that irrefutable evidence is often thrown out of court by judges sympathetic to the cheating husbands, or bribed by them, and she even recalls cases where the evidence was mysteriously lost by court officials.
The economic boom that started in China during the 90’s has made adultery one of the country’s most widespread social problems, with state officials considered the worse offenders. After their divorce, Zhang Yufen confronted her ex-husband, asking him why he had turned his back on 16 years of marriage. “He said: ‘Everyone in the taxation bureau had a mistress. I would have lost face if I didn’t have one,'” she recalls.
Despite being threatened with violence and arrest, Zhang Yufen doesn’t plan on stopping her mistress hunting activity anytime soon. She considers her organization one of the few tools available to Chinese wives looking for justice. To get compensation in a divorce, they need to present evidence of adultery, but no one is willing to help them do it. That’s where the “mistress killer” comes in.
So if you are a mistress currently attached to a married man in China, you are forewarned. Zhang doesn't know who you are, but she knows that you want other wives' husbands. She has a very particular set of skills. Skills she has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make her a nightmare for people like you. If you let her husband go now, that'll be the end of it. She will not look for you, she will not pursue you, but if you don't, she will look for you, she will find you and she will beat your ass.
Editor's Note: We do not condone “mistress-beating” in any way. It is in my opinion that the fault lies with the husband for letting his wife down and going back on their marriage vows, not the mistress who is simply an outsider. However in China, many women do not see it this way, men are still the dominant figure in society and should be treated with respect, so they turn their wrath towards the mistresses whom they label as “home-wreckers”.