The suspect

A man has been arrested for murder after a sick selfie he snapped with the corpse of his dead girlfriend was spread around Chinese social media. The picture was captioned with the phrase “please forgive my selfish love” and went viral on social media site WeChat.

Police in Wuzhou, a district in southern China, have confirmed the arrest of the suspect, whose last name is Qin. The man’s girlfriend – who is identified only as Lin – is alleged to have been killed after a quarrel between the two turned violent.

But what happened next defies belief. Qin apparently snapped a picture of himself next to Lin’s dead face and then posted the picture online alongside a previous picture of the couple enjoying each other’s company. Thousands of users in China picked up on the image and spread it around the internet.

Police launched a manhunt following the viral spread of the sick picture and arrested Qin nine hours later. The authorities have refused to comment on the circumstances of Lin’s death, and whether they have yet recovered the body. (