A former pub singer in China’s Hunan province is suspected of coaxing six men to hang themselves while playing sex games.

Zhou Youping (age 38 – photo right) is awaiting prosecution and facing murder charges regarding a series of hangings between October and November in Hunan’s capital Changsha.

At least six of the cases involved deaths of men who were from out of town. No suicide note was found.

Police found that Zhou had booked rooms under a pseudonym in two budget hotels where two of the six victims hanged themselves.

He was arrested in November and confessed that he was responsible for the deaths of the six men whom he had met online.

Zhou was a frequent visitor to an online chat room set up for homosexual relationships and he promised cash as well as other rewards. He demanded that the men should be his slaves in the hanging games, a media wire report said.

He, however, said he watched for enjoyment and had nothing to do with the men before leaving the room. He said he left them to die as he hated them for their desire for money and other rewards.

Three men survived Zhou’s hanging games.