As readers are aware, I’ve been following the the BoGu family antics for some time on this and my previous site. Now, however the whole second-hand reporting on the reasons behind the murder in room 1605 in the Lucky Holiday Hotel is threatening my sanity.
No pun intended.
Late last night, I added some of the crazier speculations (or maybe not) on this whole stinking mess to my previous post eg hired assassins had previously attempted to murder Heywood, the actual Hefei trial underwent a rehearsal before it was debuted publicly, the usual old organ harvesting claims by the Epoch Times, a mysterious third party in the murder room, etc.
The speculations are endless and show no sign of drying up.
Another web search this morning, and I discover that Gu was suffering from cancer as well as insanity over percieved threats to Little Rabbit (son Guagua, who has been strangely silent other that writing a testimonial of support for Big Rabbit his mum).
Well, here is another unsourced (aren’t they all) report:
Bo promoted choral songs from the Cultural Revolution, a dog-eat-dog period of political chaos in which his mother died in the custody of fanatical Red Guards.
For Gu, the songs would have revived memories of a time when her parents were purged and she and her sisters were left to fend for themselves.
Her behaviour became particularly unstable around the time of Heywood’s death in November. She strode into a meeting of police officials wearing the uniform of a major-general – the same rank as her father. In a rambling speech she told the startled audience she was on a mission to protect Wang.
Less than three months later, he accused her of murder.
That one gets the KT Award for Path Breaking Journalism.
Bloomberg nails this case in no uncertain terms. I was all about money not lunacy, and they rightfully focus on the family networks.
Since the scandal erupted, Bo’s family has become an embodiment of the political influence and wealth that has been accumulated by some relatives of China’s top leaders. Gu’s sisters controlled a web of businesses from Beijing to Hong Kong to the Caribbean worth at least $126 million, regulatory and corporate filings show.
Chris Buckley of Reuters and reporting from Chongqing, also provides much needed balance by focusing on Bo and Wang’s version of the Rule of Law:
Several lawyers and family members of prisoners say that under Bo and Wang, Chongqing police and prosecutors made up their minds beforehand, and then used torture and threats of torture to get the testimony they needed for a conviction.
Other methods they said were used included strapping suspects in a “tiger chair” and keeping them awake for days on end; suspending prisoners with shackles attached to the ceiling while their feet barely touched the floor or table; forcing them to drink large amounts of water laced with chili; and administering beatings and electrical shocks.
As for the issue of compensation mentioned by Buckley, its not going to happen.
I have identified three very different versions of how Heywood was murdered.
Wang’s role shifted from apparent complicity to disavowal and sheer and very speedy opportunism (slicing off a forensic sample of Heywood’s heart). A police bureacrat’s insurance policy which subsequently went pear shaped when he was sacked.
All the big picture prognostications by Cohen, Minzer et al are well covered in the media. As Gordon Chang has yet to pronounce, I will wait with baited breath.
All this psychological stuff about Gu’s state of mind, her sexual appetite etc, is so much drivel. Fun to note, but it misses the point about what is actually taking place.
To my point.
The Hefei trial of Gu before 140 carefully choreographed witnesses was supposed to take place within a cone of silence, supporting the official narrative of Gu’s unstable frame of mind and hence sole responsibility for Heywood’s murder.
In fact, the very opposite is taking place and the proceedings are being leaked by all and sundry to the western media hordes waiting outside in the rain. (Yes, there was a prolonged period of gusting rain.) Very few facts and a ton of spin, and I’m not going to expand on the latter, except to note that the local spinmiesters perfectly understand western reporters appetite for salacious detail. Let distract the twerps.
There must be few western media types in Hefei who have not by now been approached by individuals claiming to have the attended the trial. Some will undoubtedly be fake/shanzhai court attendees or officials. Reporters and their translators rendezvousing in out-of-the-way resturaunts, the proffering of informant credentials, money changing hands, etc. Probably even a subtle nod and wink between translator and unnamed source.
Get the picture. Gu’s trial is positively reinvigorating Hefei’s economy
And how can I resist. Hidden Harmonies spin the official narrative. Great and very lazy blogging, guys.