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Unnamed Sources: This is totally out of control.

August 12, 2012

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.

The Lucky Holiday Hotel which Heywood checked into after his flight from Beijing.

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.

Political Influence
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.

Political Interference @ Amazing New Revelations: Sports Book Closed.

August 6, 2012

Apologies, Dear Reader, but I’m closing the Sports Book. All Bo/Gu bets are off, and those high rollers who wagered on the Gu Kalai-Heywood hot sex connection and/or associated paraphilias will have their bets returned by the close of business, EST.

A lack of due diligence on my part. A failure to read the runes.

Bo looking like Sad Sack as he envisages a life without untold wealth, the ability to really shaft business competitors, Jaguars, multiple second wives and the Sino Presidency.

“These people who have formed criminal blocs have wide social ties and the ability to shape opinion,” Bo said of his critics. “There are also, for example, people who have poured filth on Chongqing, and poured filth on myself and my family.”

Really diplomatic stuff, especially after his critics noted his Yunnan visit and the face-to-face with a senior military official, who was connected to his good old dad Bo Yibo. And that was before The Mongol’s (aka Wang Ligun) revenge which highlighted Gu Kalai’s very film noirish trysting and poisoning of fixer/moneymover Heywood.

Fatal Instinct Sino-Style.

Sharon Stone: One in a long line of really dangerous women. Kathleen Turner/Body Heat. Barbara Stanwyck/Double Indemnity. No rewards if you can add to this list.

It is patently obvious that by now, Bo was believing his own Red publicity and completely failed to interpret a truly Shakespearean aphorism.

The warning came on March 3 from a senior central leader who told Bo and other assembled officials in Chongqing to be careful while attending the parliament session in Beijing.

“The climate in Chongqing is very different from the climate in Beijing,” said the official, who several sources have told Reuters was He Guoqiang, the Party’s top man for keeping discipline and fighting corruption. “So I hope that everyone will take care against the cold and stay warm, and be careful to stay healthy.” (1)

Look, lets be honest. It is no wonder Bo fooled round with party girls and them pimped them to his colleagues and higher officials. All that combined with his electronic surveillance system which would have made the STASI proud, and with its attendant blackmail possibilities.

Let’s face it. While Bo’s legal chippie is no really hot Sharon Stone, she is a creature of strong legal opinions.

Uphold Justice in America – essential airport reading along with Anthony Robbins.

“As long as it is known that you, John Doe, killed someone, you will be arrested, tried and shot to death,” Gu wrote of Chinese criminal justice in her 1998 book. Chinese law, she explained, did not mince words. (2)

Anyway, I feel totally deflated and betrayed. Not only is Gu being tried in faraway Anhui province where Wen and Hu exercise considerable political influence, but it now appears that she will evade two in the brain pan, as her court appointed lawyers will be making a good old insanity/mentally unfit plea.

This is the worst of all outcomes, as I was hoping to really cleanup with the Sports Book.

And by the way, I referenced the Shakespearean/Macbeth dimensions to this Sino tale of power and lust well before that throwaway piece by Jonathon Fenby.

Post Script.

A very good wrap up on the present state-of-play by Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times HERE.

The Snitch Update.

The always reliable John Garnaut SMH reporting from Hefei gives us the latest twist. Gu, Bo’s legal chippie, rolls over on hubby – probably spilling her guts on his financial missdeeds. Nothing like a successful struggle session to cleanse the soul.

The story which just keeps giving and giving.

I’m now waiting for the incest/pedophilia/necrophilia revelations.

The Mongol Knew.

Now here is a surprise. Gillian Wong of AP reports that Wang Ligun knew of the plot to off Heywood beforehand and also got a post-poisoning report.

And lets take another look at the poisoning perp.

Fat. In between snitching and telling porkies, a massive intake of steamed buns.
Bo should sue for divorce.

Even my normally low standards of secondhand reporting are challenged here.

Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun, who triggered the scandal when he told US diplomats about the killing in February, sliced off piece of Heywood’s heart as proof of the murder, reports have said.

Michael Sainsbury The Australian.

At a guess, he probably gift boxed it and tried to sell it to US consular officials.

Picture this if you will. Wang, heading for the mortuary with Swiss pocket knife in hand, before the very hasty cremation. A flash of credentials to the attendant. Rolls up the sleeve and slices away.

To survive in the Sino-bureaucratic world, you have to be agile and keep an eye on every angle.

While Officialdom Fiction provides would-be power bureaucrats with a practical and ethical guide to shafting the competition, accepting and distributing gratuities, management of er nai (which translates as second breast), feasting on the public tit etc, I suspect that this mini-series will provide a cautionary tale rather than a guide to action.

The Horror genre directed by Ed Woods. I don’t think so. This is Officialdom Faction.

Conflicting evidence. According to some media reports, Bo’s chippie and her butler poisoned that shifty looking Heywood with pills introduced in his vino and then scattered a few around the room for good measure. However, John Garnaut reports that our fat and Deranged Red Empress of Chongqing used good old fashioned rat poison.

Gu’s response set off a chain reaction that Hollywood could not have scripted. She was feeling a little out of control, according to her lawyer, and so went shopping in Chongqing for a particular brand of rat poison.
She needed a vermin-killing cocktail that contained enough cyanide to eliminate her son’s financial problem, according to the prosecution case presented against her in court on Thursday.

A truly pathetic choice displaying a total lack of imagination. Rat poison is the commonplace method which beleaguered peasant farmers and battered rural women use to take their lives.

A sketchy overview of China’s suicide landscape by Wiki concludes that:

According to the journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, there are over 300,000 suicides in China annually.[4] China accounts for more than 30% of the world’s suicides.[5] The suicide rate in the Yangtze Basin is about 40% higher than in the rest of China.[6]

In The British Journal of Psychiatry, Lip and Liu confirm my points, (but with a proviso):

In fact, 62% of suicide deaths in China resulted from ingestion of pesticide or rat poison (Phillips et al, 2002). Such easy availability of highly lethal substances may explain the high suicide rates among rural women.

And here is a good one.

Paul S. F. Yip’s research was funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

What are we dealing with here besides a bit of political theatre?

Lets be exact! A sexually degenerate and probably incestuous (read the Big Rabbit @ Little Rabbit communiques) drug addict.

According to Xinhua:

Gu “had been treated for chronic insomnia, anxiety and depression, and paranoia in the past,” the report said.

“She used to take anxiolytics, antidepressants and sedative hypnotic drugs, and she also received combined treatment by taking antipsychotic drugs, but the curative effect was not enduring.

“She developed a certain degree of physical and psychological dependence on sedative hypnotic drugs, which resulted in mental disorders.”

Why didn’t she just take that other First Lady Nancy’s advice, and just said no to drugs.

Good move by the spinmiesters as it allows the official narrative to shut down the big picture stuff and individualise guilt as an instance of aberrant personal psychology.

If you are looking for historical parallels without the political dimension, read up on the Lyle and Erik Menendez trial in California.

This scribbler is not the only one with a monopoly on hyperbole.

The latest scribble in The Telegraph refers to Gu as a “glamorous sparkling eyed vixen”, but does add some side trivia:

The staging of the trial – closed to foreign media but open to some selected members of the public – was rehearsed repeatedly, according to one source. Two Chinese officials even donned suits like the British consulate officials who were to be invited to attend the hearing, allowing Mrs Gu to practise how to react and behave while under scrutiny.

The Epoch Times, a newspaper of the outlawed Falun Gong religious cult, claimed that he (Heywood) was killed because he discovered that Mr Bo and Mrs Gu were involved in a lucrative illegal scheme to harvest organs for transplant from live Falun Gong practitioners, and was about to spill their secrets. A Hong Kong newspaper said that she had a “wolfish appetite for sex” and, trapped in an unhappy marriage with a powerful and magnetic politician, seduced Mr Heywood in revenge.

An organ-harvesting nymphomaniac.

Heywood’s Bodyguard tells his Story.
A bodyguard, who protected British businessman Neil Haywood (sic) during an affair with his alleged murderer Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Chinese leader Bo Xilai, has spoken out how he fought with three Chinese assassins who had tried to kill Heywood.

As you would expect from a Bollywood rag, these assassins were skilled in martial arts. Crikey, I’m now waiting for the resurrection of Bruce Lee.

Again, The Telegraph breaks new investigative ground. Mystery third person ‘may have been involved in murder of Neil Heywood’

This blog is officially closed. I’m now devoting my time to writing the film script in the hope of recouping the money which was to have been generated by the Sports Book.