Chapter 79: Closing the Case

In another interrogation room, Pan Xiuying confessed, "The tools were stolen by me, but all the ideas came from him."

“And then?” the interrogator asked.

Pan Xiuying continued. Although they had preserved her husband’s life, his condition continued to get worse by the day. Wu Hao said that outsiders must not learn of this situation, so he pretended to be her husband and continued to sell things online. He also texted her husband’s friends as if he was doing well. 

Every day, they ground and broke food down so that they could pour it into her husband's stomach. They also set up infusions in order to preserve his life.

One day, Wu Hao watched a foreign crime movie and suddenly came up with an idea. He said that the old turtle would die sooner or later and that it was better for them to prepare in advance. That way, when the police came, they wouldn’t be caught off guard.

When she heard that she had to lie to the police, Pan Xiuying was frightened. Wu Hao comforted her and told her that she didn’t need to fret. The police's case-solving rate was very low. They could only solve simple cases. If they used those damn crazy methods from the movies in reality, they would break their heads just thinking about this case. 

Therefore, the two began to implement their plan of crossing the sea without being caught by the sky.[1]

The first step was to clean up the scene of the crime. They destroyed all the evidence and deleted all the recent photos of her husband. Then, Wu Hao hired several people from the Internet to pretend to be her husband and took them out to play. This way they left witnesses to confirm that the person with Wu Hao had the characteristics of being short and ugly. 

The last step, which was also the most daring step, Wu Hao proposed to divert the police’s attention. He discussed how they were going to mislead the police with her. Normally, when a husband dies, the police will first suspect his spouse. Since that was the case, they might as well let them go down that road. As long as Pan Xiuying had a solid alibi, she would be able to escape being incriminated. Furthermore, no one would think that he was killed by his brother. This would be a blind spot for the police. 

But this was not enough. One day, Wu Hao was going through their gym’s customer information. He found a clothing business owner named Ximen. He took a photo of Ximen Sheng’s information and informed Pan Xiuying with great joy. He advised that this was too much of a coincidence and that the police would definitely think that this is at least 80% like a modern version of Jin Pingmei.

Pan Xiuying felt that this idea was very embarrassing and shameful at first, but Wu Hao thought that his idea would definitely work. Let Ximen become the sacrifice, bear the burden of the crime, and let the police suspect that he paid for the murder. 

As such, Pan Xiuying added Ximen Sheng on WeChat. She was very beautiful. After sending a few photos of herself, Ximen Sheng, who was a lonely middle-aged man, really asked her for a meeting. After meeting with each other, it was natural to have a meal and go to a hotel room together. The two developed a relationship with each other almost instantly. 

It must be said that middle-aged men really don’t know any shame!

The plan went very smoothly, but Wu Hao couldn’t stand Pan Xiuying being with a different man. One day when Pan Xiuying got home, he violently pressed her onto the bed and threatened, “Bitch, how many times did he do you? I need to do it with you tenfold!”

Pan Xiuying comforted him saying he must not lose his sense of reason. He must act well in this place in order to get through the storm. That way they can flee together once things settled down.

While comforting him, Pan Xiuying suddenly felt a pang of nausea coarse through her body and ran to the bathroom to vomit. She checked and found out she was pregnant the next day. There was no doubt that this was the child of Wu Hao. 

She was terrified, but Wu Hao told her that she must not go to get an abortion as the police will definitely find out. 

Pan Xiuying expressed that her belly became bigger and bigger with each day, and everyone could tell. Wu Hao plotted that they needed to make sure the old turtle went to see Yama[2] as soon as possible.

Wu Hao prepared several sets of plans to kill his brother. However, he never made up his mind on which one to use. Just a few days later, her husband suddenly had a seizure throughout his entire body. He had a hard time just breathing. Pan Xiuying was frightened. Wu Hao told her not to worry, and to just act according to plan. 

So, Pan Xiuying went out to play with Ximen at a resort. On the road, she used a new sim card to scam 50,000 yuan from him. The purpose was to make an unclear and inexplicable transaction in Ximen Sheng’s account.

When she did this, she was very upset and ashamed of herself. This was because Ximen Sheng was very good to her. Every day she came home, she faced her husband who was about to go inside a coffin and a scheming, temperamental brother-in-law. However, when she was with Ximen Sheng, she was able to get a moment of peace.

At the same time she met Ximen Sheng, Wu Hao put her husband's body into his car and drove to the suburbs. Then, he burned the two together until they became ashes. 

Two days later, Wu Hao alerted the police and the police began to investigate the case. At first, the police seemed to follow the pace they set. But suddenly, the tides changed and the scepticism and suspecting tones followed them everywhere. 

Finally, Wu Hao was forced to his limits and did such a thing. As such, their prior work was all for naught… 

Pan Xiuying closed her eyes and cried, "I am so sorry for Ximen Sheng. I am sorry to the child in my stomach! I am guilty! I am guilty..."

At the end of the interrogation, Lin Qiupu compared the confessions of the two parties. "The two testimonies are slightly different, but the dog bites the dog[3]. This confession is enough to convict them."

"Not enough! You still need evidence!" Peng Sijue walked in the hallway and held a few documents in his hand.

"Old Peng, how is the search going?"

"We found a food mixer in Wu Hao's residence. Although it was cleaned up, there was still food residue inside, which is consistent with the composition of the contents in the deceased's stomach. In addition, we have also tested the inflammatory secretions of the upper respiratory tract."

"What is that?"

"It is phlegm. The DNA belongs to Wu Hao."

Everyone was shocked and they seemed to have a picture illustrated in front of them. When Wu Hao broke the food up for his elder brother, he must have spat in it after lots of complaining. It was hard to believe that they were biological brothers.

Lin Qiupu said with relief, "It is extremely stupid to leave your own DNA on evidence."

"In addition, I sent people to the hospital to take a batch of nasogastric tubes. According to the manufacturing date, I compared and found that the same batch was used by the deceased. The lines and materials are consistent with the scratches in the esophagus of the deceased... The suspects didn’t want to trouble themselves and left the nasogastric tube in the throat of the deceased the whole time. If they are not taken out, they would leave such traces."

This bombshell once again made everyone shudder.

Lin Qiupu smiled bitterly. "You had enough evidence just with the last one."

"Not enough. These two people, I hope they are sentenced very heavily! Excuse me." Peng Sijue expressed with a blank expression, briefly looked at Chen Shi, and left.

After Peng Sijue left, the air became more relaxed. Lin Qiupu praised, "The case was solved. Finally solved! I won’t shy away from saying where all the credit is due. Without Chen Shi, we would all still be stupidly investigating 'Ximen Qing'."

"Thanks! That’s too much praise!" Chen Shi clapped his hands together and bowed to everyone. Everyone applauded while Xu Xiaodong and Lin Dongxue clapped their hands the hardest until their hands hurt.

Lin Qiupu patted Chen Shi’s shoulder and urged, “The big detective, why don’t you say a few words!”

Chen Shi whispered, "You’re playing me?"

Lin Qiupu also whispered, "Can’t I?!"

Chen Shi looked at the expectant faces and smiled shyly. "I just want to ask when this case is going to go public. I can't wait to brag with my driving buddies!"

After a burst of laughter, Lin Qiupu took out something and handed it to Chen Shi. It was a document from the Public Security Bureau. Chen Shi opened it with surprise. Inside it read, “Special Criminal Investigation Consultant, Chen Shi”.

Chen Shi looked at Lin Qiupu with a puzzled face. "Is Captain Lin going to recruit me? This wild teammate?"

Lin Qiupu smiled and ignored him. "There’s no photo inserted yet. You can pick a nice one out and insert it yourself before getting it stamped back here at the bureau... Remember to shave your beard."

1. Escaping responsibility even though gods, deities, fairies and the like would normally know everything each human has done. They’re trying to escape the gazes and therefore the truth. 

2. King of Hell/King Yan. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yama_(Buddhism) 

3. It’s he said she said.  

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