Background of the Story
The story of Chinese national Liu Hong Mei’s death made headlines here in Singapore. She was murdered by a man called Leong Siew Chor, a 50-year-old Singaporean, who then chopped her body up into several pieces and dumped them into the Kallang River.
Growing Up – Girl to Woman
Not to show any disrespect to the now deceased Liu Hong Mei, but when does she stop being a girl, and start becoming a woman? 22 years of age seems an awfully long time to remain a girl.
I would have thought that when a girl/woman reaches the age of 22, she would be referred to as a “woman”, or at least, “young woman”. Why then, did so many print publications in Singapore constantly refer to her as “22-year-old girl”? Was it not to gain sympathy for her cause?
The Dark Side
I am not fit to judge anyone, and less still someone I know close to nothing about; but who is to say that Ms. Liu was such a saint as the newspapers painted her to be?
Was she perhaps not in some ways at fault for her death? The more I read of how “tragic” her death was, the more one-sided I felt the media to be; and I just couldn’t help thinking that there was something missing — where was her dark side?
Out of His Mind
Although the soap opera-ish circumstances of how her death came about kept the story going, it was really the post-murder activities of Mr. Leong that really caused such a sensation.
We all wondered who in his right mind would commit such a gruesome act as cutting the body up into pieces and dumping them, forgetting that most people in their right mind would not commit murder in the first place.
Had it been a simple stab-to-death, left-to-die in some-dark-alley kind-of-death, would it have made such a hoo-haa?
And it didn’t help that the murderer looked the most part a normal man; he even came equipped with the most dis-arming of devices, large, round prescription glasses.
He had glowing references from people who knew him that would have made the Pope proud — how then could he do what he did?
Improvements of Old Methods
Some of my friends and I discussed the way the body was cut up. We decided, with the magic of hindsight, that chopping up a body into such large pieces was a rather disasterous mistake for Mr. Leong.
He should have, in my friend’s words, “chopped her up small enough such that the fish can eat her all up”, thus leading to no evidence of a body.
Some thought burying her body parts would have been better. Burning was also considered; so was discarding them piece by piece into the neighbours’ (yes, the irritating one) garbage bins. We were on a roll.
As you can see, my friends and I love learning new things, and discussing how old, ineffective methods of doing things might be improved.