China TV Wife-Killer Hid Body Parts In Work Fridge

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

Police claim this Chinese state TV employee has admitted chopping up his wife’s body after strangling her before he reportedly hid the parts in a disused fridge at work.

Officers with the Qinhuai Branch of the Nanjing Public Security Bureau in East China’s Jiangsu Province detained the suspect, named as Chen Yong in reports, on 25th June

Authorities arrested Chen Yong, aged 55, in front of stunned coworkers at the Nanjing Broadcasting System headquarters – the state-run owner of the city’s television and radio.

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Qinhuai District police said the associate broadcasting consultant with nearly three decades of experience under his belt admitted to smothering and strangling his wife, aged 52, until she died following an argument on 15th April.

When questioned, Chen Yong allegedly revealed he dismembered his spouse’s body and hid the pieces in different locations, which reports say included a disused fridge belonging to his boss and kept in the corporation’s basement.

The authorities said they began investigating on 29th May after receiving a report claiming the wife, who is also surnamed Chen, had been missing since 15th April.

The as yet unnamed individual who filed the report also claimed the spouse had likely been killed, Qinhuai police revealed in their statement a day after making the high-profile arrest.

Investigators have yet to reveal further details about the ongoing case, including whether or not they had learnt of additional locations where the victim’s body parts might be hidden or buried.

Neighbours, meanwhile, have revealed that the couple’s relationship had been rife with arguments, and that they had divorced and remarried once before.

They also claimed to have seen Chen Yong leaving his home carrying black bin bags.

One of Chen Yong’s former colleagues, Ms Ma, revealed to local outlets just how much the incident has shocked the media industry.

She said: “I always had the feeling he had a lot on his mind. We chatted a couple of times. Because it was for work, it was always pleasant.

“Afterwards we’d meet during breakfast in the company canteen and would greet each other. He would smile and say hello.

“He has a big office in the corner [of his department]. Whenever I’m there, I see his door shut tightly and him sitting alone inside.

“The case has really shocked everyone involved in broadcasting in Jiangsu. 

“He was at that post for so many years, and was actually very professional. I mean, he always did his job. Obviously nobody knew what his private life was like.

“I’m stunned. It’s hard to imagine that he’s a corpse-dismembering murderer.

“He was always so normal.”

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.