Thursday, October 18, 2018
A 34-year-old Chinese man identified as Mr. He purchased an insurance plan worth one million yuan in early September without informing his wife about it. He had also named his wife as the beneficiary on the plan. Later that month, the car that Mr. He had borrowed was found in a river, though his body was never recovered.
Three weeks later on October 11, the bodies of his 31-year old wife, 4-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter was found in a pond near their home. A suicide note written by the wife had also been posted online before the bodies were found. Mr. He turned himself in to authorities the next day after he issued an online video in which he was crying and saying he had borrowed money to pay for treatment for his 3-year-old daughter, who suffered from epilepsy.
It has been determined that Mr. He had loans of more than 100,000 yuan. Mr. He has been detained on charges of insurance fraud and intentional damage to property, Xinhua police said in a statement.
See Chinese Woman Kills Herself and Children After Husband 'Fakes Death,' BBC, October 17, 2017.
Special thanks to Jay Brinker (Cincinnati Estate Planning Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.