Dispatches: Chinese Murder Mystery

Within months of Neil Heywood’s memorial in southwest London, his grieving family learned that secretive Communist Party investigators in China believed that the Old Harrovian had been slipped cyanide by the wife of one of the country’s leading political figures after Heywood had tried to blackmail her. She was convicted for the murder and her husband drummed out of the Party. However, a year-long investigation by Dispatches can now reveal how an Englishman abroad became ensnared in a deadly political dogfight, Heywood’s death turning the spotlight onto one of the world’s most secretive regimes.

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