When Gu Kailai's murder trial ended after just seven hours on Thursday, the same-day stories still carried very few details about the crime, but now, thanks to leaks from the courtroom, we finally have a narrative, and it's juicy. The story of British expatriate Neil Heywood's murder in the Chinese city of Chongqing is one of blackmail, intimidation, and whiskey, elements of which we've heard previously, but which has yet to be told as one narrative, until today.
The most comprehensive account of Heywood's killing to which Gu, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, confessed during the brief trial, can be found in The New York Times. Reporters Edward Wong and Andrew Jacobs based their narrative on a blog post from university student Zhao Xiangcha (translated on George Washington University law professor Donald C. Clarke's blog), who was in court, and corroborated his account with lawyers who were there. Gu acknowledged she killed Heywood by poisoning him after a night of drinking because he threatened her son, Bo Guagua, after a business deal Bo Guagua helped him set up fell through. But do yourself a favor and read The Times' report in full. It's a ripping yarn.