"I said that doing this was risky, and that we needed to buy some equipment. I gave him some money and the first price that came out of his mouth was a million. I told that kid he was crazy. I gave him 400,000. No more, no less. Just the 400,000. I transferred the money over to him on the spot.”
"Why 400,000? Does this number have any special meaning behind it?"
Director Wei was silent for a moment. "Old Geng borrowed 400,000 yuan from me before. Both of us knew what 'borrowing' meant. It meant giving it to him for nothing! He said that he wouldn’t send out the letter if I gave him 400,000 yuan. I was going to give him the money when I went over to his house that day, but what he said sounded so awful. He acted all high and mighty even when he got a bargain. He was just so petty. So I changed my mind..."
"You thought that instead of giving him money, you might as well use the 400,000 to hire a killer to get rid of him?"
Director Wei nodded his head heavily and looked as if he had accepted his fate. "Back when I was active in the underworld, I got to know a few ruthless characters, but when I contacted them, I found out that they had either turned over a new leaf or had been executed by the Public Security Bureau. None of them were useful. While I was venting, my brother-in-law said he could handle this matter, so I gave him the money. I told Hua Chao that he had to keep the matter a secret no matter what once the money was given to him. Even if the police held a gun to his head, he mustn’t sell me out. I didn’t know he was so weak, haii!”
"I was very happy to hearthat OldGengwas dead. It seems that this kid had done it. We haven't been in contact for a while, just to prevent suspicion from the police. I didn't know you guys would be so tricky and even check my bank account."
At the end of the interrogation, Lin Dongxue asked, "The case counts as solved, right?"
"No, Hua Chao didn’t confess to the murder. Director Wei thought he did it. In fact, this kid isn’t so capable."
"It's a capital offense if he confessed. He definitely wouldn’t do that. Do you want to try interrogating him again?"
"You interrogate him. I'll check the surveillance footage."
Lin Dongxue felt that they were one step off from getting the confession, but no matter how she asked, Hua Chao refused to admit to murder. In fact, he didn't know the details of Geng Zhangle's death. He said that he had planned to find a brother from the underworld and give him 200,000 yuan to get rid of the old man. That way, he could make money without taking any risks.
"What's the name of that brother of yours?"
Unexpectedly, this person actually existed and when he was brought back for interrogation, he was just as scared as Hua Chao. He admitted that he had received Hua Chao’s money, but he denied the murder. He said that he had been pondering things over at home for a long time.
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