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Why would someone murder his sister? Why would someone pickle a dead person’s head? Why would someone leave it in the toilet?

Those are some of the questions rising out of a perplexing story involving a Taiwanese man who has been arrested on suspicion of killing his sister, pickling her head and leaving it in a public toilet.

Prior to the 36-year-old woman’s death, her brother “purchased at least four insurance policies for [her] that would give him substantial sums in the event of her death” according to The Daily Mail.

This and a few other facts points to Chen Chia-fu, the 37-year-old brother, as the chief suspect in the case.

The woman went missing in December, but her remains weren’t found until a note matching Chia-fu’s handwriting was sent to the police detailing the location of the body and asking for a ‘proper burial.’

That’s when they discovered the head, rubbed with several layers of salt and wrapped in a plastic bag. The rest of the body has yet to be found.

Chia-fu was taken into custody after police found surveillance video footage of him “carrying [bags of] unidentified objects,” reports NewStraitsTimes.

The siblings lived in Taipie, which is in the Northern tip of Taiwan, but the footage showed him in Chiayi, a southern city.  The police suspect him of taking a train to dispose of her head in a secure location.

For his part, the suspect denies any involvement with his sister’s murder.


Kyla may have slept through

double murder

Marissa Calligeros

May 17, 2011 – 4:44PM

Police have found the body of Kayla Rogers.

Five-year-old Kyla Rogers may have slept through the double killing of her mother and a male family friend at a Gold Coast unit, police say.

Gold Coast Detective Acting Superintendent Tim Trezise was visibly shaken this morning as he spoke of the tragedy.

“In difficult circumstances like this, when we have a triple homicide and what we believe at this stage to be a suicide, it’s not easy to explain exactly why this happened,” he said.

Antony Way.
Antony Way.


Superintendent Trezise said evidence found at the unit yesterday indicated Kyla might have slept through the double killing.

“Kyla had gone to bed in the unit, but was missing come Monday morning,” he said.

“There’s some evidence at the scene which indicates that she was asleep in bed the whole time.”

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Two weeks ago, Tania Simpson moved with her two children into a unit at Robina for what was supposed to be a fresh start following the separation from her partner of eight years.

Yesterday, that same unit was a crime scene after Ms Simpson’s father discovered the body of her friend, Antony Way from Nelson, New Zealand, when he came to pick up his granddaughter Kyla for school about 8am.

“Unfortunately in quite tragic circumstances he discovered the incident inside the unit, where there appeared to have been quite some violence,” Superintendent Trezise said.

Police have found the body of Kyla Rogers.

When police searched the property a short time later they found Ms Simpson’s body. It is believed the pair were stabbed. It is not clear whether Mr Way and Ms Simpson were in a relationship.

The discovery of the bodies at Robina sparked a frantic search for Kyla.

Police issued an abduction alert for Kyla, believing her father, Paul Anthony Rogers, had fled with her in a station wagon into northern New South Wales.

Tragically, however, Kyla was found dead in the silver Holden Viva station wagon alongside Mr Rogers’s body near the northern NSW town of Casino about 9.30pm yesterday.

The Simpson family have gathered around Tania’s parents and their grandson at their Gold Coast home, but declined to speak to today.

Mr Rogers, 40, also from New Zealand, and Ms Simpson managed the Fossickers Rest Caravan Park in Inverell until December last year. The park is still owned by Ms Simpson’s parents.

Ann Clydsdale from Inverell Tourism knew the couple while they lived in Inverell and was shocked to hear the news this morning.

“Paul seemed like a very nice person,” she told The Inverell Times.

“Tania was lovely and we knew the kiddies. They would come to our Christmas functions.”

Ms Clydsdale said they ran a very good park and when they left Inverell in December they were still together.

“They were a happy, friendly couple,” she said.

“We never would have thought something like this could happen.”

The couple had been separated for eight months and Mr Rogers had been living at the Fossickers Rest Caravan Park until last month.

Police have established a major incident room on the Gold Coast as they attempt to piece together what led to the four deaths.

Kyla’s 20-month-old brother, now an orphan, was saved because he spent the night at his grandparents.

Superintendent Trezise said it was “completely possible” Kyla and her father died before the bodies at Robina were discovered yesterday morning.

Police yesterday tracked Mr Rogers via his mobile phone signal across the border, but were unable to pinpoint his exact location.

“The mobile telephone that we were tracing was in northern New South Wales in the early hours of Monday morning, so they were already down there in that location,” Superintendent Trezise said.

“We suspect [their deaths] may have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. We don’t know at what point though the carbon monoxide incident took place.”

A member of the public reported to police, after hearing the child abduction alert about 7.30pm, that they had seen a silver station wagon on a dirt track about 100 metres off the Bruxner Highway about 10.30am.

Police arrived at the scene to discover the worst. The father and daughter were dead in the vehicle under the Piora Bridge, 20 kilometres west of Casino.

Superintendent Trezise said he and other investigators were “gutted” to learn of Kyla’s death.

“When I got the call about 9.27pm last night it was just a kick in the guts,” he said.

“The investigators are fairly gutted in relation to the result. We were hopeful of having a positive result, but it didn’t happen.

“All these people dying is waste, but particularly an innocent child like this one.

“It’s obvious that when tragic events happen we try to look for answers in trying to explain why it happened and unfortunately, rarely is there a simple explanation.”

Superintendent Trezise said police had not uncovered any evidence of a history of domestic violence between Ms Simpson and Mr Rogers.

Having been separated from the children’s father for eight months, Ms Simpson, 31, moved out of the family home at Ormeau, which the couple had bought two years ago from her parents, to become a manager of the Robina unit complex.

Before their separation, the couple had been planning to marry.

“They had been making plans to marry. I understand wedding invitations had been sent out,” Superintendent Trezise said.

“They’d been together eight years, but unfortunately the relationship broke down prior to the wedding.”

Neighbours yesterday reported hearing screaming and yelling from the unit on Sunday night.

Superintendent Trezise said there may have been a different outcome on Sunday had someone raised the alarm sooner.

“If people hear screaming – if they hear a distressed person – they should contact police,” he said.

“It’s better to be safe than be sorry. Who knows how things might have unfolded if we had an early phone call.”

The families of Mr Rogers and Mr Way in New Zealand, as well as Ms Simpson’s family, are being supported by police.

Queensland Police deputy commissioner Ross Barnett has also expressed disbelief at the tragedy.

“The whole family has been torn apart and a little 20-month-old boy has been left without a mother or a father. It’s a tragedy,” he said.

Friends have paid tribute to Ms Simpson on the social networking site Facebook.

“Rest in peace to an angel Tania Simpson. She’s left me too soon. Love and care to the Simpson family,” one friend wrote.

Another wrote: “Beautiful and lovely girl she will always be.

“The Simpsons are such a great family. My heart really goes out to them and everyone who knows them.”

CORRECTION: Previous versions of this story had an incorrect spelling of Kyla Rogers name. Police had originally advised the spelling was Kayla, but have since confirmed her name was Kyla.

‘Baby Nicholas’:

cause of death unknown,

says coroner

Malcolm Brown

May 17, 2011 – 2:10PM

A baby whose body was found on a rubbish tip south of Sydney died at an unknown time in a manner unable to be determined, State Coroner Mary Jerram found this morning.

The baby, dubbed “Baby Nicholas”, was found at the tip at Spring Farm near Narellan by a female conveyor-belt operator on February 11, 2009.

Police searched unsuccessfully for the mother.

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The baby, born up to a month prematurely, was wrapped in a blanket with his placenta still attached.

The boy, who weighed just 1.75 kilograms, was most likely born when the mother was between 31 and 32 weeks pregnant, the inquest heard in January.

An orange sarong, containing some placenta and other tissue, was found on the conveyor belt near the body.

Police believe Nicholas was originally wrapped in the sarong, which had the words “Samoa” and “malie lou loto” printed on it.

A post-mortem examination was unable to conclude whether he was born dead or alive.

He was buried at Rookwood Cemetery with no family to mourn him.

Police believed that the body was among waste collected that morning from the Campbelltown suburbs of St Andrews or Bow Bowing.

There was concern for the condition of the mother.

According to population statistics, 3774 females lived in the 2315 homes in the two suburbs. Police narrowed that because half the females were too young or too old. But inquiries did not turn up any candidates.

An inquest was held at the Coroner’s Court in Glebe.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Clements said in a statement to the inquest that, though the investigation had continued, no further information or evidence could identify the mother.

A DNA profile taken from the body had been placed on the police data base.

“There is no further information or lines of inquiry to pursue at this time in relation to this investigation,” Sergeant Clements said.

Former Playboy playmate

and Attack of the 50 Foot

Woman star believed to be dead

for a year in her home

A classic image of Yvette Vickers from Playboy.A classic image of Yvette Vickers from Playboy.

May 4, 2011 – 1:47PM

Former Playboy playmate and B-movie actress Yvette Vickers kept to herself and tended her flowers on a quiet, tree-lined street perched above Beverly Hills that actors, producers and writers call home.

So it came as a shock when neighbours learnt a badly decomposing body had been inside the home for several months to a year.

Neighbour Susan Savage told the Los Angeles Times she saw letters and cobwebs in Vickers’s mailbox last week before going into the house and discovering the body in an upstairs room with a small space heater that was turned on. 

Ms Savage described her neighbour as an elegant woman with flowing blonde hair and warm smile.

“She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit,” she said.

“To the end, she still got cards and letters from all over the world requesting photos and still wanting to be her friend.”

Terri Cheney, an author and entertainment lawyer who has lived in the street since 1994, said: “There is a feeling of safety on this street.

“You don’t feel like that would happen here – someone being neglected like that.”

It was still unknown if it was the body of Vickers, who appeared in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches and other cult films of the 1950s.

It could take a week to determine the identity, coroner’s Lieutenant Cheryl MacWillie said.

By the looks of Vickers’s one-bedroom home, it might have been difficult to detect that anything unusual had happened inside.

The two-storey, brown dwelling is rustic and sits next to two modern homes that dwarf it. Ivy and bougainvillea are draped on a front window, and the grounds on a steep hillside are overgrown with foliage.

A handwritten note at the front gate reads: “Deliveries, please ring doorbell.” Guests had to climb a stone walkway that wrapped around the house.

Cheney, 51, said she did not know Vickers had been an actress or was a Playboy magazine playmate in July 1959. Cheney greeted Vickers only a few times and noticed the woman liked to water her flowers.

“She seemed lovely,” Cheney said.

“She went with the house, it was a little bit unusual. It has a fairy tale kind of charm to it.”

Born Yvette Vedder in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 26, 1928, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles, before discovering acting and leaving school to pursue it.

Her first film role was as a giggling girl in Sunset Boulevard in 1950. In 1957, she appeared in the James Cagney-directed Short Cut to Hell, but it flopped and she turned to B-movies.

It wasn’t immediately known if Vickers had any relatives.


Mum walks free despite

drugs in dead baby’s blood

Aja Styles

April 21, 2011

Bradley Whitehouse about a week before he died.
Bradley Whitehouse about a week before he died. Photo: Channel Ten


Evidence of drugs being found in the blood of a three-month-old baby who passed away after being “extremely malnourished” was not enough to press charges against the infant’s mother, a Perth Coroner has found.

In delivering his findings today, Coroner Alastair Hope largely blamed botched police work for a lack of criminal charges being sought against the Westminster mother.

Three-month-old Bradley Fredrick Whitehouse was found blue and stiff, with rigor mortis set in, at his home on February 8, 2008, after police were alerted to his mother screaming that her baby was dead. 

Deborah Hughes at the Perth Coroner's Court during the inquest into the death of her son.
Deborah Hughes at the Perth Coroner’s Court during the inquest into the death of her son. Photo: Channel Ten


During a Coronial Inquest into the boy’s death, it was revealed that his mother, Deborah Marie Hughes, had been an amphetamine user and claimed to be oblivious to her son’s rapidly deteriorating state of health.

The court was shown a report today that proved that an amount of methylamphetamine and amphetamine was found in the baby’s blood which indicated baby Bradley most likely ingested it through Ms Hughes’ breast milk.

Mr Hope said unfortunately the report was only prepared after evidence was presented at the inquest.

He said the lack of charges was also to blame on low-quality policing when baby Bradley’s body was discovered by police in an evidently thin state.

The young and inexperienced officers who attended the scene did not immediately investigate whether anything criminal could have contributed to the boy’s death, Mr Hope said.

Instead they waited on a post mortem examination, but the examining doctor Judith McCreath was unable to return any conclusive findings into the exact cause of death.

“Photographs of the deceased naked during a post mortem examination conducted on 12 February 2008 depict a grossly underweight and malnourished baby,” Mr Hope said.

“It appeared from evidence at the inquest that following his birth, the deceased had never been taken to a doctor, and in the last month of his life there had been no nursing or other medical input.

“This inquest was held in order to determine how it was that in the 21st century in Perth a baby could die in such a pathetic state.

“Unfortunately the police investigation into the circumstances of this death was of very low quality and very little evidence was obtained by police investigators as to how it was that the baby came to be so emaciated.”

Mr Hope also delivered a damning review of Ms Hughes as a mother, which left the young woman in tears in the court.

He said she had clearly lied about not being aware that her baby was “sickly thin” and her ongoing amphetamine use after her son’s birth.

“While Ms Hughes claimed in her evidence that she did not use amphetamine after the birth of the deceased, the fact that methylamphetamine was subsequently detected in a sample of the deceased’s blood … indicates that this was not true,” he said.

“The drug amphetamine is a scourge of Western Australian Society. Tragically Ms Hughes was introduced to the drug as a child.

“I am convinced that the drug played a large part in the self-destructive aspects of her life and probably played a role in her criminal behaviour and the death of her son.”

He left the cause of death open and made two recommendations to WA police.

“If it is the intention of Western Australia police to leave investigation for hidden homicide with the Coronial Investigation Unit, that unit be adequately resourced to conduct extensive investigation when these are required,” Mr Hope said.

“…I recommend that Western Australia police ensure that in cases where deceased babies or infants are malnourished, neglected, or have injuries which are unexplained, a comprehensive investigation is conducted.”

Ms Hughes refused to comment outside the court.


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Mystery after mum and young

daughter found dead in family home

Erik Jensen and Amy Corderoy

February 1, 2011

The house where the family were found dead.
The house where the family were found dead. Photo: Gordon McComiskie

A DAY earlier she had been picnicking with family in the Blue Mountains – breakfast at McDonald’s, lunch at the Three Sisters.

Everything seemed normal. She had taken her mother and aunt for the drive. In the afternoon, she swam in the pool of her parents, with whom she lived in West Hoxton.

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But yesterday 23-year-old Alicia Folesi and her three-year-old daughter, Leiliani, were found dead in the neat two-storey house. Police are still uncertain what happened.

”She’s a good mother who doesn’t deserve this,” the woman’s aunt, Tua Purcell, said. ”I was just getting to know my [great] niece and now she’s gone.”

Family had tried unsuccessfully to call Ms Folesi yesterday. By 2pm they forced their way into the house. Her body was found inside with Leiliani. Paramedics failed to revive them.

Police said it was too early to say how the pair had died. There had been no one else in the house when the bodies were found, Acting Superintendent Steve Corry said, but it was not possible to say whether there was any sign of forced entry.

Ms Folesi’s family were still puzzling over what might have happened last night. A cousin turned up at the police tape and demanded to know where Leiliani was.

Neighbours wondered how this could happen to the good Mormon girl who lived inside.

A former friend of Ms Folesi’s, who did not wish to be named, said she had always been quiet. “At school she pretty much kept to herself,” she said. “There was just something about the girl which was a little bit different”.

But the woman, who attended business college with Ms Folesi, believed she was well-liked. “She got along with everyone. She was very polite, very lovely,” she said. ”She went to an all-girls Catholic school with correct Catholic values … She was very naive … [but] she really kind of kept to herself.”

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