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Threatening letters to prominent figures leave police baffled

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Police have been left scratching their heads as they scramble to find the culprit or culprits who have mailed threatening letters to restaurants, public officials and celebrities as more letters continue to arrive across the nation.

The first of the typed letters, which came with a bag of live mealworms and joss paper, were delivered to singer Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰), renowned restaurant Din Tai Fung and Democratic Progressive Party Taipei mayoral hopeful Wellington Koo (顧立雄) on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22.

Yesterday, Hsiao’s management company received its own threat letter, as did his manager, Summer Lin (林有慧).

At first, the police thought the letters were an isolated prank, since they were sent from Greater Kaohsiung and appeared to have been written by the same person.

However, Hsiao and director Chiu Li-kwan (邱寬) then each received another letter, with Hsiao’s addressed to online music platform KKBOX and originating from Taipei, police said.

Beidou Township (北斗) Mayor Yang Lee-hsiang (楊麗香), several supermarkets and various food stall vendors in Changhua County have also received letters, said Chen Ching (陳清), deputy commander of the Changhua County Criminal Investigation Team.

The letters sent to the Changhua recipients came from Greater Taichung, he added.

During a meeting of the Criminal Investigation Bureau yesterday, bureau chief Lin Te-hua (林德華) said that the bureau has established a unit dedicated exclusively to solving the case, asking the investigative team commanders present to help the unit apprehend the culprit or culprits.

Preliminary investigation by the unit points to a man surnamed Lai (賴) wanted a decade ago for sexual assault.

However, it said that as the letters’ content only comprised disgusting or offensive material, not demands, it was possible that the sender had accomplices.

It is also possible that some of the letters were sent by copycats, the unit added.

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