Singer, restaurant get threatening letters
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 10:40 PM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taiwanese Mandopop singer Jam Hsiao and Din Tai Fung Dumpling House allegedly have received threatening letters bearing similar stamps and messages, Taipei police reported Wednesday. In light of the contents of the letters and other similarities, the police said, the possibility that they were sent by the same person cannot be ruled out. Hsiao reportedly received a threatening letter Feb. 21 and another on Wednesday, according to the company that organized an event at which Hsiao performed earlier this week. The letter on Feb. 21 was addressed to Hsiao and contained mealworms and joss paper, which is usually burned for the deceased, said Warner Music Taiwan. On Wednesday, KKBOX, the most popular online music service in Taiwan, received a letter, with instructions on the envelope to pass it on to Hsiao. "We can give invest NT$10 million in your company and talk about cooperation deals. I can join your company as a shareholder, and please remember to pass this letter to Hsiao," it said on the envelope. The company raised one corner of the flap and saw that there was joss paper inside the envelope. It then handed over the letter to Warner Music Taiwan, which gave it to the police, a KKBOX public relations employee said. Also on Feb. 21, a clerk at Din Tai Fung's Xinyi Store found a letter on the floor near the front door Wednesday and gave it to the store manager. In the envelope were live weevils and joss paper, according to police, who said they had obtained fingerprints from the envelope. They also said the stamp indicated that the letter had been sent from Kaohsiung. Din Tai Fung, an award-winning restaurant chain specialising in xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), has nine shops around Taiwan but only the Xinyi store received such a letter, according to police. In Chinese culture, joss paper and live bugs represent a threat of an evil spell. (By Hsu Hui, Liu Jian-bang and Evelyn Kao)
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