More Details Behind the Suicide of Ming Dao’s Brotherjessie tan
On January 5, 2020, Taiwanese police found the remains of Ming Dao’s (明道) 41-year-old older brother Lin Ming-hung (林明弘), his 40-year-old wife, and their 10-year-old son. Officials have confirmed that Lin died from suicide by hanging, while his wife and son died by asphyxiation.
The family of three were last seen on the afternoon of January 4, 2020 through CCTV footage. Lin was seen taking his wife and son on his motorbike en route to a mountainous region in the Neihu District of Taipei, where he later killed them and himself. The remains of the three were not discovered until the following afternoon around 1 p.m., when locals called the police.
According to officials, Lin’s wife and son had deep bruises on their necks. However, they did not show signs of struggle or violence. It is speculated that they were drugged before Lin strangled them to death.
After assuring that they were no longer breathing, Lin arranged them side by side and covered their bodies with a blanket, demonstrating intimacy and respect. Lin then ended his own life by hanging himself on a tree branch.
Due to his poor gambling habit, Lin had lived a life filled with debt, and his inability to pay off his most recent debt of NT$2 million was said to be the reason for his suicide. Ming Dao had always respected his older brother, and used to take on the responsibility of paying off his debts and being the family’s breadwinner. He even showed leniency after knowing his brother had used his name and private information as mortgage to borrow money.
However, there is a limit to everything. Realizing that his brother would never change, Ming Dao harshly ended his brother’s financial stream so he would learn to solve his own problems. Unfortunately, Lin never changed his bad habits, leading to this tragic end.