Edward Chen murdered his parents, Wu-Hung and Weh-Mei Chen, and his older brother, Raymond — Forbidden: Dying For Love on Investigation Discovery spotlights the case.
In 2002, Fairfax County police received a call from a woman claiming that on August 17, 1995, her ex-boyfriend, Edward, fatally shot his parents and his 25-year-old brother at their home in Great Falls, Virginia, and left their bodies there for several years before dumping their remains in the Chesapeake Bay.
After an investigation, Edward was arrested at his apartment in Herndon and charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
When Detective Steve Shillingford interviewed Edward, he confessed to killing his family because they didn’t approve of his relationship with his girlfriend, and they were trying to break them up.
He said one night he got the courage and shot his family. Edward went on to say that he kept them in the house for four years, but he had to move them when a pipe burst and the house was destroyed.
With the help from a friend, he dumped his family in the Chesapeake Bay. No one ever became suspicious of the Chen family’s whereabouts because Edward would maintain the exterior of the house and ensure no one entered the home. As for his extended family in Taiwan, he told them that Wu-Hung, Weh-Mei, and Raymond died in a car accident, which is why they were never reported missing.
Although police officials made great efforts to locate the Chen family in the Chesapeake Bay, they were never able to find their bodies.
Edward pled guilty to the murders and apologized to his family in court. He was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
Forbidden: Dying For Love — Family Matters, airs at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.
I just finished watching “Forbidden: Dying For Love” The TV series has the facts somewhat different than this article states. it is very important to note that Eds’ parents kidnapped him and sent him to Taiwan, where they institutionalized Ed to try to re-program him to lose desire for American women, specifically the young woman he was deeply in love with. I believe this trauma was the start of Eds’ original personality change.
Also, on the TV show, there was no mention of a burst pipe, which was very interesting information, had it been shared.