Oh man, I cannot believe In A Good Way went there and then managed to integrate it into the story. Episode 7 ended at the start of New Year 1997, but the latest video preview for episode 8 indicates a time jump to the Summer of ’97. Let me explain because that Summer the entire island was gripped in the biggest news story EVER in modern Taiwanese history. Remember the OJ Simpson hysteria and when OJ went on the run and was driving his car down the freeway, imagine a manhunt that lasted months instead of mere days with the entire nation watching and that was the Summer of ’97. The preview for IAGW shows the Treasure Hunting club heading into the mountains for their latest activity and Jia En disappears at the same time the news reports that kidnapping suspect Chen Jin Xing is reportedly hiding in the same mountain. In April of ’97, one of Taiwan’s top entertainers Bai Bing Bing had her only daughter 16 year old Bai Xiao Yen kidnapped on her way the school. The suspects demanded a ransom of $5 million US dollars and sent her severed pinky and nude bound photos to her mom. Her mom tried to pay the ransom but the kidnappers kept changing the drop location. This kidnapped was reported to the police but kept from the media for ten days before finally Bai Bing Bing appealed to the public to help her find her daughter.
Police finally cracked the disposable cell phones used to place the calls and tracked down the suspects but all three escaped including ringleader Chen Jin Xing. A day later, Bai Xiao Yen’s naked and mutilated corpse was found in a drainage ditch and the autopsy revealed she had been killed approximately 10 days prior, which meant she was long dead during most of the ransom drop calls. The ensuing manhunt to find the three suspects gripped the island in a state of frenzy because the three went on a run involving breaking and entering into random homes along with robbery and assault and rape of the homeowners. Everyone had their homes on lockdown and sightings came in from North to South as to people spotting them so they were everywhere. At one point the cops got a real tip and did find them and engaged in a massive street gun fight that was broadcast on TV since the media got wind of it and showed up. Eventually two of the three suspects were killed with the mastermind Chen Jin Xing remaining on the lam for a bit longer before he broke into the embassy of the South African ambassador and held his family hostage before the police managed to negotiate a peaceful surrender. This whole violent saga shook Taiwan which is a relatively peaceful place since gun ownership and violent crime is rare. I’m impressed IAGW weaved this into the story but am a bit sad to be reminded of what was a very devastating tragedy all around. Can’t wait for episode 8 to see how Liu Chuan and Jia En return to their normal interactions.
Preview for episode 8:
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Liu Chuan: This activity is a bit unique, everyone needs to watch out for their safety. Your task is to find me.
Jia En: There are footprints. I should be finding Liu Chuan soon. *screams*
Radio: Police have confirmed that kidnapping suspect Chen Jin Xing has entered Guan Yin Mountain to hide.
Tracy: Could Jia En have run into Chen Jin Xing?
Ren Wei: Lin Jia En!
Liu Chuan: I’ll go find her.
Bai Xue: Jia En you have to be safe and sound.
Liu Chuan: Lin Jia En!