Chinese Communists

Gu Kailai with Bo Xilai (centre) and son Bo Guagua, who was close to Heywood. Photo: SCMP

Gu Kailai, the high-flying lawyer who descended to murder

The accepted behaviour for the wives of China's top leaders is to be seen rarely and heard even less. Long gone are the days when Jiang Qing , the wife of Mao Zedong , stirred up chaos within the party through her vociferous bids for power, only to end up jailed for life.