The Telford Gardens victims had hoped to live past 100 when they offered a total of $1.3 million for a fung shui rite by Li Yuhui, according to mainland police. The women, who had only known Li a month, were given 'holy water' - later confirmed as cyanide - to drink and told that every $10,000 could buy another year of life. The victims were Becky Lam Chun-lai, 49, Choi Sau-chun, 44, Tsui Shun-kam, 40, and Tsui's two daughters, Lee Ying-hei, 17, and Ying-fai, 13. The adult women, said to have been unhappy with their marriages, had an intense interest in fung shui. A self-proclaimed fung shui master, Li had been travelling to Hong Kong for fung shui sessions since 1995. However, mainland police said he had admitted he knew nothing about fung shui. In early June, Li was introduced to the victims by a friend who invited him to come to Hong Kong to read palms for Lam, Choi and Tsui and to solve their marriage problems. Li learned that the women had money and plotted a scheme to grab their wealth, according to mainland police. The trio trusted Li and hired him to come again in July for a 'longevity' rite after being told they could buy a year's life for every $10,000 they offered. Lam collected about $700,000, while her friends offered a total of about $600,000 for the July 21 rite at Tsui's fifth-floor flat in Block C, Telford Gardens. Tsui's two daughters were also there when Li arrived at about 2.20pm. Li asked Ms Tsui to give two cups of 'holy water' to her daughters, who were told to stay in their bedrooms so they would not disturb the rite. An altar was set up, with the $1.3 million cash offerings placed on it. Li asked the women to write about their unhappy marriage and family affairs on a piece of paper to be offered in the rite. The paper later misled Hong Kong police in their early inquiries into believing that the killing was a suicide pact. The rite then continued. Five minutes later a loud noise came from the girls' rooms - mainland police believe it was the sound of the girls collapsing. The women wanted to go to see what had happened but they were prevented by Li, who told them it was 'normal' effects of the 'holy water'. Li later gave each of the women a cup of 'holy water' and asked Choi and Lam to go into the kitchen and bathroom while Tsui was to stay in the sitting room. He waited until all of them were dead before grabbing the $1.3 million cash and clearing up the altar. He left Telford Gardens at about 2.45pm. He returned to Shantou through the Lowu control point at 7pm that night. He exchanged about $600,000 for yuan through the black market and deposited the money in various bank accounts belonging to his relatives. Two days later he learned from the news on TV that the killings had been made public and that he was wanted by Hong Kong police. He left Shantou and went to stay with his mistress, Yen Li, 32, in Hubei province. Li's wife in Shantou was reportedly not aware of his work in Hong Kong and never knew he had 'practised' fung shui in the SAR. Ms Yen was also reported to have known nothing about the murders. Hong Kong police sought help from the mainland in late July and went to Shantou to investigate. A cross-province manhunt was then launched. Early last month, mainland police came to the SAR to examine the Telford Gardens murder scene and collect intelligence. Hubei police arrested Li and Yen on September 15 in Wuhan and the pair were handed over to Shantou police on September 19 after Li had confessed to mainland police. The pair are still being detained. It is unknown when they will be brought to court, but Guangdong police said the case would probably be heard on the mainland.