Forensic scientist Henry Lee to marry Chinese entrepreneur a year after wife’s death

  • Eighty-year-old Chinese-American investigator will tie the knot with Jiang Xiaping in a ceremony in Connecticut next week
  • Pair first met in 2004 and three years later Lee helped Jiang save her business after swindlers targeted it
PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2018, 4:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2018, 5:08pm

Renowned Chinese-American forensic scientist Henry Chang-Yu Lee, 80, is to marry an entrepreneur whose business he helped rescue after it was swindled.

The wedding of 80-year-old Lee and Jiang Xiaping, 62, who is chairwoman of garment manufacturer Jiadi Group, will take place in Litchfield County, Connecticut, on December 1, Taiwan’s United Daily Newspaper reported on Thursday.

Jiang has been a close friend of Lee for more than 10 years and had been working as his special assistant since his wife, Margaret Soong Meow Lee, died at the age of 78 in August last year after a brief illness.

Lee and Jiang met at a trade fair in the United States in 2004 and became friends as Yangzhou, the city in Jiangsu where her company is based, is a one-and-a-half hour drive from Lee’s birthplace of Rugao.

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In 2007 Jiang’s company nearly went under after an American company swindled large sums from her, but she was able to recover her losses, thanks in part to Lee’s help.

Jiang, a member of the Jiangsu Provincial Writers Association, later wrote an account of the affair in her book Phoenix Nirvana, which was published in 2016.

When Jiang held a book-signing in Shanghai in August that year, Lee and Soong attended as guests.

After Soong died, Jiang travelled to the US to help Lee deal with the aftermath and take care of him, according to the article.

Jiang’s eldest son Liu Yan told that he had learned of his mother’s marriage plans from mainland Chinese news media on Wednesday.

He and his younger brother Liu Tianchen will fly to the US next week to attend her wedding.

“My mother doesn’t want the wedding to be high-profile, so my brother and I won’t take other relatives to the US,” he said.

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Liu said he was happy about his mother’s marriage, adding: “Mum has been working hard her whole life and she deserves to pursue her own happiness.”

Lee was born on the mainland and moved to Taiwan at the end of Chinese civil war in the late 1940s, and later joined the island’s police force.

He married Soong in 1961 and the couple emigrated to the US.

Lee became renowned for his work on high-profile cases such as the JonBenét Ramsey case, the Helle Crafts woodchipper murder, the Washington DC sniper and the OJ Simpson murder trial.

He also helped with forensic investigations in the wake of the 9/11 attack.

Lee also worked on the politically sensitive investigation into the attempted assassination of the former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian and his deputy Annette Lu in 2004.

Lee set up a scholarship fund in Soong’s name after her death and has asked for wedding gifts to be made as donations to that fund, Southern Metropolis News reported.