By Kathleen Joyce
Published October 17, 2018
In a real-world tragedy ripped from the pages of "Romeo and Juliet," a woman killed herself and her two children after hearing about her husband's death — except the man had only faked his demise to get an insurance payout.
The 34-year-old man in China, who was identified by the surname He, was presumed dead after his vehicle was discovered in a river on Sept. 19, the BBC reported. The man’s body was not recovered.
But he made a major misstep: He never told his wife about the plot.
So the 31-year-old woman, who believed she was a widow, grabbed her two children, ages 3 and 4, and jumped into a pond after posting a suicide note online. The message said she was “coming to accompany” her husband in the afterlife, the BBC reported. The three bodies were found in a pond near their residence on Oct. 11.
The husband turned himself into Xinhua police Friday and was “detained on charges of insurance fraud and intentional damage to property,” police said in a statement.
He had purchased the insurance plan worth $110,000 in September, but his wife was unaware of the purchase, police said. He allegedly had $14,435 worth of loans at the time of his “death.” In a video posted online, He said he borrowed the money for his daughter’s treatment for epilepsy.
According to the BBC, before turning himself in to the authorities, the man posted a video online in which he was crying and saying he had "borrowed" the money for her ill daughter.