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Blackmail Seen As Gu's Motivation

Blackmail is now considered the motive behind the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Bo Xilai’s wife, Gu Kailai, has admitted to killing Heywood and attributed her actions to a mental breakdown, according to state media. In trial Thursday, prosecutors said Gu poisoned Heywood when the two met alone at a hotel in Chongqing, China back in November. Her lawyers said that Gu’s “ability to control her own behavior was weaker than a normal person,” because she supposedly was under the impression that Heywood had threatened her son over a business dispute. Gu has reportedly said she will “accept and calmly face any sentence.”