Man in murder-suicide accused business partner of driving him to huge debt: police

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Relatives attend the funeral of four family members in Thanh Hoa Province. Photo: Ngoc Minh Relatives attend the funeral of four family members in Thanh Hoa Province. Photo: Ngoc Minh

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Police in Thanh Hoa Province said Tuesday a man, who apparently killed his family with sleeping pills before committing suicide on Sunday, wrote in a death note that a business partner had cheated him and driven him to debt and despair. 
In the seven-page note partially released by the police, Ngo Le Ha, 55, said he decided to kill his wife, their two sons and himself because he was unable to pay VND27.6 billion (US$1.2 million) of debt. 
Ha blamed his downfall on a business partner, whose full name has been withheld and only referred to as V.T.D. 
According to the note, Ha worked with D in a construction project in 2011. The partner then promised to help him secure big construction contracts by bribing senior officials. 
Ha then borrowed a lot of money from others, including from loan sharks, and gave it to D for bribery. But D never brought back any contract. 
The huge loans led to his desperate decision, Ha wrote in the note, urging the police to launch an investigation into D. 
“If I had not met him, my life would not have ended this way.
“I ask God to forgive me for claiming the lives of my wife and children, making them coming with me,” he wrote. “But it would be worse than death to live in shame like this.”
Their bodies were found at home on Sunday evening, after many friends and relatives had failed to reach them on the phone for hours.
Police also discovered a large number of sleeping pills, which could only be prescribed by doctors, and two recordings in his mobile phone.
The investigation continues. 

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