Robbing the Dead

Robbing the Dead

Vicki J. Henry, now a resident of Arlington, informed Fairfax County police on March 19, 2002 that her ex-boyfriend Edward Chen murdered his parents and brother in 1995, leaving their bodies decomposing for months in the Chen's house in Great Falls. But Henry didn't tell police that both he and she benefited from the $800,000 that he took from his deceased parents' Taiwanese bank accounts.

Last week, Henry, who faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine, pleaded guilty to witholding information about the theft on March 23 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. Henry was released on a $10,000 unsecured personal recognizance bond. Until she is sentenced, Henry must remain at her current address in Arlington, not to leave the D.C. Metro area without permission from the court.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in late May, almost 10 years after the triple homicide of Chen's mother, Shieh Yeh-Mai Chen, father, Wu-Hung Chen, and brother, Raymond Chen. Edward Chen, then 19, shot his parents and brother on Aug. 17, 1995, soon after he returned from a trip to Taiwan, according to Fairfax County Circuit Court documents. Henry was not involved with Chen at that time, and she didn't find out about the murders until 2002. She contacted police on March 19, 2002 after "a falling out with Chen," according to U.S. District Court documents.

Henry and Chen began dating in late 1998. He told Henry that his parents and brother had died in Taiwan, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Chen was arrested 10 days after Henry contacted police and he admitted that he killed his family.

"I bought a rifle, a hunting rifle at Kmart and one night I really just lost my nerve, lost my mind and I did it. I shot them," Chen told detective Steven Shillingford, according to Fairfax Count Circuit Court documents.

<1b>— Ken Moore