One would think, they will be safe once the police shows up. Killer will get arrested and everybody goes home happy. If only…
While the police did correctly identified Bai Xinyi’s killer, he fell for the same misdirection as our group when it came to the other killer.
Spoiler ahead. Read at your own risk.
Xinyi’s boyfriend aka. the police interrogated everyone from the hotel establishing their timelines and cross-verifying their stories. He was able to narrow in on Xinyi’s killer soon enough. Concrete proof came in the form of Lan Yicong’s driving cam. Video playback showed Yicong and Xinyi walking into the woods together just before her death. The rest was history.
The revelation didn’t go over well with Ruoqing. A sense of guilt washed over him as he recalled that he was the one who sent Xinyi after Yicong to investigate corporate fraud. He told her it was for social justice but it was really for self-interest. And because of him, she was dead.
If Yicong killed Xinyi, then who killed Yicong?
Whoever it was, it made no difference to the hotel owner. They were all guilty. I can’t blame her for getting trigger happy. All this time, they blamed her son for the murders when her son was one of the victims. These people were shameless.
In the end, she ran away without hurting anybody. Unfortunately, the killer caught up to her and wasn’t as shy about hurting innocent people. The cop retraced her blood back to a public bathroom, which so happens was where the killer stacked the missing rifle.
After reading through everyone’s account of that fateful night, he found a discrepancy that challenged his theory of who the killer was. Being a competent detective, he did a controlled test to verify their whereabouts. After the test, he privately spoke to two people: Yuxiu and Chengfang.