Shane Todd's parents call for investigation into his death
Family charge engineer was murdered
- Duration 5:45
- Date Mar 1, 2013
Family charge engineer was murdered
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Back -- to one of our top stories the new calls for -- congressional investigation into the death of an American man working in Singapore.
-- Todd was found dead in his home overseas last June officials in Singapore call -- -- suicide.
But his family believes it may have been murder.
They say -- son was on his way home to the United States after telling people that he was worried his employers.
Were using him.
To help China get its hands on some sensitive information.
Joining me now sheen's parents Rick and Mary Todd thanks to both of you for being here and I know now you are on Capitol Hill -- to get an investigation.
Into what really happened Mary let me start with you and tell us it in a nutshell why you believe that this was no suicide.
Before -- After January after he is trained on him and fecal machine he went back to Singapore and started telling us that his.
He was being asked to compromise US security he was extremely uncomfortable with what they were asking him to do and he also told us that his life was being threatened.
We talked to every single week on Skype and his concerns continued he said he was meeting with the Chinese company he did not give us their name.
Now I know that your son was I mean he was of a brilliant guy and and Newton.
Computer genius and worked in an area that most of us don't understand but that the the Chinese would certainly be very interested -- -- ultimately he he chose to leave the Singaporean firm.
What what the motive have Ben for murder he was leaving he was coming back to the United States.
I'm very simply -- he was the key man for the -- he knew all the formulas in the recipes.
And then when he was approached by the company who we -- -- later identified as hallway he -- that the Chinese company.
-- would also known all the key players all the formulas everything there is asking for.
And he didn't think he'd be able to identify the company and he can also identify who was contact.
Mary tell us about the note the suicide note that you were given that they claim your son wrote.
Well first of all they gave me a description told me categorically this is how my son hung himself and it was a very detailed description followed by the suicide note -- handed it to us it was a typewritten.
Note that they said they got off of his.
Shooter and the notes started by -- Miami for giving him every opportunity to succeed and that he was sorry he did not meet their expectations.
That was my first sense of joy as a mother to note my son did not write this note and I knew in my heart at that point he was murdered he did not take is on life.
In Miami was the I was -- -- employer at the time and I I know you said that.
Then he gave what you call the pathetic list of memories of family memories that you just do not believe.
You really have written tell us tell us why it won't marry and that.
First of all -- -- -- a very close family I have four sons and they're all all best friends and we are a family travels together prays together stays together.
And did the memories that he wrote -- one is that barbecues on her house on the hill.
Another when who was Shirley temples on the beach we've never ever done is Shirley temples on the beach.
The whole note was just pathetic and then he gave two sentences to his -- Brothers who are literally -- best friends that.
Didn't -- personal at all.
It didn't it was a kangaroo and it didn't make sense Rick I know -- that he was stressed that your son was stressed out by what he was going through I mean fearing that perhaps -- -- might be in danger.
I assume that the Singaporean authorities might say well you know whatever stress he was under that's what led to him taking his own -- did you believe he was in a mental state where he could take his own life.
Now she would never do that.
Just don't think it is capable of it.
Now meaning -- any case he's vocal vocalize and it's been -- -- there was a time that he had a bout with depression and 2002.
That is just a lack.
And -- and it was turned around and immediately.
I mean she was a larger than life.
-- -- individually played hard he worked hard he had he loved life that was the way you.
I know he went to see that's why he went to Singapore because you want and it's one of the job that would bring adventure -- his -- again they may have gotten too much of that I noticed.
Just our viewers know that he was so we work for the Singaporean company INB.
But this Chinese company -- why has been described by our own chairman of the House Intelligence Committee as a serious threat.
To US national security so he had reason to be concerned when suddenly he had to be dealing with them and they were trying to attack in his into his expertise Mary.
What do you know what can we do what can congress do.
To press these international authorities for real and that.
-- real answers.
What -- to happen is we needed congressional investigation.
The most important thing we have -- external hard drive.
With the evidence.
That it was accessed after his death twice and the Singapore police have both of his.
His computers we need to work together with the Singapore police to come to a conclusion as to what happened to.
So we want pressure put on the Singapore government the Singapore police.
From our government in a congressional investigation.
To bring the two together and really investigate this as -- as.
-- for our US security.
Marion -- very sorry that doesn't your sign I think he's coming out today thank you must.
You will continue to follow it what a story.
That is an American whose -- we need some more clear answers on.