Bryan Chenhua Chang
This is 28-year-old Bryan Chenhua Chang.
Mr. Bryan Chang, like many Asians, grew up in a household that valued education. They realize that their progeny are, most likely, going to be able to support them in their old age a lot better if they have a college degree of some kind. Usually a medical degree, but a computer degree or an engineering degree will sometimes work out well too.
In this case, Bryan’s mother – 60-year-old Sherry Chu Chang – financed Brian’s stay at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
That was very nice of her.
So Bryan Chang had a technologically-oriented degree, he was young and his future was wide open.
Oh sure, with the economy being what it has been, it can be hard to find a job. Times are tough. Interviews are hard. There’s a lot of competition out there.
Bryan Chang had been without a job for 18 months, living off his mom.
Sherry Chu Chang was getting a bit tired of her son sponging off her. After 18 months, most parents would be. She probably nagged incessantly, kept after her son to get out and find something, make something of his life. Do something with that degree we bought you, for Christ’s sake!
The good news is, Bryan Chang doesn’t have to print up any more resumes or chase after job interviews from now on.
On the 19th of January, 2010, Bryan Chang reported that his car – a car his parents had financed – had been stolen. Four days later, on the 23rd, Sherry Chang drove to Bryan’s apartment in Los Angeles to talk about it. While she was there, she talked on her cellphone with her husband, who also lived in Los Angeles. Apparently the conversation with her husband dealt with the fact that they were both getting a bit tired of Bryan squandering their largess.
Later that afternoon, Bryan Chang and his mother were seen by Sherry’s neighbors pulling into the garage at their Solana Beach home.
Now, we can’t be entirely sure about what they talked about while they were there, but one thing’s for sure – Sherry Chang didn’t expect the conversation to be about hammers.
Sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday night, Bryan found a hammer. It may have been this excellent hammer to the left here, or it may have been some other kind of hammer.
In an upstairs room, Bryan Chang took that hammer to his mother, giving murder the ol’ college try.
At 2 in the morning that Monday, Bryan Chang took a cab from his mother’s house in Solana Beach to his apartment in Los Angeles. According to authorities, in order to pay for the ride, he tried to charge it on his mother’s credit card.
When Sherry Chang didn’t show up for work that morning, concerned co-workers called the authorities. It wasn’t like her to just not show up for work. They felt something had happened to her.
Which, of course, had happened. Something. A hammer. From her son.
The sheriff’s department showed up at Sherry’s home to check on her, did the usual knock and so on and eventually went inside. They might have expected her to be dead, but they probably didn’t expect the extent of her state of being dead.
She was extra dead.
According to officer reports from the scene, officers found Sherry Chang’s arm and pieces of her skull in her refrigerator. The rest of her body was located on the floor of the downstairs bathroom of her two-story home. From the evidence at the scene, it was obvious that Sherry had died from blunt force trauma to her head.
While the hammer blow to the head had been the injury which had killed her, Sherry had also endured broken ribs, numerous facial fractures and bruises all over her body – all consistent with the injuries one would receive if someone played a 60-year-old’s body like a glockenspiel.
The arm had been removed by one of two knives that had been found in the kitchen – a serrated knife that was located in the kitchen sink or a large butcher knife found in the dishwasher.
Going through the garage, authorities found a trash can that was had a “substantial amount” of blood. Sherry’s clothes – drenched in blood – were also in that trash can.
About the only good thing that officers found about her death was that the dismemberment of her body happened after she died. Which is actually kind of interesting to think that they had to make that distinction – since most people will just die after you start dismembering them. Hard to imagine someone finishing up a dismemberment, wiping off their hands and waiting for their subject to die.
Anyways, according to officers at the scene, the house looked like someone had done a very poor job of cleaning up the crime scene.
On Sherry Chang’s desk, investigators found a credit card statement listing purchases made in San Diego and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles charges – apparently charges Sherry had accused Bryan of making – had been highlighted.
Bryan Chang was arrested at his Los Angeles apartment on the 27th of January, 2010. As he was arrested, officer noticed that he appeared to have blood under his fingernails and toenails.
Of course, that blood could have any number of reasons for being there. Really.
Bryan Chang has been charged with murder. During his first court appearance, he remained expressionless and emotionless as the prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Rachel Solov, detailed his last encounter with his mother for the judge. Citing what she called “the viciousness of the attack,” Superior Court Judge Joan Weber set Chang’s bail at $5 million.
Chang faces 26 years to life if convicted.
Does Bryan Chenhua Chang deserve Hell?
- Yes (91%, 499 Votes)
- No (9%, 50 Votes)
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