Thursday, August 14, 2008

American Millionaire Murdered in Beijing

This is shocking and incredibly sad. While I obviously didn't know Todd Bachman I can't help but feel for him and his family. He was the CEO of an institution here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Bachman's Garden Center has been around for as long as anyone can remember and we've all shopped there. My heart breaks for the family.

I see little mention of the man himself in the articles I've read. Except for the local newspapers the fact that he was a wealthy and successful businessman is hardly mentioned. There is speculation that the Chinese government has censored the local news of the murder - gee, that's hard to believe...

It's hard to know what to make of it - other than it should be a bigger story than it is. Perhaps this paragraph from's story explains why it isn't front page news for days:

The murder did not appear to have been pre-meditated. "It seems like a senseless act of violence by a random individual with no motive," says Richard Buangan, spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Beijing. "They were not targeted because they were Americans." The USOC said the victims had not been wearing any USA apparel. Still, athletes and officials walking around the village were stunned, and even a little afraid. Violence against foreigners is rare in Beijing and across China...

If it was terrorism or directly attributably to Mr. Bachman being an American (or a millionaire) then maybe this would be a true "international incident" in the eyes of the main stream press.

God Bless the Bachman's.