March 7, 2013, - 2:47 pm

Did the Chi-Comms Murder US Patriot Shane Todd? Real Life Mystery Reads Like Spy Novel

By Debbie Schlussel

If what Shane Todd’s parents say is true, then Todd was an American patriot whose life was taken because he didn’t want to help China steal from and spy on America and jeopardize U.S. national security. The details certainly sound like something you’d read in a riveting spy novel or see in a suspenseful thriller movie, although you rarely see anything coming out of Hollywood that’s negative about the Chi-Comms these days because, after all, China–like the Arab Muslim Mid-East–is now a major market for Hollywood whores to pimp their films.

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Shane Todd worried that his employers in Singapore were using him to help China get its hands on sensitive technologies that could harm U.S. national security. He said so to many folks, and was elated to have found another job back home, said his mother, Mary Todd. But two days after his final day of work in June and a going-away party with colleagues, his girlfriend found him dead, hanging from his bathroom door.

“We believe he was murdered,” said Todd’s father, Rick, an airline pilot who once flew for the U.S. military. The Todd family has been pressing the U.S. government to look into what they say is a case of espionage and faked suicide to cover up their son’s discovery that he may have been used to help China spy on his country. The circumstances of the death make no sense, they say, and the Singapore authorities have not been cooperative enough. . . .


Shane Todd was a wrestling standout and adept in his science classes. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, where he had many friends, his family said. He received his doctorate at the University of California-Santa Barbara. In 2010, he chose a job in Singapore because he was looking for adventure, he told his parents.

He went to work at the Institute of Microelectronics, a Singaporean government research institution, to work on cutting-edge technology involving powerful semiconductors. But an investigation by the Financial Times magazine found the technology has other applications desired by China, applications that can be used to disrupt enemy radar and communications.

Documents on a hard drive his parents found in his Singapore apartment included a draft agreement for IME to share what Todd was working on with Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, says Colin Humphreys, a pioneer in the emerging field of gallium nitride semiconductors. . . .

Todd traveled for IME to the United States to be trained on equipment used to produce a powerful new class of semiconductors that outperform silicon and can be used to greatly boost the transmissions of cellphone towers, military radars and radar jamming devices. . . . The New Jersey-based company, Veeco, also gave Todd recipes for creating gallium nitride wafers to certain specifications, and planned to ship equipment to IME so it could produce gallium nitride wafers in Singapore . . . Todd was involved in cutting-edge research on using GaN wafers that were 8 inches in diameter and can be loaded with electronic devices. They are of the type used in the most advanced commercial and military land-based and airborne transmission equipment. . . .

After returning to Singapore from his training with Veeco in early 2012, a new development caused him to become extremely anxious, she said. . . . “He told us he was meeting with a Chinese company that spoke in English to him and Madarin (Chinese) to the group,” Mary Todd said. “He said ‘I think I’m being asked to do things that compromise U.S. security and I’m very uncomfortable.'” . . . “He said he’d been threatened.” . . .

On his last day of work, Shane Todd went out with friends to celebrate. It was June 22. Two days later, Mary Todd got a phone call that shattered her life. Shane’s girlfriend called, hysterical, to say she found Shane dead. Police said it appeared Shane had killed himself. . . .

The scene of his death didn’t match the description police provided. Todd’s body bore marks that an independent medical examiner later said looked as if he’d been in a fight and died by a garroting, or strangling. And evidence on a computer hard drive found in his apartment shows the work he was doing may indeed have been an illegal transfer of military-grade technology to a Chinese company that is known to have ties to China’s military and intelligence services, the family said.

Shane Todd allegedly hung himself, but the crime scene didn’t match the crime reports at all.

Edward Adelstein, chief pathologist at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mich., and deputy medical examiner for Michigan’s Boone and Callaway counties, disagreed with the preliminary official report that Shane Todd’s death was a suicide. Adelstein noted thin marks on Shane Todd’s throat, bruises on his forehead, neck and hands, and the normal weight of his lungs. Shane Todd died quickly and not without a struggle, Adelstein said.

Bruising on Todd’s hands, neck and forehead were signs of a struggle, he said.”

Read the rest. And ask yourself why we have ZERO restrictions on anyone who is trained in such technologies in the U.S. and then works for companies doing business with China.

Perhaps if we did, Dr. Shane Todd would be alive today.

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20 Responses

We know that our enemies try to steal our technologies and military secrets.

But we are blase about that and indifferent to the patriots who give their life to keep this country safe.

We can’t bring any of that forward. And our leaders have other priorities. Shane Todd – RIP. You deserve far better from your country!

NormanF on March 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

VERY creepy. I had noticed this story but didn’t read it only because I read so much other material (no time).

It reminded me of this unsolved mystery regarding a Australian National in Canada….

http://footprintsattheriversedge.blogspot.com/2012/02/011810-lachlan-cranswick-41-deep-river.html

I don’t want to go into it 100% but this Canadian mystery is interesting to me because there is a pattern (in Canada) no one is talking about (and as much as this Aussie’s case does not fit into the normal MO (of the mysteries I am alluding to) it is also in some ways similar to the disappearing men found in bodies of water…).

BEFORE 2008, the men are all still missing. Bodies have NEVER been recovered. After 2008 (or 2010) the men are being found dead in bodies of water. (Canada)

There is a similar phenomena in USA of young, college aged men being found dead in bodies of water 90%+ AFTER bar-hopping or partying w/ friends. Mostly in Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio and Illinois (plus others). Most if not all are labeled as “death by misadventure” but I think otherwise (as do others). No one cares thou’. But I digress…

The deceased Aussie’s story is somewhat more akin to this poor guys story though….

Skunky on March 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

The people who rave about their wonderful vacations to China should read this entry.

Little Al on March 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hmmm … wouldn’t be the first time the ChiComms killed a patriotic American. Anybody remember Captain John Birch?

Kyle Kyle on March 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

And Chinamart keeps on booming!

RT on March 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Although the commies have been worming their way into the US government and other powerful institutions since before WWII, the current total lack of science/technology/military security began in earnest when leftie Senator Frank Church succeeded in cutting off info sharing between the FBI and the CIA (mid 70s). That had it’s bad effects (911 would be the best example), but worse still has been the unbridled transfer of commercial tech with military apps. Bill Clinton allowing the chicoms to launch the entire Iridium satellite constellation, with US “technical assistance”, gave them what they really wanted. They are about to use these tools we have given them.

Steve on March 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/afbddb44-7640-11e2-8eb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2My373x36

The above link is the most in depth version of the story I’ve found so far.
As an engineer I can tell you that this story is rapidly making the rounds within the engineering community. And I would encourage any one that knows an engineer to forward the above link to them.
Engineers think of ourselves as the most boring of human beings and the last thing to cross our minds is that our work would get us killed. Dying of boredom seems to be more of a threat.
This should be a wake up call to lots of people to take national security seriously.

Steve G. on March 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

I believe we will be hearing more stories like this with the present government being so incompetent and secretive. A month ago I heard a report on a radio news station about a Chinese Ponzi scheme being discovered that was much larger than the Madoff one. No more information has been reported that I am aware of. MSM was all over the Madoff affair.

Rochelle on March 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

So Hollywood balks at sticking it to the Chi-Comms? Really? Has Debbie forgotten already about the remake of “Red Dawn” that hit the theaters last fall?

Seek on March 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Yeah, the original cut of the Red Dawn remake had the enemies being the Chinese, but they had had to digitally re-do all the insignias on the bad guys to make them a bowdlerized North Korea.

It took months and a lot of money to do, too.

luagha on March 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Ok. lets transpose the name ‘China’ for ‘Israel’.
Now lets transpose the name of the unfortunate Todd for that of Ben Zygier.
Tell me what is different(in basic terms) in the circumstances and the manner of their demise?
Why no outpouring of anger over the death of a foreign national in murky circumstances just because Israel killed him? it is time we came to decry the practices adopted since the 1950’s in the name of the home dont you think?

Aron B on March 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Aron Boring, you’re still a bore.

    Now go play with some Jihadis. I look forward to the day they turn on you and you get what you deserve. That will NOT be boring. At. All.

    Skunky on March 8, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I am surprised because Singapore is a staunchly anti-communist government. The ruling party there is also the party that began ruling since independance. its founder Lee Kwan Yew is a staunch anti-communist. Very strange to me.
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Rex on March 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm

This does not srprise me at all. The chinese military has many front companies especially ones dealing with technology. The chinese military does everything and anything to get what they want. Unlike the Soviets, the chinese have us on hand on our debt in T-bills and on the other, industrial/corporate/technological espionage with unfortunate quisling who are willing to sell these secrets willingly for money. Mr Shane Todd was one of those rare individuals that still believe in national security and not how much money trading his stock options will bring him. Having been to China several times now, Americans would be foolish to think China is not a threat. The chinese are expanding their military and spending on upgrading their technological inferior weapon systems. What they can not make on there own, they buy from Russia, decommision equipment and upgraded to chinese standards. I fear that with China, we can not use the same tactics we used against the Soviets in containment since, US trade with China is against the US. Just look recently how the Chinese have gone after several islands surrounding them and willing to push the envelope further. The chinese know that USA, with our economic “recovery” and budget cuts can not maintain a presence as we use to.

Mario on March 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Never trust the unelected Chinese dictators. They are evil thugs.

Truth on March 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    you people are stupid to believe this hateful b.s.

    shanetoddfakecase on December 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    american’s kiled more people then just one shane todd
    americans go to other counties for war and use chemical weapons cluster bombs and drone strikes!

    shanetoddfakecase on December 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Aaron B, the difference in case you really are too much of a libtard to understand it is that Shane Todd wasn’t voluntarily working as a member of an intelligence agency, he wasn’t convicted for contravening their rules and perhaps most importantly nobody disputes that Ben Zygier committed suicide.
This is about the possible assassination of a US citizen by a hostile power.
I know the only difference you see is that he wasn’t “killed” as you put it by Israel but that’s the effect of decades of lazy thinking and the unquestioning acceptance of media twit speak.

Frankz on March 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

They said Shane was choked with a cord the Todd’s family is showing here but there’s a problem the pathologist said he head butt the killers at the front?
Shane is choked at the back it don’t make sense.hard drive was never taken by the police or the killers it never taken out of the apartment.

shanetoddfakecase on December 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

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