Brenda Lin, the sole survivor of the Lin family massacre, has revealed a heartbreaking secret she still has trouble talking about behind the disturbing motive in her family’s murder in 2009.
Speaking with Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program, Ms Lin opened up in her first interview since her uncle Robert Xie was found guilty of the murder of her five family members, revealing what it was like living with their killer, and her biggest regret.
But seven years later, Ms Lin still struggles to talk about the horrific sequence of events, confirming Xie sexually assaulted her prior to, and after, the murders.
“Yes, he did,” was her response, saying she was uncomfortable talking about it and requested privacy.
However, during the trial of her family’s murderer, Ms Lin told the court Xie sexually assaulted her regularly until he was charged with the massacre in 2011, Fairfax Media reported.
It was determined by prosecutors that Xie’s sexual interest in Ms Lin was a motive behind the murders.
Ms Lin was 15 when her father Min “Norman” Lin, her mother Yun Li “Lily” Lin, her aunt Yun Bin “Irene” Lin, and her two little brothers Henry and Terry were killed.
Referred to as Ms AB during the court case, Ms Lin was placed into the custody of her uncle Xie and aunt Kathy Lin, after Xie offered to adopt her only hours after the murders.
Justice Elizabeth Fullerton accepted Ms Lin’s evidence before sentencing Xie to five life sentences.
“The risk that this offender may commit offences of violence in the future, and the community’s legitimate expectation that it is protected from that risk, is amplified by the sexual violence the offender inflicted on Ms AB after the murders, as the surviving member of her family,” she said at Xie’s sentencing hearing.
Brenda’s biggest regret
Ms Lin spoke of the final moments she spent with her family, breaking down as she admitted that her biggest regret to this day was not telling her father she loved him.
She was set to fly on a school excursion to New Caledonia and was at the departure gates with her parents, watching her classmates kiss their families goodbye.