Tan Mui Choo Wiki
Catherine Tan Mui Choo (simplified Chinese: 陈梅珠; traditional Chinese: 陳梅珠; pinyin: Chén Méizhū) was referred to Lim by a fellow bargirl, who claimed the spirit medium could cure ailments and depression. Tan Mui Choo, at that time, was grieving the death of her grandmother to whom she had been devoted. Furthermore, her estrangement from her parents weighed on her mind; having been sent away at the age of 13 to a vocational center (a home mostly for juvenile delinquents), she felt unwanted by them.
Tan Mui Choo and Adrian Lim Relation
Tan’s visits to Lim became regular, and their relationship grew intimate. In 1975 she moved into his flat on his insistence. To allay his wife’s suspicions that he was having an affair with Tan, Lim swore an oath of denial before a picture of Jesus Christ. However, she discovered the truth and moved out with their children a few days later, divorcing Lim in 1976. Lim quit his Rediffusion job and became a full-time medium. He enjoyed brisk business, at one point receiving S$6,000–7,000 (US$2,838–3,311) a month from a single client. In June 1977, Lim and Tan registered their marriage.
Tan Mui Choo Age
Catherine Tan Mui Choo was 24 years old when she met Lim, having been referred to him by a fellow bar girl. She was the eldest of four children.
How Tan Mui Choo Assisted to Adrian Lim
Adrian Lim dominated Tan Mui Choo through beatings, threats, and lies. He persuaded her to prostitute herself to supplement their income. He also convinced her that he needed to fornicate with young women to stay healthy; thus, Tan assisted him in his business, preparing their clients for his pleasure. Lim’s influence over Tan was strong; on his encouragement and promise that sex with a younger man would preserve her youth, Tan copulated with a Malay teenager and even with her younger brother. The boy was not her only sibling to be influenced by Lim; the medium had earlier seduced Tan’s younger sister and tricked her into selling her body and having sex with the two youths. Despite the abuses, Tan lived with Lim, enjoying the dresses, beauty products and slimming courses bought with their income.
Tan Mui Choo Brutal Murder
The nun was Sister Gerard Fernandez and the prisoner Tan Mui Choo, a former student of hers who had been sentenced to death over one of the most brutal murders the country had ever seen.
She knew her as Catherine, a “sweet, simple girl” who came from a devout family and attended convent school.
Tan, along with her husband Adrian Lim and his mistress Hoe Kah Hong, were convicted of the ritualistic killing of two young children.
“She made a grave mistake,” says the softly-spoken nun, now 81. “I was saddened when I first heard the news but I knew I had to see her.”
Tan Mui Choo Sister Gerard
For years Sister Gerard would visit Tan in prison, often spending long nights with her in prayer. The process, she said, allowed them to reconnect and build a deeper understanding.
“I was there to support Catherine and she knew she could talk to me,” she says. “I think that freed her from her mental prison.”
The nun was there until the end on 25 November 1988 – the morning of Tan’s execution.
“Every person is worth more than the worst they have done,” the nun says. “No matter one’s sins, everyone deserves a death with dignity.”
On her last morning, Tan wore a blue dress with a sash and matching shoes. “She was very calm,” Sister Gerard recalls. The two women held hands on that final walk to the gallows.
She sang out Tan’s favorite hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ as she entered the hanging chamber.
“I heard her walk up the spiral staircase and felt the lever when it was pulled. The trap door opened and that was when I knew Catherine was gone.”
Located in Singapore’s north-east is a sprawling high-security prison complex, a short drive away from its world-famous airport.
It houses the country’s most serious criminal offenders and serves as a detention site for prisoners on death row.
Tan Mui Choo was one of 18 inmates who Sister Gerard Fernandez walked with to the gallows.
“A death sentence isn’t something one readily accepts,” she said.
“It takes time for a person to accept their fate and there will naturally be a lot of pain.”
Sister Gerard continued her work with prisoners for the next 40 years. She believes it was part of her calling.
“Death row inmates need a lot of mental, emotional and spiritual support,” she said.
“I wanted to help them understand that with forgiveness and healing, they would then be able to go to a better place.”