That episode triggered a scandal that led to the purge of the Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai.
But in Chongqing and for the former police boss, there was nowhere to turn.
Mr Heywood was found dead in a room at the Lucky Holiday Hotel in Bo's city, Chongqing, last November.
Perhaps the most egregious scandal was the downfall of former Politburo member and Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai.
Such revelations, if true, would destroy both Chongqing men.