Hong Kong is proudly one of the safest places in the world. And it seems we're only getting safer, too – our crime rate for 2015 was the lowest it's been in nearly four decades, despite fears about a post-Occupy run of lawlessness sweeping the city like a tide of tear gas. But of course, no place is totally immune to crime, and Hong Kong has certainly seen its share of gruesome activity. We take a look back at some of the most infamous murders that have got our town talking over the years.
Nancy Kissel murdered her husband Robert in 2003, with a little help from a strawberry milkshake. Nancy was allegedly having an affair, and Robert had a private detective investigate her. After having had enough and amid claims that Robert had been abusing her, nefarious Nancy laced a milkshake with sedatives before bludgeoning her benedict to death. Though she claimed self-defence, she was found guilty and sentenced to life behind bars.
Braemar Hill murders
Hong Kong’s highest profile expatriate murders took place in Braemar Hill in 1985, when British teenagers Kenneth McBride and Nicola Myers were murdered by five young gangsters. The gang initially attempted to rob the pair and upon finding they had no money, raped Myers and brutally murdered her and McBride. They were all found guilty and given varying sentences.
Hello Kitty murder
In 1999, 23-year-old night club hostess Fan Man-yee was kidnapped by three triad men and imprisoned in an apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui over a debt dispute. After a month of daily beatings and torture, she was killed and dismembered. Most of her body parts were discarded, her decapitated head was boiled, and her skull was jammed into a giant Hello Kitty doll. The men were convicted of manslaughter as the court could not ascertain how she died given the state of her remains.
Elderly couple Glory Chau and Moon Siu were murdered by their youngest son Henry Chau and accomplice Angus Tse in 2013. After killing the couple, Chau and Tse chopped up the bodies and microwaved them in attempt to make the flesh look like barbecue pork and refrigerated the remains in lunch boxes. Chau confessed to his crime in a WhatsApp group and, in subsequent interviews, told police that ‘if they died, I could be reborn’. At trial, it was established that Chau had a much higher IQ than Tse, leading the jury to deliver a not guilty verdict for Tse as it was decided he had been manipulated. Chau, however, was found guilty of the gruesome double parricide.
28-year-old Cheung Man-li was reported missing by his girlfriend in March of this year. His phone records showed that his last contact was with the tenant of a Tsuen Wan industrial building. Upon lawfully entering the tenant's flat, police discovered closed windows, running air-conditioners, and a stash of used air freshener canisters and camphor tablets. They also ominously detected a strong odour from a wooden box filled with cement, which was cut open to reveal Cheung’s rotting corpse. Three suspects were found hiding in Taipei, and were sent back to Hong Kong and are currently awaiting trial. Money disputes are suspected to be the motive behind the killing.
In the 1980s, taxi driver Lam Kor-wan murdered four women, strangling them with electrical wires. He then took photos of their nude bodies and dismembered them at his family home. Lam earned his nickname as the ‘Jars Murderer’ when police discovered he had hoarded female sexual organs in jars under his bed. He was busted by a photo technician who noticed a severed breast in images he was developing for Lam, who was sentenced to death which was later commuted to life in prison.
Jutting was accused of murdering Indonesian women Sumarti Ningsih and Jesse Lorena in 2014. The ex-Bank of America Merrill Lynch employee called the police, requesting an investigation of his apartment. Lorena was found naked and cut on the floor and though she was alive, she died soon after being found. An incomprehensible Jutting was arrested at the scene – and upon further examination of his Wan Chai bachelor pad, the partially decapitated and decomposing corpse of Ningsih was found in a suitcase on the balcony. He faces trial this October.
In 1973, Wong Chi Hang fled to Macau after a failed murder attempt in Hong Kong. Then, in 1985, Wong was charged with the massacre of ten people at Macau's Eight Immortals Restaurant after the owner failed to repay a $180,000 gambling debt. 11 limbs of victims were discovered, while other parts of the corpses remain unfound to this day. Legend has it that the cadavers were made into char siu baos and served at the restaurant. Watch what you eat.
Tsui Po-ko was a top-grade police constable, who, frustrated by his lack of career progression, went rogue in 2001 and killed fellow constable Leung Shing-yan after stealing his revolver. Later that year, Tsui robbed a bank and killed a security guard. He met his demise at the hands of constable Tsang Kwok-hang who, along with fellow constable Sin Ka-keung, was ambushed in a Tsim Sha Tsui underpass by the villainous Tsui. The resulting gun battle led to Tsang and Tsui dying from their wounds. The revolver stolen from the late PC Leung was found next to Tsui’s dead body.
Anne Anne Kindergarten stabbing
In 1982, a tragic mass murder occurred in Sham Shui Po. Lee Chi Hang killed his mother and sister, wounded two other women and stormed into Anne Anne Kindergarten with two eight-inch blades and two chisels. Once inside, he stabbed 34 children, four of whom died, and injured several adults. When police arrived at the scene, Lee knifed constable Chan Kin Ming in the chest and also stabbed at passers-by. A wounded Chan shot the assailant in the left arm and stomach to stop the spree. Lee was subsequently arrested, charged with six counts of murder, diagnosed as schizophrenic and has been detained in a mental hospital ever since.