Serial Killer Charles Ng - A Master of Legal Manipulation

Part Two of the Profile of Serial Killer Charles Ng

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(Continued From "Profile of Sadistic Killer Charles Ng")

Ng Changes His Identity to Mike Komoto

As investigators uncovered the grisly crime scene at the bunker, Charles Ng was on the run. Investigators learned from Leonard Lake's ex-wife, Claralyn Balasz, that Ng contacted her shortly after running from the lumberyard. She met with him and agreed to drive him to his apartment for clothing and to pick up a paycheck. She said he was carrying a gun, ammunition, two fake I.D.'s in the name of Mike Komoto and that she let him off at the San Francisco airport, but did not know where he was going.

Busted On Shoplifting In Canada

Ng's movement was traced from San Francisco to Chicago to Detroit and then into Canada. The investigation uncovered enough evidence to charge Ng with 12 counts of murder. Ng managed to avoid authorities for over a month, but his poor shoplifting abilities landed him in jail in Calvary after he fought with the arresting police and shot one of them in the hand. Ng was in a Canadian jail, charged with robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm and attempted murder.

U.S. authorities became aware of Ng's arrest, but because Canada had abolished the death penalty, extradition of Ng to the U.S. was refused. U.S. authorities were permitted to interview Ng in Canada at which time Ng blamed Lake for most of the killings at the bunker but admitted to being involved in the disposal of the bodies. His trial for the robbery and assault charges in Canada resulted in a sentence of four-and-a-half years, which he spent learning about U.S. laws.

Cartoons Drawn By Ng Tell All

Ng also entertained himself by drawing cartoons depicting murder scenes, some that contained details of killings that replicated those that went on at Wilseyville that only someone involved in the murders would have known. One other factor that sealed little doubt of Ng's involvement in the pair's killing spree was one witness who Ng had left for dead, but survived. The witness identified Ng as the man who attempted to kill him, rather than Lake.

Ng Is Extradited To The U.S.

After a six-year battle between the U.S. Justice Department and Canada, Charles Ng was extradited to the U.S. on Sept. 26, 1991, to face trial on 12 murder charges. Ng, familiar with American laws, worked relentlessly to delay his trial. Ultimately, Ng's case became one of the most costly cases in U.S. history, costing taxpayers an estimated $6.6 million for the extradition efforts alone.

Ng Begins To Play With The U.S. Legal System

When Ng reached the U.S. he and his team of lawyers began to manipulate the legal system with endless delay tactics that included formal complaints about receiving bad food and bad treatment. Ng also filed a $1 million malpractice suit against lawyers he had dismissed at various times during his pre-trial hearings. Ng also wanted his trial to be moved to Orange County, a motion that would be presented to California Supreme Court at least five times before it was upheld.

Ng's Trial Finally Begins

In October 1998, after 13 years of various delays and $10 million in costs, the trial of Charles Chitat Ng began. His defense team presented Ng as being an unwilling participant and was forced to take part in Lake's sadistic murder spree. Because of the video's presented by the prosecutors showing Ng forcing two women to engage in sex after threatening them with knives, the defense admitted that Ng 'merely' participate in the sexual offenses.

Ng insisted on taking the stand, which allowed prosecutors to submit more evidence that helped define Ng's role in all aspects of the ghoulish crimes that went on in the bunker, including murder. One significant piece of evidence presented were pictures of Ng standing in his cell with the telling cartoons he had sketched of the victims hanging on the wall behind him.

A Fast Decision From The Jury

After years of delays, several tons of paperwork, millions of dollars, and many of the victims' loved ones deceased, the trial of Charles Ng ended. The jury deliberated for a few hours and returned with a verdict of guilty of the murder of six men, three women, and two babies. The jury recommended the death penalty, a sentence that trial Judge Ryan imposed.

The List of Known Victims

Other pieces of bone found on the property indicated that over 25 other people were killed by Lake and Ng. Investigators suspect that many were homeless and recruited to the property to help build the bunker, then killed.

  • Kathleen Allen and her boyfriend, Michael Carroll.
    Investigators believe that Kathleen was lured to the cabin when Lake told her that Michael had been shot. Kathleen was one of the two women who appeared on the video as Lake and Ng mentally and physically tortured her, eventually raping and killing her. Michael was a suspected drug dealer who at one time was a cellmate of Ng's at Leavenworth.
  • Brenda O'Connor, Lonnie Bond and baby Lonnie Jr.
    Brenda and her common-law husband, Lonnie, were next door neighbors of Leonard Lake. Brenda was shown on the video begging for knowledge of her baby's welfare while the two taunted her and threatened her and the life of her baby if she failed to cooperate with their sexual demands. It is believed that at the time the video was made, Lonnie and Lonnie Jr. had already been killed.
  • Harvey Dubs, Deborah Dubs and baby Sean Dubs.
    It is believed that the family was murdered after Lake answered an advertisement for camera equipment that Harvey was selling.
  • Robin Scott Stapley
  • Randy Johnson
  • Charles "The Fat Man" Gunnar - Leonard Lake's best man.
  • Donald Lake - Leonard's brother.
  • Paul Cosner - The owner of the Honda.

Charles Ng sits on death row at San Quentin prison in California. He advertises himself online as 'a dolphin caught inside a tuna net.' He continues to appeal his death sentence and it may take several years for his sentence to be carried out.

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