More than a story about a cop, a killer and his confidante, No Kill, No Thrill draws upon meticulous research and far-ranging sources to tell the whole story of Charles Ngñfrom his childhood experiences in Hong Kong to his experience in the U.S. marines to his heinous killing spree and subsequent arrest, extradition, trial and conviction. Several books have previously been published on Charles Ng. None contains the full story, and none draws on sources so extensive nor provides a portrait so penetrating of the dark mind of a sociopathic killer.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
• Readers will learn for the first time about the extensive involvement of a Lt. Columbo-like Mountie and a small-time Saskatchewan hood turned kidnapper-robber and how they were instrumental in bringing Ng to justice for a dozen murders. They will learn for the first time of Ng’s attempted suicide immediately after his arrest in Calgary, Canada.
• The Ng case forced the Canadian courts to examine for the first time the issue of capital punishment in light of the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
• At one point, exasperated senior American officials went so far as to threaten to come into Canada and forcibly take Ng if the Canadian courts refused to give him up to face California’s death penalty.
• In painting their profile of Ng, the authors reached far into his past to interview former classmates in private schools in Hong Kong and Britain. They also sought the help of a leading expert on psychopathic killers to examine Ng’s upbringing and its impact on his development. His conclusion: Ng may have been “hard-wired” to kill.
• In researching No Kill No Thrill, the authors spent hundreds of hours interviewing police and court officials and going through reams of case files. They traveled to California several times to attend Ng’s sentencing in Santa Ana, to meet family members of victims in Garden Grove and San Francisco and to visit the murder scene in Wilseyville.
• To prepare the final chapter, they attended a private service for the victims in San Andreas, standing alongside members of the victims’ families at a cairn containing the unidentified remains of as many as 25 people.From the Inside Flap:
"No kill, no thrill," Charles Ng loved to say, followed by, "No gun, no fun." In a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, Charles Ng hatched a nightmarish scheme of kidnapping and murder with another ex-marine survivalist, Leonard Lake. They dubbed their plan the Miranda project, after the female protagonist in the John Fowles novel The Collector. Husbands and children were murdered immediately. Women were kept alive as sex slaves for as long as they held the interest of their captors.
Ng and Lake killed at least a dozen men, women and children, and perhaps as many as twenty-five. When the Miranda project finally threatened to collapse as the two were arrested on unrelated charges, Lake took a lethal cyanide pill and Ng fled to Canada. There he was arrested for robbery and the shooting of a department store security guard.
Then, for Canadian police, two critical events established a surprising link between the robber being held in an Alberta prison and the cold-blooded murderer wanted thousands of miles away. The first was that Ng told some of his story to fellow prisoner Maurice Laberge. Laberge recognized Ng’s story as a ticket to early parole and encouraged Ng to tell more. Ng obliged--not only with words but with grizzly cartoons of his psychopathic desires. The second event was that Laberge connected with RCMP Sgt. Raymond Munro, who, in cooperation with California police, began investigating the relationship between Ng and the Northern California murders.
As Ng fought extradition to the United States for six years, Sgt. Munro became involved in one of the longest, most intricate and most expensive international investigations and subsequent trials to have ever occurred in North America.
No Kill, No Thrill is the story of a cop, a killer and his confidante. But more, it is the story of dogged, resourceful police work that brought a killer to justice. Drawing frequently upon little-known sources ranging from Charles Ng’s childhood in Hong Kong, his experience in the U.S. marines and his heinous killing spree, No Kill, No Thrill is a penetrating portrait of the dark mind of a sociopathic killer who now awaits execution on death row.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Red Deer Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110889952094