Justice Denied: The Ng Case, the Most Infamous and Expensive Murder Case in History

Justice Denied: The Ng Case, the Most Infamous and Expensive Murder Case in History

Justice Denied: The Ng Case, the Most Infamous and Expensive Murder Case in History

Justice Denied: The Ng Case, the Most Infamous and Expensive Murder Case in History


Accused serial killers -- Charlie Chitat Ng and Leonard Lake -- purportedly committed some of the grisliest crimes in the annals of criminal history. They allegedly kidnapped their victims, tortured them physically and mentally, wiped out entire families -- including babies yet, many believe, Charlie "the Cheetah" Ng, has defied justice by cheating the death penalty.

How has Charlie Ng -- whose torture sessions were videotaped -- managed to escape justice? Not only does this book unstintingly reveal the shocking, ruthless acts of these suspected killers and how they were finally caught, but it grapples with the larger question of how vicious murderers can manipulate the justice system.

Bringing Charlie Ng to trial for these horrifying crimes of has taken over 13 years and $16 million -- more money than any case in history! Will justice be finally served? Will the family members of the innocent individuals whose lives were so cruelly snuffed out by this suspected, diabolical pair ever find solace? To answer these questions, the authors interviewed scores of law officers, prosecutors, district attorneys, attorneys general, and judges.

Nowhere else will all the fascinating twists and turns of this notorious case be found. This groundbreaking, page-turner may forever shake your belief in the inevitable triumph of justice.


In July 1998, the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate passed a proposed amendment to the Constitution to establish a national standard of victims' rights. the sponsors of the amendment were Diane Feinstein (California) and Jon Kyl (Arizona).

Thirteen years earlier, an event occurred that is part of this story. the mayor of San Francisco stood on the steps of City Hall and announced a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a series of mysterious disappearances in the Bay Area. Within months, the case began to unravel. Within days, a task force was on its way to a remote mountain hideaway, where it was discovered that at least eighteen men, women, and children had been lured and slaughtered.

But this was a case that would not be concluded even as the Victims' Rights Amendment was launched. Ironically, the mayor who posted that reward in 1985 was Diane Feinstein.

Those 1985 serial killings have become the most expensive murder-prosecution case in the history of the United States. Every year as the trial has drawn nearer, California taxpayers have spent some $2.3 million each year for court-appointed attorneys to sift through the case files. When it is all done, perhaps in 1999, some $20 million will have been poured into this sinkhole, at the same time as the state recycles 1970s textbooks for the children of the public school system for want of funds.

San Francisco attorney Joe Cotchett, who knows something about money from the $3.5 million judgment he won in the Charles Keating . . .

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