In 1999, a brutal Hong Kong murder made headlines around the world. It came to be known as the Hello Kitty Murder, and the facts of this case were so hard to believe, police weren't even sure if they were true.
It began when three men and a teenage girl held young mother Fan Man-yee hostage in a filthy apartment decorated with Hello Kitty merchandise. She was subjected to horrifying acts of torture and abuse for an entire month. After the young woman's death, her corpse was abused in unspeakable ways, making it impossible for law enforcement or medical experts to ever determine her exact cause of death.
When the teenage girl who had witnessed and participated in the murder went to the Hong Kong authorities to confess, the police found the teenager's story unbelievable. However, when they searched the vile apartment for evidence to confirm the unimaginable account, they discovered indisputable and bone-chilling proof hidden in a giant Hello Kitty doll. The Hello Kitty manslaughter case and the killing of Fan Man-yee provide a terrifying look into the depraved minds of three men and one teenage girl.
The Teenage Girlfriend Had Nightmares About Fan
Following Fan's death, Ah Fong started have nightmares about the sadistic torture she and the three gang members had inflicted upon the young mother. The 13-year-old also became convinced Fan's restless spirit was haunting her, and she felt the only way she could free herself from her ghost was to confess to the police. In May 1999, Ah Fong went to a Hong Kong police station and told the authorities about Fan's month of suffering and her resulting death.
Initially, officials found the teenager's account so disturbing and unbelievable, they nearly dismissed Ah Fong's story as a bizarre fantasy. However, they decided to search the flat, which the three men had recently vacated, and they discovered a number of pieces of disturbing evidence that corroborated the teenager's horrifying allegations.
Fan Had Actually Already Paid Back The Money She'd Stolen
Fan stole the wallet when she hung around with Chan. When he realized what she had done, he demanded she pay him back with interest. And she did - she reimbursed Chan for the $4,000 she'd stolen from his wallet, along with an extra $10,000 in interest.
However, Chan wasn't satisfied. He told the young nightclub hostess that she had to give him an additional $16,000 interest. When 23-year-old Fan was unable to come up with the money - which was four times what she'd originally stolen from Chan - the gang member initiated their plan.
The Men Weren't Convicted Of Murder
Ah Fong received immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony against her boyfriend and his two accomplices. While all three men denied killing Fan, during their six-week trial, they admitted to preventing the young mother from receiving a lawful burial, a criminal charge in Hong Kong.
Chan and Wai-lun both pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, a charge Shing-cho denied, and throughout their trial the three men accused one another of torturing Fan while minimizing their own roles in the horrific abuse she endured over the last month of her life.
The defense also tried to convince the jury Fan may have died as a result of a drug overdose. While Fan had been a user of methamphetamines prior to becoming pregnant with her son, her husband testified she had stopped using drugs years earlier when she found out she was pregnant.
Because of the way in which the three men disposed of Fan's body, medical authorities were unable to determine exactly how the young mother died, so a jury refused to find them guilty of murder. Instead, the trio was convicted of manslaughter in December 2000, and they were sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after just 20 years.
The Apartment Building Where The Woman Was Tortured Was Demolished
After the widespread publicity Fan's torture and death received in Hong Kong, no one wanted to buy or rent the apartment where she endured horrific abuse. Consequently, the flat sat empty for years, and eventually people decided they didn't want to to live in any of the other apartments in the building on Granville Road either.
After purchasing the vacant apartment building, which many people believed to be haunted by the spirit of Fan, an investor demolished the building in 2012.