The California Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death penalty on Thursday for one of two men incriminated in at least 11 infamous torture and killings in the 1980s.
Charles Chitat Ng, 61, was convicted in 1999 of murdering six men, three women, and two baby boys in 1984 and 1985.
Ng was initially charged with 13 killings, 12 of which occurred in Calaveras County and one in San Francisco.
Leonard Lake, Ng’s criminal partner, committed a series of kidnappings in which they engaged in bondage and sadism, finishing with murder, allegedly killing up to 25 people.
Lake committed suicide with a cyanide capsule after police arrested and questioned him for shoplifting in San Francisco in 1985 before authorities discovered any bodies.
Ng received a fair trial, including changing venues from Calaveras County to Orange County due to pre-trial publicity.
Ng and Lake imprisoned their victims in a remote two-and-a-half-acre Sierra Nevada fenced compound about 150 miles east of San Francisco, which included a bunker with three rooms, two behind a hidden doorway.
The men incriminated themselves as they filmed themselves tormenting bound, terrified women they used as sex slaves before murdering them.
Jurors were shown a video of one woman pleading to Ng and Lake to spare her husband and baby while Ng cut off her shirt and bra in front of the camera with a knife and told her she is “totally ours”.
“You can cry and stuff like the rest of them, but it won’t do you no good. We are pretty, ha, cold-hearted, so to speak,” Ng told the victim while torturing her.
Investigators also discovered piles of charred bones, blood-stained tools, shallow graves, a 250-page diary from Lake, and thousands of buried teeth and bone fragments throughout the compound, including at least four dental specimens from a child under the age of 3.
Greg Stark, Calaveras County Lieutenant, said authorities are still identifying the remains of Ng and Lake’s victims.
“This is one of those stories that’s been passed down through time in this community. There’s been wild estimates, and there’s been conservative estimates, and honestly, I don’t think anybody will ever know, due to how they were disposing of the bodies,” Stark said.
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