Jennifer Pan was born on June 17, 1986. During her twenties, she allegedly experienced severe abuse from both of her parents. In 2010, in a kill-for-hire attack, she targeted both of her parents. Unfortunately, her mother was killed in the attack. In the Greater Toronto Area, the crime took place at the Pan residence in Unionville, Markham.
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Family and upbringing:
Jennifer’s parents immigrated to Canada from the Chinese diaspora in Vietnam. Her father was born and educated in Vietnam before moving to Canada in 1979 as a political refugee. Her mother, Bich, was also a refugee who immigrated. Han and Bich were married in Toronto, and they lived in Scarborough.
Jennifer was born to them in 1986. Later in 1989, her sister Felix was born. To give their children the good upbringing and opportunities, they themselves had missed out on, the couple worked hard for their money. Soon they were rich enough to buy a lovely house, car, and luxuries.
Jennifer’s parents had very high expectations from their children. In addition to a piano lesson, Jennifer also trained in figure skating nearly every day of the week when she was four years old. She aimed to become an Olympic champion in figure skating until she injured her knee ligament. During her time at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, Jennifer played flute in the band.
A friend of Jennifer described her dad as a strict dad. Whenever Jennifer’s classes ended, the Pans picked her up and closely monitored her extracurricular activities. The early life of Jennifer Pan was somehow different and challenging. She was not allowed to attend parties, clubs, go to her friend’s house. According to her parents, her only concern should be her studies.
According to Jennifer and her friends, her upbringing was oppressive and restrictive. Her parents permitted Jennifer to stay with a friend near the campus during the week when she was a student. Her boyfriend from high school, Daniel Chi-Kwong Wong, was staying with her.
Wong was originally from the Philippines; he resided in Boston and worked there. After transferring from Mary Ward in Toronto, Wong went on to study at Cardinal Carter Academy in North York and later at York University. His boyfriend was an active marijuana dealer.
Being an adult:
Being an adult during her high school, Pan lied about attending her university regularly. Instead of going to the university, she dedicated herself to the Hospital for Sick Children. When her father found out about this, he forbade her to leave the house.
When Jennifer was 24, Wong wanted to pursue his relationship with Jennifer. But Wong gave up on his relationship, as Jennifer was so intimidated and restricted by her parents that she lived with them and only met him secretly.
He broke up with Jennifer and began dating another young woman. Following her new relationships, Pan claimed to Wong that several men rushed into her house, showing what appeared to be a police badge, and then gang-raped her. Wong’s girlfriend allegedly orchestrated an attack on her after this and mailed her a bullet.
The whole Story from Inside:
In 2010 Pan’s mental state was unexplainable. All that she suffered in the relationship made her develop into a criminal-minded girl. She was then in contact with her high school friend Andrew Montemayor who then introduced Pan to Ricardo Duncan.
Both of the boys were involved in many criminal activities. When Pan asked Duncan to kill her parents for $200, he rejected her offer.
After complete planning, the murder took place in Unionville. On November 8, 2010, Pan unlocked the door to the family home when she went to bed and called Mylvaganam from within. Several minutes later, Mylvaganam and two others armed with guns entered the house.
Bich and Hann were shot multiple times in the basement after the three men demanded all the money in the house and ransacked the main bedroom.
Hann survived his wounds, but Bich was killed. They left with the cash and went, including $2,000 from Pan. During the trial, Carty admitted to being the driver of the intruders and being involved in their selection and plotting.
Investigation after Murder:
Pan’s first police interview took place the evening following the murder. A York Regional Police officer arrested Pan during her third interview at the Markham police station (5 District) on November 22, 2010.
When Pan was interviewed, she admitted that she had hired the killers, but she said they were hired to kill her, not her parents.
The interrogation officer then uses another technique in which he lied to Pan that he had software and infrared technology that will highlight if she is lying to them. Pan’s confession had been obtained by Goetz (the interrogating officer) using the Reid method.
- On April 14, 2011, Mylvaganam was arrested at the Jane Finch Mall in North York, Toronto,
- On April 15, 2011, Carty was arrested at Maple Hurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario.
- On April 26, 2011 the arrest of Wong took place at his place of employment.
- On May 4, 2011, Crawford was the last suspect taken into custody in Brampton.
Law Enforcements on the Gang:
In connection with her mother’s death and the attempted murder of her father, Jennifer Pan was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. In such a case, Pan’s father and brother asked the court to order her not to contact her living family. Also, Pan won’t be able to get in contact with Wong ever again.
Pan was sentenced in 2016. Currently, she is serving her sentence in Grand Valley Institution located in Kitchener, Ontario. Her boyfriend, Wong, is held in Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ontario.
Mylvaganam is held at Atlantic Institution in New Brunswick. Crawford is held at Kent Institution in Agassiz, British Columbia. Carty requested the court to send him to a federal prison in Western Canada or Atlantic Canada. But on April 26, 2018, Carty was moved to Kent and died in his cell.
Media Coverage to the Case:
International media widely covered Jennifer Pan’s case. The case was seen from various aspects. Many aspects also said that all this happened is the result of tiger parenting. The story was first featured in Toronto Life magazine, where Karen K. Ho framed it as an example of tiger parenting gone wrong.
In 2016, Jeremy Grimaldi documented the story of Jennifer Pan’s death in his book titled A Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story.