Hello Kitty murder

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No. 31 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, where the victim was held before her murder

The Hello Kitty Murder was a 1999 case in which a nightclub hostess was kidnapped and tortured in an apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. She died over a month later, either by drug overdose or at the hands of the abductors. She was decapitated and her head was crammed into a Hello Kitty doll, hence the name of the case.[1]


A 23-year-old night club hostess by the name of Fan Man-yee (樊敏儀) was kidnapped by three men: 34-year-old Chan Man-lok (陳文樂), 27-year-old Leung Shing-cho (梁勝祖) and 21-year-old Leung Wai-lun (梁偉倫). They took her to an apartment at No. 31 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,[2] where they imprisoned her. They beat and tortured her daily over a debt dispute of HK$20,000 (US$2,560).[1][3]

After a month of imprisonment and torture, she was killed, dismembered, and her skull was stuffed into a giant Hello Kitty mermaid doll. They discarded most of the other body parts. Only the woman's skull, one tooth, and some internal organs were recovered.[3]

The missing hostess's remains were found only after a teenage girl, the girlfriend of one of the men, led police to the scene.[4][5]

The murder quickly became an infamous story in the media.

Court case[edit]

The three men were convicted of manslaughter because the jury ruled the remains were not sufficient to show whether Fan was murdered or died in another way, such as a drug overdose.[4] The teenage girlfriend of one of the men testified at the trial in exchange for immunity.[4]

The trio were convicted of manslaughter by a jury after a six-week trial. Justice Peter Nguyen, who sentenced the trio to life in prison, stated, "Never in Hong Kong in recent years has a court heard of such cruelty, depravity, callousness, brutality, violence and viciousness." [4]

Psychiatric reports described the three, members of a secret triad gang society, as "remorseless". The jury could not rule that the men intended to kill 23-year-old Fan Man-yee, which would have meant a mandatory life sentence, but it was determined she died as a result of their abuse. There will be no review for parole for 20 years.[6]


The publicity around the case resulted in the production and release of films that told the story. Both Human Pork Chop (烹屍之喪盡天良) and There is a Secret in my Soup were released in 2001.

The apartment building in which the crime took place was demolished in September 2012 and has been rebuilt as a hotel in 2016.

The Bones fourth season episode "The Girl in the Mask" is based in this case.


  1. ^ a b " 妙齡女郎慘遭殘酷碎尸 三名疑犯陸續落網". People's Daily. Retrieved on 2008-02-24.
  2. ^ Tiffany Lam, "Haunted Hong Kong: Read if you dare" Archived 3 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine, CNN GO, 25 October 2011
  3. ^ a b "Trio sentenced to life in jail for gruesome killing in H.K." Asian Economic News, 11 December 2000. Retrieved on 2008-02-24. Archived 20 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d Chandler, Clay (9 December 2000). "'Hello Kitty' Murder Case Horrifies Hong Kong". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ Yano, Christina (2013). Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek across the Pacific. Durham: Duke University Press. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-8223-5363-8.
  6. ^ "Life for 'Hello Kitty' Killers". ABC News. Retrieved 1 October 2016.

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