Very, very, very disturbing book. Halfway through I was wondering why I was reading about this heinous event(s).
Maybe because I remember it, living in No. Ca as I do.
Hard to believe any human being could do things like these to other humans.
There's no good answer to why this book should be read. Maybe voyeurism? Sick entertainment?
I read it myself and feel hypocritical saying this but maybe there is a good reason to revisit this hell-on-earth series of events in our beloved northern Ca.
If this book doesn't make you sick, there's something wrong with you!
This was a truly disturbing and horrific account of the sociopaths, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, who killed more than 15 people in and around the San Francisco area in 1984 and 1985. I actually lived in the Bay area at that time and I remember well when these crimes were discovered. Lake killed himself with cyanide shortly after being arrested for shoplifting, while Ng managed to escape to Canada. It took years to finally bring Ng back to California to stand trial for his crimes and it was a full 15 years before he was convicted and sentenced to death. He is still awaiting his punishment on death row in San Quentin. Without going into details, I would have to say that these crimes were some of the most brutal and horrific ever. Reading this account was much more disturbing than any horror novel. Not for the squeamish!
It began with a shoplifting arrest. It led to a search of a remote California hamlet called Wilseyville that yielded six bodies, 45 pounds of burned bone fragments, and a child's liver. Then, horror-struck investigators made the most chilling discovery of all: the videotape that showed what Charles Ng and Leonard Lake did to their handcuffed female victims before snuffing them out.
Here is the terrifying story of one of the most notorious serial killer teams in American history -- a pair of maniacs whose orgy of sex crimes, torture, and murder took the lives of at least sixteen victims. From Charles Ng's strange Hong Kong childhood to his twisted friendship with Leonard Lake, DIE FOR ME is the graphic portrait of two monsters who walked among us -- Lake, who took his own life, and Ng, who will die by lethal injection.
I wish they would of talked more about ng they where rather interesting .. if you are interested in serial killers, this is the one group to read about. It was a good book, just wish it went a bit more into their lives.
At least one of these monsters had the decency to kill himself. The other one should have done likewise. Instead he made a mockery of the justice system - exploiting the law and dragging his case on for years, and costing taxpayers millions of dollars. He manipulated the law in much the same way that Bundy did...further proof that our legal system needs to be overhauled.
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This account reads well and provides strong backstory on both Charles Ng and Leonard Lake. I was appalled and horrified at the casual way they viewed other lives. Many true crime books get bogged down in legal minutia; this book tells us the story of the crimes and how the criminals operated. Fascinating.