Jennifer Pan had a perfect plan to kill her parents. She hired three men to do the job. When everything went according to plan, her parents were taken down to the basement and shot. Her mother died and her father was placed in an induced state.
She was happy, no one knew her. She was finally free of her strict parents. But her plan was cut short when her father returned from an artificially induced coma.
HERI HANN PAN AND BICH HA PAN
The Pans were the epitome of an immigrant success story, Huei Hann Pan and his wife Bich Han Pan fled Vietnam in 1979 to lead a better life. Hann worked as a tool and diemaker, and his wife worked in the same factory making auto parts.
Hann, like any father, wanted his children to be more successful than him. Hann and his wife worked hard to get their money so that their children could have the education and opportunities they did not get. The Pan children were nearly perfect. Felix Pan studied mechanical engineering at an acclaimed university and Hann wanted his son, to design cars, not assemble them like his parents.
Jennifer’s parents set many goals for her and had extremely high expectations. Jennifer received piano lessons at the age of four and also lessons in figure skating, where she trained most days of the week. For her parents, their daughter was an Olympic-caliber figure skater, an award-winning pianist, and a straight-A student. Hann wanted Jennifer to become a doctor, but he himself said that she did not have the stomach for it and therefore he choose pharmacy as her career option. In 2004, the family was financially stable enough to buy a “large” house with a two-car garage on a residential street in Markham, a city with a large Asian population. Hann drove a Mercedes Benz C Class W203 and Bich drove a Lexus ES 300, they amassed $200,000 in savings, the Pans led a very disciplined and frugal life in a beautiful house and drove two luxury cars
Jennifer Pan’s Fabricated Story
On the night of the crime, a surveillance camera caught three gunmen outside the Pan house.
JENNIFER PAN DURING INTERROGATION.
Jennifer said that the attackers had entered the house and one of them had tied Jennifer’s hand with a shoelace on her back and tied her to a railing on the second floor. Hann and Bich were then taken to the basement and the last thing she heard were gunshots.
Call to 9-1-1
Jennifer then called 911 and told the operator that she was upstairs handcuffed and she heard gunshots.
Operator: What’s your name?
Jennifer: My name is Jennifer.
Operator: Someone broke in?
Jennifer: Someone broke in and I heard shots like pop. I don’t know what’s happening. I’m tied upstairs.
Operator: Did it sound like gunshots?
Jennifer: I don’t know what gunshots sound like. I just heard a pop.
(Hann Pan screaming)
Jennifer: I’m okay! My Dad just went outside screaming.
Operator: Do you think your mom is downstairs too?
Jennifer: I don’t hear her anymore.
Jennifer: Please Hurry. I don’t know what’s happening.
Operator: Ma’am, Ma’am, Ma’am
Jennifer: I don’t know where my parents are.
According to Jennifer, Hann Pan somehow survived and she heard screams from a distance during the 9-1-1 call. After help arrived, Hann was taken to the hospital, where he was placed in a coma, but Bich was not so lucky, she died in the basement. Bich was shot multiple times in the back and finally the fatal shot in the back of the head. When the police arrived, they found Jennifer tied up, exactly as she had described on call.
For the rest of the world, Jennifer was a grieving daughter – the survivor of a terrible invasion in which her mother died and her father Hann Pan fought for his life in a coma, but Jennifer’s story backfired.
Why did Jennifer’s story backfire?
Jennifer said she was handcuffed to the railings on the second floor. Officers working at the scene found it hard to believe that she had managed to call 9-1-1 even though she was handcuffed.
Jennifer Pan demonstrating how her hands were tied up behind her back.Jennifer Pan demonstrating how she called 911 when she was tied up.The fact that the killers left Jennifer unscathed also raised many eyebrows: Why would anyone leave an eyewitness behind? Officers found it hard to believe when Jennifer said on the call that her father had left the house screaming, according to officials, that a father would look for his child in such situations. The police were not convinced of her story and began to keep an eye on her. Jennifer did not shed any tears, and the crying did not seem genuine at all, even at her mother’s funeral.
Hann Pan Came Out Of Coma
What really happened that night was only known to the people in the house, and until now the police had only Jennifer’s word for it – but when Hann Pan came out of the coma, everything changed. Some believe it is a miracle that Hann survived after he was shot in the face at close range. Fortunately, Hann remembered every detail about what happened in his house, the night he nearly died and his wife Bich was murdered. Hann described the incident differently from what his daughter had described. It was not the first time Jennifer was implicated in a lie.
Jennifer Pan’s Life of Lies
Almost everything her parents knew about her was a lie, Jennifer wasn’t anything close to the innocent A-Grade, the piano-playing daughter she pretended to be. Jennifer started lying when she was a little child, she blamed a lot of her behavior on “Tiger Parenting,” because since Hann Pan always put education above everything, it got so bad for her that she made up lies to believe she was the daughter she wanted to be. The Pans picked up Jennifer when her classes ended each day and closely monitored her extracurricular activities. Jennifer was never allowed to date boys during her high school years or attend high school dances or proms for fear that these activities would distract her from academic commitments. Jennifer and her friends considered her upbringing restrictive and highly oppressive.
Jennifer started a double life. She began to make cards using a photocopier even though she didn’t finish school. A letter was written to express her appreciation for the elite pharmacy school her father had chosen for her. Jennifer was unable to pass her math class in high school and Ryerson University refused her admission. Jennifer couldn’t bear to be seen as a failure. She started lying to her family, pretending that she was going to university. Instead, she worked as a waitress, taught piano, and sat in cafes. To make ends meet, she claimed that she had received scholarships. She also claimed that she was offered a pharmacology program at the University of Toronto.
She even bought second-hand textbooks and watched pharmacology videos to create notebooks full of alleged class notes that she could show to her parents. Jennifer also asked her parents for permission to stay with a friend near campus all week. However, she stayed with his boyfriend Daniel Chi-Kwong Wong, her high school sweetheart whom her parents knew nothing about.
Pan claimed she was a graduate of the University of Toronto and that she had been a volunteer at The Hospital for Sick Children. Hann and Bich weren’t convinced because she didn’t have a hospital ID. Bich went with her to work one time and quickly found out her deceit. Hann was shocked to discover her daughter’s lies and wanted to kick Jennifer from the house. But Bich convinced him to let her stay. Hann offered Jennifer an ultimatum: go back to school, finish high school, and never see Daniel again. Or wait until I die to see him.
Jennifer and Wong’s Crazy Relationship
Daniel Chi-Kwong Wong was her high school sweetheart that her parents didn’t know about. Jennifer was 24 years old when Wong grew tired of trying to have a relationship with her because she was constrained by her parents. She lived at home and only met him secretly. When Jennifer found out about it, Wong started dating another woman, she made up a story. She told Wong that a man had broken into her house who had shown a police badge. She added that several men had stormed in and raped her, and after all this, she insisted that a bullet had been sent to her that Wong had said had been sent by his new girlfriend.
The “Almost” Perfect Home Invasion Plan
Text messages recovered from Jennifer’s phone revealed that Daniel had put Jennifer in touch with the well-known hitman, whom he had met through his drug dealings. One of the text messages from the conversation Jennifer said: “I did everything for you”
THE GUNMAN THAT DANIEL AND PAN HIRED TO KILL HER PARENTS
According to police, Jennifer and Daniel had a plan to hire a professional thug for $10,000 to kill her parents, eventually, she would inherit $500,000. Daniel gave Jennifer a SIM card and an iPhone so she could contact the thug. On November 8th, 2010, Pan signaled to them that she had unlocked the door by turning her bedroom light on and off several times when she went to bed. She also spoke to one of the men, Mylvaganam. Shortly after, Mylvaganam and two other people entered the house through the unlocked front door. They demanded all the money in the house and ransacked the master bedroom, taking Bich and Hann to the basement, where they shot them several times. Bich was killed on the spot, but Hann survived. After Hann recovered from the artificial coma, he said he remembered everything, he saw his daughter coming down the stairs and was handcuffed, she spoke kindly to one of them
Investigation and Arrests
Jennifer was interviewed the night after the murder and arrested on November 22, 2010, during her third interview at Markham Police Station. During that interview, she admitted to having hired killers but stated that she had hired them to kill her. Jennifer, Daniel, and the hitmen were arrested.
Trial Of Jennifer Pan
The trial of Jennifer Pan and her accomplices began on 19 March 2014, in Newmarket and lasted ten months. All pleaded not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to murder. Police had several pieces of evidence, including a comprehensive tracking of mobile device movements and text message traffic, including more than 100 messages sent between Pan and Wong in the six hours before the killing. During interrogation, Pan and her friend Daniel told a different story, the irregularity being that Pan was not attacked, blindfolded, taken to the basement, or shot, leaving an eyewitness to the attack. Jennifer, Daniel Wong, Mylvaganam, and Crawford were all convicted on December 13, 2014, and each received a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. Before Jennifer was carried off to prison her father addressed her saying “I hope my daughter Jennifer thinks about what happened to her family can become an honest person.”
Jennifer Pan Now
As of 2016, Jennifer Pan was serving her sentence at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario. She is also prohibited from contacting Wong.