The Nancy Kissel Case - Part 36
Wife of murdered HK banker attempted suicide. August 2, 2005.
- (Associated Press via Globe
and Mail) ‘Milkshake murder' accused tells of abuse.
August 2, 2005.
Standard) Kissel admits affair, attempted suicide. By
Albert Wong. August 3, 2005.
- (SCMP; no link) Kissel tells of
suicide bid and admits affair. By Polly Hui. August 3, 2005.
From the Chinese-language media:
- (The Sun)
For the murder case of Merrilly Lynch Managing Director Robert Kissel, the
defendant Nancy Kissel continued her testimony yesterday. She admitted
that two years ago she had an affair in the United States and had sexual
intercourse with her lover on three occasions. But she believes that
her true home is in Hong Kong and her lover was just a temporary
shelter. She had not thought of getting a divorce.
41-year-old Nancy Kissel said that when SARS broke out in Hong Kong in March
2003, her husband wanted her and the three children to go to Vermont
temporarily. When she tried to find schools for her children there,
she had to endure pressure when people rejected her for being from an
epidemic zone. When her husband came in May, they quarreled
often. Her husband wanted to have oral and anal intercourse with her
again and that made it intolerable for her. Her husband then left in
The defendant's lover was television repairman Michael del Priore.
Michael got acquained with her while installing television cable in her
American house and he took care of all electrical installations at the
house. The two got to know each other and became friendlier.
The defendant recalled at the beginning of July 2003, she decided to get a
tatoo on her shoulder in Michael's company. When they ate together
that night, he mentioned that his mother was often beaten by his alcoholic
father and said that her disconsolate look was just like his mother's.
The defendant felt that she could identify with that. She thought that
Michael was very honest and they became friends. Michael wrote her
often. She and Michael had sexual intercourse on three occasions in
her American home.
The defendant wrote on her diary that Michael offered her unconditional love
and was the person who brought her true happiness. But she also said
that Michael and her American home were only temporary shelters because her
real world is the home that she built with her husband in Hong Kong.
She said that she lived under the shadow of the violence and unreasonable
sexual demands of her husband. When she spoke to her dad on the
telephone, she even had to hide inside the closet to avoid detection.
She said that she was desperate enough to contemplate suicide. Because
her children will find it hard to accept that their mother committed
suicide, she tried to find methods on the Internet for inducing a heart
attack. When she was in the United States, she started the engine in
her car in a suicide attempt, but changed her mind. She also said that
she witnessed her husband apply violence to her daughter, but when she added
drugs in his drink to calm him down, there was no apparent effect.
In further testimony today, the defendant said that in 2003, she and her
three children went to stay in Vermont (USA) to escape the SARS
epidemic. During that period, she became acquainted with Michael del
Priore which the prosecution had identified as her lover. Michael
would often bring his daughter over to play with the children.
Thereafter, they kep contact by phone and letter writing. The
defendant said that although she had sexual intercourse with Michael on
three occasions, she had never wanted to leave her husband. She was in
Vermont only for vacation and get a break away from her husband.
41-year-old Nancy Kissel testified that she only want to repair her
relationship with her husband and never thought about leaving him. In
the past, she would come to Vermont every summer because it was 'safe' and
it offered her 'comfort.'
She continued to say that in 2003, their martial relationship became very
tense and they quarreled almost daily. Robert Kissel would scold the
children over trivia. On one occasion, the 9-year-old elder daughter
refused to eat vegetables and left the table. Robert chased her,
grabbed her and shook her body while she cried in pain. At the time,
Nancy wanted to calm Robert down and put sleeping potion in his whiskey, but
it seemed to have no effect.
Furthermore, according to the prosecution's computer records, the defendant
had searched for "overdose, sleeping pill" on the Internet in
August 2003. The defendant explained that she was in despair about her
marriage and wanted to commit suicide. That was why she looked for
that information on the Internet.
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