The Nancy Kissel Case - Part 37
HK banker's wife says was raped on night of murder. August 3, 2005.
- (Associated Press via Pravda)
American housewife killed husband in Hong Kong. August 3, 2005.
Standard) 'Counseling enraged him, and brought on sex abuse'
By Albert Wong, August 4, 2005.
Standard) Kissel tells murder trial of bloody fight. By
Albert Wong. August 4, 2005.
- (SCMP; no link) Kissel remembers husband hitting her, but then it's all a blank.
By Polly Hui. August 4, 2005.
- (SCMP; no link) Son had shake Kissel allegedly drugged.
By Polly Hui. August 4, 2005.
Kissel Tells Court She Accepts She Killed Husband. By Clare
Cheung. August 4, 2005.
From the Chinese-language media:
Nancy Kissel testified that when problems emerged in her marriage, she had
sought help from a marriage counselor and a psychiatrist. She wanted
to get a divorce but her husband got very angry: "Who you think you are
to ask for a divorce? I'm the one who makes the money. If there
is a divorce, you don't ask for me. I'll ask for it!"
On the day before October 23, she had another argument with her
husband. He beat her and forced her to have sex. She felt very
sad and asked for help from a pedaetrician. Because she often couldn't
sleep out of worry that her husband would mess with her, she asked the
doctor to give her some sleeping pills.
On the morning of the incident (November 2), the whole family went to the
Jewish synagogue. When they got back in the afternoon, she made milk
shake for her husband and her children. After her husband drank the
milkshake, he told her that he is filing for divorce and said that she was
unfit to take care of the children. She said that her husband was
holding a baseball bat in his hand, saying that he was worrried that she
would go crazy and that is why he needed it for self-defense.
The defendant then picked up an ornament and confronted her husband while
waving her finger at him. Her husband grabbed her by both hands,
dragged her into the bedrood and wanted to force her to have anal sex.
The defendant resisted and kicked her husband. Her husband grabbed her
legs to prevent her from leaving. The defendant then grabbed the
ornament once more.
The defendant said: "I hit something at the time. When I turned
around, I saw that my husband was bleeding in the head!"
The husband held his bleeding head and cursed her: "You want to kill
me!" The husband picked up the baseball bat and hit her legs,
knees and belly. The defendant used to the ornament to defend
herself. The husband cursed her: "Bitch! You want to kill
When the defendant presented the above testimonry, her hands and body were
shaking. The judge had to order an adjournment of several minutes to
allow her to calm now. But the defendant said that she has no
recollection about what happened in the bedroom afterwards and the time of
death of her husband. Pieces of memory came back to her after six
The murder trial of former Merrill Lynch managing director Robert Kissel
continued today. The defendant Nancy Kissel testified that she
thought that she had depression prior to the incident and her memory was
also fuzzy around the time of the incident. She only remembered that
on the afternoon of the incident, her husband told her that he had already
filed for divorce. She saw her husband holding a baseball bat, so she
picked up a metallic ornament. They quarreled and then they
fought. But she has no recollection of what happened afterwards.
Two months after the incident, she finally figured out where she was.
Six months afterwards, she finally found out that her husband was dead.
When 41-year-old Nancy Ann Kissel described the fight or looked at the
picture of the baseball bat yesterday, she often paused and stayed silence
with her hands and head shaking. She said that about half a month
before the day of the incident (November 2), she spoke to a doctor to
complain about her husband's unreasonable sexual behavior and
beatings. The doctor believed that she was raped and gave her a
forumla for sleeping pills. Another psychiatrist also gave her
sedatives and sleeping pills.
On the morning of the incident, she went to the synagogue and then came
home. Soon, her husband, her children, a male neighbor and his
daughter came back as well. The children wanted ice cream, so she and
her daughters made milkshake which everybody drank. Afterwards, she
stayed in the kitchen. Then her husband asked her to speak in the
master bed room. He said that he has filed for divorce and asked for
custody of the children. Prior to this, the husband had never
The defendant got very emotional and they quarreled for a while. The
defendant saw that her husband was holding a baseball bat and he said that
he wanted to use the bat for self-defense in case she goes crazy. So
she went into the kitchen and picked up a metallic ornament. Then she
waved her finger in front of her husband's face and then made one
gesture. When the husband saw that gesture, he hit her with his hands
and then forced her to have anal sex with him. The defendant resisted
and they struggled. The defendant saw her husband bleeding in the head
and yelling, "I'm going to kill you!"
But the defendant said that she does not remember what happened after the
fight. She remembered driving the car that night, but she did not
remember to where. Six months later while she was at the Siu Lam Kung
Psychiatric Centre, pieces of memory and images re-surfaced and she found
out that her husband was dead. The hearing continues today.
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