Jennifer Pan planned the perfect home invasion to murder her parents she hired three men for the job, everything was going according to her plan, her parents were taken to the basement and shot, resulting in her mother’s death and father being in an induced coma. She was free, no one suspected her, she was finally free from her restrictive parents – but her plan was cut short after her father returned from an artificial coma, or it didn’t ‘pan’ out.
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.
Like any father, Hann was keen for his children to be better off than him, and the couple worked hard for their money to ensure their children had the education and opportunities they missed out on. Pan children were almost perfect, Felix Pan studied mechanical engineering at a prestigious university, and Hann wanted his son to design cars – and not to 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 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.
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 closed to the innocent A-Grade, 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 began to lead a double life of deception, she began to produce cards with a photocopier, even though she did not finish school. She wrote a letter of appreciation to an elite pharmacy school, the career her father chose for her.
Jennifer failed in her final year of high school in the math class, Ryerson University revoked her early admission because Jennifer could not bear to be perceived as a failure. She began lying to her family and pretending to attend university.
Instead, she sat in cafes, taught piano, and worked in a restaurant to make money to sustain the farce, she told her parents that she had received scholarships, even claiming that she had accepted an offer for the 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.
While pretending to graduate from the University of Toronto, Pan told her parents that she had worked as a volunteer at the Hospital for Sick Children. Hann and Bich were not convinced as she did not have a hospital ID or uniform. Bich followed her daughter to work once and quickly discovered her deception.
Hann was shocked when she discovered her daughter’s lying life and wanted to kick Jennifer out of the house but Bich persuaded him to allow her to stay. Hann gave Jennifer an ultimatum – go back to school and finish high school and not see Daniel again or wait until I’m dead 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”
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.