Published by: Dundern
Publication Date: 6th December 2016
A sinister plot by a young woman left her mother dead and her father riddled with bullets.
From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman.
In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high school sweetheart, Daniel. In an attempt to lead the life she dreamed of, she would do almost anything: forge school documents, invent fake late-night jobs, and lie about her whereabouts. For many years she led this double life. But when her father discovered her web of lies, his ultimatum was severe. And so, too, was her revenge: a plan that culminated in cold-blooded murder. And it almost worked, except for one bad shot.
The story of Jennifer Pan is one of all-consuming love and devious betrayal that led to a cold-hearted plan hatched by a group of youths who thought they could pull off the perfect crime.
The book is in four parts. The first park covers the events and police investigation, part two covers the trial – an event the author covered as a court reporter for ten months -, part three covers the background of the case, including ‘tiger parenting’, and the personal histories of the conspirators, especially Jen Pan, and part four covers the psychological causes of the events and the lasting effects of the surviving members of the Pan family.
This book was very comprehensive and thorough in the telling and research. There was some repetition but with each repetition it goes deeper. The psychological analysis from trained professionals, although speculative since Jen Pan has never had an assessment by a mental health professional, gives some insight in to her behaviour, although it makes me uneasy to see the armchair speculation.
If you’re interested in true crime then this is an interesting contemporary case written by someone who saw the trial play out.