‘Milkshake murderer’ who killed husband fights for early release
The American woman serving a life sentence in a Hong Kong prison for the brutal murder of her banker husband is fighting for an early release.
Nancy Kissel, 53, has been in jail for over a decade after being found guilty for the 2003 murder of her husband, Robert Kissel.
Kissel, known as the “milkshake murderer,” laced a strawberry shake with a cocktail of sedatives and had their 6-year-old daughter give it to Robert.
When it had taken effect and the kids had left the residence, Kissel clubbed the Merrill Lynch banker to death with a lead ornament in their Tai Tam home.
She was first found guilty of murder in 2005 and sentenced to life behind bars. The case was overturned on appeal and Kissel was found guilty a second time during a retrial in 2011.
Court records in Hong Kong reveal that Kissel filed a judicial review on Friday against the Long-Term Prison Sentences Review Board saying it was unfair that she hasn’t been informed of when she could be possibly be up for early release, the South China Morning Post reports.
Her lawyer said it was “unfair, irrational and inhumane” that his client be kept in the dark.
“It’s right that the person bringing this [judicial review] is Nancy Kissel,” her counsel Edward Fitzgerald QC told the Morning Post. “But the point that’s being raised is in everyone’s benefit.”
Last year, Kissel’s application for conditional release or a fixed sentence was denied by the board. She is currently appealing that decision.
The Michigan-born mother of three has said that she was acting in self-defense the day she killed Robert.
Kissel accused her husband of being physically and sexually abusive.
Prosecutors, however, said Kissel was having an affair and stood to gain $18 million from her husband’s death.
Following the murder, prosecutors said she wrapped Robert’s body in a carpet and placed plastic over his head. She left the body in the home for days before hiring workers to remove it.
She’s currently being held at the high-security Tai Lam Centre for Women.