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Hong Kong Court Rejects Appeal of Michigan Native Convicted in ‘Milkshake Murder’

Notorious murderer Nancy Kissel’s final request for an appeal has been rejected by Hong Kong’s highest court, meaning she will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Nancy Kissel, a native of Adrian, MI, is pictured before her 2005 trial in the murder of her wealthy banker husband in Hong Kong. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Nancy Kissel, a native of Adrian, MI, is pictured before her 2005 trial in the murder of her wealthy banker husband in Hong Kong. (Photo: Wikipedia)

A final legal chapter has been written in the saga of “milkshake murderer” Nancy Kissel, the Adrian, MI native who was convicted of sedating and then bashing in her wealthy banker husband’s head in Hong Kong in 2003.

The mother of three admitted to killing Robert Kissel by lacing his milkshake with a sedative and then bludgeoning him a head with an 8-pound lead ornament in their tony, $20,000-a-month apartment overlooking the South China Sea, Bloomberg reports.

The defendant, who turned 50 this month and has served 10 years of a life sentence, argued that the 2011 jury that convicted her in the murder didn’t fully consider her mental state. 

It was her last chance to appeal the conviction, her second in connection with the murder of her husband, an investment banker who amassed a fortune while working for Goldman Sachs and, later, Merrill Lynch.

Hong Kong’s highest court ordered a new trial in 2010 after finding improper questioning and hearsay evidence tainted her original conviction in 2005.

On Thursday, the Court of Final Appeal dismissed Kissel’s application and she will now spend the rest of her life in prison, The Associated Press reports, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.

The sordid story of the unraveling of the expatriate marriage in the southern Chinese financial hub became a worldwide media sensation that only intensified when Robert Kissel’s millionaire real estate developer brother, Andrew, was stabbed to death in 2006 in his Greenwich, CT mansion. Books have been written and a Lifetime Television movie, “The Two Mr. Kissels,” detailed the deaths of the multi-millionaire brothers who had both reportedly married the women of her their dreams.

When he was murdered, Robert Kissel’s estate was valued at $18 million and Nancy Kissel was the sole beneficiary. Prosecutors argued that, along with an alleged extramarital affair, was the motive in the murder, but her defense attorneys argued she was depressed and suffered from battered woman syndrome.

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