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Man Charged in California Murders Confesses He Helped Bury Victim

October 28, 1988

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ A former U.S. Marine charged in a California murder spree confessed to helping dispose of a victim’s body, court documents show.

Charles Ng’s confession was reported in documents entered at an extradition hearing Thursday. The provincial court hearing will determine if there is enough evidence for authorities to extradite Ng to California.

Ng, 27, is accused in the slayings of 12 people between June 1984 and January 1985. Most of the charges involve sex-torture killings at a rural cabin in Calaveras County east of San Francisco.

San Francisco police detective Edward Erdelatz said in an affidavit that he interviewed Ng in Canada about the murder of one of the victims, Paul Cosner, a San Francisco car salesman.

After he was advised of his rights, Ng said he had a meeting in Cosner’s car with Leonard Lake, who was also suspected in the slayings, Erdelatz said in a sworn statement.

″Ng stated that Lake said he (Lake) had just shot Cosner, whose body was in the car,″ Erdelatz said. ″Ng stated he then helped Lake dispose of Cosner’s body.″

Lake killed himself in custody in 1985.

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