Crime: A Survivalist's Death Camp

A Survivalist's Death Camp

To his neighbors, Leonard Lake, a burly, self-described "survivalist," seemed like an ordinary if slightly ornery fellow. But after a chance arrest in San Francisco earlier this month, Lake committed suicide while in police custody. When officers drove to his two-acre mountain retreat 140 miles northeast of San Francisco, they discovered what was in effect a death camp. Searchers unearthed the remnants of at least five charred bodies and carried away 50 bags of chopped-up bones and other evidence. Police believe that Lake and his accomplice, 24-year-old Charles Ng (pronounced Ing), may be responsible for killing at least 25 people.


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