Hung Tiem Pham - Massachusetts - 1991 Jun 12, 2016 16:43:51 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Jun 12, 2016 16:43:51 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Boston Police Department archived website)
In the 1980s, Hung Tiem Pham was a rising figure in the criminal underworld of Boston's Chinatown neighbourhood, a district ran by the infamous Stephen Tse. Hung was involved in the illegal gambling, prostitution and narcotics businesses. On January 12, 1991, Boston authorities say that Hung along with Nam The Tham and Siny Van Tram went down to one of Chinatown's gambling parlors. They announced that they were robbing the patrons before shooting six of the seven men, killing five of those they struck with their ammunition. The three killers then fled Boston and went overseas to Eastern Asia were they spent most of the 1990s as fugitives. In 1998, Nam and Siny were both arrested in China and extradited to Hong Kong which were then able to extradite the two to the United States. Both of the two were convicted of the massacre that could have resulted in up to seven deaths.
As for the motive, two possibilities exist. The first was a reported previous altercation between the killers and one of their victims right outside a strip club the previous night. The second was that one of the other victims had gang affiliations out of California and there was a push to merge the National US Asian Gangs into one mafia family, which would have put Stephen Tse out ruling the Chinatown underworld. Tse was eventually convicted of organized crime charges. The extraditions of Nam and Siny took a lot of diplomatic efforts between the US and China. Usually China does not extradite fugitives to the United States, but Hong Kong does have an existing treaty, which is why China sent the two to Hong Kong first.
As for Hung Tiem Pham, he is seemingly still at large as of this posting date. (6/12/2016).
Thoughts? According to a 2006 report, Hung, Nam and Siny were aired in the Spring of 1991 on America's Most Wanted. I am not aware if they were aired after that in the 1990s. The various North American mafias were a major influence in organized crime during the 80s/early 90s and even though we don't hear much about them anymore, we should remember the numerous people they killed and how many of those murders are unresolved.
As for where Hung could be to this day, he probably split up from his accomplices right after the murders. He may not be in China necessarily but elsewhere in Eastern Asia, still involved with organized crime that descends from the 1700s. If he is still alive then Hung needs his photo back in the public eye through this thread and somehow, he finally needs to be caught.
Based on wanted location, our advice for anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hung Tiem Pham is to contact Boston Crime Stoppers at 800-494-8477.
ADMIN UPDATE: In January 2021, Pham was added to the FBI.Gov website as an overall most wanted fugitive. The FBI.gov wanted poster advises if you have any information concerning him, please contact the FBI's Toll-Free Tipline at the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
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