Friday, March 25, 2022
What happened to Morgan the Kidnapper ( Siang Lim Park Gunfight )?
Many of you who have read my recent previous post titled, " Gunfight at Siang Lim Park August 1965", must have been left wondering what eventually happened to that elusive and most wanted gunman...Morgan Teo aka Morgan the Kidnapper. If you have googled the net about this long-forgotten top criminal you would have been disappointed. There is practically nothing very much out there about him and a few of his infamous brethren in crime...top wanted killers and gunmen such as Oh Kim Kee and Lim Ban Lim.
But much have been reported about their legendary misdeeds mainly in the press of those years.
Unk Dicko is certain he has news clips about some of these chaps...but have not located them yet. The reason I am so certain is I knew I had over the years, collected news reports of major crimes committed and their aftermath.
Nevertheless, the answer to what eventually happened to Morgan the Kidnapper must be told.
My recollection is based entirely on memory of the events as I can recall today. Morgan Teo and his gang had been involved in a string of high profile kidnappings where ransom was paid for the release of those he captured. He was known to skip in and out of Singapore to nearby Indonesia.
He was considered very dangerous. Besides the guns he always carried with him, he was also known to have quite an arsenal or cache of smuggled arms and weapons, such as hand grenades.
That day in Siang Lim Park, he threw 2 of these grenades at the police ambush party.
After fatally shooting Inspector Allan Lim of the CID, he eluded capture and made his escape by climbing into the ceiling of the next terrace house.
The next 2 houses the occupants have been earlier asked by the Police to leave their homes.
Whenever a police officer has been killed by a criminal, a no-holds barred response from the police is expected.
Morgan has to be captured dead or alive!
The police teams went into an overdrive mode in an all out attempt to pin-point his whereabouts.
By making the fatal mistake of shooting dead a Singapore Police Officer, Morgan had in a way, signed his own death warrant. The heat was on!
It wasn't very long before the police confirmed his whereabouts.
He was in the ceiling at the 3rd house. The police knew precisely where he was.
They also knew from past experience he was likely heavily armed with several guns and even grenades.
Police took no chances.
The located house was surrounded from front and back.
Police using a loud hailer called for him to throw down his weapons and surrender.
Morgan responded by firing his guns.
Earlier, his henchman and a woman have already surrendered to the Police.
To end the stalemate, the Police attack team launched a front and back attack with grenades
and guns blazing away.
The house soon caught fire.
When the fire was put out by firemen they found his body on the ground ...burnt.
Around his neck there was a gold chain with his name " Morgan " inscribed.
In later years more details of the heroic action of the Police officers involved in this
shoot out were published.
I have met personally with some of them including the late CID detective Lionel de' Souza
who related details of his involvement that day.
I am a living eye-witness of that gun battle in Aug 1965.