Michael Lane, Motivational Speaker, Killed Meditating Woman with Frying Pan, Say Las Vegas Cops

(CBS/Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.)
LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) Michael Lane, a British motivational speaker and "spiritual healer" told police he wanted to help 44-year-old Ginger Candela achieve a deeper state of medication. Then he hit her with a frying pan and killed her, say Las Vegas police.

Photo: British motivational speaker Michael Lane.

Lane told investigators that he and Candela were in her bedroom when he compressed her carotid arteries to help her achieve a deeper state of meditation, an arrest report released Monday says.

Police say Lane told them he then decided to kill her, striking her with a frying pan and using an electrical cord to strangle her.

Photo: Ginger Candela's home, where her body was found.

On November 30, police detectives got a missing person report on Candela and went to her home.

The house was in disarray and evidence led detectives to call homicide Lt. Lew Roberts, according to CBS affiliate KLAS.


"She was found in the garage. She was found in a trashcan - a rather large trash can - deceased. Obviously a homicide," Roberts said. Bleach was poured into the trashcan to mask the smell.

Lane, a British citizen, was arrested Dec. 3.

He faces charges of murder and robbery with a deadly weapon, as well as another charge for one count of grand larceny auto.

Las Vegas police said Tuesday that they tracked Lane, who also goes by the name "Chae Saville," to a motel in Ventura, Calif. after he fled Nevada.

Detectives say Lane has been involved with "spiritual healing" for quite some time and may have befriended women to defraud them.

He is being held without bail.

Candela's friends and neighbors say she survived a bad marriage and "turned her life to helping battered women through her church," according to KLAS.

December 10, 2009 - Michael Lane, British Motivational Speaker, Arrested in Las Vegas for Ginger Candela's Murder