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Wed Oct 2, 2019, 02:32 PM

Man Confesses to Brutal Killings That Terrorized South Korea, Police Say

Man Confesses to Brutal Killings That Terrorized South Korea, Police Say
By Choe Sang-Hun NY Times
Oct. 2, 2019
Updated 4:40 a.m. ET



SEOUL, South Korea — A 56-year-old man has confessed to raping and murdering 14 women more than two decades ago, the South Korean police said on Wednesday, as they closed in on the man that they believe is the culprit in the country’s most infamous serial killings.

Lee Chun-jae emerged as a prime suspect in the killings after the police revealed last month that his DNA matched samples taken from at least four of nine killings that took place in Hwaseong, south of Seoul, between 1986 and 1991.

Mr. Lee has since confessed to investigators that he committed not only all nine murders but also raped and killed five other women in Hwaseong and nearby cities, Ban Gi-soo, a senior police investigator, said during a news conference on Wednesday. Separately, Mr. Lee also confessed to committing 30 rapes or attempted rapes, Mr. Ban said...


...A total of two million police officers were mobilized to hunt for the killer over the years, and more than 21,000 men were interrogated in the case. The killings also inspired the 2003 blockbuster movie “Memories of Murder.”


More: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/world/asia/south-korea-serial-killer.html

Sensational cold case which has returned to the South Korean headlines the last few weeks. Although the SOL has passed the investigation may be able to close soon and the suspect, already in prison for a previous murder conviction will not be paroled.

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