South koreaIn autumn 1988, a 13-year-old girl was raped and murdered in her home bed in Hwaseong.
Crime will cause tremors elsewhere. But in Hwaseong, then the rural area near Seoul, such murders occur frequently. She was the eighth female victim to be killed here for two years.
The police took Yoon into a small room at the local police station, interrogated him for three days on rape, and killed a 13-year-old woman. Finally, Yoon got guilty.
According to the confession before the police, Yoon walks on the night of the crime. He stopped a few times to rest, the childhood polio caused Yoon to limp and be exempt from military service. Around midnight, Yoon sees a light house and suddenly feels “forced to rape”. Yoon climbed into the house and attacked the girl, despite knowing her parents slept in the next room. Then he burned his clothes and got home.
Yoon was convicted of rape and murdered her 13-year-old child and was sentenced to prison in 1990 but was reduced after the appeal. Yoon was released after 20 years. But Yoon says he’s not a man.
Before 1986, Hwaseong was a peaceful place. About 226,000 people live in villages between hills and Rice fields. Taean-eup, where Yoon lives, is bustling in 1980 with pubs and cafés where people gather to chat.
All people in Taean-eup know each other, Hong Seong-Jae, the owner of the agricultural machines Yoon worked, said. Before the network case occurs, only a few theft is documented.
But it all changed in 1986. 9 years later, a woman was murdered, becoming the first victim in the murder chain known as the Hwaseong series of convictions. By 1991, 10 women and girls were sexually assaulted and killed in Hwaseong, including a 13-year-old girl. The last two missions take place after Yoon is arrested. The victims include housewives, schoolgirls and a department store worker, according to Detective Ha Seung-Gyun, one of the leading investigators.
The youngest victim is the young woman, the oldest 71 years old. As the murders repeatedly ensued, the people of Hwaseong were increasingly scared. The people formed Street patrol teams at night. Women avoid going out when it’s dark.
“There was no street light and a very dark sky”, the woman they Park 55 years old, worked in a factory in Hwaseong in the 1980 years, said. “I moved by bus and if I met men, I would be frightened. I was advised not to wear red clothes and not to out when it was dark. There are rumors that are aimed at people wearing red “.
Hong said the men were afraid of being interrogating by the police. “We are afraid of being mistaken as criminals, so we do not go to drink alcohol. Even if we do nothing, things can get out of control. “
When the first victim was murdered, the investigation was held by the local police. But after three convictions that occurred within three months, investigators from the neighboring city were given the thing to help. “After the murder of the third, police found that this was a serious case. News media and local people panicked, “Ha said.
The police are sure that they are tracing a serial killer, but they have very little clues. When there is no surveillance camera or phone tracking, DNA evidence is not yet common. The police should rely on other, more creative measures to catch the killer.
The first 5 murders occurring within 6 km in Hwaseong so the police split into two nests, supervising every 100 m. But this measure does not work: The next murder occurs at the place where the police are not present.
The police ladies dressed in red to seduce the killer into traps, others would also ask for comments from a “fellow”, who advised them to find the man who lost a finger. Some have even madeSpiritual rituals.
But the murders continue to occur. “As we look at the victim’s body, we cannot conceal the feeling of imcompetence, wrath”, Ha, currently 70 years old, said.
Yoon is the only one convicted of 10 murders. Police said he was not a serial killer but had already imitated the original assassin. All other victims were murdered outside, only the 13-year-old girl was killed in the house. The remaining nine had no explanation.
For years, it seems that one of the most notorious Korean serial killers would never be found. In 2003, film director “Parasite” Bong Joon Ho launched the film “Memories of Murder” based on the details of the murder series. A few years later, when the time to retrieve the murder was finally over, even if the murderer was found, he was not trial.
But the murders still haunts Hwaseong, although the village is now merged into a small city. The police also did not abandon search.
May 9/2019, Ban Gi-So, of Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police force, give a message of concussion. May 7/2019, police send evidence of retained for 30 years to the National Forensic Authority (NFS) for DNA testing. DNA evidence from at least three murders matched to Lee Chun-Jae, who was working on a prison sentence for rape and killing the bride in 1994.
A month later, Lee admitted to the execution of all 10 killings in Hwaseong and four other services that the police did not provide information. Lee gave the confession of detail and also redrawn the crime position.
This is the major breakthrough of one of the most infamous Korean mass murders. But it also makes the officials fall into a difficult process. If Lee killed all 10 people, including the 13-year-old girl, Yoon, currently 50 years old, had to sit in prison for 20 years.
Lee’s confession is not enough to erase the guilt for Yoon. Before the law, Yoon was still the convicted murderer.
Yoon is working at a leather processing plant in North Chungcheong province, a few hours away from Seoul. Outwardly, he was a cheerful and harmonious person. But Yoon’s life is rife with difficulties.
Early childhood, Yoon family moved regularly. When Yoon attended the third grade, his mother died in a car accident. Then his father left and Yoon had to quit school. Yoon to Hwaseong, begging outside a fried chicken restaurant for a year. At the age of 11, Yoon began working at an Agricultural instrument production center, and by the age of 22, Yoon was trained as a mechanic.
Yoon addicted to heavy tobacco and has never dated. Yoon told the police in confession: “I haven’t even tried talking to the girls because I think nobody likes a person with a disability like me.”
Yoon told him that after being taken away by the police, he was handcuffed in a three day interrogators, eating very little and was allowed to leave the room for cleaning. The police don’t give you sleep.
“Three days that like nightmares,” he said. “When you do not sleep for three days, you no longer know what you said. You don’t remember what you did. Can’t think of the introspection, “Yoon said. “You were swept by police questions.”
Now, Yoon thinks she has been abused., but at the time, Yoon did not know anything about the law, he had not yet studied elementary school. Yoon signed three confession and admitted murder behavior at the trial hoping to avoid the death penalty. He sits prisoner for 20 years.
Last 12 months, Gyeonggi-do police opened the investigation 7 police and a prosecutor who worked in the initial investigation, including consideration of allegations of abuse. The results of the investigation have not been published.
In fact, Yoon’s experience is not entirely unusual. In the years 1980, it was not for the suspect that sleep was often used by the police to take the confession at the time, according to Lee Soo-Jung, professor of forensic psychology at Kyonggi University. “At that time, it was possible to condemn only to confession without evidence”.
Not only Yoon accused police torture. Kim Chil-Joon, the attorney of the other suspect in the Hwaseong series, said that many people were abused during the investigation.
Kim, one of his forciers, allegedly caused the fourth and fifth murder after a grandmother in the United States itI saw him this in the dream. Kim was tortured for interrogators. In 1995, he sued for successful compensation. But in 1997, a suicide after long periods of depression and subsequent stress disorder (PTSD).
Last year, Ban Gi-Soo said the officer was investigating whether the police abused the suspect in the course of the initial investigation, reexamining allegations that a man was “in a water” (flushed in the face, asphyxiation and inhalation of water into the lungs) by spicy seafood soup. But these cops may not be accused, since the time of the prosecution has expired for those allegations.
Yoon is determined to remove his sentence, the reevaluation session will begin this week. This is a rare event in South Korea. Very few cases of re-acceptance in Korea are accepted and the officials often require new evidence, according to the attorney Heo Yoon, specializing in legal advice on the re-assessment.
Lee Chun-Jae’s confession will be very important. Lee will be a witness in court. It is highly likely that Yoon will be cleared sentence. At the trial prior to the re-recovery of February, the presiding judge apologized for Yoon to be wrongly convicted.
However, there are still problems with Yoon’s case. Although Lee’s DNA matched some murders, police did not publish any DNA evidence to connect Lee to her 13-year-old. In addition, male genital hair is found in the field that matches 40% with Yoon, according to the 1989 report of an NFS specialist.
Those hairs have not yet been DNA tested and even if they match Yoon, his attorney thinks Yoon’s form may have been confused with evidence taken from the life sentence field. The Court has requested NFS as a DNA test.
The process of reevaluation takes place over several months. If Yoon was concluded without guilt, he could claim.
Yoon says that nothing can compensate for 20 years of life lost in prison. Although he had been imprisoned for 10 years, the world changed so much that he wanted to return to prison at first. “I took three new years of adaptation,” Yoon said. “Life in prison is not the same with the new world that I face.”
Yoon knew Lee would not be tried for crimes, as did the police he accused of torture him, for so many years have passed since the night he was not sleeping at the interrogation room.
He only wanted to live the rest of his life as a innocent man. “I want to erase the wrong judgment, I want to regain honor,” he said.
Phuong VU (According to Cnn)