Driven To Kill By Hatred For Women
SOUTH Korean police last night
said they had arrested a 34-year-old
man suspected of killing at least 19
people in what could be the country's
biggest case of serial murder.
Seoul police chief Huh Joon-young
said initial investigations had implicated the suspect in 15 cases of murder
committed in less than a year. The
victims were mainly women, but also
included elderly people from rich districts of the capital.
He said the suspect, Yoo Young-chul, had confessed to the crime spree,
which had apparently been motivated
by a hatred for women and the rich.
"Yoo felt hatred towards women after
getting divorced and also believed
poverty was the reason for his difficulties," Mr Huh said.
South Korea has a relatively low
crime rate. Five women died in the last
known serial murder case in April 2002,
the Yonhap news agency said. Yoo,
released from prison last September
after serving time for robbery and rape,
is suspected of killing an elderly college professor and his wife in an
affluent Seoul district in the same month.
The suspect is believed to have then
shifted focus to target masseuses after
breaking up with a girlfriend early this
year, police said.
Police arrested Yoo early on Thursday during a search for a missing
masseuse. He later escaped but was
re-arrested on Friday, Yonhap said. He
is the father of an 11-year-old boy.
Investigators unearthed the bodies
of 11 women buried in shallow graves
near a temple in northern Seoul.
Yonhap said each of the women's
bodies had been cut up into more than
a dozen pieces, while the elderly victims had been found in their homes,
beaten to death with a hammer.
Adelaide Advertiser (19-7-2004)