Hwaseong serial murders
The Hwaseong serial murders (Hangul: 화성 연쇄 살인 사건; Hanja: 華城連鎖殺人事件; RR: hwaseong yeonswae sarin sageon) are an unsolved serial murder case that occurred in the South Korean city of Hwaseong between September 15, 1986 and April 3, 1991. In each case, a woman or girl was found bound and murdered. The murders are considered to be the most infamous in the modern history of South Korea and have been compared to those of the Zodiac Killer.
The women, ages ranging from fourteen to seventy-one, were each found gagged and murdered over a four-year and seven-month period in the rural city of Hwaseong in Gyeonggi Province. Each woman was strangled to death with her own clothes. The evidence compiled from forensics pointed to a man in his 20s, about 165 to 170 cm tall, with blood type B.
The case is infamous within Korea for being the first truly identifiable string of murders with a modus operandi. Police officers involved spent two million man-days on the case. The total number of suspects also grew to enormous numbers, eventually ending with a total count of 21,280 individuals.
Until it was lifted in July, 2015 by the National Assembly, the statute of limitations for murder in Korea was fifteen years. The statute for the killings had expired in April 2, 2006,. However, police records were still kept due to the significance of the case. With the statute's lifting, cold cases have been re-visited.
In 2004, a female college student was murdered, sparking new interest in the Hwaseong serial murders, though the case also remains unsolved.
|1||September 15, 1986||Hwaseong, Annyeong-ri (Now called Hwasan-dong) pastures||Lee Wan-im (71 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on September 15, 2001, at 12 am.|
|2||October 20, 1986||Hwaseong, Jinan-ri (Now called Jinan-dong) canal||Park Hyun-sook (25 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on October 19, 2001, at 12 am.|
|3||December 12, 1986||Hwaseong, Annyeong-ri (Now called Hwasan-dong) embankment||Kwon Jung-bon (25 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on December 11, 2001, at 12 am.|
|4||December 14, 1986||Jeongnam-myeon, Gwanhang-ri canal||Lee Kye-sook (23 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on December 13, 2001, at 12 am.|
|5||January 10, 1987||Hwaseong, Hwanggye-ri (Now called Hwasan-dong) rice paddy||Hong Jin-young (19 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on January 9, 2002, at 12 am.|
|6||May 2, 1987||Hwaseong, Jinan-ri (Now called Jinan-dong) hill||Park Eun-joo (29 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on May 1, 2002, at 12 am.|
|7||September 7, 1988||Paltan-myeon, Gajae-ri canal||Ahn Gi-soon (54 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on September 6, 2003, at 12 am.|
|8||September 16, 1988||Hwaseong, Jinan-ri (Now called Jinan-dong) house||Park Sang-hee (14 years old)||On July 27, 1989, Yoon-mo (22 years old) was arrested.|
|9||November 15, 1990||Hwaseong, Byeongjeom-dong (Now called Byeongjeom 1(il)-dong) hill||Kim Mi-jung (14 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on November 14, 2005, at 12 am.|
|10||April 3, 1991||Dongtan-myeon, Bansong-ri (Now called Dongtan 1-dong) hill||Kwon Soon-sang (69 years old)||Statute of limitations expired on April 2, 2006, at 12 am.|
- Memories of Murder (2003)
- Confession of Murder (2012)
- Gap-dong (2014)
- Signal (2016)
- Tunnel (2017)
- Criminal Minds
- Signal (2018)
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