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Hwaseong murders: Killer raped, murdered 14 women for ‘curiosity’

S Korea’s serial killer surprised why he wasn’t caught sooner!

 Feature Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:43 PM, 3 November 2020   Updated: 04:50 PM, 3 November 2020

Lee Chun-jae, who confessed last year to the Hwaseong murders; Photo: Korea Times

Lee Chun-jae, who confessed last year to the Hwaseong murders; Photo: Korea Times

South Korea’s most notorious serial killer has been around for 30 years, raping and killing one woman after another. He has spent years with dust in the eyes of the police and detectives. He has also faced police interrogation many times. However, the police could not catch him as a criminal due to his “cunning strategy”. 

Lee Choon-jae killed 14 women and teenagers in South Korea 30 years ago today. He was arrested last Monday for this gruesome serial murder. 

But what he said after the arrest surprised the world! After the arrest, he said, “I am surprised to see that I have not been arrested so far!”

Lee Chun-jae could not be charged with the Hwaseong murders due to the statute of limitations expired in 2006. Photo: Handout

Lee confessed to the crime a year ago, but this is the first time Lee has spoken out in public about the murder. “I knew this crime would not be suppressed for the rest of my life,” Lee told a court in Suwon-si, South Korea, on Monday.

In 1988, a man named Yoon was convicted for raping and killing a 13-year-old girl. He was proved innocent in 2008 after serving a false 20 years in prison and was released. 12 years later, in 2020, the main culprit, Lee, was arrested by the police.

Lee Choon-jae killed 10 women and four teenagers from 1986 to 1991 in the Hwaseong area of ​​the country. According to the name of the place, this gruesome serial murder is called “Hwaseong Murder”. He even killed his sister-in-law in 1994.

Lee Chun-jae raped and killed women and left their bodies in different places

Though Yoon was arrested for one murder, the other nine murders remained unresolved for a long time. 

Oscar-winning filmmaker Bong Joon-ho made a film in 2003 titled ‘Memories of Murder’ based on these murder cases.  

The results of several DNA tests performed at the scene of the murder matched with Lee. These results came into the hands of the police last year. Yoon had been claiming his innocence for 20 years, as a result, he was allowed to resume the legal process after DNA tests found Lee’s involvement.

Police found the bodies in different places but could not catch the culprit

Lee Choon-jae was produced before the court on Monday as part of the process. There he said, “I still don’t understand why the police took so long to arrest me. I made no attempt to hide the evidence at the time of the killings.”

“I even had the watch of one of the victims in my wrist when I was interrogated. But I was released. I have encountered numerous police forces and detectives. But they all left me asking about the people around me.” 

Lee showed no emotion or remorse when describing the murder of a 13-year-old girl. “I did it out of curiosity,” he said in a very fluent voice in court.

The Hwaseong murders became South Korea’s most notorious cold case, remaining unsolved for nearly 30 years. Photo: Handout

“I’ve heard many people have been wrongfully convicted and tortured for these killings,” Lee said, adding: “I apologize to them. Today in court I am confessing my guilt so that the relatives of the slain and the innocent may know the truth and find at least some peace. I will regret those crimes for the rest of my life.”