Murder suspect admits he is misogynist
The man held on charges of murdering a 23-year-old woman told the police that the crime was motivated by his hatred for women.
The man is suspected of killing the victim, with whom he had no prior contact, in Gangnam on Tuesday night.
The suspect has since told the police that he committed the crime because he “hated women for belittling him.”
Seoul Seocho police said the victim had been drinking at a bar on the first floor of a four-story building located between Gangnam Subway Station (line No. 2) and Sinnonhyeon Subway Station (line No. 9). She was killed in the bathroom halfway up the staircase from the restaurant leading to a karaoke on the second floor.
The victim’s boyfriend discovered her bloodied body collapsed on the bathroom floor. She had been stabbed three to four times on the left side of her chest.
Based on the surveillance video, the police arrested a 34-year-old man surnamed Kim who worked as a part-time waiter at a nearby restaurant.
Kim was recorded entering the bathroom before the victim and nonchalantly leaving.
The police caught Kim as he turned up at the restaurant he works in, wearing the same clothes from the night before and with a 32.5 centimeter-length knife inside his pants pocket. The weapon was from the restaurant kitchen.
Kim admitted his crime and told the police that he did not personally know the victim but that he hated women for ignoring him. He said he took out the knife with malicious intentions.
The police are investigating whether he intended to sexually assault her.source( Read more...Collapse )OP Note: There aren't a lot of English articles on this although it's been a huge controversy in Korea for almost a week. I visited the Gangnam memorial site on Saturday to add my own post-it and to mourn for the young woman's death. For context, Korea ranked 117th on the WEF's gender equality index (lagging behind countries like the UAE and Qatar) and our gender pay gap is 35%, the worst of all industrialized countries. The society is still deeply rooted in a patriarchal Confucian way of thought and I have so many horror stories about sexual harrassment, stalking, and everday misogyny. Though things are slowly getting better, this incident has shed light on how far Korea still has to go as a society.