The 2009 Torture and Murder Of Yoo – Korea

Yoo, age 17, was mentally disabled, that combined with a tough childhood left the teenager insecure and vulnerable. She met Lee (male, then 19, now 22) via internet chatting and met in person in July 2007. They eventually stated dating and formed a ‘relationship’.

“Kang,” (19 at the time) a friend of Lee, invited Lee, another friend “Kim”(19 at the time) and Kim’s sister to his house in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, after he was left alone in the wake of his father’s death. The four teenagers moved in together last year, and Lee invited Yoo to join them in January.

Lee began to suspect that Yoo was cheating on him with Kim. After Kim told Lee that Yoo approached him first, Lee began beating Yoo Feb. 26. When Yoo tried to return home March 14 to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, Kang and Kim followed her and pushed her father away when he tried to keep his daughter at home. Yoo was then brought back to Kang’s house. (I wonder why the Father didn’t call Police right then and there?)

Yoo was brought back to the home she once shared with her ”friends” and beaten for ”cheating with another man”. They allegedly tied the victim, identified only as Yoo, to a chair for two to three hours and dropped a knife with the blade facing down and poked her with needles under the guise of giving her a tattoo. They also confessed to whipping her with a jump rope. They tortured Yoo for 21 days, coming up with new, sick, sadistic ways to hurt her.

She lost consciousness after being burned with metal spoons and chopsticks that were heated up in a microwave oven. The four teens left Yoo and told her not to play sick. They found her dead the following day, (Thursday.)

Once Yoo’s friends, the four suspects put rope around her corpse and wrapped it in a bed sheet. They buried her at a nearby mountain 1.7 kilometers away from the scene of her murder.

Yoo was killed after being beaten almost daily over 21 days by the so-called ”friends” with whom she trusted.. Seongnam police requested an arrest warrant for the four teenagers on suspicion of assault and homicide. A park worker noticed that the area where she was buried had a patch of grass missing and thought it looked strange and called the police.  Police think the teens were after Yoo’s monthly disability subsidy, and that
they had been living off of it since January.

“I thought they were just hanging around. I had no idea such an atrocity was being committed in the house,” a neighbor said. Kang’s house is in a residential area with many houses huddled together.


— (This article is a Korean write-up, if you know how to translate it then by all means.) – Another Korean new’s article

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