Oh Won-chun sentenced to death

Suwon District Court has sentenced joseonjok killer Oh Won-chun (a.k.a. Wu Yuanchun) to death.

I don’t support the death penalty, but no tears will be shed when this guy’s swinging at the end of a rope, especially after you read this:

시신의 살점을 365점 도려낸 잔혹성과 엽기성을 고려했다”고 포문을 연 재판부는 “오 씨가 피해자를 강간하려 납치했다기보다는 사체 인육을 제공하려는 목적이 상당하다고 볼 수 있다”고 판단했다.

Yes, you read that right—the court believes he kidnapped the victim more to eat her provide human flesh, not rape her. The Dong-A also raised the possibility of organ smuggling, and indeed, some anti-migrant worker groups were calling for a re-investigation a couple of days ago, claiming that Oh might be a serial killer after human meat and organs to smuggle back to China. An investigation of bone fragments found near Oh’s home revealed them to be animal bones.

UPDATE: More of the same from the Chosun Ilbo. And while I’ve been reading claims from the victim’s family for some time, if you haven’t seen them in English yet, here they are, courtesy the Korea Times:

Footage of a surveillance camera, however, revealed Wu attacking the victim first and dragging her into his home. Signs of attempted rape were not discovered either. The bereaved family called for a detailed probe, including a possible link between Wu and a Chinese criminal gang which allegedly smuggled human body parts.

The bereaved family cited the smuggling of the so-called “human flesh capsules,” made of dead human fetuses or infants, from China that rocked the country recently. The family has claimed Wu could have been a member of such a gang although the prosecution failed to find any link.

The court also recognized such a possibility despite lack of evidence.

“The court finds it a reasonable argument that Wu’s crime was intended for the trafficking of human body parts rather than rape”, the judge said. “It’s suspicious that the murderer took about six hours to cover up the scene, twice as long as in similar crime cases.

“Also while the corpse was sliced into many pieces, all the organs remained undamaged, so there needs to be a clear explanation.”

Honestly, I don’t know what to believe.

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  • H.Schmidt

    I support this decision. Wu Yuanchun is a disgusting killer who traumatized the Korean public with the disgusting video of him killing the innocent Korean woman and showed little or no remorse. He killed the innocent Korean woman in a disgusting manner which will traumatize the Korean public for a long time.

  • R. Elgin

    People like this are really scary.
    If I were a woman, I would be packing a straight razor and practicing how to deploy it. It is a wonderful weapon in that you can always shave yourself with it or gut someone like a fish.

  • madar

    I am also against the death penalty, but since it hasn’t been applied in Korea since 1997, despite judicial rulings, (due to the lack of signing off on the rulings by sitting Presidents, I believe), one can safely assume he is likely to spend the rest of his life in jail. And, I am really, really, really happy that the I was drunk and I am sorry defense failed in this case. I just hope that the people who took the 119 call were fired, and not just transferred to the boondocks as my wife assumed would happen.

  • cm

    “And, I am really, really, really happy that the I was drunk and I am sorry defense failed in this case. ”

    He almost got away with that, until the video of him waiting on the poor woman and pouncing on her, told the police he was lying out of his teeth and that they were duped.

  • madar

    Indeed, I had heard that, expect for protests from the victim’s family, he was all systems go on the drunk and sorry(tm) defense, so I am extra happy to see it failed. I feel that it has gotten to the point here that, if one is planning to commit a felony here, one should 1st, plan it in detail, 2nd, practice crocodile tears and deep bows, and 3rd, get shit faced just before doing it.

  • madar

    To tie in with earlier posts about Korea being very acceptant of heavy drinking, I am with the Marmot in believing this is a good thing. But this exercise in personal freedom should not include a get out of jail free card. Freedom requires responsibility, and citing/arresting drunks who act like complete asses or worse, while letting the rest imbibe at their, (and not their bosses or co-workers,) leisure, would make the whole system ideal in my mind.

  • H.Schmidt

    The Korean police really need to investigate this further. Wu Yuanchun’s connection with Chinese organ smugglers and the group which uses human parts for capsules must also be completely investigated and monitored diligently. This is a huge and important issue. Chinese people may be planning to kill more innocent Koreans and we all know how Korean police is very unreliable.

    The Korean police better become more diligent. Answer all emergency calls and respond to them properly. Emergency calls are always made for a reason.

    Chinese people living in Korea need to be monitored and questioned. Korean police need to do investigations to find possible smugglers of organs and human body parts for capsules. Koreans and foreigners need to work together to deport these sub-human trash.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Organ smuggling…as in for transplants? He wouldn’t have spent 6 hours at the crime scene.

    The guy’s probably a serial killer. That’s why he stayed so long with the body.

    What they need to do is work with the Chinese government to try to find if they can’t identify any potential victims of his in China.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    Some folks are just evil. We don’t need to “try to understand them”. We need to put then in the ground and put dirt on them…

    This Wu Yuanchun qualifies…

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    Wu Yuanchun is a disgusting killer who traumatized the Korean public with the disgusting video of him killing the innocent Korean woman and showed little or no remorse.

    He made a video? That’s new news for me.

    I have seen the video made by killer Canadian psycho Luka Rocco Magnotta mutilating his “Chinese male friend” for revenge, but I didn’t know Wu Yuanchun was into making videos.

    Wu was more int

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    (into) a power thing (power increases testosterone levels) and of course making money from the organs.

    South Korea has carried out no executions for more than a decade, even though Suwon serial-killer Kang Ho-sun was also sentenced to death in 2009, he also has not been executed yet…

  • R. Elgin

    I feel genuine pity for Shin ChangWon who has suffered more than the people he did kill, IMHO. His case is really sad and I don’t think further punishment of him is going to help anyone.

  • jk6411

    I have seen the video made by killer Canadian psycho Luka Rocco Magnotta

    Really? Why??

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    My thesis was in “abnormal psychology”, so I have an interest in how psycho’s think and behave. Therefore, I watched the video so I could see his behavior and thinking.