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Kim Hae-sun
Born(1969-05-06)May 6, 1969
North Jeolla Province, Gochang County, South Korea
DiedSeptember 27, 2001(2001-09-27) (aged 32)
South Korea
Cause of deathExecution

Kim Hae-sun (born on May 6, 1969 in North Jeolla Province, Gochang County – September 27, 2001) was a South Korean serial killer and rapist who killed three minors in 2000. He also attempted to rape and kill another high school student, but the attempted was halted.[1]

Crimes[edit | edit source]

On October 25, 2000, the first victim was found by her best friend. 11-year-old Jung Hye-in was found dead in a mountain about 150 meters away from the road she was last seen alive on. A few days later, the autopsy confirmed that she had been strangled. Semen was found on the victim's body.

On December 19, Kim, who was drunkenly hanging around, noticed a high school girl who was returning home alone, but she had a strange feeling and ran away.

That same day, a middle and a high school student who were returning home went missing. After the siblings disappeared, the brother, 12-year-old Park Hong-sun, who was in the first grade of junior high school, was found the next morning about 300 meters away from his house. His body was covered with a shawl, and a yellow item was wrapped around his neck. Five meters away, a woman's bra and panties, which were cut up with sharp tools, were found.

The sister, 15-year-old Park Eun-mi was found in a mountain 500 meters away from her brother's body. Her skirt had been turned upside down over the chest, covering the face, and both hands and legs were strapped to a tree with a string and stockings. The left foot had all the stockings peeled off, and her right foot was buried in the ground, her uniform wide open, and she had gloves in her mouth. In addition, she had been stabbed with a knife in her neck, legs, chest and vagina, with 15cm and 20cm cuts on her thighs. Cut off parts were later found in a ditch right in front of Kim Hae-sun's house, parts of which he testified had been eaten.

56 days after the first murder, the investigation team arrested Kim Hae-sun after the Park siblings were found dead.[2]

Execution[edit | edit source]

On July 11, 2000, the Jeonju District Court sentenced Kim Hae-sun to death after he was convicted of rape and murder. Kim immediately appealed to the Supreme Court, but on September 27, 2001, the appeal was dismissed. On December 24, 2001, Kim Hae-sun was executed.

Profiling[edit | edit source]

Professor Pyo Chang-won classified him in his book "Korea's murders" as a "criminal psychopath". He also expressed regret that the police would have been able to prevent the other murders if the police were quick enough.

The investigation was hard, as Kim refused to take a blood type test, and he was drunk immediately after the arrest, with the interrogating detective even having to wake him up. Also, to the detectives' surprise, he was able to remember the contents of a talk show he had watched on the day of the murder. According to Kim, he murdered the Parks not because they were children, but because the former crime was not reported to the media.

Kim's upbringing[edit | edit source]

He helped his father with farming, but did not know how to work properly due to mental illness and drinking alcohol from time to time. As a child, Kim Hae-sun was habitually hit by his father, being stripped of his clothes and hit with a belt. At one point, he was expelled from the house. Kim also said that he had never visited a public bath due to his wounds. As stress relief, he tortured cats and dogs. He began to have extremely violent tendencies, such as sickening his neighbor's cattle and killing them. At the age of 16, he was sent to a family court for a stolen item. At the age of 24, he was sentenced to one year in prison and two years probation for a violent crime. At the age of 26, he was sentenced to four years in prison and three years probation for raping a female pen pal. At the age of 27, he went to Busan and worked as a restaurant employee at the Yeonang fishing boats, where he learned how to use seamen's knots and was able to deal with knives. Then, he gathered money working as a tea house employee in Busan before returning to his hometown in July 2000, three months before the murders.[3]

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