I guess it takes all kinds

I read this strange story of a feisty Korean woman in a true, profound state of disbelief. I usually wouldn’t post about this kind of thing, but something about it is so weird, so incredible that I just have ask how it could have happened.

A female drug addict was arrested yesterday for a series of brutal crimes that included blinding her mother and other family members, killing three people and setting fire to houses to collect insurance payments to buy dope.

The 28-year-old woman was found to have received almost 600 million won of insurance money in the last five years to feed her narcotics addiction after the death of a three-year-old daughter, officials at Gangnam police station, southern Seoul, said.

The woman, who was not identified, committed a long list of crimes in which she blinded and killed two ex-husbands, blinded her mother, a brother and another woman, police said.

“The woman has stated that she felt an impulse to set houses on fire because she saw her daughter, who was cremated five years ago, in the flames,” police said. “And thus, we suspect that the woman committed the crimes due to depression and addiction to narcotics.” Police said she was addicted to using methamphetamines, known here as philopon.

The woman blinded her first husband’s right eye with a pin after dosing him with sleeping pills in 2000.

A former insurance salesperson, she led the insurance company to believe her husband was mentally deranged and said he had injured himself after drinking.

Later, she stabbed her husband in the stomach and poured boiling oil on his face during medical treatment for his eyes, killing him and collecting 289 million won insurance for his death.

The woman remarried in 2002 and received 38 million won after blinding her second husband’s right eye, using the same modus operandi as with the first husband. She killed the second husband after receiving insurance money paid for his blindness.

Via Lost Nomad.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 11 Comments

She was paid in won, so this cannot have been in the US. Too bad for her then; she can’t automatically use the domestic violence defense.

April 28, 2005 @ 12:52 pm | Comment

“Are all Korean women like this?”

Obviously not. Are all American women like this?

Psychos can be any nationality.

April 28, 2005 @ 12:59 pm | Comment

I just went back and edited that line out, boo — it didn’t sit well with me.

April 28, 2005 @ 1:00 pm | Comment

Richard, I was just teasing, I think everyone understood what you were saying.

April 28, 2005 @ 1:23 pm | Comment

I know you were kidding – I took it out before I even saw your comment because it just didn’t sound right.

April 28, 2005 @ 1:25 pm | Comment

LOL

what an incredible story really. just shows there’s always a flaw in any kind of “system.” (insurance system, in this case — could have happened anywhere geographically.)

but hey, stuff like that is really rare. so no worries, i believe.

April 28, 2005 @ 3:48 pm | Comment

JR, thanks for ruining my day!

April 28, 2005 @ 5:28 pm | Comment

HAHA I am evil.

April 28, 2005 @ 9:32 pm | Comment

Ohhhh…yuck…

April 30, 2005 @ 12:26 am | Comment

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