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North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong gets positive press despite sanctions for human rights abuses

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Suk, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, watch North Korea’s Samjiyon Orchestra’s performance in Seoul, South Korea, February 11, 2018. Yonhap via REUTERS

SEOUL — A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back captured a lot of attention early during the Winter Olympics games, but she was far from an athlete. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, holds

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Kim’s sister leaves mixed impressions in South Korea as she returns to Pyongyang

SEOUL (REUTERS) – A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her, a faint smile on her lips and eyelids low as four bodyguards jostle around her.

In her first appearance on the global stage, Ms Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had her every move closely scrutinised.

Crowds applauded as she stood for the South Korean anthem during the opening ceremony for the start of the Winter Olympic Games, while her big smiles and relaxed manner left a largely positive impression on the South Korean public.

But her sometimes aloof expression and high-tilted chin also spoke of someone who sees herself “of royalty” and “above anyone else”, leadership experts and some critics said.

Ms Kim Yo Jong’s visit to South Korea, the first by a member of the North’s ruling

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Head held high, Kim’s sister returns to North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her, a faint smile on her lips and eyelids low as four bodyguards jostle around her.

In her first appearance on the global stage, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had her every move closely scrutinized.

Crowds applauded as she stood for the South Korean anthem during the opening ceremony for the start of the Winter Olympic Games, while her big smiles and relaxed manner left a largely positive impression on the South Korean public.

But her sometimes aloof expression and high-tilted chin also spoke of someone who sees herself “of royalty” and “above anyone else”, leadership experts and some critics said.

Kim Yo Jong’s visit to South Korea, the first by a member of

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Cold cases unfrozen – The Korea Herald


 A defining cold case that left a bloody stain in South Korean history is the Hwaseong murders — a series of rapes and murders that happened in the late 1980s, when the country did not even have a lab capable of DNA analysis.

“The Hwaseong killings is the most devastating cold case South Korea has failed to solve,” said Kwon Il-yong, considered South Korea’s first criminal profiler. “I wish I was a part of its investigative process, so I could have solved it.”

Police authorities investigating the crime scene of the Hwaseong serial killings in Gyeonggi Province.
Between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, 10 women across different age groups, including both a 13-year-old and a 71-year-old, were killed.

Over 1.8 million police officers and investigators pushed to solve the case with 3,000 suspects, but the case eventually went nowhere due

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South Korea’s most notorious serial killers – The Korea Herald


Nowadays, serial killers seem to exist only in movies or fiction.
It’s not because the society has become more caring and does not produce them anymore. 

“It is more that serial of murders are prevented from the beginning. A murderer would be caught before they killed again,” said Kwon Il-yong, the nation’s first criminal profiler who recently retired. 

But South Korea has in the past had some notorious serial killers. Kwon explained that these “monsters” are born from suppressed anger. 

“Everybody reacts differently in a situation. A monster is born when a person’s genetic factors meet with a bad environment,” Kwon said. “Serial killers have a skewed self-regard and sense of superiority as they take people’s lives.”

The Korea Herald looked into some of the nation’s infamous serial killers who have once gripped the nation.

Kim Dae-doo 

Kim Dae-doo
Kim Dae-doo can be described as

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[Eye Interview] Inside criminal minds – The Korea Herald


When Jeong Nam-kyu was first arrested for housebreaking and attempted murder in 2006, few imagined that the diminuitive, 37-year-old man would turn out to have been the perpetrator of a string of murders that shook the country for years. 

The man, showing no remorse, signs of being intimidated or fear for his own fate, confessed to killing two boys in 2004 and more. His cool-headed confession made investigators shudder. 

It was then that criminal profiler Kwon Il-yong was brought in. 

Former criminal profiler Kwon Il-yong (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)
Through a series of interviews with the suspect, Kwon managed to help resolve the case, analyzing Jeong’s motives and obtaining full confessions to the killings of 13 people from January 2004 to April 2006. 

“It was the case that I would never forget for my entire life,” recalled Kwon, now retired and enjoying life away from

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