유영철, born 1970) is a
self-confessed South Korean serial killer and cannibal.
admitted to murdering 21 people, mostly prostitutes and rich old men,
the Seoul Central District Court convicted him of 20 murders (one case
was dismissed on a technicality).
Yoo burned 3 and mutilated at least 11
of his victims, admitting he ate the livers of some of them. He
committed his crimes between September 2003 and July 2004, when he was
arrested. He was sentenced to death on 13 December 2004.
His case, which
appalled South Koreans, has fuelled the debate on capital punishment in
South Korea. Although the death penalty is still permissible under law,
it has not been carried out for 6 years. It appeared capital punishment
might be abolished prior to Yoo's arrest, but support for the death
penalty has grown since his arrest.
The Seoul Central
District Court said: "Murders of as many as 20 people are unprecedented
in the nation and a very serious crime. The death penalty is inevitable
for Yoo in light of the enormous pains inflicted on the families
concerned and the entire society."
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Yoo Young-Cheol (Hangul: 유영철; born in 1970)
is a South Korean serial killer and self-confessed cannibal. Although
he admitted to murdering 21 people, mostly prostitutes and wealthy old
men, the Seoul Central District Court convicted him of 20 murders (one
case was dismissed on a technicality).
Yoo burned three and mutilated at least 11 of his
victims, admitting he ate the livers of some of them. He committed his
crimes between September 2003 and July 2004, when he was arrested. Yoo
explained his motives in front of a TV camera saying "Women shouldn't
be sluts, and the rich should know what they've done." He was
sentenced to death on June 19, 2005 by the Supreme Court.
His case, which appalled South Koreans, has fueled
the debate on capital punishment in South Korea. Although the death
penalty is still permissible under law, it has not been carried out
since 1997. It appeared capital punishment might be abolished prior to
Yoo's arrest, but support for the death penalty has grown since his
The Seoul Central District Court said: "Murders of
as many as 20 people are unprecedented in the nation and a very
serious crime. The death penalty is inevitable for Yoo in light of the
enormous pains inflicted on the families concerned and the entire
of events and his early crimes
- 1988: Theft
- 1991: Theft (sentenced 10 months in jail)
- June 23, 1993: Married his girlfriend
- 1993: Theft (sentenced 8 months in jail)
- October 26, 1994: His son was born
- 1995: Selling illegal pornography (sentenced 3 million KRW)
- 1998: Theft, forgery, identity theft (sentenced 2 years in
- 2000: Child sexual abuse (rape) (sentenced 3 years 6 months in
- October 27, 2000: Divorced by his wife
- September 11, 2003: Released from jail
1st, September 24, 2003 (victims age 72, 67),
Gangnam-gu, Seoul: Stabbed the first victim's neck and hit the
victim's head with his hammer (4kg), and killed the second victim
(the first victim's wife) with his hammer.
2nd, October 9, 2003 (victims age 85, 60, 35),
Jongro-gu, Seoul: Killed three people with the hammer
3rd, October 16, 2003 (victim age 60), Gangnam-gu,
Seoul: Hit the victim's head with the hammer. Later the victim was
found by her son at 13:30 but died at 14:00.
4th, November 18, 2003 (victims age 53, 87,
baby), Jongro-gu, Seoul: Killed the two people with the hammer,
got hurt when he tried open a safe, and burned down the house to
On December 11, 2003, Yoo met a new girlfriend
(escort girl) but later she found out Yoo's list of crimes and
told Yoo not to see him again. He then decided to kill escort
girls as a revenge.
5th, March 16, 2004 (victim age 23), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Killed an escort girl by choking, mutilated the body,
trashed them on a trail near Sogang University.
6th, April or May, 2004 (victim unknown), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Lured an escort girl to his apartment, made the victim
faint with the hammer, decapitating the victim in the bathroom,
smashed the head, mutilated the body, trashed them on a
construction site near Bongwon Temple in Seodaemun-gu.
7th, May, 2004 (victim age 25), Mapo-gu, Seoul:
Same procedure as the 6th crime.
8th, June 1, 2004 (victim age 35), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
9th, early June, 2004 (victim unknown), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
10th, June 9, 2004 (victim age 26), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
11th, June 18, 2004 (victim age 27), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
12th, June 25, 2004 (victim age 28), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
13th, July 2, 2004 (victim age 26), Mapo-gu,
Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
14th, July 9, 2004 (victim age 24 from Aesongi
escort), Mapo-gu, Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
15th, July 13, 2004 (victim age 27 from Aesongi
escort), Mapo-gu, Seoul: Same procedure as the 6th crime.
At 5am, July 15, 2004, Yoo was captured by
police near Grand-mart in Mapo-gu, Seoul.
The Chaser (film) is based on the Yoo's story.
Suspected Serial Killer Nabbed
33-Year-Old Ex-Convict Allegedly Murdered 20 Women, Rich Elderly
July 18, 2004
By Na Jeong-ju/Staff Reporter
Police on Sunday said they have captured a serial killer suspected of
murdering at least 20 people in Seoul and other areas from September
The suspect, identified as Yoo Young-chul, admitted he killed 11 women
and buried them in the mountains near Yonsei University in Seoul, police
Police recovered the remains of their bodies, which had been cut into
pieces before being buried.
Yoo, 33, also confessed to eight other killings, according to the police.
He told them that he committed the
premeditated crimes out of blind hatred and hostility toward women and
Police are expanding the investigation after securing testimony from Yoo
that he had committed more murders in Pusan and Inchon.
Yoo, an epilepsy patient, was initially arrested Thursday on charges of
beating a woman he had paid for sex, but fled during questioning. Police
didn't know whether he committed murders when they first detained him.
He was recaptured on Friday at the Yongdungpo subway station and
confessed to the murders, police said. Yoo was carrying a fake police
identification card and handcuffs for his crimes.
The killing spree began on Sept. 24 last year when he murdered a wealthy
couple in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul. On Oct. 9, he also killed three
members of a family in Chongno-gu, Seoul.
The following month, after killing a 71-year-old man in Kangnam-gu, he
moved to Hyehwa-dong, Seoul, and murdered an 87-year-old luxury home
owner and a female housekeeper. Police said he also set the house on
fire to destroy evidence.
Most of the crimes were committed around noon and in the afternoon when
young people were at work and only the elderly were at home. Yoo was
found to have used hammers and knives for the homicides.
His targets were mostly wealthy people and women. Yoo, who divorced in
2002 while he was in prison, harbored hatred toward the wealthy and
women, police said.
Criminal experts said it seemed that Yoo, an ex-convict, intended to
kill innocent people to vent his anger over being a social outcast. He
also thought he would die soon because his father died of epilepsy and
his elder brother died at age 32 from the same illness. He also had a
medical history of mental disorders.
Police said Yoo told them he had once thought of killing his former wife
but dropped the idea in consideration of his 11-year-old son, opting
instead for women working in the sex trade as his targets. They also
said he wanted to kill people in an affluent neighborhood in Seoul,
attributing his miserable condition and his bad luck to wealthy people
He was first jailed as a high school student at age 18. Since then, he
has served a combined 11 years in prison on charges of fraud, violence
and other crimes.
Police said they traced him based on footprints left at a crime scene
and records on closed circuit TV. As they got close to apprehending him,
he went underground and targeted prostitutes to continue the killings.
Suspected serial killer arrested
Man, 33, confesses to 10-month murder spree, mainly
July 19, 2004
A man arrested for beating a masseuse confessed yesterday to a 10-month
killing spree in which he murdered at least 20 people, including 11
women working in red-light districts and wealthy elderly people, police
Seoul was the scene of 19 murders but police quoted Yoo Young-chul, 33,
as saying he had also killed in the port city of Busan and in Incheon,
25 kilometers west of the capital, although no details were available on
the timing or number of attacks in those two places.
It is believed to be the worst single case
of serial murders in Korea, an officer at the Seoul Metropolitan Police
Agency said on condition of anonymity.
Yoo Young-chul, who confessed to a series of killings, is taken to one
of the crime scenes in Seoul yesterday. [The Korea Herald]
Yoo was arrested Thursday on a charge of beating a female massage
attendant at an inn in Yeoksam-dong in southern Seoul, but escaped and
was on the run for 12 hours before being recaptured Friday by a
policeman on patrol at Yeongdeungpo Station, southwestern Seoul.
Yoo, who has previously been in prison 14 times for theft and violent
behavior, made his surprise confession of the serial murders as he was
being questioned by police about his attack on the masseuse in Yeoksam.
The bodies of 11 women, cut in pieces and
stuffed in plastic bags, were unearthed in a gorge near Bongwon Temple
in western Seoul near Yonsei University.
Police were also making on-site inquiries at all houses and buildings
where Yoo said he had killed.
His primary targets were wealthy people living in fashionable houses and
residential buildings in southern Seoul. His modus operandi was to break
in during daylight hours when all family members were likely to be at
work and only old people remained in the dwellings.
He did not touch money and other valuable articles, underscoring his
motive was hatred of well-to-do people and anger at a social system in
which the rich get richer at the expense of the poor, police said.
His other targets were young women, a rage stemming from anger over a
divorce and another woman's rejection of a marriage proposal. Yoo said
he was divorced by his wife while he was in prison in 2002 serving a
sentence for theft. After he was released, he proposed to a woman
working in the night club but was turned down because he was an ex-convict.
Yoo said he could not kill his ex-wife because of his 11-year-old son
but he attacked other young women he came across over the past few
months, murdering 11, mainly in red-light areas of Seoul and its suburbs.
Recounting Yoo's trail of murders in Seoul, police said:
The first murders were on Sept. 24 when he broke into a residential
building in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul, and beat a 73-year old emeritus
professor, identified only by his family name Lee, and his 68-year old
wife to death with a blunt weapon.
On Oct. 9, he broke into a house in Seodaemun-gu, western Seoul, and
killed three family members, including an 85-year old grandmother.
One month later, he entered a southern Seoul house belonging to a person
described as a well-to-do financial figure identified only by his family
name Choe and killed his 69-year old wife.
He raided another fashionable house in the same area and killed the 87-year
old house owner, identified as Kim, and his 53-year housemaid, Bae. He
set fire to the apartment to wipe out all traces of evidence that could
point to him.
In March, he called a 25-year-old masseuse to an inn in Sinchon, western
Seoul, and killed her, cutting up the body and burying the pieces near
the university campus.
Since April, he killed 10 other women in different areas of Seoul, cut
their bodies up, put the remains in plastic bags and buried them.
Born to poor parents and brought up by his mother after his father died
when he was 14, Yoo quit regular school and was confined in a juvenile
reformatory school when he was 18.
He served a total 11 years in prison in the 14 times he was sentenced to
Police said that after he was released from prison last year, he
suffered from schizophrenia and nursed a grudge against society for
Were Movies Yoo Young-chul's Murder Textbooks?
July 19, 2004
It's hard to believe that this clean one-room apartment could have been
the scene of gruesome murders. When we got news of notorious serial
killer 34-year-old Yoo Young-chul's arrest, we visited Yoo's home, a
second story one-room apartment in Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Well ordered jackets and dress shirts, a potted plant and fish bowl...
it didn't look like the room of a serial killer.
Yoo kept three murder movie DVDs in the drawer of his computer desk that
seem to speak of his own crimes -- the Korean film "Public Enemy" and
U.S. films "Very Bad Things" and "Normal Life." It would seem that the
Yoo killings have much in common, perhaps coincidentally, with "Public
Enemy," which depicted the life of a serial killer. In the film, there
is a depraved scene of the main character, a killer, going into his own
house at night and murdering his elderly parents, and he targets older,
What's more, in the dark comedy "Very Bad Things," there is a part in
which someone dismembers a corpse with a chainsaw. On the movie poster
as well, there is a picture of star actor Christian Slater holding a
chainsaw, reminding one of Yoo's crimes. He also imitated another movie
scene when he pretended to walk with a limp at the time he was arrested
in order to lull the police into inattention. In the film "Usual
Suspects," viewers are left speechless when it's revealed that among
several suspects, the real criminal is Kevin Spacey's character, who
walked with a limp. In Yoo's lair, one gets the strong impression, from
both the DVDs and DVD magazines, that movies were his "criminal textbook."
With police officers, the serial-killer suspect Yoo Young-chul (masked)
conducts an on-the-spot inspection of a murder scene Monday on Wolmi
Island in Incheon where he killed a vendor and abandoned the body.
As soon as you enter his room, your eyes are drawn to
a black scrapbook lying on his bed. It was full of newspaper articles
and personal notes on a variety of things like computers, furniture,
marksmanship, stereos and luxury cars. In one section of notes entitled
"albums," one is struck by how Yoo neatly ordered famous Western pop
singers, their representative songs and their musical characteristics.
Pictures of the flagship luxury car of a certain local automaker
revealed his interest in the wealthy. Despite being a cruel, murderous
monster, he seemed to have much interest in his family. The most eye-catching
articles in his scrapbook were those on family package trips to Jeju
Island. Having exactly written out how much it would cost to take such a
trip, it appeared Yoo dreamed of a happy family life with his 11-year-old
son. A children's drawing book, presumed to be his son's, was discovered
in the bookshelf at the head of his bed.
Yoo was a sharp-minded criminal. Looking at his
sketchbook, one could see that his skill was no less than that of
professional cartoonists. His still-life pictures, female nudes, and
entertainer portraits were just like the real thing. The pictures of
female actresses and entertainers found in his scrapbook also revealed
his lust for women.
S Korean murder suspect may
have killed 23
July 19, 2004
A 34-year-old South Korean man suspected
of being the country's worst serial killer may have murdered at least 23
people, but the suspect was unsure himself of the number because there
were "too many", police said.
The man was suspected of at least 19 murders committed in less than a
year, many of the bodies possibly buried in shallow graves near a
temple, Seoul police chief Huh Joon-young told reporters on Sunday.
The victims were mainly women, but also included elderly people from
wealthy districts of the capital.
The suspect, Yoo Young-chul, was arrested late last week and had
confessed to the crime spree, apparently motivated by a hatred for women
and the rich, the police chief said.
Widening their investigation on Monday, police drove Yoo to the western
port city of Inchon in connection with their search for the murderer of
a man in April.
There was a possibility that Yoo was also involved in the murders of
three young women in another part of Seoul, police said. Two women were
injured but survived.
"He says he did everything when asked about the murder incidents," a
Seoul police officer said by telephone.
"He said he'll take responsibility," the officer said.
Yoo appeared confused and unsure of the exact number of deaths, telling
police there were "too many", he said.
South Korea has a low rate of violent crime, and multiple killings in
the past have been mostly committed by organised criminals against
"It is shocking that the killings were committed against people who had
no reason to hold personal animosity against him," the mainstream
JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said in an editorial.
Society was partly to blame for creating such criminals by being
increasingly indifferent to the less fortunate and breeding lower regard
for human lives, it said.
Yoo, released from prison in September 2003 after serving time for
robbery and rape, is suspected of killing an elderly college professor
and his wife in an affluent Seoul district in the same month, police
The couple, along with other elderly victims, were killed with a hammer
in their homes, police said. In one instance the victim's home was set
After his girlfriend turned down a marriage proposal early this year,
the suspect was believed to have then shifted focus to target women
working as masseuses, who frequently offer sex services in South Korea,
He is suspected of carrying out attacks on women between March and July,
Investigators unearthed the bodies of 11 women buried in shallow graves
on Sunday near a temple in northern Seoul, close to several major
universities and the studio flat Yoo rented.
YTN Television showed footage on Sunday of investigators unearthing
several plastic bags apparently containing body parts. The suspect stood
Serial killer: 7 more murders
A suspected serial killer arrested in
South Korea has confessed to seven more murders in addition to the 19 he
had confessed on arrest over the weekend, police in Seoul said on Monday.
The 33-year-old man, who was named as Yoo Young Chul, was said to have
embarked on his murder spree out of a "hatred for women and for well-off
citizens", a police spokesperson said.
The suspect had now confessed to seven more murders in Incheon to the
west, and Busan to the south, as well as Seoul, scene of the 19 to which
he first confessed. The shocking series of murders, many of elderly
women, had sparked panic in the South Korean capital.
Yoo showed police sites of murders in Incheon on Monday, as he had over
the weekend at a secret mountain location near Seoul, pictures of which
were broadcast on South Korean television, where the bodies of 11 of his
victims were unearthed.
Korean media reports said at least some of the bodies had been partially
dismembered, and that most of the victims had worked either as masseuses
or as bar entertainers, and were suspected to have been also involved in
Police sources indicated that Yoo, who was first arrested on Thursday in
the course of an investigation into a missing masseuse, had probably
taken the women to his home and killed them with a hammer following
sexual intercourse. He was said to have become "mentally instable"
following a break-up with his wife. - Sapa-dpa
S. Korean police kick murder victim's mum
July 27, 2004
SEOUL - The police have come under fire for violence
against the mother of a victim of an alleged serial killer, reports here
After she broke through a police cordon, the woman was kicked in the
chest, which sent her down some steps.
Several policemen were escorting the 33-year-old suspect to the Public
Prosecutor's Office on Monday, when the angry woman broke through a
police cordon to confront her daughter's alleged killer.
'I am the mother of the Imun-dong victim. My daughter would not be dead
if you guys had captured that man earlier,' shouted the woman whose
daughter, 25, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in Imun-dong, a
residential district in Seoul.
As the officers tried to hold her back, one of them kicked her in the
chest, which sent her rolling down the steps.
The 55-year-old was not badly hurt but the incident was captured on
camera and broadcast live on television, sparking an outcry in South
An Internet user wrote: 'I feel deeply sorry for the mother because the
police failed to console her during her misfortune.
The suspect, Yoo, is an alleged serial killer. -- REUTERS
'On top of that, they kicked her.'
A police spokesman was quoted by the Donga newspaper as saying: 'The
umbrella that the family member was holding was mistaken for a weapon.
We only tried to prevent any unfortunate event from happening and did
not mean to hit the person.'
Another officer told the Chosun Ilbo newspaper that the policeman was
merely trying to use his feet to 'restrain' her and had no intention of
In wrapping up its 10-day investigations, Seoul's Metropolitan Police
Agency said the suspect, Yoo Yeong Cheol, was involved in the killings
of 21 people, mostly women and rich elderly people.
Since news of his arrest broke two weeks ago, the police have been
slammed for their poor handling of the case, reported Korea Times.
Yoo had been convicted of rape before the killings.
The police detained him briefly last year on theft charges but released
him without checking his criminal records.
According to the National Police Agency, disciplinary action would be
taken against officers found negligent in following up murder cases or
to have failed to prevent additional murders.
Seoul serial killer says he ate victims
August 15, 2004
Prosecutors in Seoul have said suspected serial
killer Yoo Young-chul told them he ate the flesh of his victims, the
Korea Times reported Saturday.
Yoo told investigators that he ate human flesh on four occasions, and
plotted to commit more murders, Lee Dong-ho, a prosecutor in the Seoul
Central District Prosecutors' Office told reporters. We are making
efforts to confirm his testimony. Yoo has shown little sense of guilt
during questioning. He said he ate some human organs to 'refresh himself.'
The 33-year-old Yoo has confessed to 26 people since September. Police
said they have evidence linking him to 21 victims, including women, sex
workers and rich elderly individuals.
Yoo faces charges of 21 counts of murder and 11 additional crimes,
including burglary, impersonating a police officer and hiding corpses.
'I ate my victims'
Seoul - A self-confessed South Korean
serial killer has said he ate parts of his victims to "have his mind
clear" and would have killed more than 100 people if he had not been
caught, prosecution authorities said on Friday.
Yoo Young-Chul, 33, whose confession that he had killed at least 21
people was backed by the discovery of dismembered bodies, was on Friday
indicted on charges of multiple murder, the Seoul district prosecution
Yoo, who claims to suffer epilepsy, was captured last month following a
tip-off from an agent for masseuses after three masseuses who went out
to serve a man one after another over a period of a month never came
back. They were all allegedly killed by Yoo.
"Yoo told investigators that he ate part of the internal organs of four
of his victims in order to have his mind clear," Yonhap news agency
quoted an investigator as saying.
"He said he would have killed more than 100 people had he not been
arrested," he said.
"As is often the case with a serial killer, he shows little repentance
on he has done," he said.
Yoo, an ex-convict, has told investigators he killed at least 21 people
in 17 murder cases over a period of 10 months from September until his
arrest last month.
He began his killing spree by allegedly hammering an elderly couple to
death in an upscale district in Seoul. He later turned on on-call
masseuses and freelance prostitutes.
Most of his victims were wealthy or masseuse and karaoke bar hostesses.
Investigators said he developed a hatred for such women after his wife,
who worked as a masseuse, divorced him while he was in prison in 2002
serving a sentence for theft.
He became even more upset when a woman working in a red-light district
turned down his marriage proposal because he was an ex-convict. Yoo
stopped short of killing his own wife because of their 11-year-old son,
Yoo, who came from a poor background, admitted under questioning that he
killed 21 people and led police to the graves on a hillside where he
buried the dismembered bodies of his victims. - AFP
Death Penalty Sought for Serial Murder Suspect
By Kim Rahn -
The Korea Times
Nov 29, 2004
The state prosecution on Monday sought the
death penalty for suspected serial killer Yoo Young-chul, 33, who
allegedly killed 21 innocent people from late last year.
"Yoo, who killed 21 unacquainted people
without a specific motive, is a typical serial killer who gave up
living in society with others,'' prosecutors said during a court
The prosecutors added Yoo had not shown
remorse and said at court that he would kill more than 100 people.
The prosecution also said Yoo's life is not
worth being protected, as he told the victims' parents in attendance
at the trial, that the victims deserved their death. ``We seek
capital punishment so that this never happens again,'' the
However, it added that society needs to
reflect on itself and consider how Yoo, who lived in poverty with
his mother and spent seven years in jail, developed such hatred and
hostility toward society.
Yoo said at court that he appreciates the
death penalty, saying "My actions cannot be justified. If we live in a
society where people like me can live a good life, there will not be
another Yoo Young-chul.'' He added he feels sorry for the bereaved
families of the victims.
Yoo was arrested in July on charges of killing
21 citizens and burying 11 dead bodies after cutting them into pieces
from September last year to July this year.
He killed wealthy elderly couples in Sinsa-dong,
Kugi-dong, Samsong-dong and Hyehwa-dong in Seoul. Yoo also murdered
female sex workers and a street vendor from Hwanghak-dong, Seoul.
Yoo said he murdered them out of blind hatred
toward women and the wealthy. He claimed he had murdered as many as
26, but investigators failed to secure evidence on the additional
Korean SK supports death penalty
March 22, 2006
Serial killer Yoo Young-chul, who was sentenced to death for murdering
20 people, said he objects to a recent move to abolish capital
punishment, according to a local television station.
Yoo's claim has come amid controversy about the death penalty, which
reemerged following the Justice Ministry's consideration to replace
capital punishment with a non-commutable life sentence.
The broadcaster SBS said Wednesday that it sent a questionnaire to Yoo
to ask his opinion about the death penalty, and that Yoo supported
Yoo was arrested in July 2004 on charges of killing 20 innocent women
and senior citizens in Seoul and dismembering and burying 11 corpses
since September 2003.
The 35-year-old killer, who had lived in poverty and suffered a failed
marriage, said he killed them out of blind hatred toward women and the
Last June, the Supreme Court handed down the death penalty to Yoo.
In the reply to SBS Yoo said he was opposed to the move to abolish
capital punishment and adopt life imprisonment instead.
is the cruelest punishment to isolate hideous criminals, who cannot be
reformed, and make them die old. It is also a waste of state funds,'' he
said, according to the broadcaster.
He added it would be the right thing to let those who desperately want
to give up their lives die.
"I would be unfair to the world for people like me continue living. I
object to abolishing the death penalty,'' Yoo said.
Last month, the Justice Ministry announced its long-term reform roadmap
to improve human rights conditions within the nation's penal system and
strengthen an effective criminal justice system.
It plans to review whether capital punishment is effective in preventing
crime and how society will be affected if the penalty is abolished.
Currently, South Korea has 63 convicts on death row, but has not
conducted an execution since 1998.
Civic and human rights groups have called for elimination of death
penalty. The National Human Rights Commission recommended scrapping
capital punishment last April, and Amnesty International launched a
campaign this year to encourage South Korea to abolish the penalty.
But quite a number of people still support the sentence, claiming the
lives and property of society are more important than the rights of
individual criminals. The Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court
have supported the penalty in the past.