In a chilling crime that has rattled South Korea, a 23-year-old woman, Jung Yoo-jung, fascinated by true crime TV shows and books, has been charged with the murder of her tutor. Reportedly, she admitted to the crime, stating she acted “out of curiosity.”
The charge was made official on Friday in Busan, a harbor city on South Korea’s southeastern coastline. Jung decided to confess after her family members encouraged her to be honest about the horrifying act. The identity of the young female tutor who lost her life has been kept confidential.
According to local news source The Chosun Ilbo, Jung had been nurturing a disturbing fascination with the idea of murder, stirred up by her consumption of true crime content. As a result, she planned and executed this dreadful act. She expressed regret for her actions, and investigations are ongoing to determine if she suffers from psychopathic tendencies.
The case unfolded when Jung contacted the tutor, a university student offering freelance English lessons for children, through an online platform. She used the ruse of needing English tutoring for her child.
In an elaborate plan, Jung bought a school uniform to pass as a student while visiting the tutor’s home. During the visit, she is alleged to have killed the tutor before dismembering her.
Evidence collected from security cameras shows Jung bringing a suitcase to the tutor’s home, which she is believed to have used to transport and dispose of parts of the tutor’s body.
After the murder, she reportedly wore the tutor’s clothes to cover up the bloodstains on her uniform, and then took a taxi to a wooded area near the Nakdong River, leaving the suitcase behind.
To make it seem as if the tutor had simply vanished, Jung took her mobile phone, ID card, and wallet, hoping to carry out a flawless crime. However, her suspicious behavior did not escape the attention of the taxi driver, who alerted the police.
Upon further investigation, the police found additional body parts in garbage bags at Jung’s residence.
Jung’s apparent lack of panic or horror following the gruesome crime deeply disturbed the authorities.
A forensic psychology professor at Kyonggi University commented on the incident. He noted that even criminals usually show signs of fear or panic after committing such an act.
When questioned about her actions, Jung admitted to feeling as though she was not in her right mind at the time of the incident, as reported by The Korean Times.