Koryo Crime Podcast

Serial Killer


Episode 2: Jeong Nam-gyu 정남규

In this episode, I discuss the murders of serial killer Jeong Nam-gyu. He killed 14 people between 2004-2006 mostly by stabbing. He was also the murderer of the woman in the Imun-dong case which Yoo Young Chul falsely confessed to. He was found dead in his cell while awaiting his death sentence at Seoul Detention Center.

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“Convicted Serial Killer Commits Suicide in Prison” (http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20091122000013The Korea Herald. March 30, 2010 Accessed March 15 2022.

Time line from “Jeong Nam-gyu”  Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeong_Nam-gyu)

Grazytv (April 27, 2021) The Pleasure Murderer: Korea’s #1 Psychopath Criminal In History JUNG NAM GYU [online video] Available at: https://youtu.be/Emk9Nqm_Wyg Accessed: March 19 2022

Jo, He-rim; “South Korea’s Most Notorious Serial Killers”  (http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170526000742) The Korea Herald. May 26, 2017 Accessed March 15, 2022

Kang, Hoon Sang (강훈상); “연쇄살인범 정남규 서울구치소서 자살(2보) [Serial Killer Jeong Name-gyu Commits Suicide at Seoul Detention Center (2 steps)]” (https://news.naver.com/main/read.naver?mode=LPOD&mid=sec&sid1=001&sid2=140&oid=001&aid=0002987292&isYeonhapFlash=Y)  연합뉴스 Yeonhap News. November 22, 2009 Retrieved March 15th 2022

Park, Joo Yeon (박주연); “[사회]남성엔 강간 일어나지 말란 법 있다 [There’s A Law Against Rape for Men] (http://weekly.khan.co.kr/khnm.html?mode=view&code=115&artid=19450&pt=nv)주간경향 Weekly Khan. March 10, 2009 Accessed March 15 2022


Episode 1: Yoo Young Chul 유영철

In this first episode, we explore the crimes of Yoo Young Chul, one of the most horrific serial killers in South Korea. Before his murder spree in September 2003-November 2003, Yoo was no stranger to crime. He had been previously arrested for theft, identity theft and rape.

Yoo began targeting elderly in wealthy areas of Seoul,; breaking into their houses and brutally attacking them with a sledgehammer which he customized himself. He then began luring sex workers to his apartment where he killed them and then dismembered the bodies in order to get them out of his 3rd floor apartment.


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Below are the resources used for this episode.

The Raincoat Killer : Chasing a Predator in Korea (https://www.netlfix.com/title/81087760 (2021), Netflix

Yoo Young Chul (https://web.archive.org/web/20140221072522/http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial
_killers/weird/yoo_young_cheol/1.html) at crimelibrary.com Retrieved 24 December 2021

“South Korean Gov’t to Introduce DNA Databank” (http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2004/08/10/2004081061010.html) Chosun Ilbo. Arirang TV 10 August 2004 Retrieved December 24 2021

Ko, Dae-hoon; Min, Seong-jae (18 July 2004). “Suspect held in killings of masseuses, elderly”. Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 24 December 2021

Min, Seong-jae (20 July 2004). “Serial killer was caught by masseuses, not the police”. Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 24  December 2021

Im, Jang-hyuk (27 July 2004). “Police apologize for kicking woman”. Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 24 December  2021