South Korean police have officially apologized for their mistakes made in the serial murder case that inspired Bong Joon Ho’s movie, “Memories of Murder,” reports AFP. From 1986 – to the early nineties, the province of Gyeonggi in South Korea was traumatized by a serial killer on the loose. In total, 10 women, ages ranging from 14 to 71, were raped and murdered. Due to the police’s stupidity, an innocent man surnamed Yoon was jailed for 20 years after he was convicted of one of the murders. In 2009, Yoon was released on parole. He filed for a retrial last year after the real killer Lee Chun-Jae was being investigated.
“I bow my head down and offer apologies to the victims of Lee Chun-jae’s crimes, the surviving families and everyone who suffered damage due to the police investigation, including Mr. Yoon,” Bae Yong-ju, the provincial police chief said.
Four people that were being investigated for the murders by the police in the 90s took their own lives. They were allegedly physically abused by the police. Authorities admitted that police forced Yoon’s confession with physical abuse.
Lee Chun-Jae became a prime suspect in the murders last year after DNA linked him to one of the victims. He was already in jail for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law. Initially, he denied that he committed the murders but eventually confessed. Lee also confessed to killing five more people and raping more than 30 women. But he can’t be prosecuted for the crimes because the statute of limitations on those crimes expired.
Lee Chun-Jae was originally sentenced to death for the killing of his 18-year-old sister in law in 1994. However, his sentence was reduced to life in prison the following year.