One of South Korea’s most notorious serial killers — and crime drama inspirations — has been “preliminarily identified.”
According to the Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency, a suspect has been named more than 30 years after the criminal known as the “Korean Zodiac Killer” raped and murdered 10 women ranging from teenagers to septuagenarians.
The killings, which took place in rural Hwaseong villages from 1986 to 1991, inspired director Bong Joon-ho’s 2003 cult film “Memories of a Murder.”
The police were finally able to link Lee Chun-jae, 56, to three of the unsolved murders, using DNA evidence found on a victim’s underwear, The Guardian reported.
“In July this year, we sent part of the evidence to the National Forensic Service, the results of which show that the DNA of the suspect matches at least three of the 10 cases,” they said.
The suspect, who is currently incarcerated for raping and murdering his sister-in-law in 1994, cannot be tried for the other killings because the statute of limitations expired in 2006.
“I express my deep condolences to the victims and their families, as well as the Korean public, for not having been able to solve this case for a long time,” Gyeonggi Nambu police officer Ban Gi-soo told the outlet. “We will do our best to discover the truth with a sense of historical responsibility.”
The Post has reached out to director Bong, who won the Cannes Palme D’or this year for his film “Parasite,” for comment.