The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea is one of the series documentary released by Netflix in 2021. Even though it was released last year, however series This documentary is still suspenseful. Because, what happened in series This is taken from a real case in early 2000 regarding serial murders in South Korea.
Series This documentary consists of 3 parts, namely the new type of murder, the scene of the murder, and ‘the hammer has dropped’. In each part, there are facts that show how terrible and strange this serial killer named Yoo Young Chul is.
1. Unclear target and reason for killing
Initially, the killings only targeted the rich elderly and lived in luxury areas. But over time, the target of his murder turned into prostitutes in their 20s. In searching for his target, Yoo Young Chul chooses a woman who is neither fat nor tall to be easier to kill and throw away.
The reason for the murder was not to target property and it was proven by the absence of signs that Yoo Young Chul was looking for the victim’s valuables. Meanwhile, from the method of killing by attacking the heads of his victims, the profiler concluded that Yoo Young Chul killed his victims because he had a great grudge and anger.
The real reason was never explained in series this documentary. However, Yoo Young Chul felt that he had to do it to enforce the law, which was made clear by his statement towards the end of the documentary that said, “…Women should not use their bodies carelessly and rich people should know what they have done.”
2. Self-made killing weapon
Unlike the perpetrators of murder in general, the murder weapon that Yoo Young Chul uses is one of the things that makes the police face a dead end.
From the picture above, it can be seen that the weapon used is a sledgehammer with a short grip. According to Lee Jung Bin, who is a pathologist, usually weapons with a hammer as big or heavy as that have a longer grip, but Yoo Young Chul cut it shorter for a comfortable grip.
3. Insufficient evidence at the crime scene
Yoo Young Chul was arrested after killing 20 people. The lack of evidence at the crime scene is one of the obstacles for the police. The only evidence at the time was traces of shoes of the same size and model at the crime scenes at Gugi-Dong, Samseo-Dong, and Hyehwa-Dong.
Unlike now, where almost every house or street is equipped with CCTV. In the early 2000s, it was very difficult to find evidence in the form of CCTV, but that doesn’t mean the police couldn’t find it. The image above is the only CCTV footage obtained around the fourth crime scene and it also only shows the back.
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The police believe that the man in the CCTV footage was the culprit when the victim’s family testified that the jacket the man was wearing was her husband’s.
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4. Bury the victims
In addition to being killed, the women who were targeted were also mutilated into 17-18 pieces so that they were easy to carry and not arouse suspicion. Meanwhile, to cover up the stench of his body, Yoo Young Chul wrapped the body piece in a black plastic bag and mixed it with kimchi which begins to rot.
Next, Yoo Young Chul would take the body parts to the hill behind Bongwon temple to be buried. Each excavation will be marked with a bottle cap, this code only Yoo Young Chul understands so that later he will not dig the same hole twice.
6. The performer likes to draw
In series In this documentary, another fact that was revealed after Yoo Young Chul was arrested was that he had a knack for drawing. This was proven when the police searched Yoo Young Chul’s residence and found a book with a collection of pictures in it.
Yoo Young Chul said that drawing can make him calmer. For him, drawing makes him like a ‘new person’ and can temporarily help him to forget the pain he is feeling.
6. Multiple personalities
In the collection of images found, there are images of two people holding hands, namely a small child with a cute smile and another demon-like figure holding a weapon. According to the professor of criminal psychology, Lee Woong Hyuk, this picture shows one of the traits of a serial killer.
Yoo Young Chul also realizes that he has a different personality and can turn into a demon at night. So it is not surprising that several experts in this documentary said that Yoo Young Chul felt very proud that he was the talk of the people, felt very great because he was able to play with the police, and was in control of the life of his target.
Sometimes, compared to ghosts, humans are scarier. Even committing a cruel deed can be called a devil. In the case of Yoo Young Chul, no one knows the cause of his actions. Therefore, being careful in every situation and feeling worried is important as a social being.
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