Ex-gangster arrested for killing wife, other family for insurance
A former gangster has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, brother and brother-in-law in order to receive insurance money after disguising their deaths as accidents, police said Thursday.
The 46-year-old man surnamed Park is also accused of trying to kill his lover's husband, who was left with a disability after two years in the hospital, according to police at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.
Park allegedly received a total of 2 billion won (US$1.74 million) in insurance money for the disguised murders.
He is accused of first killing his wife in 1996 by asking a friend to strangle her to death inside a car. Police said he then drove the car into the friend's car in order to claim his wife had been killed in the crash. An insurance company paid him 145 million won in compensation.
Two years later, Park received 600 million won for the death of his brother, which he also disguised as the result of a car accident, police said.
The third alleged murder came in 2006, when he colluded with the husband of his new wife's sister to kill the wife's younger brother.
That plot earned him 1.25 billion won in insurance money after he drove the dead body into a bridge post.
Also that year, Park and his accomplice are suspected of colluding with Park's lover to kill her husband by running over him.
Police said Park has admitted to the murder of his wife and the attempted murder of his lover's husband, apparently because the statute of limitations has expired on his wife's case.
However, he has denied the other allegations against him and shown no remorse for his crimes, threatening to take revenge on the investigator in charge of his case after he is released from prison, police said. (Yonhap)