We dare you to read these chilling true crime stories that actually happened in South Korea. Plus, find out which K-dramas are based on these real-life crimes.

1. Kidnapping of Park Na Ri

On Aug. 30, 1997, pregnant Jeon kidnapped Park, then 8 years old, on her way home from an English class. Jeon requested 20 million won (17,600 USD in 2017 conversion rate) in cash to Park’s parents over the phone. Five days after Park had gone missing, the police released the case to the public. The kidnapper’s father informed the police that his pregnant daughter had left home and not come back.

Park had been murdered on the day she was kidnapped.

You may recall kidnapping of Kim Yoon Jung in Signal starring Lee Je Hoon and Kim Hye Soo. Signal touched on other real-life crimes including Hwaseong serial murders below.


2. Hwaseong serial murders

In Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi Province, ten women were murdered between 1986 and 1991. The women’s age ranged from 14 to 71. Some victims were found raped. Four of the bodies were found partly damaged.

Over 180,000 police officers nabbed 3,000 suspects, but the case remains unsolved to date. It is being revisited after the statute of limitations on murder was revoked in 2015.

This infamous case has inspired Tunnel starring Choi Jin Hyuk, Yoon Hyun Min, and Lee Yoo Young.


3. Suwon murder case

On Apr. 1, 2012, a 27-year-old woman who lived in Suwon city called the police saying she is being raped. The attacker had briefly left the scene, and she had locked the door to make time for the call.

From the recording of the emergency call, the victim begs the operator to hurry, who doesn’t dispatch police officers but asks her irrelevant questions for seven minutes.

This case was heavily criticized for the emergency operator’s absurd response when timing was critical. Evidence suggests the police could have saved her, whose body was found sliced in pieces, had they arrived to the scene on time.

The first episode of Voice replicated this monstrous case. K-drama Voice is about a fallen detective (Jang Hyuk) and voice profiler (Lee Ha Na) who solve crimes at an emergency call center.


4. Gwangju Inhwa School case

Inhwa school for physically disabled children has been ranked as the best special school in the area since the school’s inception in the early 2000s. Also since the school’s inception, the principal, teachers and other faculty members had been sexually harassing the students. The victims’ families, who found out about this in 2005, reported the faculty members to the authorities.

In 2009, writer Gong Ji Young published a fiction called Silenced (Dogani). Another sexual harassment occurred in school in 2010. The school refused to be investigated.

In 2011, the film Silenced premiered starring Gong Yoo and Jung Yoo Mi. In the following year, Inhwa school closed its doors. In 2013, the city of Gwangju opened Seonwoo Special School.


5. Seongsu Bridge collapse

This one is not a crime but an unfortunate accident. On Oct. 21, 1994, the bridge over Han River that connects the northern and southern part of Seoul collapsed, which resulted in 32 deaths and 17 injuries. Signal’s Han Young Bridge collapse episode is based on this actual event.


Lastly, if you’re looking to watch a K-drama that’s not so chilling but also based on real life, check out Squad 38! Starring Seo In Guk and Choi Soo Young, Squad 38 is based on the episodes from Seoul’s 38 Tax Collection Division.

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Source: Wikitree

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