RAINCOAT KILLER: Monster murdered rich seniors, poor sex workers
The victimology was at odds, to say the least.
On one hand, the dead were desperate young sex workers. On the other, wealthy old people.
All were victims of South Korea’s Raincoat Killer, the subject of a Netflix docuseries profiling the murders, described by one detective as “spine-chilling.”
In the fall of 2003, the first bodies began turning up in Seoul. Wealthy old people who lived in nice neighborhoods and who been battered to death with a sledgehammer.
Now, the three-part series, The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in South Korea, takes a closer look at the serial killer, his background, and motivations. The series is told through interviews with investigators who sent Yoo to death row, where he remains unrepentant.
The series reveals that detectives and various law enforcement agencies were initially reluctant to use the chilling words “serial killer” because they feared triggering widespread panic in the South Korean capital.
The third episode tells how detectives closed in on Yoo, and managed to get inside his apartment, which was packed with chilling drawings. In the bathroom, a large amount of blood spatter led them to the horrifying conclusion that many women died inside the room.
His trademark was a yellow raincoat. Yoo killed in it and was arrested in it.
Yoo was convicted of 20 murders in 2004, although some investigators fear his tally of death could be considerably higher.