8:15 pm - 03/15/2010

Some Netizens Open 'Cafes' for Kim Kil-tae

Internet communities are sprouting up in support of Kim Kil-tae, the suspect in the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

Police are investigating some Internet users for their support of Kim Kil-tae, the chief suspect in the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl.

Some of them have established Internet communities on portal site Naver, describing themselves as fans of Kim.

One of them, introducing itself as his largest fan site has already drawn nearly 2,000 registered members. The sites carry postings lauding the victim's murder, police said.

An online campaign for his release has launched, proclaiming: "Kim is innocent."

The Korea Communications Standard Commission, which oversees portal services, issued an urgent order for the shutdown of such communities Sunday night and the portal immediately acted accordingly.

But the authorities are afraid for the reemergence of similar communities.

A spokesman for the portal said a total of six of the sites had been closed.

"We are monitoring around the clock to uncover suspicious communities,"
the spokesman said. "Those we deem suspicious are subject to immediate shutdown."

According to police, the first fan site was created last Wednesday. On the same day, Kim was apprehended just 100 meters from the crime scene in Busan after 15 days on the run.

Titled, "I Love Kim Kil-tae," the Web site drew nearly 2,000 subscribers before it was closed Sunday, police said.

The site's Web master said in an article posted Saturday, "Kim must be freed because the DNA sample found on the victim's body tested negative for Kim.

The police distributed false information to the media to put Kim under arrest."

Police are collecting information regarding the sites and subscribers may be summoned for questioning.

It is a kind of fad for some netizens to set up "cafes" in support of criminals who are caught but most of them close as interest in those cases tapers off.

Source: The Korea Times

I wonder if they still keep on making these communities as the guy has now confessed the crime.
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curls975 15th-Mar-2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
dude. WTF...
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sglitzys 15th-Mar-2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
ghost_whisper 15th-Mar-2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
sometimes...sometimes I really wish I could claim a different species, just so I wouldn't fear for the future of humanity.
underhand_glory 15th-Mar-2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
u_niverse 15th-Mar-2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
MTE :( i'm disgusted
cookie_nut 15th-Mar-2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me. There are always crazy bitches stanning for sickos.
yvonne_b 15th-Mar-2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
south korea, some of yous r fucking crazy
carmendove 15th-Mar-2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's not just South Korea. Some of the world's most perverted criminals had huge followings and got "fanmail" in jail.

...I've given up trying to understand humanity.
gdlovesbee 15th-Mar-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
jesus take the wheel
leap4detonation 15th-Mar-2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
erbalurbal 15th-Mar-2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
This happens all over the world. Here in America serial killers get married to crazy fans while in prison. It doesn't surprise me that this is happening so I hope people don't generalize and think this happens only in korea

Edited at 2010-03-15 06:29 pm (UTC)
ghost_whisper 15th-Mar-2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
It's sad enough that this happens anywhere... ;_;
mizuneff 15th-Mar-2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
light_lee 15th-Mar-2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
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hyunkyu11 15th-Mar-2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
kanjou_spectrum 15th-Mar-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
xsilentdreamx 15th-Mar-2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Um. o.0
sglitzys 15th-Mar-2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Who are these 2,000 members? I want to introduce their face with my hand.
kyujonglove 15th-Mar-2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
fauxflair 15th-Mar-2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
the fuck is this.
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