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South Korean police ID possible serial killer responsible for 9 murders over 30 years ago

Police in South Korea say they have identified a possible serial killer responsible for the murder of nine women nearly 30 years ago.

Seoul’s senior police officer Ban Gi-soo announced at a press conference Thursday that authorities have identified a suspect wanted in several killings that took place from 1986 to 1991.

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The man, who has not been named, is already serving time in prison. South Korean media has identified him as a 56-year-old who is serving a life sentence for the 1994 rape and murder of his sister-in-law.

While police say the suspect has denied any involvement, Ban said that the technological improvement of DNA analysis allowed authorities to extract DNA samples from evidence that wasn’t possible at the time of the cases.

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In this July, 1993, photo, South Korean investigators examine the scene following a killing in Hwaseong, South Korea. South Korean police have found a man who could be an infamous serial killer wanted for the slaying of nine women some 30 years ago, officials said Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 13 years after the statute of limitations expired over the unresolved criminal cases. (Yonhap via AP)

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Between 1986 and 1991, nine women between the ages of 13 and 71 were found slain in Hwasong, a city just south of Seoul. All had been raped and all were found bound by their own stockings and clothing at sites within a two-mile radius.

A tenth woman was found dead in an identical fashion but police quickly ruled it a copycat case. That suspect was arrested and sentenced to life in prison.

Despite the statute of limitations expiring 13 years ago, Ban said police will continue to investigate the murders.

Police investigated an estimated 21,000 people throughout the decades, to no avail, the BBC reported.

But Thursday’s development offered a new sense of hope for the families involved.

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“I express my deep condolences to the victims and their families, as well as the Korean public, for not having been able to solve this case for a long time,” Ban said. “We will do our best to discover the truth with a sense of historical responsibility.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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French chateau robbed of $2.2M in jewels, cash, officials say

At least $2.2 million worth of jewels and money were stolen from a famed French chateau on Thursday, investigators said.

Six people were behind the heist at Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau, located roughly 30 miles southeast of Paris, according to French authorities, who said the thieves struck overnight.

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The owners of the property — a couple in their 80s — were not injured in the incident. “The owners are doing fine and the chateau remains open for visits as usual,” property management told AFP.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau in France was robbed of roughly $2.2 million in jewels and money on Thursday, officials said. (Google)

The thieves stole emeralds and other items from a safe in the chateau, officials said. They did not appear to be armed during their heist.

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Originally designed for King Louis XIV’s finance minister Nicolas Fouquet, the chateau has a marble-floored ballroom, chandelier-studded dining room and precisely pruned gardens. It’s attracted stars from around the world — notably for the 2007 wedding of “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria and NBA star Tony Parker. They later divorced.

Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau reportedly sees roughly 250,000 visitors each year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lawyer in Dutch organized crime trial shot dead in Amsterdam

A lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial was shot dead in Amsterdam early Wednesday, sparking outrage and calls for a tougher crackdown on violent underworld gangs.

Police said 44-year-old lawyer Derk Wiersum was fatally shot in a suburb on the edge of the Dutch capital by a man dressed in black who fled on foot. Police said witnesses put the gunman’s age at between 16 and 20.

Wiersum represented a witness identified only as Nabil B. in a criminal case against suspected underworld bosses accused of involvement in a string of killings. The witness was involved in one of the slayings but cut a deal with prosecutors to provide evidence in return for a lighter sentence.

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The body of a lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial is carried into a hearse after he was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP)

National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in a statement following Wiersum’s slaying that “as a society we cannot accept this.”

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“This and other forms of extreme violence show … that a broad and enduring approach is needed” to tackle the problem or organized crime, he added.

Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema visited the scene of the shooting and called it “a shock for our society because the victim was doing his job and it’s a very important job in our constitutional state.”

Wiersum was not the first person linked to the trial of fugitive suspected crime bosses to be killed. The brother of witness B. was slain last year.

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Forensic experts with a dog search for evidence in the area where a lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.  (AP)

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The two main suspects in the underworld hits are Ridouan Taghi and Saïd Razzouki, both fugitives on Dutch police’s most-wanted list. There is a 100,000-euro ($110,000) reward available for a tip that leads to their arrest, the highest such reward ever offered by Dutch prosecutors.

Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said he has set up a team of police and prosecutors led by the country’s counterterrorism coordinator to intensify security around people working in the legal system.

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“This is an attack on our constitutional state,” Grapperhaus told reporters in The Hague, adding: “Organized crime has crossed a line.”

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American bookie found dead in Costa Rica year after kidnapping: report

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An American sports bookmaker has been found dead in Costa Rica, nearly a year after relatives paid kidnappers a $1 million ransom, a report said.

The body of William Sean Creighton, the founder of online sportsbook 5Dimes, was discovered last week in a cemetery in the small fishing village of Quepos, the Central American country’s Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) told ESPN on Monday. The department was unable to confirm a cause of death.

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“We can confirm Costa Rican authorities identified the remains of a U.S. citizen in Costa Rica,” a United States State Department spokesperson said in a statement to the outlet. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death.”

The 43-year-old, of West Virginia, was abducted on Sept. 24, 2018, after leaving his office in San Pedro, the OIJ said. Traffic officers had pulled over Creighton in the Granadilla de Curridabat neighborhood at 10 p.m. when four men in a gray pickup truck grabbed him.

The kidnappers demanded a $5 million ransom from his relatives the following morning, investigators said. They ultimately paid a $1 million sum.

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In January, authorities said they arrested a dozen people during raids in Costa Rica and Spain that were connected to the kidnapping.

Three of the suspects – alleged ringleader Jordan Morales, his mother, Guiselle Vega Aguirre and a companion, Maria Fernanda Solis Chaves – were extradited from Spain in April and are awaiting trial for extortive kidnapping.

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The Costa Rican government hasn’t said how Creighton’s body was discovered or how they identified his remains, which were located three hours from the abduction site.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the suspects would face additional charges.

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Canadian man who killed wife, then daughters after taking them to church, sentenced to life

A Canadian man has been sentenced to 35 years-to-life in prison after a court heard that he killed his wife and then took his two young daughters to church before killing them with a children’s toy.

Jacob Forman, 35, described at the time of his arrest in December 2017 as a devout Christian, heard the sentence Monday in British Columbia. He had pleaded guilty to murder two weeks ago.

His daughters Karina, 7, and Yesenia, 8, were choked to death with a hobby horse, CTV News reported.

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Jacob Forman, 35, was sentenced for murdering his wife, Clara, and two daughters, Karina (L) 7, and Yesenia (R) 8. (Facebook)

Forman told the girls he wanted to “play a game” with them before killing them, prosecutor Murray Kaay said at the sentencing.

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“He said (during a confession to police), he thought it would be better for them to go home to heaven than to grow up in a world where daddy had killed mommy,” Kaay told the judge, CTV reported.

Kaay said Forman’s explanation could only be described “as narcissistic and selfish to a degree which defies comprehension,” the news outlet reported.

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Cops arrested Jacob Forman in December 2017 after going to his home in British Columbia and finding the bodies of his wife and two young children in the garage. (Facebook)

“He killed his children in a callous, cowardly manner,” he said.

Forman said he became enraged when his wife, Clara Forman, 33, confronted him about his drinking, CBC News reported. He killed her with a sledgehammer.

One of her friends called cops after Forman told her that his wife had left him, the station reported.

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Cops found the bodies in the garage two days after they were killed.

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New Zealand man arrested in ‘witchcraft’ deaths of 5 Fiji family members

A New Zealand man described as a “healer” and “witch doctor” has been charged in the mysterious deaths of five family members in Fiji last month, local police said Sunday.

The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was charged with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, Fiji police said. The man had previously been considered a person of interest in the case.

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The five dead family members and a crying baby were found Aug. 26 on the side of a cliff in the Nausori Highlands. The victims were identified by local media as Nirmal Kuma, a 63-year-old carpenter, his wife Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal, 34, and Kajal’s two daughters, Sana, 11, and Samara, 8. The baby, identified as 1-year-old Samaira Kumar, was the sole survivor.

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Nileshni Kajal, 34, with her daughters, Sana,11, and Samara, 8. (Facebook)

A toxicology report determined the victims died from ingesting a toxic substance, the New Zealand Herald reported Monday. Police had initially suspected poisoning.

The father of the two dead children earlier told the Fiji Sun he blamed his in-laws’ “extreme” interest in witchcraft for the deaths.

“I never saw anyone or any family so much into witchcraft than my in-laws,” he said. “I knew that my father-in-law was practicing witchcraft and in extreme conditions. He would call witchdoctors home or take my mother-in-law to them as she always used to complain of stomach pains and claim that someone has done something to her.”

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Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54. (Facebook) (Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54. (Facebook))

The New Zealand man was an alleged “healer” who on three previous occasions treated Devi for stomach pains with herbal medicines, Stuff NZ reported in August.

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Fiji police called the man a “witch doctor” and named him and his wife as prime suspects, the Fiji Sun reported early in the investigation. The man and his wife, who have permanent residency status in New Zealand, were questioned for two days last month and issued a court order to remain in the country.

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He is expected to appear at the Nadi Magistrate Court on Monday, police said.

The surviving child, dubbed locally as the “miracle baby,” has since been released from the hospital, according to reports.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.

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Vandals spray paint swastika, deface graves of fallen WWII soldiers in Netherlands

A World War II cemetery that is the resting place for hundreds of British and Commonwealth soldiers in the Netherlands was the target of vandals who spray-painted a big swastika and random letters on many headstones.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) the vandals targeted the Mierlo War Cemetery in the southern region of Noord-Brabant, which is the final resting place for 658 soldiers who fought in the Second World War.

“My heart is crying,” a woman told the BBC, whose parents helped to look after the cemetery for years. “Here are 17- and 18-year-old boys buried, who liberated us.”

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalized with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The CWGC said it was “appalled” by the vandalism, which it said occurred just days other vandals had damaged to the cemetery.

“It is distressing to see the damage on the headstones themselves, behind every one of those war graves is a human story of someone who gave their life while in service,” it said in a statement.

Dutch news broadcaster Omroep Brabant expressed outrage over the vandalism with a reporter calling the acts “unbelieveable”

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A large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s not just a bit of daubing here, no, they’ve daubed everywhere,” the reporter said. “There’s a letter daubed on nearly every headstone. Unbelievable.”

Graffiti vandalism has started occurring at the cemetery in the lead up to the 75th anniversary of allied forces landing in the Netherlands to liberate the area from Nazi control during WWII, the BBC reported.

Prince Charles is scheduled to attend a Dutch Memoriam of the 1944 Battle of Arnhem later this month.

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalised with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The battle caused the British 1st Airborne Division to lose nearly 75 percent of its division as casualties. While the battle was considered a failure of the British army, Amhem is considered a symbol of their fighting spirit.

One example of graffiti sprayed on the site was “MH17 lie,” referencing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Of the 298 people killed on the flight, 193 were Dutch.

On Saturday morning, staff with the CWGC removed the graffiti from the graves and memorials.

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Dutch police have urged anyone who could identify the vandals to come forward.

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Vandals spray paint swastika, deface graves of fallen WWII soldiers in Netherlands

A World War II cemetery that is the resting place for hundreds of British and Commonwealth soldiers in the Netherlands was the target of vandals who spray-painted a big swastika and random letters on many headstones.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) the vandals targeted the Mierlo War Cemetery in the southern region of Noord-Brabant, which is the final resting place for 658 soldiers who fought in the Second World War.

“My heart is crying,” a woman told the BBC, whose parents helped to look after the cemetery for years. “Here are 17- and 18-year-old boys buried, who liberated us.”

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalized with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The CWGC said it was “appalled” by the vandalism, which it said occurred just days other vandals had damaged to the cemetery.

“It is distressing to see the damage on the headstones themselves, behind every one of those war graves is a human story of someone who gave their life while in service,” it said in a statement.

Dutch news broadcaster Omroep Brabant expressed outrage over the vandalism with a reporter calling the acts “unbelieveable”

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A large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s not just a bit of daubing here, no, they’ve daubed everywhere,” the reporter said. “There’s a letter daubed on nearly every headstone. Unbelievable.”

Graffiti vandalism has started occurring at the cemetery in the lead up to the 75th anniversary of allied forces landing in the Netherlands to liberate the area from Nazi control during WWII, the BBC reported.

Prince Charles is scheduled to attend a Dutch Memoriam of the 1944 Battle of Arnhem later this month.

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalised with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The battle caused the British 1st Airborne Division to lose nearly 75 percent of its division as casualties. While the battle was considered a failure of the British army, Amhem is considered a symbol of their fighting spirit.

One example of graffiti sprayed on the site was “MH17 lie,” referencing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Of the 298 people killed on the flight, 193 were Dutch.

On Saturday morning, staff with the CWGC removed the graffiti from the graves and memorials.

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Dutch police have urged anyone who could identify the vandals to come forward.

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Angry seal ‘helps’ Australian police bust drug smuggling ring

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An international drug smuggling ring was busted in Australia — with the help of an angry seal.

The seal prevented the getaway of two foreign nationals from a small island off the Geraldton coast, according to reports.

“They woke it up and it jumped up with its big chest out and bellowed at them,” Damien Healy, Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Service vice commander, told ABC radio, according to the BBC.

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“The guys basically had the choice of going through the seal or getting arrested and they ended up choosing getting arrested.”

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The two foreigners were on a yacht that they ran aground on Sept. 2 before they attempted to flee in a dinghy, officials said. They were caught the next day after the seal interceded.

Cops seized one ton of illicit drugs after their arrests.

Two other foreign nationals and an Australian appeared in court in connection with the seizure on Thursday.

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“We have disrupted a big international drug syndicate here,” Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said.

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Two teenagers arrested over Australian bushfire; firefighters continue to battle at least 50 blazes

Two Australian teenagers were charged Wednesday in setting one of the dozens of destructive fires that have raged across the country’s eastern coast since last week as experts warned of potentially dire conditions ahead of this year’s bushfire season.

Police placed the 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl with a group of other juveniles in bushland where the fire in Peregian Springs, Queensland, was allegedly lit, Australia’s ABC News reported. The pair have been charged with endangering particular property by fire.

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Dry and windy conditions helped the blaze sweep across the area, scorching swathes of bushland and triggering hundreds of evacuations, Sky News reported. The fire devoured one home and severely damaged another. Firefighters battled the blaze for two days before safely containing it.

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Firefighters battled a bushfire in Peregian Springs in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland on Sunday. (AAP via Reuters)

The charges come after authorities set up a task force earlier this week to investigate at least eight fires that appeared intentionally lit. Investigators had reportedly questioned several teens and children regarding them.

The neighboring states of Queensland and New South Wales have endured more than 100 raging wildfires since Friday. More than 100 still burned across the regions on Thursday, with 320 firefighters battling at least 50 blazes in New South Wales, officials said.

At least 26 homes have been destroyed and 73 others damaged, with damages expected to rise once officials can check the fire-devastated areas, News.com.au reported. No deaths have been reported as at least 400 citizens evacuated to shelters in the region.

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Experts are saying the early start to Australia’s bushfire season forecasts a worse than average fire risk across the country.

Researchers from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology wrote an article published in The Conversation saying record warm temperatures in Antarctica will leave Australia with higher than normal spring temperatures and less rain, an “apocalyptic” combination as bushfire season begins, according to News.com.au.

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“Past stratospheric warming events and associated wind changes have had their strongest effects in NSW and southern Queensland, where springtime temperatures increased, rainfall decreased, and heatwaves and fire risk rose,” the meteorologists said.

Experts warn large portions of the country are already experiencing drought, with gusty and unusually warm and dry conditions leaving regions like a tinderbox as the Southern Hemisphere spring begins.

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