A 31-year-old South Korean man was sentenced to life for murdering his girlfriend, who was initially supposed to have died by swallowing a live octopus.
In April 2010, Kim (this is the only data given for him) and Yoon, his girlfriend, arrived at an Incheon motel after having bought two octopuses from a local restaurant.
Few hours later, Kim called the reception and told them that Yoon had fainted and stopped breathing after consuming one small octopus. Yoon was taken to hospital, where she left her last breath due to severe brain damages.
Initially, Yoon’s relatives accepted Kim’s story as the consumption of live octopus is a cultural delicacy in South Korea despite the well-known hazard of choking. Having tiny suckers inside your mouth is considered a rather sensuous practice that outweighs the pleasure of tasting the octopus itself in the South Korean culture.
However, later Yoon’s father found out that his offspring had taken out a life insurance policy preceding her death, leaving Kim the exclusive policy beneficiary and collector of 200 million won (i.e.$ 220,620) after her death.
After this revelation and approximately 5 months after Yoon’s death, prosecutors reopened the case.
In spite of the fact that Yoon’s body had been cremated, the Incheon court decided that there was sufficient “indirect” evidence to prove that Yoon had been murdered (by Kim) for the insurance money.
Actually, an Incheon court spokesman stated that:
The most probable cause of death was suffocation by cloth….
Though the octopus was found to be “innocent”, Channel News Asia reports that Kim has not accepted the court’s verdict yet.