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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Attack on Titan’ former editor Jung-hyun Park arrested for allegedly strangling wife to death

By Mauricia / 2017.01.10
A shot of the huge Titan figure taken at a shopping mall in Fukuoka, Japan.

'Attack on Titan' former chief editor, Jung-hyun Park, was arrested for allegedly killing his wife. He was seized by authorities on Tuesday at their home in Bunkyo Ward.

Jung-hyun Park, 41, was arrested by police for apparently murdering his 38-year-old wife last year. The famous manga, 'Attack on Titan' former editor, was the chief editor in 2009 in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine but eventually transferred to manga Weekly Morning.  At that time, he is no longer editing for 'Attack on Titan'.

It was reported by Sankei News that on August 9 Park called the emergency services at around 2:50 am stating that his wife had passed out. The officers who arrived found his wife on her back at the end of the stairs having light abrasions on her face.

It was later exposed that the reason of his wife death was suffocation. She was deprived of oxygen due to the strong pressure on her throat. At first, Park mentioned that his wife fell down from the stairs, but changed his story lately saying that she committed suicide by hanging herself using the staircase's handrail. He and wife have four children, Kotaku reported.

According to Tokyo Reporter, the Komagome police officers investigating the case said that the body shows no obvious signs of trauma to her body what would eventually result in demise. They conducted further investigation to search enough evidence to support Park's wife suicide claim.

Additionally, the police reported that footage from a video security camera had no proof that another person came in the house. The whole family, including his wife and their four children were at home when the crime took place.

After Park was arrested on Tuesday, Kodansha delivered a statement stating that "[Park] maintains his innocence. We await the results of the investigation and are dealing with [this incident] with the utmost caution."

The conducted investigation concluded that Park strangled his wife to death. His change of statement also fueled the suspicion of the officers regarding his wife's death.  He was the assistant editor-in-chief of Kodansha's Morning magazine and a previous editor of Hajime Isayama's 'Attack on Titan' manga series.

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