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Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2013

South Korean woman eats live octopus, dies two weeks later, boyfriend charged with murder

A woman in South Korea stopped breathing after eating a live octopus, and died 16 days later in hospital.

The arm and suckers of an octopus, drying in the sun in preparation for eating. 2007 photo by Henry Hartley via wikimedia commons

The arm and suckers of an octopus, drying in the sun in preparation for eating. 2007 photo by Henry Hartley via wikimedia commons

The bizarre case becomes more complicated as the boyfriend, who bought the octopus, was then charged with murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a court that noted, “compelling indirect evidence” that he suffocated the woman for the insurance money.

Identified only as Yoon, the woman collapsed after eating one of the two live octopuses purchased by Kim, the boyfriend, age 32. Police believed the case to be an accident but a TV expose discovered Yoon had just taken out a life insurance policy, which then yielded $190,000 to Kim.

The case went to the Supreme Court, being overturned at one point.

“Indirect, circumstantial evidence is insufficient to support the charge that the accused killed the woman by suffocating her”, the court said in a statement, upholding an April ruling by an appeals court.

Live octopus is a delicacy in South Korea but is a known choking hazard, since the still-moving suction cups can cause tentacle pieces to stick in a person’s throat.

A baby octopus is often consumed whole, while larger varieties are cut up and the still-wriggling tentacles eaten with a splash of sesame oil.

A tentacle was found in Yoon’s throat and both her family and police had initially accepted Kim’s story that she accidentally choked to death.

 

 

 

 

 

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