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2007: A factory manager in a packed stadium

October 5th, 2008 Headsman

Last year on this day, six people were reportedly trampled to death when a massive crowd stampeded after watching the execution of a 75-year-old factory manager in North Korea.

The man, who is not named in English-language sources I’ve perused, had fabricated his father’s past as a good Communist when in fact dad worked to suppress the reds. That con kept the family among North Korea’s privileged elite for years.

According to the South Korean nonprofit Good Friends, he faced a snap tribunal and immediate execution in Suncheon this day, in a stadium with 150,000-plus* onlookers, part of a campaign of stepped-up public executions that Good Friends says (.doc) has been driven by the insular country’s decade-long famine. (See another one — illicitly filmed graphic video included — here.)

And he wasn’t the only one to depart the premises in a body bag. The stampede is said to have occurred after the proceedings as spectators were leaving; the cause, if there was one, is sketchily described, although some news reports call it a “melee.” Thirty-four others were reportedly injuried in the crush.

* The figure 170,000 is also cited.

On this day..

Entry Filed under: 21st Century,Capital Punishment,Death Penalty,Disfavored Minorities,Execution,Known But To God,Korea,North Korea,Public Executions,Ripped from the Headlines,Shot,Summary Executions

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3 thoughts on “2007: A factory manager in a packed stadium”

  1. Pozdrawiam z Bilgoraja i zapraszam:)

  2. chung sunlee says:

    concerning women, these are more ruthless than men as they use their hookers to destroy and eliminate good men and their lives in most cruel ways.As these are not doing any humane acts they deserve the more brutalpunishments that men.Prostitutes, cheats, thieves,whores all rolled to one, some women are. they truly deserve the barbaric ways of punishments at god’s will as these days and the history noted.

    1. Jon Smithers says:

      It’s nice to see the ideas of the Inquisition haven’t been lost in the mists of time when priests, the Catholic Church and Islam thought women spawn of the devil.

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