South Korean Woman Killed by Mother and Brother Due to Demon Fears

A 25-year-old woman living in South Korea's Gyeonggi province was decapitated with a kitchen knife on August 19.  Police arrested the woman's mother and brother who allege that the victim had been possessed by an evil spirit.   The mother, a 54-year-old housewife, told police that she had been chatting with her son and daughter  in their living room when their dog began barking for no apparent reason.  Suspecting that the dog was possessed by a demon, all three family members took turns stabbing the dog with a knife and striking it with a baseball bat. 

After moving to the bathroom to clean up, the 25-year-old daughter's hands reportedly began shaking and she moved toward the mother in a threatening way.  Believing that the demon had exited the dog and entered the daughter, the other two family members forced her to lie down on the bathroom floor.  It was at this point that the mother stabbed her daughter in the neck with a knife while her brother struck his sister's abdomen and head with a hammer.  Realizing that they would face murder charges, the two then phoned the father who was working at his shoe repair business at the time.    Hours later, the father phoned the police and said the two suspects would be turning themselves in.   Autopsy results later determined that the daughter had died of neck and head injuries.

On arriving at the scene, police found the dead woman's head detached from her body.  When asked to explain what happened, the mother stated that she and her family had a history of belief in demons and shamanism.  She added that her grandmother had been a shaman but the mother had been unable to follow in her footsteps because "the spirits didn't inhabit her."   Both the mother and brother also told police that they hadn't eaten in four days though the reasons for this remain unclear. 

Police are still investigating.

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