SBS’I want to know’ examines the Korean social safety net system through the recent death incident.
‘I want to know that’ to be broadcast on the 30th,’Ghosts in a single room’ will be presented.
In September of last year, Kim, a woman in her 50s, who lived in a multi-family house in Changwon, Gyeongnam, disappeared. It was around that time that a strange odor began to spread in the building where she lived. A strange neighbor reported to 119, and when the door was opened, Kim’s body was found, which was so black that it was difficult to recognize. However, Mr. Kim was not alone. Next to her was another corpse lying side by side. The person who was with Kim was Park Soo-jung (pseudonym), 22, and her daughter. The residents were astonished when they saw the mother and daughter being carried on a stretcher.
The existence of an unfamiliar daughter even though she moved in for six years, and the death of a mother and daughter that no one knew until a month after her death left many questions. In addition, when the body was discovered, it was difficult to enter the house from the outside because the front door and the door were tied with strings. The mother and daughter died in a closed room because contact with the outside was blocked.
The police investigated with all possibilities open to killing and suicide, but could not find any special clues. The situation at the site of the discovery of the body has even raised the possibility that one of the mothers and daughters killed the other and committed suicide. The results of the autopsy made the case even more labyrinth. Since neither body had any trauma or poison reaction, the exact cause of death could not be determined.
It was possible to estimate loneliness or starvation based on the financial conditions of the poor mother and daughter, but at the time of the discovery of the body, rice and other food remained in the house, and it was confirmed that it was sufficient to settle the meal for a while. In addition, experts explained that dying of self-starving is very difficult because the process is so painful. Sudden death in a closed room where neither suicide nor death can be proven scientifically, why did mother and daughter face such a tragedy?
Like a ghost, a mother and daughter who did not know the existence of the neighbors well. However, the friends of Sujeong, whom I met after asking, told an unexpected story. Sujeong said that he was very active in the usual time, was keen on his studies to the extent that he had good foreign language grades, and liked drawing. After graduating from high school, he said he wanted to help people and even obtained a nursing care license. Friends can’t believe that she faced a mysterious death while preparing for the future with a bright appearance.
As a result of the interviews, it was confirmed that Sujeong stayed away from her mother, became an adult after graduating from high school, and has been with her mother for the past two years. An old single room where no one enters now. Only Sujeong’s paintings, which are laid out like wallpaper, show traces that the mother and daughter lived here.
At the same time, in Seoul, there was a man who left a single room and went out of the world. 37-year-old Choi Dong-wook (pseudonym) was sitting with a sign in front of a subway station with bare hands and feet. A social worker who accidentally passed by when he saw the letter asking for help, said that his mother had died.
In any case, a worker visited the house with Dong-wook. In the room where I opened the door, bugs poured out, and there was a mother wrapped in a blanket. So Dongwook’s mother was found half a year after her death. According to Dong-wook’s explanation, his mother, Jang (pseudonym), said that he had not breathed after he suddenly collapsed, saying he had a sore arm.
Although an adult, Dong-wook, who had a developmental disability, was only able to keep his mother from breathing. As time passed, flies flew around Mr. Jang, and maggots began to form. In order to make her mother sick more, Dong-wook brought a blanket, covered it on her mother, and wrapped the edge with tape. So, it is said that Dong-wook and his mother in Lee Buul-sok spent some time together in a small single room in Seoul.
Why did Soojung’s mother and daughter and Dongwook’s hat have to be known to the world as cold ghosts in a single room? In order to overcome the problem of the gap between the rich and the poor, and to prepare the minimum device for all members of society to survive as humans,’I want to know that’ is broadcasted at 11:10 pm on the 30th, where we will think about what our society should do together.
(SBS Entertainment News reporter Kang Seon-ae)