Yoo Young-chul' Fan Brings Shock, Condemnation

      July 19, 2004 18:19

      Notorious murderer Yoo Young-chul looks somewhere upon arriving at Hwanghak-dong Market to help police inspect the scene.

      As people tremble in horror following the capture by police of serial killer Yoo Young-chul, who is suspected of murdering 20 people, they are now shocked by the birth of an Internet fan club dedicated to the killer.

      An Internet cafe popped up on certain portal site Sunday called the "Coolest Murderer Yoo Young-chul's Fan Cafe," just after the shocking case was revealed. The owner of the club put up a notice saying, "I hope this becomes a cool Yoo Young-chul fan club. Please have a good time."

      In the newspaper article list, there are articles like, "19 Victims -- A Murder Record," and "I Think [famed criminal] Shin Chang-won Was a Fool." In addition, the founder of the club also called on members to come up with a good name for Yoo, with the founder himself contributing, "Coolest Murderer Young-chul."

      Internet users have been unable to withhold their rage, saying, "No matter how thoughtless an Internet user you are, this is just too much." A netizen argued, "Could you really support 'Young-chul' using your real name?" Another Internet user scolded the cafe owner, asking, "Why are you that bold? Could you act as boldly in your cafe even with your parents knowing about it?"

      Many Internet users are condemning the founder of the fan club in extreme language, saying things like, "Get a grip, you crazy XXXX," "You piece of XXXX," and, "You're an idiot who really wanted public attraction." Because only members of the club were able to use the board, many people are joining just to leave critical messages.

      The portal site of the club closed it Monday morning as Internet users demanded to the site reveal the real name of the founder and punish him.

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