Was Hyon Son Wol Executed for Making Porn?

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Hyon Son Wol, a popular singer and former lover of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, was reportedly executed by machine gun on August 20. Supposedly, her crime was making and selling pornographic videos with other members of Unhasu Orchestra, which she belonged to, and some members of Wangjaesan Light Music Band, also some of the accused possessed bibles. She was not the only one dispatched in this manner. A total of twelve people died in this purge. In typical North Korean fashion, the families of the deceased were made to watch the murder of their relatives, and then shipped off to gulags.

As part of my due diligence as a reporter, I searched for the actual pornographic video on the internet. Given the notoriety of it because of the killings, and the fact that it supposedly was exported out of North Korea, it should be easy to find. It is not. When one Googles Hyon Son Wol porn, the main results are all an array of Youtube sockpuppet accounts, with a very bad quality video of generic Asian porn. The woman in the video does not even resemble Hyon Son Wol. There is a link in the descriptions of these videos, supposedly to the full video; but in actuality to an ad site that does not contain any video, only options to buy overpriced software. Basically, somebody’s taking advantage of a tragedy to try to sell obsolete spyware.

So does the actual porn video exist? I highly doubt it. I suspect this is Kim Jong Un’s excuse for committing this atrocity. Let us examine the facts: The accused were held in custody of the regime for a total of three days from arrest to bloody carnage. I highly doubt they were even given the “benefit” of a show trial in a kangaroo court.

Now let us explore the case more closely. According to legal experts, making pornography in North Korea will get you time in jail, owning a bible will, too. Neither of these merit a death sentence, but think about the conflicting charges. It seems to me that any Christian devout enough to keep a bible in spite of the possibility of going to jail would not engage in pornography. I am not religious, but I was raised that way. There is a huge difference in my mentality now than when I was religious. I own several bibles, they are interesting to me as literature, but I don’t read them every day and if they were illegal I would not have them in my house. I’d bury them in a field somewhere just in case I want to quote the book at some future time. Pornography? I would just hide it. On the other hand, when I was religious, I would have hidden the bible, and prayed for forgiveness if I even accidentally looked at pornography. As the internet might collectively say “Korean christians making porn? Show me the video or it didn´t happen!”

The most logical conclusion is that Hyon Son Wol was not executed for making pornography. Kim Jong Un, as ridiculous of a character as his pudgy self seems to us, is a vicious killer much like Stalin. After the death of Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un had Kim Chol, vice minister of the North Korean army, executed with a mortar round for drinking during the mourning period of Kim Jon Il. He reportedly said that he wanted the murder carried out so that it would leave “no trace of him behind, down to his hair,” according to South Korean sources.

More supporting evidence? Kim Kyok Sik, Chief of Operations for the North Korean Army General Staff has not been seen lately and his post has been taken over by Ri Yong Gil. Disappearing people is a hallmark of communist regimes.

So what exactly was Hyon Son Wol’s crime? Making porn? Owning bibles? Can those really be categorized as crimes? Is it believable that she did both? Ri Sol Ju, Wife to the totalitarian leader of North Korea, was also a member of Unhasu Orchestra prior to marrying Kim Jong Un. Perhaps she saw Hyon Son Wol as a rival and had her executed out of jealousy. Kim Jong Un’s thirst for blood seems to know no bounds, so he obliged.

(Op-Ed)

By Milton Ruiz

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2 Responses to Was Hyon Son Wol Executed for Making Porn?

  1. Uno que llega September 3, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Mr. Ruiz, what about the posibility that all the story is a hoax and she was never killed?

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    • Milton Ruiz September 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      This news comes originally from an anonymous source in China. Since North Korea’s government keeps a very tight lid on information coming out of that country, it is quite possible we will never know the full truth about this matter; but in my expericence, the story meshes with the ways that totalitarian regimes operate. Did you know, for example, that most North Koreans think Mickey Mouse, and the rest of all the Disney characters were created in North Korea, and if you ask any North Korean who Walt Disney was, they do not know, even though the characters are very popular over there? That is the extent of the propaganda and lack of access to information over there.

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