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Kim Jong-Un Has His Former Girlfriend Executed

Well, this seems particularly harsh:

A popular North Korean singer — and Kim Jong Un’s former flame — was among a dozen performers executed by a firing squad last week, reports said Wednesday.

Hyon Song-wol, a well-known pop artist and longtime girlfriend of the dictator, was gunned down with the group of songsters on Aug. 20 — three days after they were arrested for allegedly breaking pornography laws, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo reported.

The victims, members of well-known bands in the country, were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the tapes, the paper reported.

One source told the newspaper that some of the victims were clutching Bibles as they were killed in front of their loved ones — who were then ordered to live in the country’s notorious prison camps after they were found guilty by association.

“They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” the source said.

Kim, the mysterious twentysomething leader of the totalitarian country racked with starvation, allegedly met Hyon when they were teenagers. But his father, Kim Jong Il, never approved of their relationship and ordered his son to break it off.

Hyon — whose songs included the titles “Footsteps of Soldiers” and “I Love Pyongyang” — reportedly married a soldier and had a child in 2006, but rumors suggested she carried on an affair with Kim.

Kim later married Ri Sol Ju, a former member of the Unhasu Orchestra.

Reports don’t seem to indicate any motive or reason for these executions, although one would assume it has something to do with Kim consolidating his power in some way.

H/T: Althouse

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Comments

  1. DC Loser says:

    Or Mrs. Kim.

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  2. I did have the thought that there’s a Lady Macbeth thing going on there

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  3. Pinky says:

    The motive? Come on. That’s the dream: the power to kill ex-girlfriends. (Note: that was facetious. My point is that if you’re a fat loser in your twenties, and you suddenly have the power to kill anyone you feel like, and you’re crazy, you’re going to pay back everyone who ever disappointed you.)

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  4. Rob in CT says:

    Clearly we must bomb North Korea.

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  5. C. Clavin says:

    she probably deserved it.

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  6. Dave Schuler says:

    Sometimes it’s good to be king.

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  7. Gustopher says:

    I don’t like the current batch of American pop music — perhaps a round of executions would help things here. This crazy, unbalanced dictator might be onto something.

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  8. rudderpedals says:

    Droit du seigneur with more droitishness.

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  9. Rob in CT says:

    I see Dear Leader has been listening to Guns ‘n Roses.

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  10. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @Gustopher:

    I don’t like the current batch of American pop music — perhaps a round of executions would help things here. This crazy, unbalanced dictator might be onto something.

    You know…

    I KNOW this is snark… But the way teabaggers are going in the southeast, it likely is something said now by many in earnest.

    For instance, consider the kerfuffle over Ms. Cyrus expressing youthful sensuality on an awards program this past week.

    The country was shock — SHOCKED ! — by these actions.

    So, is she likely the first up against the wall when the teabagger revolution takes place?

    if nationalistic and religious fanatics get their way, how far are we away from Chubby Lil’ Kim?

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  11. bill says:

    Maybe she made a joke about little ‘un?
    @Liberal Capitalist: sure, the uber violent t party…..like they ever lived up to the “violet racist ” hype…..aside from in you dreams.

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  12. PJ says:

    One source told the newspaper that some of the victims were clutching Bibles as they were killed in front of their loved ones — who were then ordered to live in the country’s notorious prison camps after they were found guilty by association.

    Some were clutching Bibles? Owning a Bible is punishable offense in North Korea, and yet these people were allowed to hold one during the execution?

    I’d say I would want more proof that is actually happened. I’m not going to believe every story blindly just because North Korea is one scary place and the leader seems to be required to be a nut job.

    (I’d trust the NY Daily News to be able to confirm that the Governor of New Jersey is fat, but not much else…)

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  13. David in KC says:

    This is a little flippant, but it has been one of those days. Well, that’s one way to avoid those awkward moments when you run into the ex at a dinner party.

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  14. Jen says:

    Reports don’t seem to indicate any motive or reason for these executions

    The Daily Telegraph and a couple of others are reporting it had something to do with a p0rn ring.

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  15. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @bill:

    sure, the uber violent t party…..like they ever lived up to the “violet racist ” hype…..aside from in you dreams.

    Ok, so maybe you personally are not wackadoo crazy. Let’s hope so, right?

    But here’s a few hits from today’s news:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/07/24/americas_scariest_police_chief_shoots_libtards_and_forms_militias/

    http://newsone.com/2703712/david-marsters-barack-obama/

    and let’s make sure that we don’t even drift over to Ted Nugent crazy, OK?

    So, it’s just matter of degrees for some, it looks. How far would it be for them to authorize the elimination of others… if they could do so with impunity?

    I, for one am amused.

    When we are old, we will be able to look back at these type of fools with sadness for this era.

    Like we did when we see the black-and-white rabid anti-civil rights protester’s pictures now.

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  16. Liberal Capitalist says:

    On the other hand… I am not sure if I ever saw a

    “violet racist”

    Most violets are just pansies!

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  17. bill says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: i blame my android keyboard, it’s probably smaller than un’s wang! sure, there’s some wacky militia types running around waiting for the next big “race war” but really, the most crazy protesters you ever see on tv all happen to be young liberal-esque types with too much time on their hands. when they finally get jobs and realize how many branches of gov’t have their mitts in their paycheck….well- they wake up and smell what they used to serve!

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  18. just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: To be fair to the whackadoodle set out in the commentariat, please note that even reading your articles in as biassed a manner as I was able to muster, I didn’t get to any one actually shooting anyone else.

    Whackadoodle 1 Lib Cap 0. sorry!

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  19. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Guys,

    I like the sliding scale you applied!

    First, you tell me that there are no violent racists.

    Then I point out a few, and the response is: well, they haven’t KILLED anyone…

    That kind of was the point: ” How far would it be for them to authorize the elimination of others… if they could do so with impunity?”

    So, violent racists, fine, heavily armed fine… as long as they don’t start killing.

    Your parties must be fun times!

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