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Woman arrested for fatally stabbing her parents in South Korea says ‘a ghost told me to do it’

  • A woman in her 30s was arrested on Friday morning in South Korea after stabbing her parents to death and running away.
  • At the police station, she reportedly refused to speak to authorities and began shouting and cursing at investigators while speaking in gibberish.
  • The woman, who had a history of receiving psychiatric treatment four to five years ago, admitted that she committed the murders because “a ghost said to.”
  • Police are expecting to begin interrogating the woman as early as Saturday, while details of the crime are currently being investigated.

On Friday morning, police in Gunpo, Gyeonggi province, of South Korea arrested a woman in her 30s on murder charges after she allegedly stabbed her parents to death.

The woman, who lived alone in Dang-dong, is suspected of killing her 65-year-old father and 57-year-old mother at their apartment in Sanbon-dong. She had reportedly visited her parents the day before the incident at around 5:20 p.m. Police are still investigating the exact time of the murders. 

Asian Americans most likely to fear zombies and ghosts, study finds

  • Sociologists Tony Silva and Ashley Woody published a study on March 10 that analyzes the results of the 2020–2021 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, a survey that asked 1,035 Americans about what they are most afraid of.
  • Silva and Woody focused on data concerning supernatural and paranormal phenomena, writing, “This research examines how supernatural beliefs vary by race/ethnicity, gender, and education after adjustment for other demographic characteristics and religiosity.”
  • The study revealed that when compared to other racial and ethnic groups, Asian Americans are more likely to fear zombies and ghosts.
  • Silva and Woody believe that cultural traditions could explain the differences in supernatural or paranormal beliefs among those who participated in the survey.
  • For members of the Asian American community, the sociologists explained that the idea of the dearly departed paying a visit to the living is “deeply embedded in some racial/ethnic cultural traditions such as Lunar New Year.”
  • Among all the participants, Asian Americans also scored higher when it came to their beliefs in the Lost City of Atlantis and Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

A recent study that analyzes the fear of the supernatural among different communities has revealed that when compared to other racial and ethnic groups, Asian Americans are more likely to fear zombies and ghosts.

Sociologists Tony Silva and Ashley Woody published their Socius paper titled “Supernatural Sociology: Americans’ Beliefs by Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Education” on March 10. In their study, Silva and Woody analyzed the 2020–2021 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, which asked 1,035 Americans about their fears, including “corrupt government officials, “murder hornets,” “a devastating earthquake” and “corporate tracking of personal data,” among others. Silva and Woody focused on data concerning supernatural and paranormal phenomena.

Onryō: the vengeful Japanese spirits that inspired ‘The Ring’ and ‘The Grudge’

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If there’s one ghost who has taken on multiple incarnations in pop culture, it’s the girl from “The Ring.”

The character, who seems rarely referred to by name — it’s Sadako Yamamura, for reference — has lingered in our collective consciousness since the original Japanese film was first released in 1998, haunting horror movie fans for more than 20 years. But the inspiration for Sadako has been part of the Japanese imagination for a lot longer.

Indonesian Villagers Are Dressing Up as Ghosts to ‘Scare’ People Into Social Distancing

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A village in Indonesia has made local and international headlines after taking the enforcement of social distancing to a whole new, dramatically unorthodox level.

Kepuh, located in Sukoharjo, Central Java is deploying volunteers as “ghosts” to patrol the streets at night and ensure that people follow restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.