Friday, March 11, 2011

Investigators suspect that Jang Ja Yeon’s letters were fabricated

On March 10th, investigators from the National Institute of Scientific Investigation have revealed that they suspect the handwritten letters left behind by the late actress Jang Ja Yeon may in fact be fabricated.

After netizens demanded that Jang Ja Yeon’s case be re-opened, police obtained the rights to investigate the letters in question on March 9th and detailed their findings below.

Investigators found a total of seven areas in 23 letters and 5 envelopes that brought up suspicions of fabrication. In their investigation, police discovered a faint line between the postmarked and recipient information. It was also revealed that parts of the letters, such as the postmark information, were cut up and pasted onto other letters before being sent to court. The part of the envelopes that contained the recipient information were revealed to have been cut 4cm x 1cm on three different envelopes, while others had holes punched in them.

An individual named Jun (31) had revealed the existence of these letters, but considering the new forensic details of their handling, police are suspecting Jun of “intentionally attempting to hide where the letters were sent from.”

Police also found that out of the 2,439 letters that were exchanged from jail during the period of November 2003 to March 2010, none were sent by anyone named Jang Ja Yeon or her alias, ‘Sulhwa.’ Additionally, Jun was found to have been in possession of over 1,000 A4 papers that police suspected were used for copying.

The National Institute of Scientific Investigation claimed that they will re-investigate the case once they find confirmation that the letters were indeed handwritten by Jang Ja Yeon.

Source + Photos: MyDaily via Daum, Money Today via Naver, Asia Economy, BNT News, Money Today & Allkpop

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Yesterday, the National Institute of Scientific Investigation claimed that Jang Ja Yeon’s letters could have been fabricated. Today, SBS’s “8 o’clock News” released an interview with the chief of the International Forensic Science Laboratory, who refuted the reports of fabrication.

On March 10th, SBS reported that they had given copies of Jang Ja Yeon’s letters to a professional for a second opinion. After thoroughly studying the documents, Lee Hee Il, chief of the IFSL, revealed, “In these letters, the way that certain characters like ‘yo’ and ‘ya’ were written coincide directly with the writing habits of the late actress Jang Ja Yeon. The way the consonants and vowels were written are exactly alike, proving that these letters were written by the same person.”

Comparison of the handwriting in the letter on the left, to Jang Ja Yeon's original handwriting on the right

SBS further added, “It is virtually impossible for Jun to have perfected the handwriting of Jang Ja Yeon by copying the picture of her suicide note from a newspaper. He could not have written 230 letters in her copied handwriting with such limited information, and it is also unlikely that three years worth of letters were merely the result of a concocted plan.”

They continued, “The letters also reveal detailed information regarding her agency’s advancement plans, as well as information on the figures she ‘hosted’ that others would not be able to know. If anything, the letters and envelopes show that Jun tried his best to make sure that Jang Ja Yeon’s identity was not leaked through the letters.”

NISI official reporting to the media that Jang Ja Yeon's letters might be fabricated

A congressman of the democratic party also recently demanded that the investigators and police stop lying to the public about this alleged “fabrication”. He demanded, “The police are fooling the public. This is not the first time that investigators and the police pretended to reveal ‘information’ to the public without any proper evidence or information on even a portion of the case. You must stop this immediately.”

Netizens also refused to believe the reports by commenting, “Just because the envelopes were damaged does not mean that the details of the letters were fabricated.”

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On March 8th, a women’s organization had opened a press conference in front of the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family building and demanded that proper investigations be made.

Once the Ministry failed to react or respond, one netizen began a silent one man protest in front of the Ministry of Gender Equality Building for two hours on March 10th. He held a sign that read, “A Ministry of Gender Equality & Family that remains silent in the face of Jang Ja Yeon’s controversy has no right to exist in this nation.”

Source + Photos: My Daily, Today Korea, Money Today, Suwon via Naver & Allkpop

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