Extra! Korea

August 26, 2009

Thief of Choi Jin-shil’s Ashes Arrested

Filed under: actors/actresses, crime — extrakorea @ 1:07 pm

You might recall that someone stole actress Choi Jin-shil’s ashes. The thief has been arrested. The man, only identified as Park, turned himself in to police. So why did he do it?

“Choi appeared in my dream one day and begged me to take her out of the urn and move her to a grave.”

And this was very surprising to me.

The National Scientific, Criminal and Investigation Laboratory will conduct a DNA test on the ashes to prove its authenticity.

They can do DNA tests on ashes?



  1. ExtraKorea wrote:

    They can do DNA tests on ashes?

    That’s an interesting question. I know it came up in the case of Yokota Megumi, a Japanese woman kidnapped to North Korea and whose ashes which were returned by the Norks to Japan were supposedly fake.

    I found this answer to this question, which suggests that in a handful of cases, especially in less-than-thorough cremation, it might be possible to do some DNA tests.

    Comment by kushibo — August 26, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

  2. Ashes are actually not ashes, as in left overs of a burning. They are actually crushed bones.

    Comment by Chad — August 27, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  3. It’s impossible if the cremation was properly performed.

    Comment by Teadrinker — August 30, 2009 @ 2:29 am

  4. I wrote a whole message on this, which must be in spam filter limbo, tying in the case of Yokota Megumi’s ashes. Upshot is that if it’s done thoroughly it’s impossible. But there apparently are less-than-thorough cases.

    Comment by kushibo — August 30, 2009 @ 3:00 am

  5. “Ashes are actually not ashes, as in left overs of a burning. They are actually crushed bones.”

    You’re confusing ashes with solid remains. Solid remains (bone fragments and teeth) may be pulverized, recycled, buried by the crematorium, or picked up (pulverized or not) by the family.

    I’m guessing in Korea, just as in Japan and Taiwan, the bone fragments are put in the urn(s). If that’s the case, then it may be possible to do DNA testing on the remains.

    Comment by Teadrinker — September 3, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

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