Seoul Subway Arsonist Caught, Netizens Eye Conspiracy Theories

A series of fire incidents have made recent headlines in Korea. Eight people were killed and fifty-eight people were injured in a fire that broke out on the 26th at a bus terminal in Goyang. On the 28th, an old patient suffering from dementia set fire to a hospital annex for elderly patients in Jangseong. Although the fire was put out by firefighters within 6 minutes after the call to 119, eight people were injured and twenty-one people died from smoke inhalation, most of them elderly patients in poor physical conditions. Later that day, there was an arson attempt in the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. There was no serious casualties and the culprit was caught shortly after the incident occurred. Some netizens came up with conspiracy theories.

Article from News1:

Police Arrested Culprit of Arson in Train at Dogok Station

A man in his 70s was caught by police for pouring a flammable material on chairs in a train bound for Dogok station on Line 3 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway at about 10:54 a.m. The Seoul Suseo police department stated that the arson culprit was found in an emergency room at a nearby specialized burn center on the same day the incident occurred. He was burned in the arson attempt.

A fire broke out when the train stopped at the Dogok station, leading all passengers to evacuate and all trains on Line 3 to be halted. The person who first reported the incident to the fire department said, “I was in a compartment next to where the fire broke out. I could see the fire through the windows between compartments. As people began shouting ‘There is a fire!’ I called 119. Soon the train stopped at the Dogok station and an announcement told us to move to the driver’s cab. We waited a bit and got off the train through the doors in the driver’s cab.”

Seoul Metro staff said, “The fire didn’t spread much because of the fire department’s fast response.” As of 11:45 a.m. trains on Line 3 are running through Dogok station without stopping.


Comments from Naver:

If you think our country should bring back the death penalty, please upvote this comment!!! Definitely!!


If that man is a Saviorist, they should declare a martial law against Geumsuwon and bulldoze them with a tank.


First check whether he is a Saviorist bug.


The more I think about it….the more it seems like the recent fire accidents were caused by terrorists…


Clearly find out who’s behind this!!


It seems the Saviorists are on the rise these days…They want to divert attention [from the Sewol ferry accident] or are holding a grudge.


I hope they give the death penalty for a crime like that, whether the criminal is an elderly person or not.


Arson at Namdaemun, arson at Daegu subway, arson at a nursing home…arson at Dogok station…. These arsonists were all oldies. Have they gone senile…


You crazy man in your 70s, why did you try to kill innocent people? Age freaking gracefully.


They should first check whether he is a Saviorist.

Article from Newsis:

Culprit for Arson in Train at Dogok Station on Line 3 Was Caught…Suicide Attempt


According to the police investigation, he set the fire to kill himself. It was found that Mr. Cho had harbored a grudge for fifteen years against the government for receiving less compensation than expected in a lawsuit when his business was damaged by a overflowing septic tank.


Comments from Daum:

Don’t just assume he’s mentally ill. Investigate thoroughly about who’s behind him…
Hint: Korea Parent Federation’s trashy old men.


You crazy bastard, if you want to die, die alone. What a complete psycho.. That kind of bastard should be punished harshly. What if the fire spread…f**k..


He should be punished harshly..


It just feels like “they” are pulling strings from behind…


Citizens of the Republic of Korea, I hope you survive. Let’s survive until the ruling party is replaced.


It seems everyone was safe thanks to Mayor Park Won-soon.


From my understanding, I cannot get over the suspicion that those red-colored albas are constantly causing chaos taking advantage of the recent situation.


In my opinion, that old man might belong to the Korea Parent Federation or Defoliant-affected Veterans’ Association.


If you want to die, die alone.


They installed the platform screen doors for a situation like this, Mong-joon. It’s not for air quality… [Referring to Seoul mayor candidate Chung Mong-joon’s criticism of air quality control in Seoul subway stations with platform screen doors.]

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  • UserID01

    A comment from above: “If you want to die, die alone.”

    As harsh as this may sound, I agree. I live in New York City. My commute to and from work is frequently delayed by some jackass who thought it was a good idea to commit suicide by train. They jump right in front of a train pulling into the station, traumatizing the conductor, the people on the platform, and the rescue workers that have to come by and pull their bits and pieces from the tracks. On top of it, trains may be delayed for hours or even taken out of commission because of all of the blood and guts and debris that needs to be cleaned and removed from the train station (biological hazard, of course), and that just aggravates and irritates hundreds of thousands (or millions) of people that rely on these trains to get home/to work.

    If you’ve 100% decided to kill yourself and no one can convince you otherwise, for the love of all good and green things on this Earth, do it at home. Don’t inconvenience me because you want to make a statement and/or impact you’ll never be able to see. Don’t run into traffic, don’t suicide by cop, don’t jump off a bridge. Do it at home, alone, in private.

    • bang2tang

      You should tell them to adopt Japanese train company way to deal with this issue. The families of person who commit suicide will get sued by train company over their loss.

      • wrle

        its worthless to learn from the japanese.

        • kpopwillneverstop

          And….what has your country done about situations like these???

          • wrle

            My country does not get into situations like these. Just saying japan is not much different with korea when handling situations like all about save face.

    • Pako-chan

      i’ve spent over 20 years of my life living in ny and commuting between manhatten and the bronx. i don’t think i can recall a single time my train was delayed from a suicide… what train(s) are you taking that it’s such a frequent thing?

      but i agree, if you’ve made a decision to kill yourself do it some place that doesn’t interrupt someone’s else life and try to keep it clean. someone will always have to clean up after you.

      • UserID01

        I’ve spent the just about same amount of time commuting between Manhattan and The Bronx for work. Just recently, a few months ago, there was a suicide on the elevated tracks at Parchester or Zerega, one of those two stations. Trains were delayed because they had to pick up pieces of the guy off of the elevated tracks. Imagine if you were standing underneath the tracks, and having chunks of human falling on you.

        Often times, they won’t say “Train delayed due to suicide.” They will say, however “Due to an earlier incident.” They’re not going to tell you that there’s a corpse on the tracks and this is why you’re delayed. But many people are struck by trains, either accidentally, or during suicide attempts. Those who live, probably don’t make the news as often as those who die.

    • Guest

      I hate the old ajjeoshi generation. rude, stubborn, sets everything on fire. Its like breed that needs to die out

      • Guy Forget

        While I admit a lot of old ajjushis are backwards and narrow minded bastards, A LOT OF THEM are actually really open minded, kind, and socialble. You have to remember that 60 years ago Korea was as poor as Kenya and other african countries. Today’s old ajusshi’s were the young generation who grew up in those times and broke their backs to work their asses off and build Korea into what it is today. It’s easy for the young generation who who were born into prosperity, abundance, and materialism who do not understand the TRUE MEANING of life and how everything they have came to them (hard work and sacrifice), need to respect the older generations. Yes, they are old now. Yes they are annoying at times. Yes they are fugly, ugly, and smelly look trolls or whatever else you think of them. But the truth is, they are heroes. They are the very people that bled, died, sweat, toiled, sacrificed, fought, for Korea, built this country up, and made it one of the most advanced societies in the world in the shortest time in the history of the world. A lot of young koreans today only know about plastic surgeries, listening to kpop, being addicts and obsessed with kdramas and other stupid fake shallow materialistic celebs and star gossip news. That’s all they care about. That’s all they know about. That’s why Korea is turning to shit because nobody cares about actually doing HARD DIRTY WORK to get things done right. They would rather carry a pompous attitude that they are too good to work in factories or farming fields, but some dirty ass indian or african can work there so korea has no choice but to hire dirt cheap labor from south asia, southeast asia, and africa. Then they’ll complain later on why korea is becoming a multicultural cesspool and more benefits and money is going towards promoting and supporting multiculturalism and bringing in more migrant workers. Because the young generation only care about themselves, about their faces, and their fashion. That’s why they don’t get married, they don’t have kids, and korea has the lowest fertility rate in the world and when all those so-called ajusshi generation die out, there will be a gaping hole of about 10 to 15 million workforce shortage in korea which will only be able to be filled by africans, bangladeshis, pakistanis, indians, filipinos, viet, chinese, thais, indonesians, and more. Yeah, how stupid of you to wish for the old generation to die out so quickly. Instead, you should learn from them, how they worked hard, built this country up, and had big families to keep the korean people strong. And if anyone thinks i’m full of shit, I won’t argue against that because right now it sure seems like I am. But see you in about 30 years and then you’ll see how right I was, unless koreans will change and change their minds about how they view old korea and the lessons of the previous generations, but i doubt they will. They are too full of it with materialism and consumerism and looks.

    • BillBo

      What exactly is the frequency in which you experience this??? This seems totally bizarre or you have the world’s worst luck and have encountered every suicide.

      I don’t think your response is very proper either. If you know someone thinking of suicide don’t just tell them to do it at home!! Try to get them help!!!

  • Science Patrol

    In case of emergency dial 0118 999 881 99 9119 725 3.

    • Boris

      HAHAHA, The IT Crowd. Love that show!

  • RegisterToPost

    Surprise surprise, it’s a worthless ajeossi.

    • Guy Forget

      and do you even know who built korea into what it is today from being shitty as Kenya 60 years ago? That’s right. These “ajeossis” you so vehemently despise.

      • milo

        You often hear the “as poor as …” thing about Korea.
        It’s apples and oranges. You think people in Kenya don’t work as hard as Koreans? Actually, don’t answer that. Going by your previous comments you are a bitter gyopo doofus.
        Geography, historical chance, luck and yes, hard work all played a part in Koreas rise. Do you not understand how much vested interest the West had in South Korea being successful? It was one of the very earliest dominoes and they were going to do anything to make sure it didn’t fall. Add to that your great friends the Japanese giving a little kick start and the Asian Tiger phenomena of the 1970s and 80s.
        Absoultely, Koreans worked/work hard to rebuild their country and develop it to where it is today. But the little fairy tale that so many of you like to believe about Koreans being the supreme sacrificers, the hardest workers, the greatest, is a fantasy.
        If Kenya had been at the confluence of one of the main hot spots of the cold war, with billions of dollars of aid and investment coming in, things may have been different.

        • Cloudfive

          “bitter gyopo doofus”
          Ha. As long as we’re making uncalled for assumptions, let me guess, you’re a jaded undereducated, underachieving English teacher? You may also have an unhealthy obsession with Asian culture yet don’t speak or read fluently in any Asian languages. Try imagining a person dissecting, say American Culture, without speaking or reading English with any fluency. Ridiculous. Of course if he lived in Virginia for a couple years and even dated an American girl, he would be an expert on all things American. He than could spend the remainder of his days sharing his profound insight on all websites related to American culture.

          • milo

            What part of my post makes any comment on Korean culture? It talks about world history and systems that were in place in the 20th century. No i dont read Korean. Why would I? Its a closed circle language with no practical application outside of Korea. But again my post requires no knowledge of Korean. Id say if i have an obsession it would be Russian culture.
            I’m not nor have I ever been a teacher.
            Speaking of language ability i think you need to improve your English reading ability. Did it hurt because it hit close to home?

          • Cloudfive

            “Id say if i have an obsession it would be Russian culture.”

            Oh I see. You’re a frequent commenter at RussiaSLAM with no interest in Korea at all but just happened to make a comment on this article. Like I said, “uncalled for assumptions” and all. My bad. извинения.

          • milo

            Wow you really are offended. Settle down buddy. Not everything written about your homeland has to come from fluent korean specialists.
            Again if you could point me to the comments i made in regards to korean culture???

  • cantonizi

    In Hong Kong they would have killed him before he dirty the seats or light a match.

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