In the middle of the busy Malaysian airport last Monday, in a scene worthy of any James Bond film, two female assassins sprayed toxic poison into the face of Kim Jong-nam, the banished playboy son of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
The 45-year-old eccentric half-brother of current despot, Kim Jong-un, lost his shot at becoming “supreme leader” after committing a series of widely publicized missteps (mostly in hotels, casinos, Disneyland, and bath houses) that embarrassed his old dad, who ordered Jong-nam into exile before his death in 2011.
Kim Jong-nam was waiting to board a flight to Macau, China when the two killers, one of whom is reportedly seen on camera as wearing a blue mini-skirt and a shirt printed with “LOL,” squirted poison into his face. The women then dashed out of the terminal, while Jong-nam made his way to an information desk for help.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby Putrajaya Hospital, where he had been rushed in an ambulence for emergency treatment.
Speculation into the motive for the attack points to the jealousy of half-sibling Kim Jong-un, who is rumored to have launched at least two botched assassination attempts against Jong-nam in 2010 and 2011, shortly before Jong-un ascended to power in North Korea.
The rivalry between these two nutty heirs to one of the strangest oppressive regimes in modern history goes back to their childhoods, where they were raised in near seclusion behind palace gates. As he grew older, Jong-nam developed a taste for high-stakes gambling, glitzy prostitutues, and traveling with fake passports.
According to the New York Times, China hs been financing Jong-nam’s expensive lifestyle for years because the country hoped to see him one day inherit power in North Korea. China had hoped that Jong-nam would be amenable to rational communication within the territories.
Following the murder, South Korea released a statement calling the attack a “naked example of Kim Jong-un’s reign of terror” — obviously pointing blame at Kim Jong-un.
As of right now, at least one of the assassins have been detained. 28-year-old Doan This Hoang was stopped while attempting to leave Kuala Lumpur International Airport in a taxi. She was in possession of a Vietnamese travel document and wearing a shirt that said: “LOL.” Four total are suspected.
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