Chijon family

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Chijon Family
Founded byKim Ki-hwan
Founding locationSouth Korea
Years active1993—2004
EthnicitySouth Korean
Criminal activitiesmurder, extortion, kidnapping, cannibalism
Chijon family
Revised RomanizationJijonpa

The Chijon Family was a South Korean gang. The gang was founded in 1993 by Kim Ki-hwan, a former convict, and six other former prisoners and unemployed workers who shared his grudge against the rich. 'Chijon' is a name given to the gang by prosecutors working on the case — Kim had originally named his gang the Mascan, a supposed Greek word for 'ambition' (though no Greek words of similar meaning and pronunciation can be identified).[1]

Criminal activities[edit]

Kim ordered his gang members to kidnap wealthy people to extort money from their families; the gang's hatred of the rich led them to systematically kill some of the highest paying consumers at one of the most exclusive department stores in Seoul. The six gang members were found guilty of murdering five people in 1994, burying some of the corpses on remote hillsides and burning the rest in an incinerator that was specifically installed to dispose the bodies, in the cellar of their hide-out.

Acts of violence[edit]

One gang member admitted to dismembering his victims and eating their flesh, saying this was to fire up his courage and to renounce his humanity; the gang, emboldened by a series of successful murders and kidnappings, decided that they needed a more effective way to pick out wealthy victims. They were able to buy the mailing list from Seoul's exclusive Hyundai department store from a disgruntled worker; the list contained the names of the shop's 1,200 best customers who paid with credit cards. From it they chose their next victims.

Death sentencing[edit]

On November 1, 1994, the Chijon Family was sentenced to death for murdering five people.[2] After sentencing, none of the murderers showed any trace of remorse. One told television reporters before his trial that his only regret was that he had not killed more rich kids.


  1. ^ “살인마 지존파 원래 조직명은 마스칸” (in Korean). 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  2. ^ (in Korean) 지존파 살인사건 Archived November 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine