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Killer admits to 7 deaths

A MASSEUR accused of killing a university student has confessed to her death - and to strangling six other women over the past two years, South Korean police said yesterday.

Kang Ho-sun, 38, was arrested last Saturday at his workplace in Ansan, 30 kilometers south of Seoul, in connection with the killing of a student who disappeared last month. Her body was found in a nearby town the next day, police said.

Kang confessed on Thursday to kidnapping and killing the student - and six other women between December 2006 and November 2008, said Park Hak-geun, a senior police official in Suwon.

Kang also is suspected in the 2005 arson deaths of his fourth wife and her mother, the Yonhap news agency reported. Police said Kang told them he approached his victims for sex - or with the intent to rape them - and then strangled them with a pair of stockings, Park said yesterday. Kang said he then buried their bodies.

Police said Kang had lived since 2006 on a farm in Suwon, some 30 kilometers south of Seoul, and was working as a sport massage therapist.

He pointed police to spots within a 7-kilometer radius of the farm where he said he buried the bodies. Police were working yesterday to locate the bodies.

The six other women were a 48-year-old Suwon housewife, three karaoke bar workers, a 52-year-old office worker and another college student.


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