According to Sankei Shimbun, a news outlet in Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested Attack on Titan editor and vice editor for Kodansha, Park Jung-hyun, 41, on Tuesday for the murder of his wife, 38, on August 9, 2016.
Last year, Park Jung-hyun telephoned emergency services to report that his “wife had collapsed.” Officers from the Komagome Police Station found his wife “lying face-up in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest at the base of some stairs. She was confirmed dead about one hour later at a nearby hospital.” The victim had some light gashes on her forehead, but there were no noticeable signs of trauma at the time that could have resulted in her death. However, an autopsy later revealed the cause of death to be suffocation due to strangulation.
Park initially said that his wife “fell down the stairs,” but later changed his story, saying that she “committed suicide by hanging herself by a handrail.” An investigation was launched afterward when police were unable to find sufficient evidence that could have backed up Park’s claim.
Park was the editor in charge of Attack on Titan when it first launched in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in 2009. He then became a vice editor for the manga Weekly Morning last June.
Kodansha, a major manga publication in Japan and in the United States, has declined to make a statement about Park’s arrest at this time.
Source: Tokyo Reporter