Park Jung-hyun, an editor at publisher Kodansha formerly in charge of the popular manga Attack on Titan, has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife, who the police suspect he killed.
Park had made inconsistent statements about the death of his wife on August 9, 2016, initially claiming he had found her collapsed, but later claiming she had committed suicide, hanging herself with a jacket. The autopsy revealed that Park’s wife had been strangled.
The evidence, including inconsistent statements from both Park and his children, scratches on Park’s wife’s forehead and a lack of DNA on the jacket have led the police to suspect Park of murder.
Park was effectively the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from its creation in 2009 to last year, where he oversaw manga such as Flying Witch, The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Attack on Titan. Last year he became vice editor at Morning, another manga magazine published by Kodansha.
The Japan Times quoted a colleague of Park as saying, “he was very talented. I was shocked. This could cause immeasurable damage to our comic department and the company as a whole.”
The Japan Times also reported that the police had raided Kodansha’s office to confiscate Park’s personal effects.