‘The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea‘ is a three-part true crime Netflix documentary miniseries. It is directed by John Choi and Rob Sixsmith.
Yoo Young-chul is one of the most prolific serial killers in Seoul, South Korea. He was tried and convicted of murdering over twenty victims. The documentary explores the early days of the investigation. After the first body was discovered, the police in Seoul worked to find him, but as more started to pile up, they found themselves going into seedy parts of the city. As more victims are uncovered, the police find a suspect, arrest him, he escapes, and they have to chase him to find a killer.
The documentary does an excellent job of presenting the case, the investigation, and the outcome. Through interviews, we see the various investigators as they race against time to stop a monster who is hunting their most vulnerable. Yoo Young-chul is an interesting case. While many serial killers have a pattern with their victims, he attacked a wide range. Men, women, rich, poor, old, and young were all targets for him. I appreciated that the investigators were honest about some of the obstacles they faces during the investigation. They are what made the documentary, hearing their perspectives on the case and since this was a city-wide search, we heard from many different police officers.
Essentially, this documentary does a good job of highlighting police work from another nation. It was a daunting task that they had and I applaud their efforts at finding the killer, though my heart goes out to their families.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some foul language, Disturbing topics, Gruesome elements
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