North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s
half-brother was seemingly murdered on Feb. 13, 2017 — with reports that he'd fallen victim to female assassins! Kim Jong-nam was awaiting a flight from the international airport in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, when he became suddenly stricken. Police have at least one suspect in custody, and released an image of an Asian woman wearing a skirt and a long sleeved white T-shirt that read “LOL” across the front.
Witnesses on the scene and news reports from agencies across Asia began immediately speculating that fun-loving Kim Jong-nam had been ruthlessly silenced by his own stepbrother. The victim was an outspoken critic of his half-brother’s supreme leadership, and lived largely in exile to avoid the North Korean leader's ruthless purging of threats to his authority.
Originally seen as rightful heir to the position his younger half-brother now holds, Kim Jong-nam ran afoul of their shared father, Kim Jong Il, by sneaking out of North Korea in 2001 on a falsified passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland. A drinker and a gambler, he’s been on the outs ever since — even more so after their father died in 2011, with Kim Jong-Un assuming rule.
Reports out of Asia say that Kim Jong-un’s continuing “paranoia” was behind the North Korean leader launching a cloak-and-dagger killing in a bustling metropolitan airport. The vicious Supreme Leader is believed to have previously had as many as 70 officials killed to solidify his hold on power — including his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, formerly the country’s second most powerful man.
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