Case 185

Kim Chol

When Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong were offered the chance to star on a prank show that aired on YouTube, the young women thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime. All they had to do was approach strangers on the street and rub oil on their faces. Although the practical jokes seemed bizarre, the job paid well and was easy work.

Everything seemed to be going well. Then, in February 2017, the women were tasked with their biggest ever job: a prank at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Airport that would target a certain individual and make them world famous. But little did the women know, this supposedly harmless prank would have devastating consequences that led directly to one of the most dangerous men in the world: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.



Casefile Presents



Research & writing – Erin Munro

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska



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North Korea will fail, says Kim Jong-il’s other son – The Journal

Kim Jong-il’s other son expects North Korean regime to fail, journalist says – CNN

Kim Jong-un’s half-brother is reported assassinated in Malaysia – New York Times

North Korean leader’s half-brother suffered a ‘very painful death’, Malaysian officials say – Washington Post

Did Kim Jong-nam’s Facebook fascination lead to his death? – The Telegraph

Kim Jong-nam had offer to lead N. Korea’s government in exile – The Korea Times

Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysian police arrest female suspect – The Guardian

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Kim Jong-nam death: North Korea asks for return of body – BBC News

Jong Nam murder: Cop reveals identity of 5th N Korean suspect – FMT News

North Koreans hiding in Malaysian embassy return to Pyongyang – CNN

Lawyers for women in Kim Jong-nam case say they were scapegoated – New York Times

Kim Jong-nam: Judge says enough evidence for murder trial to go ahead – ABC News

Kim Jong-nam murder case: Dec 18 for decision on notice of motion – The Sun Daily

Malaysian court to extend Kim Jong-nam assassination trial – UPI

Kim Jong-nam death: suspect Siti Aisyah released after charge dropped – The Guardian

How I was tricked into killing Kim Jong-un’s brother – The Daily Mail

Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader, ‘was a CIA informant’ – The Guardian

Kim Jong-un’s nephew Kim Han-sol goes missing ‘after meeting with CIA’ – NZ Herald



Kim Jong-un’s brother slain in Malaysia – Fremont Tribune



North Korea’s Deadly Dictator – Frontline



Report on the use of a chemical weapon in the death of a DPRK national



Wikipedia article

The assassination of Kim Jong-nam – WNYC Studios

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