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Itaewon police offices raided following Halloween crowd crush

Itaewon experienced one of the biggest tragedies recently on Halloween when a stampede killed over a hundred people in South Korea.

Investigators are now working on the case of the crowd crush with 156 dead.

The investigations

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, investigators raided eight offices to seize internal reports and documents.

The documents in question refer to public notifications to the emergency hotline number 112.

One of the offices searched was the Yongsan District Police Station, which oversees Itaewon’s nightlife.

Crowd crush took place in Itaewon.

Raids and investigations are ongoing as Korean authorities face public pressure and protests.

Witnesses say there was little to no crowd control during the crush in Itaewon.

Reports indicate that police received advanced warnings.

The crush

The Itaewon tragedy in Seoul happened on Saturday.

Witnesses said the crush happened on a narrow stretch of street where huge crowds were gathering on a 13ft wide street.

They said that crowd members could not move or breathe.

Public members reportedly called the police about the overcrowding hours before reports of the first deaths emerged.

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The Wednesday raid

A special investigation unit carried out the raids on Wednesday.

The National Police Services Agency (NPA) formed the unit the day before.

It is now responsible for investigating the disaster.

According to the NPA, they suspended the head of the Yongsan Police Station, one of the closest police stations.

“Chief Lee Im-jae cannot carry out his normal duties given the situation,” the NPA announced.

They also noted that they would find his successor later that day.

The calls

According to the NPA, the police received at least 11 calls from people in the Itaewon area.

The phone calls raised concerns of a possible crowd crush just four hours before it happened.

The first call came at 6:34 pm from a caller who said: “It looks really dangerous. I fear people might get crushed.”

Less than two hours later, another called and said people were crowding in the narrow street of Itaewon.

The caller said people were falling and getting hurt.

NPA statement

On Tuesday, NPA chief Yoon Hee-keun confessed that police made mistakes in their response.

“There were a number of reports on the police emergency hotline indicating the seriousness of the (situation) just before the accident occurred,” said Hee-keun.

“According to reports, a large crowd gathered before the accident, and police emergency hotline reports were (informed of the danger).”

Chief Yoon Hee-keun described the police response as “inadequate.”

He also said he felt a heavy responsibility as the head of the agency

During Tuesday’s press conference, Chief Yoon Hee-keun announced the creation of the special investigation unit.

He vowed that the unit would be transparent and share the truth with the people.

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Other notes

Meanwhile, other government bodies admit they were ill-prepared.

The Interior Ministry admitted on Monday that it had no guidelines for crowd management because it was not caused by a single event with a single organizer.

“One of the reasons (for the disaster) was a lack of deep institutional knowledge and consideration for crowd management,” said Prime Minister Han Duck-soo.

The prime minister says it still wouldn’t have been effective had there been more police in the area.

“We don’t have a crowd management system.”


Halloween crush investigators raid police stations across Seoul

Jeffrey Dahmer costumes get blacklisted on eBay due to company policies

Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story continues to make waves online, giving people an idea of what to dress up as for Halloween.

Dahmer’s popularity has dominated the internet, with people planning to dress up as the infamous serial killer for costume parties.

However, not everyone is optimistic about the Jeffrey Dahmer series.

A well-known online retailer has decided to stop selling Dahmer suits.

eBay on the ban

An eBay spokesperson emailed CNN to confirm the removal of the costume

The email also stated that the site would remove any references or pieces that add up to make Jeffrey Dahmer’s costumes.

The platform cites its “Violent and Violent Crimes Policy” as the reason for the costume removal.

eBay’s policy states:

“Listings that promote or glorify violence or violence acts, or are associated with individuals who are notorious for committing violent acts, are not allowed.”

While it surprises some, eBay’s decision to ban Jeffrey Dahmer’s costumes is not new.

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The Dahmer series

The Dahmer series on Netflix got a lot of people talking.

Most reviewers criticized the portrayal of serial killers.

CNN’s Sara Stewart suggested that despite the show’s focus on victims, Dhamer ended up focusing on the insensitive.

She says that the victims’ families said the showrunners did not consult with them before launching the series.

Evan Peters plays Jeffrey Dahmer in the series, which continues to gain popularity.

The Jeffrey Dahmer show drew over 196 million hours of weekly viewership one week after its release.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer was a real serial killer out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys for thirteen years (between 1978 and 1991).

Most of Dahmer’s victims were Black.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1992.

In 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate.

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The costumes

However, a Saturday afternoon search on eBay showed that “Jeffrey Dahmer costumes” continued to show some results.

Clear glasses like what Evan Peters wears on Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story are still on the list.

Other online retailers like Etsy still sell kits that make a Jeffrey Dahmer costume once assembled.

Items listed on Etsy include:

  • Blonde wigs
  • Clear glasses
  • Orange jumpsuits

Gymnast Simone Biles didn’t contain her frustration with the costume.

She took her frustration out on Twitter, writing:

“Put the jeffrey dahmer [sic] costumes back in the closet.”


eBay bans listing described as ‘Jeffrey costumes’ that resemble items worn by serial killer

Halloween movie recommendations: slasher films to binge

With Halloween coming in a few weeks, what better way to get into the spirit of the spooky season than by watching some horror movies?

However, horror branches out into many sub-genres, and the focus of this article is to take a look at some of the best movies in the slasher genre.

Psycho (1960)

Psycho is about Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who leaves after stealing money from her employer to run away with her lover (John Gavin).

However, she makes a stop at the Bates Motel, run by the polite and quiet Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), apparently dominated by his ruthless mother.

Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological horror may not have been the father of slasher films, but it’s often touted as one of the pioneering slasher films.

Psycho is easily one of the most recognizable films, and the shower scene has become one of the most iconic moments in film history.

The film’s music has also become synonymous with the slasher film genre.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th follows a group of teenage camp counselors as they try to fix and reopen an abandoned summer camp.

Aside from the challenge of renovating the old summer camp, they have to survive as someone tries to kill them.

Although there have been several slasher films, Friday the 13th is arguably the most influential of them all.

The cliché of a group of teenagers killed one by one in a field began with this 1980 slasher film.

Friday the 13th was responsible for initiating the “stalker” subgenre in slasher films that show the killer’s perspective as he follows his victims.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Five hippies embark on a journey through rural Texas to investigate a case of grave vandalism.

Along the way, however, they arrive at a farm where they must survive a family of cannibals and a chainsaw maniac.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential films in the horror genre.

For many, it raised the bar and introduced the public to blood that wasn’t as common at the time.

One of the most iconic horror characters, Leatherface, is the archetype of the hulking silent killer with no personality.

Many horror directors have credited The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as a huge influence on their works, including Alien, The Hills Have Eyes, and House of 1000 Corpses.

Halloween (1978)

On Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 15-year-old sister, which led to him getting confined in an asylum.

Fifteen years after his murder, Myers manages to escape from the psychiatric hospital and the riots in his hometown.

Before Jason Voorhees, there was Michael Myers, who laid the groundwork for the masked silent killer who walked silently as his victims tried to escape.

The movie helped take the slasher genre to the next level and introduced the latest female trope.

Halloween also paved the way for others in the genre to follow.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The Elm Street teenagers say they’ve all had nightmares and, surprisingly, dream of the same character.

After one of them dies in his sleep, they realize that in order to figure out how to defeat Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund), it’s important to uncover the truth.

Before Vecna from Stranger Things, Freddy Kreuger was the character that haunted people’s nightmares.

He is easily recognizable by his burnt flesh, his beige fedora, his red and green sweater, and, of course, his metal claws.

A Nightmare on Elm Street also introduced the eerie use of surreal settings, with a haunting nursery rhyme about the villain.

Child’s Play (1988)

After being shot, a killer (Brad Dourif) uses dark magic to transfer his soul into a nearby doll.

A woman (Catherine Hicks) unknowingly purchases the possessed doll for her son (Alex Vincent).

When it comes to the slasher genre, it’s impossible to exclude the biggest killer doll from the list.

Chucky has given many children nightmares by bringing the killer doll concept to life on screens.

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

The sequel to Friday the 13th will hit theaters a year later.

However, the storyline takes place five years after the event, with much of the same storyline.

The main difference is that this film marked the debut of the iconic character Jason Voorhees as the antagonist.

In this film, Jason remains the behemoth he knows today, but it wasn’t until Friday the 13th Part III (1982) that he wore his iconic hockey mask.

Scream (1996)

If there was a movie that took every element of the horror genre and created something new.

Filled with meta references, Scream makes countless references to the unspoken rules of the slasher and horror genres.

Scream spawned six sequels and a short-lived series, redefining the horror genre from the 1990s to the early 2000s.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Urban legends have been the source of many horror films, and in the case of this film, they certainly cemented the hookman as a horror staple.

Four friends driving to the beach accidentally hit a pedestrian and dumped him in the harbor, vowing never to talk about the accident.

A year later, they are chased one by one and killed by an unknown attacker who uses a hook as a weapon.

I Know What You Did Last Summer, along with Scream, helped revive the horror genre in the 1990s.