Court TV Presents: Murder in Room 103
Exchange student Jamie Penich left her small Pennsylvania hometown to see the world, but her journey ended with a brutal attack in a shabby motel room in Seoul, South Korea, where the raven-haired 21-year-old was found naked and stomped to death. Investigators zeroed in on soldiers, turning out barracks and trolling seedy bars for the GIs who partied with Jamie in the hour...more
tho I like many Americans demand an answer; that things b solved in 1/2 he or less this book provided the facts that allow a person to reach a conclusion. the conclusion, right or wrong is supportable & satisfying. what a tragic loss of life w/o reason. well supported & well written. engrossing I couldn't put it down. imagine my distress when I saw Jamie's headstone & saw her birth date was the same as that of my son deceased at age 20.
I'd never heard of this story, and frankly and glad I didn't read this until after my teaching-in-Korea days. Jamie Penich, a small town girl, went to Korea on exchange, and two weeks into her trip was brutally murdered. She was partying in Itaewon (a neighborhood I used to frequently party in), when she went back to her hotel room in the wee hours her face was literally stomped in. Who did it? Was it the ...more
Woo hoo! Two non-review request reads in a row! :)
Considering this book was published in 2006 and covers a murder committed in 2001, why did I pick it up? Several reasons, really.
First and foremost, my study of taekwond-do has led to have a great appreciation for Korean culture. This book, being the story of an American exchange student killed in South Korea, was perfect for feeding the knowledge horse.
Second, I have always love ...more
This incredible book is about the brutal murder of Jamie Pichen, a foreign exchange student in Korea. From the beginning the crime was ineptly investigated. The crime scene was trampled, evidence was thrown together in bags, and witnesses were scattered.
A few suspects were singled out and interrogated for hours at a time, but no leads were developed. Then one suspect was badgered into confessing to the murder, asked the same questions repeatedly until the "correct" answer was ...more