KBS TV Korea: Bring My Father Home

Mr. Hwang’s ongoing crusade to have his father, pictured above with a very young Mr. Hwang, released from North Korea some 50 years after his plane was hijacked by a North Korean sleeper agent was the focus of a KBS1 report that aired on Saturday May 13.

I spoke about my involvement with the NGO Teach North Korean Refugees and its efforts to help Mr. Hwang raise awareness of what is almost a forgotten crime. My contribution primarily involves the accompanying Bring My Father Home website and its English language blog which functions as an archive of related articles dating back to December 11, 1969, the day of the hijacking.

The 8-minute show can be viewed here, but because Korea, Internet Explorer is the best browser to use. The video doesn’t play when viewed through Chrome.

Korea’s Heavenly Mother in New Zealand

Thank you to Rosel from the Otago Daily Times for inviting me to contribute to her article on Korea’s Heavenly Mother and her cult’s activities in New Zealand. Rosel’s article is entitled “Korean Cult Recruiting in Dunedin“.

We spoke for about 25 minutes on the phone last week from 7:30 one morning. I’m not at my best then, so frankly, I’m glad just a couple of sentences made it into the piece. I’m more familiar with other Korean cults like JMS and Shinchoni, but I have been collecting bits and pieces about this cult off and on over the years. Here’s the part of my site dedicated to this cult.

My Site referenced in New Book About Cults

I just happily discovered that the JMS cult along with material I collected and shared as well as an article I instigated were mentioned in the book Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems by Dr. Alexandra Stein.

IPSO Rejects Complaint from Group Accused of Being a Korean Sex Cult

I received a nice surprise in my email box last night in the form of this link to an article about the rejection by the UK’s Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) of a complaint filed by the JMS cult about a recent article concerning them. The nice surprise was the inclusion of my name in the piece. The “alternative facts” put forward by the cult weren’t a surprise at all.

 

Video Interview for Hong Kong’s Passion Times

The full show was around 30 minutes long, but I’m having trouble accessing that present. For now, here’s a 2-minute teaser:

My Cartoon Debut!

Well, this sure came as a surprise! I received an email from my good friend Professor Tark Ji-il on Saturday night which contained a most unexpected gift: a cartoon about my recent expeirences with Korea’s JMS cult and its Hitler-praising serial-raping leader. It appears in the November issue of his magazine which is devoted to the study of Bible-based cults. The whole thing is available here, and here’s a wee taste:

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My German News Debut!

In October 2016, I was interviewed by Der Standard about the murder of a Korean mother committed by five of her relatives, including her 16-year-old son, in Frankfurt during an attempted exorcism to rid her of demonic possession. The role of demons and Satan in the Korean cults I document on my site is certainly large, and there was initial suspicions that the family were members of a Korean cult. Continue reading “My German News Debut!”

My CBS Debut!

It was such a thrill to hear from CBS TV and have them ask to attend a recent presentation I gave about cults. CBS seems to be one of the few media companies that are not afraid of the numerous criminal organisations that I find endlessly fascinating. Reporter Jon Dunbar, who has also had a few run-ins with Shinchonji, was also interviewed: