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Where crime, culture, and justice collide

L.A.’s Koreatown neighborhood was shocked by the 2003 execution-style slaying of a mother, her 2-year-old son, and their nanny. For 5 years questions surrounding the brutal crime swirled. Was it a crime of passion? Financial opportunism? A professional hit by assassins from South Korea? No one knew the answer.

Fast forward to years later when out of the blue LAPD detectives arrest and charge a mild-mannered neighbor with the crime. The suspect has a checkered past, but he never fit anyone’s description of what they imagined the stone cold killer would be. Was justice served in this case? Or was it somehow lost in translation?

STRANGELAND is a new series from audiochuck that reexamines cases in immigrant neighborhoods. Hosted by investigative journalist Ben Adair and world-renowned interpreter Sharon Choi, Season One’s investigation goes where the police in California couldn’t and uncovers new evidence that may change the course of a case that stunned K-town.

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The Miracle Mile Massacre

The Miracle Mile Massacre

On May 5, 2003, Chi Hyon Song, a 30-year-old mother, along with her two-year-old son, and their 56-year-old nanny Eun Sik Min, were all slain, execution-style, in their modest apartment in Koreatown.

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The Trial

The Trial

The man dubbed “The Koreatown Killer” heads to trial, and the prosecution presents its case — with no witnesses, no weapon, and no concrete motive.

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We Affirm

We Affirm

After almost eight weeks of trial and deliberations, there’s a verdict.

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Holes in the Case (Part 1)

Holes in the Case (Part 1)

As part of Strangeland’s reinvestigation, Ben and Sharon have been keeping a list that goes way beyond culture clashes and misunderstandings.

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Holes in the Case (Part 2)

Holes in the Case (Part 2)

It’s courtroom 101: the prosecution’s trying to make a case, the defense is trying to get their client off, and it’s the jury’s job to figure out the truth.

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The DNA

The DNA

Ben and Sharon visit the lab that did the DNA testing that led to Robin Cho’s conviction.

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The Results

The Results

The results of the new DNA tests are in, with big implications for Robin Cho, Byung Song, and the victims of this crime.

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