The first editor on the massively popular manga “Attack on Titan” has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
According to Sankei Shimbun (via Tokyo Reporter), on Tuesday, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police took Park Jung-Hyun into custody for the alleged murder of his wife in 2016. The incident took place in the early morning on August 9. At 2:50 AM, Park called emergency services to report that his wife “had collapsed.” When authorities arrived at the couple’s residence, she was found lying face-up at the base of the stairwell in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. She was announced dead at the hospital approximately one hour later.
Park told police that his wife, whose forehead had “light gashes” but whose body showed no other outward signs of physical trauma, had fallen down the stairs. An autopsy later revealed the cause of death as suffocation due to pressure applied around the neck. Park eventually changed his initial story, claiming she “committed suicide by hanging herself by a handrail.”
Park (41) and his wife (38) lived in the Bunkyo Ward with their four children. He was the initial editor for “Attack on Titan” when it launched in “Bessatsu Shonen Magazine” in 2009, and had recently shifted duties to editing the manga “Weekly Morning.”
Park’s employer, Kodansha, has declined to comment on the case.