Gruesome new details released in woman's fatal beating by husband, police say

Man admitted to killing wife, police say

CUMBERLAND, Ind. - Gruesome new details have been released in the death of a Cumberland woman whose husband sought out police and admitted to the slaying, police said.

Chun Shin, 68, was arrested Saturday after approaching an officer at the Speedway gas station at 10th Street and Mitthoeffer Road.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Shin, who is Korean and speaks little English, repeatedly told the officer, "Wife dead, kill wife," and put his wrists together, motioning being handcuffed.

When police followed Shin to his home in the 900 block of Washington Cove Lane, they found the body of his wife, Youngsook Shin, 57, rolled up in a carpet in the entryway, according to the affidavit.

Through an interpreter, Chun Shin later told police that he and his wife had been arguing and that he strangled her, hitting her in the back of the head with a base of a candleholder.

"He basically didn't tell us why he had done it.  He did actually say he tried to strangle her and that he actually struck her with something," said Cumberland police Detective Michael Davidson.

Youngsook Shin's cause of death was ruled homicide by a combination of blunt-force trauma to the head and asphyxiation by manual strangulation.

Chun Shin told police that after killing his wife, he cut his wrists with a broken part of the candleholder base, according to the affidavit.

Neighbors said the two Korean natives spoke very little English but always appeared friendly, often walking together around the neighborhood.

But police said Youngsook Shin had expressed fear for her safety to the couple's pastor.

"About six weeks prior to the incident, Mrs. Shin, the victim, she actually went to her pastor and told her pastor that she feared for her life and thought here husband was going to kill her," Davidson said. "He basically told her to have faith and to continue to pray."

The couple had been married two years.

Chun Shin appeared in court Tuesday, where he was charged with one count of murder.

 
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