Over at the Marmot’s Hole, contributor Robert Neff has an interesting posting up about the murder of 26 year old prostitute Yun Kum-i in the ville outside of Camp Casey by US soldier Kenneth Markle back in 1992. Robert has used a number of open source media articles to create a time-line of what occurred to include Markle’s allegations that he was innocent:
Inside the packed court house Markle denied he had tortured and killed Ms. Yun. He insisted that she had attacked him with a Coke bottle and that he was only defending himself when he struck her back. ”I struck her four times, but I’m denying she was dead when I left the room.” He claimed that he afterwards tried to revive her. He also denied trying to have sex with her and alluded to another soldier that he said may have been responsible for her death. He claimed that he and the other soldier had argued over who would take her home. [Marmot's Hole]
Here is the name of the other soldier he claims is responsible for the murder:
This hearing, however, he appears to have given more information. For the first time the name of the soldier he suggested might be responsible for her death was mentioned – Spc. Jason Lambert. According to Markle he watched Lambert enter Ms. Yun’s room after he left. He also said the Lambert indicated to him that Yun was his girlfriend and was angry that Markle had gone to her room. Markle claimed he had not known the woman before that night, but saw her staggering drunkenly down a street in the city after he left the club. He offered to help her get home and she accepted. He said they were confronted on the street by the soldier he identified as Lamber, who said he knew the woman and would take her home. Markle said he refused, and Lambert left. Lambert returned a short time later and demanded that “I come outside and fight him.” Markle said they did fight briefly and when he went back inside the room Yun began slapping and clawing him, inflicting several minor wounds. He said he took the bottle from her and hit her “only hard enough to make her stop.” He said she fell to the floor unconscious and bleeding. He then tried to rouse her, but couldn’t. [Marmot's Hole]
Make sure to read Robert’s entire posting because it is an interesting to include an ongoing conversation in the comments section.
ROK Drop readers may remember this posting I did over three years ago that drew a comment from Markle proclaiming his innocence. This is what Markle had to say:
A friend of mine let me know that there were all kinds of interesting things being written about me on this site. I had a little time to waste, so I sat down recently and started reading. And laughing. At first, I was amused. Then it became nearly hysterical. Far too many comments have been made for me to try to respond to each one. Instead, I’ll make a few general statements and be done with it. I wasted too much time overseas to spend any more doing this. For the record, I didn’t kill ANYONE. I was in the vicinity. Had contact of a non-sexual nature with the young woman and left the area. I do not know who committed the crime. I was identified as being seen with her, was arrested, interrogated and bullied into signing a confession I could not read or understand. Thus, the basis of my conviction. I was 19 years old, scared, alone and helpless. I never had a chance of “proving” anything, let alone my innocence. I’ve made very little noise about the ordeal since I’ve returned to the United States. Believe me, I wanted to. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops, file lawsuits, get the media involved… Anything to “prove” I didn’t do it.
What good would it do me now? The 14 years are gone. I can live for the future or let the past kill me. I chose the former. That might not be the right choice, but I took some good advice and chose not to let the past dictate my future. I can sleep at night with my choice. As for all the comments made on this site by “ex’s” and other acquaintances, the only one one I’ll acknowlege is John Ortega. Yes, he was my room mate in Korea. He was like a brother to me, a truly trusted friend who I still think of occasionally. I appreciate that he even tried to contact me. He was a good man then and, I’ve no doubt, still is. Hope you are doing well, John. Thanks for coming to see me at Red Cloud and playing Spades through the bars of my cell. I’ll never forget it. Onward… Yes, I could post transcripts of my trials on the site. Copies of statements and pictures and just about anything else you folks would want to see. Some of it damaging, some vindicating. Wouldn’t matter. The debate would rage. I’m not a “sexual deviant” or a predator. Never had legal trouble before Korea or since. Not a pothead or a woman-beater.
I work my ass off to make up for lost time and I’m determined to do it. Some of you call me names, say I should get “the chair” or I’m lucky to be free. Say I manipulate or deceive or…well, I don’t need to try to repeat all of it. I don’t care what any of you think of me. I did my time, justified or not. All of you with nothing better to do than crucify me should ask yourselves what good you’re doing wasting your time on this site. Go to work. Take care of your kids. Do something productive. Be happy that you have the freedom to do it. I know what it’s like not to have it. It’s miserable.
The posting drew even more comments from supporters and detractors that have known Markle over the years to include a number of ex-girlfriends and fellow soldiers that served with him. Like I told Markle before, he is the one convicted of murder and if he says he is innocent it is up to him to convince people otherwise. He can start by posting the transcripts he keeps claiming will show that he is innocent.
My offer to post them here on this site still stands so everyone can have the complete information to draw their own conclusions on whether he is innocent or not. As long as he keeps avoiding posting the transcripts I will continue to believe he is guilty of the crime he was convicted of.