Jung-hyun Park, a former editor for Hajime Isayama’s popular Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga was arrested on suspicion of murder. The 41-year old editor was arrested for the alleged murder of his 38-year old wife in their Tokyo residence last year.
He was the manga’s first chief editor when it made its debut in 2009. The manga debuted in the Bessatsu Shounen Magazine before moving to the Weekly Morning magazine last June. After the switch was made to the new magazine, Park was no longer in charge of editing the manga.
Reports indicate that Park placed a call to emergency services on August 9, 2016 at, roughly, 2:50 A.M. stating that his wife had collapsed. Officers discovered his wife on her back at the foot of a set of stairs with scratches on her face. An autopsy declared that suffocation via trauma to her neck area was the cause of death and an investigation was launched. Park then changed his story of her falling down the stairs to her attempting to commit suicide, leading to further suspicion and his arrest.
Attack on Titan continues to release monthly in its current magazine and a second season of the anime adaptation is set to begin airing this April. Neither Hajime Isayama nor Weekly Morning magazine have made any official comments or statements involving Park’s arrest.