February 24, 2024

Letters from prison: Park Jong-lin, North Korean spy and detainee, dies at 89

For decades, Park Jong-lin longed for the day to meet the daughter he left behind in the North

Correction (July 7, 2021 at 9:34 a.m. KST): This article has been updated to reflect Park Jong-lin's recollections in the book "Unchangeable" on seeing his daughter during the 2007 family reunion event.

On his third decade of toiling away in South Korean prison, Park Jong-lin wrote a pained letter about his long-lost daughter, Okhee, who he only got to raise for four months before being deployed on a spy mission to Seoul that changed his life forever.