All the poor guy wanted to do was go to Disneyland in Tokyo. The half-lunatic half-brother of the full-lunatic leader of North Korea was murdered in a Malaysian Airport by two female agents. Details are somewhat fuzzy. CSI Malaysia is having its pilot episode, and it looks like the poor bastard (no pun intended) was poisoned somehow. A quicker death than many North Koreans who simply starve to death.
Back in 2001 he was caught trying to visit Tokyo’s Disneyland under a false passport, bringing shame to his Dad who was otherwise shameless about running a crackpot nuclear military dictatorship. It appears to have removed him from consideration for the Dear Leader succession when his pop finally kicked the bucket and his demented brother took over the role.
The only crazier family reunion would be the Manson Family. As a child his father is said to have been devoted to him, but grew disenchanted when the son displayed signs of capitalist influence while schooled abroad in Switzerland.
I would think one would be more on guard if one’s half-brother was the raving bad hair life leader of a nation of racist dwarfs who is known for executing rivals, including family. When a blood relative wants to make you a bloody relative it is time to make other plans for Thanksgiving Dinner (the North Korean version, catering by the Borgias instead of Martha Stewart).
I hope it turns out that he made it to Tokyo Disney before his bucket was kicked. Even a boy named Kim deserves some happiness before he goes.
*nation of racist dwarfs comment courtesy of the late Christopher Hitchens, who coincidently had a demented brother himself.