Pocheon poisonings

The Pocheon Poisonings were a series of murders committed in Pocheon, South Korea between 2011 and 2014. An unidentified woman, known only as Noh, killed three family using herbicides and left one in critical condition. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for her crimes.[1]

Pocheon poisonings
Other namesNoh
Conviction(s)Murder x3
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
Span of crimes
CountrySouth Korea
State(s)Seoul Capital Area
Date apprehended
February 2015


In 2011, Noh's ex-husband was poisoned with a lethal amount of herbicide. It was initially deemed a suicide, with an eyewitness statement claiming that he killed himself after drinking a poisoned glass of water. Three years later, both the mother-in-law and husband, who suffered from lung diseases, died. Herbicides had been added to a fatigue-relieving drink for the mother-in-law, while the husband died after being slowly poisoned over a long period of time. Then, in February 2015, Noh was arrested. Even more shockingly, she tried to also poison her daughter, who suffered from lung fibrosis.[2]

Trial and sentenceEdit

Noh, who killed her relatives for money, was indicted by the court in 2015, with the prosecutors asking that she be given the maximum penalty available.[3] At her first trial, she was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and was required to wear an electronic bracelet.[4] In her appeal trial, she was resentenced to life imprisonment.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The curious story of the Pocheon serial pesticide case: why did an ordinary housewife do such a terrible thing? NewsPim (March 13, 2015) [in Korean]
  2. ^ An 80-year-old grandmother dies from pesticide...reviewing the Pocheon Serial Pesticide Case Segye Daily (July 18, 2015) [in Korean]
  3. ^ The Pocheon Poisoner asked to get death penalty Maeil Business Newspaper (July 17, 2015) [in Korean]
  4. ^ Herbicide family serial killer's first trial results in life imprisonment Yonhap News (August 20, 2015) [in Korean]
  5. ^ "Pocheon herbicide murder case: woman in her 40s sentenced to life imprisonment" (in Korean). Maekyung.com. January 15, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2020.