Episode #6: Misook Nowlin Wang and the Murder of Linda Tyda
Misook Kim was an immigrant to America from South Korea. After a failed marriage in South Korea and a second failed marriage in America, Misook married Don Wang and they had a son together. Misook and her mother-in-law seemed to get along, and Misook and her husband eventually settled down in Bloomington, IL. But on September 5th, 2011, Linda would suddenly go missing. Her car was found at an airport in Chicago, and investigators had no leads to go on. That is, until a Chinese hostess contacted police, and told them an odd story. Before Linda went missing, another Asian woman came into the restaurant, and asked the hostess to make a phone call, and ask the person on the phone to meet her in a grocery store parking lot for an interpreting job. The person she called was Linda. Police immediately looked at surveillance footage of that grocery store parking lot, and saw a confrontation ensue between Linda and Misook, before they both drove off in their own cars. Eventually, Misook confessed, but claimed her mother-in-law had attacked her, and Misook killed her in self-defense. Misook was charged and tried for first degree murder, found guilty, and sentenced to 50 years in prison. However, this story sounded familiar to another person in prison already serving a sentence for murder.
In 1998, before Misook married her 3rd husband, she was dating Bart McNeil, a single father. On June 15th, Bart would break up with Misook, and the next morning he would discover the lifeless body of his 3 -year-old daughter in her bed. She had been smothered. Bart would be tried and convicted for the murder of his daughter. However, he contends that evidence shows someone broke in to kill his daughter, and he believes that person was Misook. Information about his innocence project can be viewed here.
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