Mr. Lee, who suffers from a rare disease called Gigantiform cementoma, has been doing fundraising for his daughter who also has the same disease. His hard work for his daughter has been known publicly and many people have been touched by his love towards his daughter.
So he is called molar daddy or eogeumni appa in Korean and has given many people hope and a smile.
From Dec. 2006 to Feb. 2017
In Dec 2006, Mr. Lee began to be on TV with the title called "The Promise of Molar Daddy” and has appeared nine times on TV until Feb 2017.
Not only appearing on TV but he also had several interviews and said, “I do not have enough money for my daughter’s surgery. Help me.”
His daughter is suffering from Gigantiform cementoma of which only five patients are known to exist. So if you do not get surgery regularly until you become an adult, the tumor grows in the tissues that connect the teeth to the bones, causing the whole face to twist, resulting in dyspnoea and eventually death.
The cost of the surgery is about 10 million won for one procedure and his daughter has had seven operations so far.
After his story was introduced on TV, he rode a bike from Seoul to Gangneung to raise money for his daughter. And in 2007, he published a book titled Molar Daddy’s Happiness.
Sept. 1st, 2017
Mrs. Choi, who is Mr. Lee's wife, sued her father-in-law for sexual assault, and insisted, "I have been raped several times since 2009 by my father-in-law who is the stepfather of Mr. Lee."
At that time, her husband, Mr. Lee, was traveling in the United States to do fundraising for his daughter's medical treatment. Choi stayed in Yeongwol, Gangwon Province with her father-in-law. Police investigated Choi and her father-in-law but he denied the charges.
Four days after filing the complaint, Mrs. Choi jumped out of a building and committed suicide.
Sept. 7th, 2017
Mr. Lee was investigated due to his unusual behavior, such as kissing his wife’s dead body, and sang songs and uploaded the video on Sept 7th in order to get support from people.
However, since the police found out that there was a scar on Choi's forehead, the police accused him of aiding and abetting her suicide.
Sept. 30th, 2017 to now
Mr. Lee was arrested on suspicion of murdering his daughter’s friend and disposed of the body near the Mountain in Yeongwol, Gangwon Province. During the investigation, Mr. Lee denied that he killed her but finally admitted that he killed her.
And his daughter, who overused sleeping pills at the time of her arrest, has also been arrested because the CCTV shows that she was helping her father carry the suitcase that the dead body was in.
Who is he?
First, he was known as a molar daddy and has been on TV several times and even published a book. But now, he killed a friend of his daughter. On top of that, Mr. Lee has a tattoo which covers his whole body and 18 criminal records.
Was he ever a loving father who truly sacrificed his life and time for his daughter or was he always a clown on TV to make money who killed a teenager?
D.H. Kim firstname.lastname@example.org