Early one morning

It was around 6 am on Monday when Hyang Sun Lee gathered her three children, ages 9 years, 7 years and 2 years of age. She helped the children into bed with her sleeping husband.

It is alleged that she then poured a liquid on them and began trying to light a paper with a grill starter. That is when the husband awoke and managed to extinguish the fire on the paper. It is alleged that the liquid that Hyang Sun Lee poured over her family was lighter fluid.

Police say they received a call from the household about 6:12 am regarding a suicide attempt.

Thanks to the husband awakening, no one was injured. 

Hyang Sun Lee has been charged with suspicion of attempted murder. Police have not released a motive.

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I found it interesting that the call to 911 was on an attempted suicide.

Many of us identify strongly with our family. And usually at the thought that we might or have lost a member, we feel that it is unbearable and that life cannot go on.

So might a suicidal person in all their confusion feel. In considering the future for the family, a suicidal person might feel remorse at the pain their family will feel and may wish to spare them that pain. They may fear the future for the family due to financial or other reasons. They may feel they are committing the act out of love, and to relieve or prevent some real or imagined suffering.  It is called an ‘altruistic’ murder and usually will be accompanied by some type of mental problem. jaapl.org

Of course I have no way of knowing if this was the motivation for this, but the fact that it was called in as an attempted suicide does make me wonder.

If this is the situation for this family, hopefully some consideration will be made to provide treatment for her while she is going through the justice process.


The charges against Hyang Sun Lee are 3 counts of attempted murder with deliberation and premeditation. She has also been charged with one count of aggravated assault for an incident last year in which it is alleged that during an argument she swung a steak knife at her husband cutting him in the stomach multiple times.

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  1. D.P. said,

    February 28, 2007 at 1:04 am

    Sadly, my paranoia had me suspecting that the woman had called in the suicide so that her husband would look like the one who took his and the children’s lives. I may just be reading too much Huff, though. LOL

  2. February 28, 2007 at 2:22 am

    I believe I have read of similiar scenarios, but if it had been the husband, he would most likely have had time to continue with the blaze before police arrived. And the children surviving would now be witnesses as to what happened. Police seem pretty confident that it was she who attempted to set the fire.

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