As if the murder of Kim Jong-nam could not get any more bizarre, now the VX nerve agent wielding assassin Doan Thi Huong has been identified as an aspiring singer who appeared recently on Vietnam’s version of American Idol:
A woman believed to be Huong appeared on the Vietnamese version of Pop Idol
Doan Thi Huong’s site features pouting party pictures including a snap of her wearing a shirt emblazoned ‘LOL’ similar to the one on the fleeing suspect caught on CCTV.
The photos were released amid claims she once starred on the Vietnamese version of Pop Idol.
The 28-year-old worked at a popular party venue, according to Malaysian police who have arrested her over the murder of Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport .
On a rice farm in northern Vietnam, her family said they had hardly heard from her since she left home a decade ago aged just 18.
“At first we doubted it was her when we saw the picture with the ‘LOL’ shirt,” said stepmother Nguyen Thi Vy .
“But when someone bought a clearer picture here, we knew it was our Huong.
“If she committed the crime, she has to suffer, we can’t do anything… but I think she must have been set up by someone.”
Huong’s brother Doan Van Binh said he knew little about his sister’s life after she left the village.
“I encouraged her to study and earn money so that her future would be good,” he said.
“My family is very sad. We all thought she was in a good place.”
Huong posted to Facebook under the name Ruby Ruby, according to her 18-year-old niece, Dinh Thi Quyen.
The last post on a Facebook page – released by the respected AP news agency – is dated February 11 from Kampong Besut, Malaysia.
“I want to sleep more but by your side,” the post reads above a picture of her, eyes closed and wrapped up in bed. [The UK Sun]
You can read much more about Huong at the link, but here is what Huong looks like when not covered in make up and wearing a LOL shirt:
A photo released by Malaysian police of Huong in custody