Woman allegedly killed mother-in-law, buried body Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Woman allegedly killed mother-in-law, buried body

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Misook Wang, 45, is charged in the death of her mother-in-law, whose body was found in a state park.






September 14, 2011 (WLS) -- Misook Wang, 45, is charged in the death of her mother-in-law, whose body was found in a state park.

The body of 70-year-old Wenlan Tyda was found Tuesday morning in the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife area in Will County. Tyda had been missing since September 5th.

An autopsy shows she was strangled.

Investigators say Wang confessed to killing her mother-in-law and burying her body in a shallow grave.

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Bloomington Murder Suspect Seeks Suppression Request

Bloomington Murder Suspect Seeks Suppression Request

By: Bob Larson

Updated: May 30, 2012


A Bloomington woman, accused of strangling her mother in law to death last year, sought to suppress a statement she allegedly made to police. The judge Wednesday took the motion under advisement. 45 year old Misook Nowlin, also known as Misook Wang, is charged with three counts of murder and concealing the homicide of Wenlan Tyda of Crest Hill. Police say Nowlin paid a local restaurant worker to call her mother in law and ask her to come from Chicago to Bloomington for work. Authorities claim Nowlin strangled Tyda at Nowlin's busines, Kim's Sewing Shop and buried the the body in a Will County wildlife preserve. Police say Nowlin was angry with her mother in law for interfering in her troubled marriage. Nowlin is being held on a million dollar bond and will be back in court July 5th.




Murder suspect wants interrogation tossed out



Murder suspect wants interrogation tossed out

By: Ryan Denham  |  Yesterday
Barton McNeil and Misook WangBarton McNeil, left, and Misook Wang. (Photos courtesy of the Illinois Department of Corrections and McLean County sheriff's department)

BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington woman wants a judge to toss out incriminating statements she made to police last fall before she was charged with murdering her mother-in-law.

Misook Wang, 46, was arrested in September for allegedly luring her mother-in-law, Wenlan Tyda, to Bloomington, then choking her to death and trying to hide the body in a forest preserve. Wang claims it was self-defense, but police say it was an elaborate plan.

In a new motion to suppress, Wang attorney Brian McEldowney asks a judge to suppress what his client told police during a 13-hour interrogation at BPD headquarters. It was during that interrogation that she gradually revealed her culpability in the death and concealment of the body. She also participated in a walk-through video recording at the alleged crime scene.

“In increasingly direct terms, she made five separate requests for an attorney,” McEldowney claims in the motion. Despite her poor English speaking skills, some of the requests were plainly said and could not reasonably have been misunderstood, McEldowney claimed.

“Well I want to get a lawyer really, I need a lawyer,” she said at one point during the interrogation, according to a transcript.

McEldowney also claims detectives repeatedly tried to get Wang to waive her right to counsel.

“The procedures followed by police in this case were obviously calculated to circumvent the defendant’s right to remain silent,” the motion reads.

A hearing is set for May 30 on the motion to suppress.

Meanwhile, Wang’s name has also surfaced in the 1998 Bloomington murder of Christina McNeil. The 3-year-old victim’s father, Barton McNeil, is serving a life sentence for killing his daughter, but he’s long claimed that it was his ex-girlfriend Wang, also known as Misook Nowlin, who really killed her.

The Illinois Innocence Project is now reviewing McNeil’s case. Authorities say they’ve double-checked Wang’s connection to both cases and determined there are no new leads to follow related to any connection.

Conceding it was a “unique situation,” McEldowney said earlier this month that he doesn’t “believe there’s any real connection” between the cases.

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