Jenkins, husband of Japanese ex-abductee to N. Korea, dies at 77

Charles Jenkins abandoned the US for North Korea

Jenkins was found collapsed outside his home in Sado, northern Japan, rushed to a hospital and later pronounced dead. Jenkins and their daughters followed in 2004. He was only 24 years old.

There are strong suspicions in Japan that dozens of other citizens were also snatched by the North.

Mr Jenkins said his captors often beat him, and conducted medical procedures on him that were sometimes unnecessary or brutal, including cutting off a US Army tattoo without anaesthesia, an experience which Mr Jenkins had described as "hell". In 2002, Pyongyang released Soga, who returned to Japan.

At first she refused his marriage proposals, but she eventually agreed after he convinced her that, even if they did not love each other yet, marrying him would at least provide her with the certainty of being safe rather than not knowing where she'd be taken next.

"I know I was not thinking clearly at the time and a lot of my decisions don't make sense now, but at the time they had a logic to them that made my actions seem nearly inevitable", Jenkins wrote in 2008 in The Reluctant Communist: My desertion, court-martial and 40-year imprisonment in North Korea.

"Well, I'll put it like this. I wasn't letting her go", he told CBS.

"We did this so we would never forget who we really were and where we came from", he wrote.

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Mr Jenkins said he had planned to go to Russian Federation and turn himself in, and had not expected North Korea to keep him. Soga was released in 2002 and Jenkins two years later.

The family reunited under intense scrutiny from the press in Japan, where there was widespread sympathy.

After serving a token 30-day sentence for desertion, Mr Jenkins moved with his family to Sado, his wife's rural hometown, late in 2004.

After heading to Japan, Jenkins was court-martialled by the United States military for deserting but given only a 30-day confinement.

After his release, Jenkins served 25 days in a USA military brig and was debriefed for two months about his knowledge of the secretive regime and its sensitive installations.

Even while living in freedom, Mr Jenkins still remained afraid of his former captors, and was constantly anxious that he or his family would eventually be assassinated.

"In North Korea, I lived a dog's life", he told the Los Angeles Times in August, his final interview.

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