Otto Warmbier was a bright-eyed twenty-two year old from Cincinnati, Ohio, studying at the University of Virginia on a scholarship to become a banker when his life took a turn for the unthinkable.
What was supposed to be an illuminating cultural trip for Warmbier turned into an unspeakable nightmare for him and his family.
Warmbier, who was known for being adventurous, was on a study abroad trip to China in 2015 when he was enticed by an advertisement offering trips to North Korea.
Young Pioneer Tours advertised its safety and intrigued tourists with slogans like "This is the trip your parents don't want you to take!"
Warmbier -- completely unable to foresee the horrors he would face for the next year and a half -- took them up on the offer. He paid his deposit for a five-day New Year's tour with 10 other Americans to celebrate, then he disappeared into the wretched and infamous North Korean prison camps where he suffered unspeakable horrors.
Warmbier was detained and accused of theft by North Korean officials who alleged that Warmbier attempted to steal a propaganda poster and sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor. When he was finally returned to U.S. soil in June of 2017, his arms and legs were deformed, he was in a vegetative state and wailing, and his mother described his bottom teeth as completely ravaged as if someone had taken pliers and rearranged them.
We know how this story began and how it tragically ended, but a new report by GQ Magazine chronicles everything in between and the details are completely unimaginable.
Catch Doc and Kris flesh out some of the highlights of the fascinating report in the clip above.
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