The story about Jang Song-taek being torn to pieces by starving dogs while a cackling Jong-eun the wrong 'un looked on seems to have got more traction than the ones about him being barbecued by flamethrowers or hosed down by a Shilka, which may have been the intention.
But enough of this nonsense. Here's some really meaty gossip about the early years of Kim Il-sung drawn from an interview with a Soviet officer who mentored him while he was being polished for the job of el supremo. You'll be shocked to hear that he failed his Marxism-Leninism exams. Some of the details sound a little odd, and the folks at Daily NK point out that he got some details wrong. But this has a convincing ring to it:
Thirty years had passed when we were once again standing next to this legendary tree. We emerged out of the car and stood in silence near the plate commemorating the most picturesque aspect of the heroic story. The grass inside the fence was expertly trimmed, and fresh flowers were lying behind the tree. It was empty and calm outside; the whole district was cordoned off by guards and in the silence I was suddenly overcome with memories.In a burst of emotion I forgot myself and tapped the Leader on the shoulder and said, “Think of it, we were laying just here, you do remember, don't you? So young, so stupid…”I saw the bodyguards flinch, and all at once they put their hands on their weapons, and the Leader blanched.“Yes,” he said, after recovering. “You were indeed so young. And very stupid.”