Japan ‘Twitter Killer’ Sentenced to Death for Serial Murders

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Japan ‘Twitter Killer’ Sentenced to Death for Serial Murders

Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, was convicted of the murder, rape, dismemberment and storage of the bodies of the nine victims at his apartment in Zama, Kanagawa prefecture, on the outskirts of Tokyo, the court said.

Shiraishi was arrested in October 2017 after police searched his home to investigate the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman who posted suicidal notes on social media, including Twitter.

Three coolers and five containers were found in Shiraishi’s room, containing human heads and bones with scraped flesh, according to TV Asahi, citing police sources.

The nine victims (eight women and one man) were between 15 and 26 years old, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK and CNN affiliate TV Asahi, both of whom cited court proceedings.

The victims had reported online that they wanted to kill themselves and were later contacted by Shiraishi through social media platforms, NHK and TV Asahi reported.

Using a handle that loosely translates to “executioner,” Shiraishi invited them to his apartment in Zama, promising to help them die, Jiji News Agency reported, citing the indictment.

Shiraishi pleaded guilty to murdering the victims, claiming in court that he killed them to satisfy his sexual desire, NHK and TV Asahi reported.

NHK added that Shiraishi does not intend to appeal the verdict and will be on death row until the Japanese Minister of Justice signs the execution order.

In Japan, the death penalty is carried out by hanging, with execution dates not being made public until after the sentence has been served.