Japan killing spree 'lasted 2 months'

Allan Goodman
November 2, 2017

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Shiraishi told investigators he killed the woman soon after they first met.

A Japanese man arrested after police found nine dismembered corpses rotting in his house has confessed to killing all his victims over a two-month spree after contacting them via Twitter, media reports said Wednesday (Nov 1).

The body parts of eight females and one male were found in cold storage cases in his apartment.

Police were led to Shiraishi and his secret stash of bodies while investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman.

Police conducted the search after security camera footage showed Shiraishi walking with the woman, who has been missing from her Hachioji home since earlier this month, near JR Hachioji Station and near the Odakyu Line's Sobudaimae Station near his home on October 23.

"It's true that I tried to hide the bodies of the people I killed to destroy evidence", Shiraishi was quoted as saying by the police.

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While Japan prides itself on its low crime rate, it is no stranger to high-profile violent crimes. Shiraishi allegedly told the police he cut up the bodies up in the bath, disposing of some body parts in the garbage.

Shiraishi has, for now, been arrested on the charges of dismembering only one body.

Her brother contacted the police on October 24, saying she had been missing since October 21.

In Japan, a low-crime country, it is the grimmest such case since a former employee of a centre for the disabled went on a knife rampage there, killing 19 people previous year.

After the woman identified Shiraishi, the police followed him back to his apartment on Monday. When they asked Shiraishi if he knew where the missing woman was, according to the Asahi report, he replied, "In that cooler".

"I thought it smelled like sewage", one neighbor said. A man who lured three people he found on a suicide message board in Osaka was convicted of killing them in 2005 and was given the death sentence.

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