Japan’s ‘Twitter Killer’ Sentenced to Death for Killing and Dismembering Nine People

A Japanese court has sentenced a man dubbed the “Twitter Killer” to death for murdering and dismembering nine people after contacting them via the social media platform, local media reported on Tuesday, in a high-profile case that shocked the entire country.

A Japanese court has sentenced a man dubbed the “Twitter Killer” to death for murdering and dismembering nine people after contacting them via the social media platform, local media reported on Tuesday, in a high-profile case that shocked the entire country.

The Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court found Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, guilty of murdering and dismembering his victims – most of whom were young women that posted suicidal thoughts on Twitter – before hiding their bodies in his apartment in Zama, in the suburbs of Tokyo.

Before his indictment, Shiraishi said he has no plan to appeal even if given the death penalty.

Police officers arrested Shiraishi in 2017 after discovering the mutilated bodies of eight women and one man kept in cold-storage cases in his apartment.

According to investigators, Shiraishi used Twitter to contact his victims and invited them to come to his apartment.

Jiji news agency reported that the killer used a name on Twitter that translates as “Hangman”, offering help with their suicidal wishes.

Shiraishi strangled the women to death, including teenagers, after sexually assaulting them.

Investigators added that the man also murdered the boyfriend of one of the female victims to silence him.

The Shiraishi’s defense lawyers argued that the perpetrator committed the act of murder with the consent of his victims.

However, Judge Naokuni Yano ruled that the murdered individuals did not consent to be killed and that Shiraishi was mentally fit to be held fully responsible for their deaths.


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