Japan: Death penalty for serial killer who hunted on Twitter

The man approached suicidal girls on social media.

A 30-year-old Japanese man was sentenced to death by a Tokyo court on Tuesday for murdering nine people in 2017 whom he successively lured to his home after spotting them on Twitter.

"The death penalty has been pronounced," said a court official without giving further details. The accused, Takahiro Shiraishi, admitted during his trial that he killed and dismembered nine people aged 15 to 26, including eight women.

Sordid facts

It was on Halloween morning in 2017 that the police discovered a house of horrors at Takahiro Shiraishi's: nine dismembered bodies with no less than 240 pieces of bone hidden in coolers and toolboxes, sprinkled with litter. for cat to try to cover up the evidence. The man is believed to have lured victims between the ages of 15 and 26 with suicidal tendencies via Twitter by telling them he could help them with their plans or even die alongside them.

Police arrested Takahiro Shiraishi in October 2017 while investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman who allegedly tweeted that she wanted to kill herself. After the young woman's disappearance, her brother reportedly managed to log into her Twitter account and noticed a suspicious username in his conversations. As with the other victims, he then invited her to his home, to his apartment.

Shiraishi told the court he killed them to satisfy his sexual desire, Japanese media reported. The defendant does not intend to appeal the verdict and will have to wait on death row until the Japanese justice minister signs the execution order, an execution carried out by hanging in Japan.

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