The man who killed nine people has been sentenced to death in Japan after being contacted via social media platform Twitter. This high-profile case shook the whole of Japan.
Takahiro Shirashi, popularly known as the ‘Twitter killer’, was arrested in 201 flats when human body parts were found in his flat.
During interrogation, the 300-year-old Takahiro confessed that he had committed the murder and damaged the victim’s limbs. Most of them were women whom he met on social media platforms.
Discussions on how to ‘commit suicide’ on online platforms intensified after the serial murder case was uncovered.
According to local media, more than 400 people heard the verdict on Tuesday, while the court had only 16 seats.
Japan has a strong support for the death penalty, and Japan is one of the few developed countries where the death penalty is maintained.
How will you find the victim?
Takahiro used to call women on Twitter who wanted to end their lives. He told women that he would die or help them, and in many cases said that he would end his own life with them.
The Japanese news agency Kyodo quoted the case as saying that between August 2017 and October 2017, they strangled eight women and one man between the ages of 8 and 1 and broke their limbs.
The serial murder case came to light on Halloween the same year when body parts were found in Takahiro’s flat in Zama, near Tokyo.
Investigators found nine heads with several arm and leg bones in his flat, and the Japanese media later called his home a “horror house.”
What happened during the hearing?
The plaintiff had demanded the execution of Takahiro and he confessed to killing and vandalizing the organs.
Takahiro’s lawyers said he was guilty under a minor clause because it was a “consensual murder” case because the victims had allowed the murder.
Takahiro later disagreed with his lawyers’ arguments, saying they committed the murder without his consent.
“None of the victims agreed to the murder,” the judge said in Tuesday’s verdict.
What was the outcome of this case?
According to Japanese media NHK, the father of a 25-year-old victim told the court last month that “even if Takahiro dies, he will not forgive him.”
He had said, “If I still see a woman my daughter’s age, I consider her my daughter. My pain will never go away. Bring me back to my daughter.”
The assassination shook Japan. This was followed by a discussion on the website about ‘suicide on social media’. At the time, the government had signaled the introduction of new laws.
The killings also caused a stir on Twitter. He changed the rules and told users not to ‘commit suicide or harm themselves’.
Suicide is a serious socio-psychological problem that can be avoided. Seek the help of a psychiatrist for this.
If you or someone close to you has symptoms of mental distress, you can get help by calling this helpline number:
- Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment – 1800-599-0019
- Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences – 9868396824, 9868396841, 011-22574820
- National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience – 080 – 26995000
- Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health All and Allied Sciences, 24X7 Helpline-011 2980 2980