Japan: serial killer questioned after nine bodies were found in apartment

Nov 02, 2017, 00:25
Japan: serial killer questioned after nine bodies were found in apartment

A Japanese man arrested after the discovery of nine dismembered bodies in his apartment south of Tokyo has admitted to the murders, saying they began in late August when he moved into the apartment.

Police made the grisly find after investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman earlier this month.

Police have arrested Takahiro Shiraishi, who allegedly confessed to killing and dismembering his victims for their money and "obscene purposes", the Asahi Shimbun reports.

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

An investigation was launched after the woman?s older brother reported her missing to the Takao Police Station in western Tokyo on October 24.

After raiding the apartment, they reportedly discovered two heads inside a cool box at the entrance, before making the gruesome discovery of seven more.

Shiraishi told police that he dismembered the bodies in his bathroom, and disposed some of the body parts out with the rubbish, Kyodo News agency reported.

A police spokesman said Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, was arrested on suspicion of abandoning a body, although it was not clear whose body it was. The police plan to carry out DNA tests in an effort to identify the deceased, the investigators added. The brother later used her Twitter account password and found that she had been exchanging messages with Shiraishi, investigative sources said.

The apartment is in a residential area along the Odakyu Odawara Line, about 600 meters from Sobudai-mae Station. She also is known to have corresponded with the man who lives in the residence, aged in his 20s, on at least one occasion on a site for people seeking to take their lives. "I thought it was the smell of sewage", he said.

Security camera footage showed the victim and the suspect walking together at Hachioji Station and Sobudai-mae Station. "It was something I never smelled before".