The man who killed 9 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 Shiraishi, known as the ‘Twitter killer’, was arrested in 2017 after human body parts were found in his flat.
During interrogation, Takahiro, 30, confessed to killing and damaging the victim’s limbs. Most of them were women he met on social media platforms.
After the serial murder case came to light, the discussion on how to talk about ‘suicide’ on the online online platform gained momentum.
According to local media, more than 400 people heard the decision on Tuesday, while only 16 people have a seat in the court.
In Japan, there is a strong support for the death penalty and Japan is one of the few developed countries where the death penalty is maintained.
How did you find the victims?
Takahiro used to call women on Twitter who wanted to end their lives. He told women he would help them die and in many cases he said he would end his life with them.
Japan’s Kyodo news agency quoted the case as saying that between August-August 2017 and October-October 2017, they strangled eight women and one man between the ages of 15 and 26 and mutilated their limbs.
The case of serial murder was first mentioned on Halloween the same year when body parts were found from Takahiro’s flat in Zama, near Tokyo.
Investigators found nine bones in her arms and legs in her flat, after which the Japanese media described her home as a “home of horror.”
What happened during the hearing?
Takahiro was sentenced to death by firing squad and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Takahiro’s lawyer said he was guilty of minor offenses because it was a case of “consensual murder” because the victims had allowed the murder.
Takahiro later distanced himself from his lawyers’ arguments, saying he committed the murder without consent.
On Tuesday, the adjudicating judge said “none of the victims agreed to the murder.”
What was the effect of this case?
According to Japanese media NHK, the father of the 25-year-old victim told the court last month that “even if Takahiro dies, he will not forgive him.”
He said, “If I still see a woman my daughter’s age, I consider her my daughter. My pain will never go away. Let me go back to my daughter.”
This murder shook Japan. This was followed by a discussion on the website ‘discussing suicide on social media’. The government at the time indicated it would bring in new laws.
The killings also signaled a change on Twitter. He changed the rules and told users that ‘suicide or self-harm should not be encouraged’.
Suicide is a serious socio-psychological problem that can be avoided. The help of a psychiatrist should be sought for this.
If you or someone close to you has any symptoms of mental distress, help can be obtained by calling these helpline numbers:
- Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment – 1800-599-0019
- Institute of Human Behavior and Cohesion Science – 9868396824, 9868396841, 011-22574820
- National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience – 080 – 26995000
- Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Allied Sciences, 24×7 Helpline-011 2980 2980