There were 9 victims.
The victims had posted online that they wanted to kill themselves, and were subsequently contacted by Shiraishi through social media platforms
Their dismembered bodies — with as many as 240 bone parts stashed in coolers and toolboxes — had been sprinkled with cat litter in a bid to hide the evidence.
DECEMBER 15, 2020
TOKYO — A Japanese man dubbed the “Twitter killer” was sentenced to death by a Tokyo court Tuesday (Dec 15) for murdering and dismembering nine people he met on the social media platform.
Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, admitted killing and butchering his young victims, all but one of whom were women.
His lawyers had argued he should receive a prison sentence rather than be executed because his victims, aged between 15 and 26, expressed suicidal thoughts on social media and so had consented to die.
But a judge dismissed that argument and handed down the death penalty over the 2017 crimes, which he called “cunning and cruel,” public broadcaster NHK said.”None of the nine victims consented to be killed, including silent consent,” NHK quoted the judge as saying.
“It is extremely grave that the lives of nine young people were taken away. The dignity of the victims was trampled upon.”
Shiraishi targeted his victims on Twitter, contacting users who posted about taking their own lives and telling them he could help them in their plans — or even die alongside them.
He was detained three years ago by police investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman who had reportedly tweeted about wanting to kill herself.
After she went missing, her brother gained access to her Twitter account, and noticed a suspicious handle, eventually leading them to Shiraishi’s residence, where they uncovered a house of horrors on the morning of Halloween in 2017.
Nine dismembered bodies — with as many as 240 bone parts stashed in coolers and toolboxes — had been sprinkled with cat litter in a bid to hide the evidence.