Didn’t kill anyone without permission. Before death everyone told him, “You can kill me.” The lawyer of ‘Twitter Killer’ made such a strange claim in a court of Japan. The Twitter killer admitted last Wednesday that he had killed a total of nine people by communicating on Twitter.
The name of the Twitter killer is Takahiro Shiraishi. Age 29. His lawyer claimed that Takahiro had selectively killed those who wanted to commit suicide on Twitter. So the charges against him should be lightened.
After the murder, Takahiro used to make pieces of the corpses. He used to keep them in a cool box. He did not protest when nine murder charges were filed against him in court. On the contrary he accepted, ‘the allegations against me are true. I have committed a total of nine murders.’ According to local media reports, there are also allegations of rape against Takahiro.
The victims were young between the ages of 15 and 26. He used to find out on Twitter who had expressed their desire to commit suicide. He would tell them, I will help you die. Someone he used to say, ‘I want to commit suicide with you too.’
Takahiro will be sentenced to death if convicted. In Japan, the death penalty is usually carried out by hanging. But his lawyer says that since Takahiro had obtained permission before the murder, so he can be given six months to seven years imprisonment. On the other hand, in an interview with a newspaper called Mainichi Shimbum, Takahiro himself said, “I did not take permission from anyone. Everyone I killed had scars on the back of their heads. I used to hit them on the back of the head so that they could not resist. This proves that I did not kill with anyone’s permission.’
Three years ago, a 23-year-old woman wrote on Twitter that she wanted to commit suicide. After that there was no trace of her. The woman’s brother searched for the suspect on Twitter. Police investigated and found Takahiro. In 2016, on the night of Halloween, the police raided his house. Entering through the front door, they found nine dismembered bodies in a cool box.
In an interview with Mainichi Shimbum, Takahiro said he never thought he would be caught. His pride, no one suspected him when he killed the first eight.