Father, son dead; another son in coma after murder-suicide attempt

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |


A 60-year-old man and his son, in his 40s, were found dead in their apartment in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday, police said. The man’s younger son, in his 30s, was also found in a coma. All three had suffered knife wounds to the stomach.

Fuji TV reported that police received a call at around 12:15 a.m. Friday, in which the male caller said, “I’ve killed my father and older brother and I’m going to kill myself, too.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the apartment locked. After gaining entry into the apartment, they found the older man and his oldest son already dead. The second son was still alive and taken to hospital where he remains in a coma.

Police believe the younger son may have stabbed his father and older brother and then himself. A bloodied knife was found beside the younger brother, police said.


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Japan teen murders and dismembers classmate ; also ‘kept cat’s head in fridge’

Posted on August 7, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

CRIME AUG. 06, 2014 – Tokyo (AFP) —

A 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who allegedly confessed to decapitating a classmate kept a severed cat head in her refrigerator, a report said Tuesday.

The teen was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering fellow student Aiwa Matsuo, 15, after police discovered her dismembered body on a bed in the suspect’s home in the western Japanese city of Sasebo.

The grisly case has attracted major media attention in a country with one of the world’s lowest crime rates, as commentators search for answers to explain the teenager’s pattern of increasingly violent behaviour.

Some reports have suggested the parents of the girl—who wasn’t named because she is a minor—desperately sought to have her hospitalised but were rebuffed.

On Tuesday, the Mainichi newspaper said investigators found a severed cat head in a refrigerator and about one million yen ($10,000) in cash at the apartment where the girl lived alone.

She had reportedly been living there since April on the advice of psychiatrists after she battered her father with a baseball bat.

Her father—who remarried about three months ago after the girl’s mother died of cancer last year—is believed to have given the cash to his daughter, who reportedly told investigators that she “wanted to dissect someone”.

The man has been quoted as saying that “my daughter’s act can never be forgiven”.

Also Tuesday, the Mainichi and Jiji Press news agency reported that the suspect told her stepmother that she planned to murder a person after growing bored of killing animals.

A day before the incident, her parents consulted with a psychiatrist and tried to get the girl hospitalised but the request was turned down due to lack of space at the facility, Jiji said.

The father then called a local child welfare office, but a security guard told him to telephone back after the weekend.

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3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo

Posted on June 15, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Police in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, said Sunday that a 35-year-old woman and her three children, aged 2, 6 and 7, fell to their deaths from the 14th floor of an apartment block.

According to police, the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday. TBS quoted police as saying that the family did not live in the building but resided about two kilometers away, and believe the mother may have thrown the children to their deaths first and then jumped.

Police said they received a call from a passerby saying that four bodies were lying on the grounds of the apartment complex.

Police rushed to the scene and found the bodies of Kyoko Kozu, 35, her 7-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police said they found a bag containing Kyoko’s belongings on the 14th floor stairwell.

Kyoko’s 32-year-old husband was at work at the time of the incident and police said they are questioning him about what might have motivated his wife to kill herself and their children.

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Man kills 3 family members, then himself

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 May. 17, 2013 – CHIBA —

Police said Friday they have found four dead bodies in an apartment in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in what is believed to have been a family murder-suicide.

Fuji TV reported that a building manager discovered the bodies of two adults and two children in the apartment at about 2 p.m. on Thursday and informed the police.

According to police, Shino Nonaka, 39, her 12-year-old daughter Ayane and 10-year-old son Junpei were each found lying dead on their futons. Police said all three had bruising on their necks consistent with strangulation.

Shino’s husband, Kenji, 43, was found strangled to death by a length of rope attached to a doorknob.

Police say that the apartment had been locked from the inside and that no signs of forced entry could be found, leading them to believe that Kenji Nonaka murdered his family before committing suicide.

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Man kills son in failed murder-suicide bid

Posted on October 13, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME OCT. 13, 2012 -FUKUOKA —
Police are investigating a failed murder-suicide in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, that left a young boy dead and his father in hospital.

According to police, a 32-year-old man and his 4-year-old son were found lying unconscious in their home by the man’s mother, who visited the residence at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, after she was unable to contact her son, Fuji TV reported.

The boy was taken to hospital in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest and was later pronounced dead. Doctors say the man’s life is not in danger.

Police have not yet announced the cause of the boy’s death, but they are treating the incident as a failed murder-suicide bid.

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Mother, son found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on October 12, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Oct. 11, 2012 – KAGOSHIMA —

Police said Thursday that a 33-year-old woman apparently stabbed her 9-year-old son to death and then hanged herself at their home in Kagoshima.

According to police, the woman, identified as Rika Yamashita, stabbed her son Kosei in the neck and then hanged herself sometime on Wednesday morning, TBS reported. The bodies were found by Yamashita’s father when he visited the apartment in the afternoon.

Police said that Yamashita lived alone with her son and that the two of them had recently moved to Kagoshima from another prefecture.

The principal of Kosei’s school was quoted as saying that he was a bright boy. However, Yamashita suffered from depression and was worried about the future, according to her relatives.

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Woman kills three children and herself in charcoal-burning murder-suicide

Posted on May 24, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime May. 24, 2012 – FUKUOKA —

Police said Wednesday that a woman and her three children died in a murder-suicide in Fukuoka after their bodies were discovered in a car.

According to police, the children’s grandmother and one of their school teachers were searching for the children after they failed to attend school on Tuesday. They discovered the bodies in a parking lot outside an apartment block in Fukuoka at about 11:45 a.m., Fuji TV reported.

The 28-year-old woman and her three children, aged 6, 9, 10, were found in the car, which also contained a charcoal burner. Police say that they were no visible injuries on the family and that they believe all four died of hypoxia brought about by carbon monoxide poisoning, Fuji reported.

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1-yr-old baby girl dies after being left in car for 6 hours while parents play pachinko

Posted on July 27, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

Jul. 27, 2011 – 12:28PM


Police on Tuesday arrested a couple in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on charges of criminal negligence resulting in manslaughter after they left their daughter in a car for six hours while they played pachinko on Monday. According to police, the one-year-old baby girl was left in the car by her father, Katsuhiko Nakama, 36, and mother Hisako Nakama, 38, from 10 a.m. until around 4:30 p.m. in the pachinko parlor car park. Police said the car windows were closed and the air conditioning was switched off.

Local TV reported that on Monday, the air temperature in Wajima was recorded at 28.9, but the temperature inside the car would have been much higher. Police believe the cause of death to have been heatstroke.

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