On July 28, 2009, Japanese serial killer Hiroshi Maeue, also known as “The Suicide Website Murderer,” was executed by hanging in Osaka, Japan.
Maeue, 36, who experts say suffered from a paraphilic psychosexual disorder which rendered him unable to achieve sexual release unless he strangled someone, made contact with his victims online. His most infamous killing spree began in 2005, when he made contact with a 14-year-old boy, a 25-year-old woman, and a 21-year-old man — who were all members of an online suicide club.
The suicide clubs made headlines in Japan following a spate of group suicides in which people met online, and then killed themselves together, typically by carbon-monoxide poisoning within sealed cars or burning charcoal stoves.
Maeue’s MO was to get his victims into a vehicle by convincing them that they would commit group suicide — Maeue would promise to end his own life with the victim by using carbon monoxide. But, in reality, he had no intention of taking his own life: Instead, investigators said he would surprise and betray his victims by first tying them up and then choking them to death.
Maeue admitted that strangling victims with his bare hands brought him sexual pleasure. He also claimed that he had come up with the idea to commit murder in this way from a mystery novel he read as a child.
Maeue had a previous violent history of crime, including many incidents during which he tried to strangle strangers. While Maeue was a student at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, he assaulted and attempted to strangle a male friend before dropping out in 1988.
Years later, he was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly beating and attempting to asphyxiate a male work associate in 1995. Maeue was fired from his job, but avoided arrest and settled out of court.
In 2001, he was busted again for attempting to strangle two women. He was given one year in prison and a three-year suspended sentence. After getting out early for good behavior, he was arrested again for attempting to choke a junior high school boy. This time, he was sentenced to just under two years behind bars.
Then, after three killings in a four-month period, Maeue was finally arrested for the last time, and taken off the streets for good. On March 28, 2007, following a trial, the Osaka District Court sentenced him to death.
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