Police Find 9 Bodies, Severed Heads In Tokyo Serial Killer Case

Investigators take evidence from the residence of Takahiro Shiraishi [TIME / YouTube (screenshot)]

TOKYO, JAPAN — Tokyo police have arrested an alleged serial killer after finding “multiple” dismembered bodies and two severed heads buried in cat litter in coolers in his apartment, according to media reports.

The 27-year-old suspect, Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting up one body after killing the victim and hiding it in a cold storage case, according to a spokesman for Tokyo metropolitan police.

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Police believe the bodies of eight women and one man were hidden in the apartment, national broadcaster NHK and other media said.

Newspaper reports described Shiraishi’s second-floor townhouse in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, as a scene that could have come straight from a Halloween horror movie.

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Investigators found the bodies while searching for a 23-year-old woman who had disappeared last week, the police spokesman said. The missing woman, who is thought to be one of the victims, reportedly contacted Shiraishi on social media because she was looking for someone to commit a suicide pact with. The victim had tweeted that she wanted someone to kill themselves with her, as she was “scared of dying alone.”

Later, the two were spotted near the suspect’s apartment on surveillance cameras.

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Police also reportedly found a toolbox and a saw that they said may have been used to dismember the bodies. Shiraishi told police that he dismembered the bodies in his bathroom, and put out some of the body parts as garbage, Kyodo News agency reported. Shiraishi told the police, “It’s true that I tried to hide the bodies of the people I killed to destroy evidence.” 

Media reports cited the man’s neighbors as saying that they had noticed a foul smell emanating from the apartment.

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Although Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, a few high-profile killings with large body counts have made headlines in recent years — including the murders of 19 people at a care home for disabled people in 2016.

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Main photo: Investigators take evidence from the residence of Takahiro Shiraishi [TIME / YouTube (screenshot)]

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