Month: March 2022

The Sasebo Slashing — Japan’s Youngest Killer

Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan would be unlike any other before it. At lunchtime that day, 11-year-old Natsumi Tsuji invited her classmate and friend, 12-year-old Satomi Mitarai, into an empty classroom where she promised to show her a new game. Under the guise of walking her through how […]

The 44-Day Horror Story Of Junko Furuta

Junko Furuta was tortured for 44 days in the home of her classmate and then was murdered for beating her captors in mahjong. As far as Shinji Minato’s parents were concerned, Junko Furuta was their son’s girlfriend. The pretty young girl hung around with their son so often it seemed as if she were living […]

What is the Junko Furuta family doing now?

Yesterday marked the 31th anniversary of the death of Junko Furuta.  She was murdered on the 4th of January 1989, after having been kept captive and tortured for 41 days. Back then I was working in Tokyo.  I remember reading the newspaper about the murder which was known as THE CONCRETE-ENCASED HIGH SCHOOL GIRL MURDER […]

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