Japan woman gets death sentence in partner serial killings

Randolph Lopez
November 8, 2017

A serial killer dubbed the "black widow" was handed a death sentence Tuesday over the murders of her husband and two common-law partners, as well as the attempted murder of an acquaintance, between 2007 and 2013.

The 70-year-old's case has drawn considerable attention and earned her the moniker "Black Widow".

Chisako Kakehi has been sentenced to hanging after using cyanide to kill her lovers and make millions from insureance payments.

A Japanese court has sentenced Chisako who met wealthy men via dating agencies and poisoned them with cyanide, according to an RT report.

Kakehi, also known as "the Poison Lady", killed the men after they made her the beneficiary of life insurance policies, prosecutors said.

A court-appointed physician said previous year that Kakehi's case of dementia was mild and that she was fit to stand trial.

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She reportedly amassed one billion yen ($8.8 million) in payouts over 10 years but subsequently lost most of the fortune through unsuccessful financial trading.

The ruling by the Kyoto District Court came despite a not guilty plea by the defense counsel of Chisako Kakehi, 70, citing a lack of physical evidence. However, the one-time millionairess went bankrupt and was debt-ridden.

Nakagawa pointed out that Kakehi "made light of human lives" as she repeatedly committed the crimes. They accused her of plotting her crimes well in advance, including helping to prepare notary documents linked to wills.

Kakehi's defense lawyers claim that she can't be criminally liable, as she had developed dementia at the time of the murders.

In testimony in July, she admitted to killing Isao Kakehi, according to Mainichi daily newspaper. She had said later to the judges that she was ready to face the death penalty: "Even if I was being executed tomorrow, I would die with a smile ".

"It was a heinous crime driven by greed for money", the judge said. She said she "got angry" because her husband gave more money to a woman he had previously dated, and said she didn't care if she was execution. The 135-day trial was Japan's second-longest court case of its kind since 2009, when the nation instituted a judge-jury system.

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