Man suspected of dismembering 9 people met victims on Twitter

Leigh Mccormick
November 2, 2017

A Japanese man arrested after the discovery of nine dismembered bodies in his apartment south of Tokyo has admitted to the murders, saying they began in late August when he moved into the apartment.

Police suspect that the bodies found at the apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, include the body of the missing woman, who may have become acquainted with Shiraishi on an internet site for people with suicidal feelings.

"I killed (a person) and dismembered the body and put them into a cooler box with cat litter in order to hide the evidence", Shiraishi said, according to police, as reported by CNN.

The body parts of eight females and one male were found in cold storage cases in his apartment. Investigators told Japanese public broadcaster NHK the woman was reported missing last Tuesday after she posted a message online saying she was looking for someone to join her in committing suicide.

According to local media, Shiraishi told police he had chopped up the bodies in a bathroom, while a saw was found in his room.

The police arrested the man, whose occupation is unknown, on an initial suspicion of discarding a corpse.

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Police are now investigating to determine whether Shiraishi, who was arrested on suspicion of body disposal, killed the woman and the other eight victims.

Her brother contacted the police on October 24, saying she had been missing since October 21.

The official did not give his name, in line with police policy. Japan was riveted as the news media disclosed more grisly details from the second day of the investigation, reporting that Shiraishi, 27, had confessed to finding the victims, who he said were considering suicide, on Twitter.

"I thought it smelled like sewage", he said.

An examination of security camera footage taken at Odakyu Sobudai-Mae Station, which is located near the residence, on October 23 shows the woman with the man.

Earlier this month, a man was arrested for killing his wife and five children after setting fire to their house.

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