Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Japan's 'Black Widow' gets death sentence for killing lovers

Japan's 'Black Widow' gets death sentence for killing lovers

Japan's "Black Widow" serial killer-convicted in the deaths of her husband, two lovers, and the attempted murder of a fourth man-was sentenced to death by hanging on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported. "I got angry", she said, Mainichi reported. Her lawyers have filed an appeal against what they call an "unjust" verdict. The poison was found in the body of at least two of the men she had relationships with. He rejected defence arguments that Kakehi suffered from dementia and was not criminally liable, noting that she did not have dementia when she committed the murders. The court said she had the men take cyanide capsules, saying they were health supplements.

She reportedly amassed one billion yen ($8.8m) in payouts over 10 years but subsequently lost most of the fortune through unsuccessful financial trading. Three other men romantically linked to her had also died, although she was not charged for their deaths. They later started a T-shirt printing business in Osaka. His death had not been seen as suspicious but was the first of many eventually linked to her.

But later that week, she backtracked, saying she did not remember admitting to the killing.

Due to a lack of physical evidence showing her involvement in the cases, with, for example, cyanide compounds that she is believed to have used not being identified, the focus of the trial was the court's judgment on circumstantial evidence collected by the prosecutors.

"The cases were well prepared in advance".

Prosecutors sought capital punishment while her defense counsel pleaded not guilty to the crime due to a lack of physical evidence, also arguing that she can not be held responsible as she suffers from dementia. I have no intention of hiding the guilt. "Even if I were executed tomorrow, I would die smiling", the accused told judges. But she quickly retracted her confession.

"Disregarding human life, Kakehi's crimes were well-planned and malicious", said judge Ayako Nakagawa, who presided over the lay judge trial, handing down the death sentence as demanded by public prosecutors.

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

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