Suffer the little children
A serial killer, necrophile and cannibal, Tsutomu Miyazaki must without doubt rank as one of the most appalling criminals in Japanese history
If ever Japan’s gallows needed a poster boy, Tsutomu Miyazaki is it. Dubbed the ‘ Otaku Murderer’ and ‘ Little Girl Murderer’ by the Japanese press, Miyazaki molested and murdered four young girls between August 1988 and June 1989.
He disposed of one, four- year- old Mari Konno, by burning her bones, while burying or keeping the rest of her body. It was her bones that police found in a furnace owned by Miyazaki. Even Japan’s most hardened detectives could barely believe what they found.
Arrested for sexual assault on 23 July 1989, Miyazaki, a friendless loner largely rejected by his family and bullied for his deformed arms, was quickly exposed. A search of his apartment uncovered thousands of videotapes, some including pictures and footage of the missing girls.
They weren’t Miyazaki’s only victims. Disgusted by his son’s deeds, Miyazaki’s father refused to fund his legal defence, and in 1994 he took his own life – the shame was simply too much.
When his trial began on 30 March 1990 Miyazaki blamed his actions on an evil alter ego he dubbed ‘ Rat Man’. If Miyazaki was hoping for leniency by claiming insanity then the trial judge and Japanese judiciary weren’t impressed. Miyazaki was sentenced to death on 14 April 1990. Tokyo’s High Court upheld the sentence on 28 June 2001 and the Supreme Court of Justice agreed on 17 January 2006.
So did Japan’s minister of justice, Kunio Hatoyama, who had to personally sign Miyazaki’s death warrant. He went to the gallows on 17 June 2008.