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

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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.

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