‘Twitter Killer’ Murdered People For Having Suicidal Thoughts Online
A court in Japan has sentenced to death a man dubbed the “Twitter killer” for the murders in 2017 of nine people whom he befriended online after they had expressed suicidal thoughts.
Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, admitted to strangling and dismembering his victims, eight of whom were women, over the course of three months. The youngest was 15 and the oldest 26.
Takahiro Shitaishi, Japanese man who murdered 9 people after contacting them on Twitter has been sentenced to death, in a high-profile case that has shocked the country. Takahiro Shiraishi, dubbed the "Twitter killer", was arrested in 2017 after body parts were found in his flat. pic.twitter.com/MV4hbXtEVb — ZonkNews (@Zonknews20) December 15, 2020
“None of the nine victims consented to be killed, including by silent consent,” said the judge, Naokuni Yano, according to the public broadcaster NHK.
The sentencing was open for public viewing, as its a case that shocked the country to the dangers social media can pose to young people struggling with mental health issues.
Shiraishi, who spent five months undergoing psychiatric tests before being indicted in 2018, used Twitter to identify his victims, who had on social media discussed ending their own lives.
Via DM, he reportedly promised them he could help them carry out their plans and even die alongside them, according to media reports.
His Twitter profile included the words:
“I want to help people who are really in pain. Please DM me anytime.”
Shiraishi’s crimes came to light in October 2017 when police officers visited his apartment and found coolers and tool boxes containing human remains during a search for a 23-year-old woman who was later identified as one of his victims.
The case of Japan's 'Twitter killer' has finally been closed, after Takahiro Shiraishi was sentenced to death for the murders of nine people. @jakeadelstein tells @yveyong how his crime spree came to an end. #TheWorld pic.twitter.com/CAGzVbRF6b — ABC News (@abcnews) December 18, 2020
Source: The Guardian