Japan's 'black widow' sentenced to death

  • Japan's 'black widow' sentenced to death

Japan's 'black widow' sentenced to death

She is married with four of them and made them acquainted through marriage agencies, which to him had, at his request, older men, wealthy, without children and living alone.

The Kyoto District Court sentenced 70-year-old Chisako Kakehi to hang to death for killing her husband and two other former partners as well as attempting to murder a fourth man between 2007 and 2013.

The high-profile case has gripped the country, where she has become known as the Black Widow, after the female spider which kills its mates after sex.

The serial killer kept some of her cyanide in a plant pot which she later threw out, according to prosecutors. She was later indicted in connection with the deaths of the two other men.

A woman who poisoned her elderly lovers with cyanide and then pocketed millions from their insurance payouts, was convicted of their murders by a court in Japan on Tuesday.

The court underlined that Kakehi did not suffer dementia when she committed the last crime in December 2013. She is also accused of making money in millions from insurance payouts and her lawyers are planning to appeal the sentence.

She reportedly inherited around one billion yen (Rs 57 crore approximately) in all, although she later lost some of it through the stock market. But following his death in around 1994, the factory went bankrupt and her house was put up for auction, leading her to ask neighbors for a loan.

In July, she confessed to having killed her fourth husband.

"The cases were well prepared in advance".

She had earlier told judges she was ready to face the gallows.

Defense lawyers, however, argued that Kakehi could not be held responsible, saying her dementia had progressed and that she was unable to comprehend that she was defending herself at trial.

The judge also noted Kakehi-who once said she "would die smiling" if executed-showed no remorse and "made light of human lives". The 135-day trial was Japan's second-longest court case of its kind since 2009, when the nation instituted a judge-jury system.

Yesterday, presiding judge Akiko Nakagawa said: "It was an extremely malicious and shrewd crime borne only out of a greed for money".