Early on Tuesday, a court sentenced a convicted murderer given the unofficial name “Twitter Killer” to death.
Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, was found guilty by the Tokyo District Court for the murder of eight women and one man, according to reports. Shiraishi also robbed and sexually assaulted the eight women he murdered, some of whom were minors.
Dubbed Japan’s “Twitter killer”, Shiraishi had used a Twitter handle which loosely translates as “hangman” to lure the women, who shared on the website that they wanted to kill themselves. He told them he could help them do so. But once in his apartment, Shiraishi strangled them. Afterward, Shiraishi dismembered their bodies and stored the body parts throughout his apartment. The man he killed was murdered to conceal the death of his first victim.
During his trial, Shiraishi’s defense team said he deserved a lesser sentence because he helped the victims, who had said they wanted to die. But Shiraishi himself tanked this defense during his trial; while on the stand, he said the women hadn’t consented to be killed, according to The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper.
During the trial, he said, “It was easier for me to convince people with worries and other issues and manipulate them to my way of thinking.”