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Meet (Don’t) Japan’s ‘Twitter Killer’ Who Has Been Sentenced To Death For 9 Serial Murders

To what we quote a different kind of Ek Villian story, Takahiro Shiraishi, from Japan has been charged for the murder of nine people and now faces a death sentence.

The ‘Twitter killer,’ they call him, used to murder people by contacting them on Twitter. He was arrested back in 2017 after the body parts of people that he had murdered were found in his flat. To note is the fact that almost all the people that he had murdered were women.

Source – AFP

Who is Takahiro Shiraishi?

Shiraishi hails from a small town in Japan and used to live with his parents and younger sister in the city of Zama in central Japan.

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After investigation, it was revealed that he used to target people with suicidal tendencies on Twitter and then call them to his home.

Source – ANN

The 30-year-old psychopath would tell them that he could help them in their plans to die or even commit suicide alongside them. He then would call them to his home, rape them, kill them, tear off their legs and arms and even store those pieces in cold storage in his apartment in Zama, near Tokyo.

On social media, Shiraishi cast himself as desperate. “I want to forget everything,” he wrote in an August 25 post. “I want to disappear.”

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During his hearing, his lawyer, defending him, said that he only assisted the victims’ suicidal wishes and helped them in dying. However, Shiraishi later confessed that he killed them without their consent.

Source – Twitter

The court surely quoted the crime as heinous and charged him for the murder of nine women and one man who was the boyfriend of one of the girls. He killed him to ensure his secret doesn’t come out.


The murders prompted a change by Twitter, which amended its rules to state users should not “promote or encourage suicide or self-harm”. Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey called the case “extremely sad”.

Source – WPLG Local 10

The veil from his crimes came off after his neighbors reported a “nasty smell like sewage” coming from his apartment.

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His father said in court that he “will never forgive Shiraishi even if he dies.”

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