Hit in the head with a crowbar… 78 year old father “killed his 50 year old son” Surprising background
Husband and son are beating each other. Anyway, please come quickly.”
It was just after 6:30 p.m. on November 12 when the suspect’s wife called the police. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found a large amount of blood in front of a house in Hodogaya Ward, Yokohama City, and a man with a bleeding head on a wooded walkway about 30 meters away.
The Kanagawa Prefectural Police Hodogaya Police Station caught the suspect, unemployed Nobumasa Sugaya, 78, in the act. He is suspected of hitting his son, Masayoshi, 50, who lives with him, three times on the street with a crowbar about 40 cm long.
Masayoshi was immediately rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead three hours later at around 9:30 pm. The suspect told investigators, “There is no doubt that I hit him. I wanted to kill my son.
According to neighbors, Masayoshi had been living with the suspect for several years, but was rarely seen. Some said they heard them arguing. The suspect’s wife stated in a post-incident interview that she was afraid of him because he was a difficult child. The police are investigating the case as if there was some kind of trouble at home.
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The background of the case is explained by Taihei Ogawa, a former Kanagawa Prefectural Police detective and crime journalist.
The premise seems to be that the father was dissatisfied with his son, who was 50 years old and staying at home instead of going out on his own. The investigation has just begun, so I can’t say for sure, but there are two possibilities that may have led to the incident.
The first is financial problems. The father was unemployed and living on a pension, but there are many cases of sons living together asking for money. The second is violence. A few years ago, a former vice minister in his 70s, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, stabbed his eldest son, then 44, to death.
The incident Ogawa points out occurred in June 2007. The former administrative vice minister was troubled by the daily domestic violence of his eldest son, who had withdrawn to the family home. According to the former administrative vice-minister’s testimony at the trial, a few days before the incident, when she warned him that he had to put away the garbage, his eldest son became upset. The former administrative vice-minister was allegedly beaten, kicked, and grabbed by the hair, which drove him mentally into a corner, leading him to commit the crime. Mr. Ogawa continues.
The reason for this is because of the spoiled relationship between the two families. At first, the son who did not become independent and stayed at home must have felt sorry for his parents, but gradually he got used to it and took it for granted. The demands on the parents, such as money, also escalate. When they can’t take it anymore, it may be too late. In some cases, the emotional tension between the parents can lead to a worst-case scenario: murder.
Why did the 78-year-old father beat his 50-year-old son to death? The police are investigating the motive for the crime.
Photographed by： Shinji Hasuo