Killed three men and a woman through a website, “the contents of sexual urges” that drove the man. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Killed three men and a woman through a website, “the contents of sexual urges” that drove the man.

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Maejo, who had her hands on three young men and women. He could not control his abnormal sexual urges.

The “Osaka Suicide Site Serial Murder Case” 12 years ago shook Japan and brought the suicide site murders to public attention. Continuing from the first part, we would like to show the details leading up to the crime.

Part I. A man’s uncontrollable sexual urges

Hiroshi Maegami (36 at the time) gets sexually aroused by rutting and suffocating people wearing white school socks. Although he had committed dozens of crimes, he had never caused the death of his victims. Escaping at the appropriate point and going home to masturbate was his way of satisfying his need.

Immediately after leaving Kakogawa Prison, Maegami deeply regretted his actions and decided to change himself. He then went to the hospital and asked for a prescription for medication to suppress his sexual drive, and somehow managed to suppress his sexual urges. He knew best that tragedy awaited him if he continued in this way.

But the treatment was not worth it, and his sexual urges continued to swell. Maekami came up with the idea that if he could not get rid of his sexual desire, he could just play suffocation with his partner in a consensual manner. It was then that he started accessing SM dating sites on the Internet. But he could not find the kind of partner he wanted.

He said at his trial.

I found that there were people on the SM-related Internet who wanted to play with me, but many of them said that they were only interested in big, muscular men, and that they wanted me to use drugs after they had attacked me. I didn’t contact them because I didn’t want to get caught for a drug offense when I was doing it all out of a desire not to go to jail.”

The reality I learned on a suicide website

Some people with this type of warped sexuality may be willing to use drugs to satisfy their needs.

However, Maegami could not think that way, partly because of his developmental disability. This could be called his clumsiness. And it is this trait that drags him into an even deeper quagmire.

Once Maegami fails to meet someone on an SM site, he decides to commit suicide. If he just dies, he thinks, he will not be plagued by sexual urges.

Because of his experience with failed suicide attempts, this time he decided to go to a suicide site for information, rather than to a manual book.

When he accessed the suicide site, he found that many people were exchanging detailed information. However, what he learned there was that suicide was not always successful.

For example, suicide by charcoal briquettes in a car is generally considered to be an easy way to commit suicide. However, some of the people who tried it seemed to have ended up attempting it, opening the door unconsciously due to the agony of the experience.

While Maekami gradually lost hope in suicide, he began to think that there are so many people who want to die through suicide sites.

Of course, among those who visit suicide sites, there may be people who say they want to die but do not really mean it, or people who are just teasing onlookers. However, to the narrow-minded Maegami, it seemed that all of them wanted to die.

So Maegami comes to the worst possible conclusion.

The people who gather here want to die. If that’s the case, why don’t I get some sexual satisfaction by helping them do so?

I can’t suppress my sexual urges even if I wanted to, and I can’t die even if I wanted to. Maegami said at his trial that he came up with the idea of committing the crime out of bitterness, but in his narrow mindset, he must have had no choice but to go there. Finally, he committed the worst crime of all.

The whole thing was recorded with an IC recorder.

The first victims were. 25 She was a woman of 5 years old. Maegami met her while visiting a suicide site, and they exchanged e-mails. After building a relationship of trust with her, he asked her to commit charcoal briquette suicide with him, and she responded with her consent.

Later that day, Maegami rented a car and took her to an out-of-the-way place. He tied her hands and feet in the back seat of the car, covered her mouth and resuscitated her, and after causing her to suffer repeatedly, he took her life. At this time, he brought in an IC recorder and recorded the whole thing. The purpose was to remember it later and masturbate.

The second crime was committed three months later. The next time he was targeted was in 14 He was a 6-year-old male junior high school student. This junior high school student had been bullied at school and met Maekami while accessing a suicide website.

Maegami made him trust and call him in the same way. Then, like the first woman, he bound her hands and feet before suffocating her repeatedly to death.

What was different from the first crime was that in addition to the IC recorder, Maegami brought in a camera to film the crime. He was going to use it as a tool for masturbating later.

The third crime was even shorter, taking place only a month later. The victims were. 21 year old male college student. He was summoned by the same method as the other victims and videotaped as he was killed.

The incident came to light about two months after the third attack.

The first victim 25 The body of a 6-year-old woman was found. The police analyzed the communication history and other information to identify Maekami.

Shortly after being taken to the police station for questioning, Maegami confessed to the crime. What surprised the police was what happened next. After admitting to the murder of the woman, he suddenly began to confess that he had been involved in two other murders.

The reason why he made his own crimes more serious

Why did Maegami testify that his own guilt was so serious? The reason is as follows.

He said, “I have to take responsibility for what I have already done. And also, I told the truth about everything, and since I had killed three people, I would definitely receive the death penalty. I honestly wanted to end it that way.

I wanted to put an end to the fact that I could not stop myself in this way. I wanted to take responsibility for the case, and I also wanted to put an end to the fact that I couldn’t control myself.”

During the trial, when the judge asked him if he thought there was a significant gap between fantasizing and actually killing, he answered without hesitation, “Not so much. He knew himself that the bar for murder had been lowered.

That is why, having murdered three people, he felt that he could no longer stop the outburst on his own. So he thought he had no choice but to end the act in the form of the death penalty.

He also stated.

If the family (the bereaved) wanted the death penalty, I thought, so be it.”

Many evil people, even when they commit serious crimes that warrant the death penalty, try to somehow lighten the load or stretch out the date of execution.

Maegami, however, is the exact opposite. This too candid thinking may also be based on his characteristics.

In fact, after the death sentence was given in the first trial, Maegami did not want to fight for a reduced sentence in the appeals court. He wanted the death sentence of the first trial to be carried out immediately. This tells us that his resolve was true to his word.

He did, however, do one thing after he was sentenced to death. He wanted to undergo a proper psychiatric evaluation to clarify the mechanism of why a murderer like himself was born. He then decides to undergo a psychiatric evaluation by Hirokazu Hasegawa (a clinical psychologist), who is famous for his psychiatric evaluations, before he is sentenced to death.

According to Hasegawa’s book, “How Murderers Are Born,” Maegami stated the following before undergoing the evaluation

Please examine me thoroughly. Please help me in your research so that criminals like me will not be born.

He may have believed that his final mission was to discover the reason for his insanity and to prevent recidivism.

Thus, Maegami underwent a psychiatric evaluation and was executed only two short years after being sentenced to death.

Unlike in the past, prisons now offer correctional programs for sex offenders, and in the private sector, new treatment programs and self-help groups are spreading to curb sex crimes.

I have covered not only offenders but also many such prevention and rehabilitation programs, and I must say that it is extremely difficult to prevent recidivism of sex crimes. This is because, as in the case of Maejo, there is a situation in which even if the offender wants to restrain himself or herself, he or she is unable to do so.

The question left by Maegami also applies to various sex crimes occurring in Japan today. It is natural to punish offenders. It is also natural to make them undergo correctional programs. It may be necessary to monitor them after they are released from prison. However, we must also work to clarify and correct this pathology.

  • Interview and text Kota Ishii

    Born in Tokyo in 1977. Nonfiction writer. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art. He has reported and written about culture, history, and medicine in Japan and abroad. His books include "Kichiku" no Ie: Wagakko wo Kajiru Oyasato Tachi" ("The House of 'Demons': Parents Who Kill Their Children"), "43 Kichiku no Kyoi: The Depths of the Kawasaki Junior High School Student Murder Case", "Rental Child", "Kinship Murder", and "Kakusa to Segregation no Shakaichizu".

  • Photography Yutaka Asai

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