World Japan 'Black Widow' confesses to killing husband No. 4

12:30  12 july  2017
12:30  12 july  2017 Source:   AFP

Japan 'black widow' admits killing husband

  Japan 'black widow' admits killing husband A pensioner accused of multiple murders tells a court that she fatally poisoned her husband. Chisako Kakehi was arrested in 2014 and went on trial in Kyoto late last month. Trending Now: Top 7 Cards For Excellent Credit See The Top Cards Sponsored by NextAdvisor Her lawyers have pleaded not guilty on her behalf, and when her trial began she said only that she would "leave everything" to her defense team.But in court, asked if she killed her husband, she said there was "no mistake," the Mainichi reported.

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— AFP picTOKYO, July 12 ― A one-time millionairess dubbed the “ Black Widow ” over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband , admitted poisoning her last partner at her trial this week in a multiple murder case that has gripped Japan .

Chisako Kakehi, 70, has become notorious over accusations she dispatched a number of elderly men she was involved with© Provided by AFP Chisako Kakehi, 70, has become notorious over accusations she dispatched a number of elderly men she was involved with

A one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow" over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband, admitted poisoning her last partner at her trial this week in a multiple murder case that has gripped Japan.

Chisako Kakehi, 70, has become notorious over accusations she dispatched a number of elderly men she was involved with, drawing comparisons with the spider that kills its mate after copulation.

Kakehi is on trial for the murders of three men -- including a husband -- and the attempted murder of another, all to allow her to collect on insurance policies.

Japan 'black widow' says she doesn't remember murder confession

  Japan 'black widow' says she doesn't remember murder confession A pensioner accused of multiple murders tells a court she doesn't remember admitting a poisoning.Chisako Kakehi stands accused of killing three partners and attempting to murder a fourth. Prosecutors say she targeted the men for their money and poisoned them all with cyanide.

TOKYO, Japan –A so-called “ black widow ” in Japan suspected of killing up to six partners for money, was still on the hunt for an Kakehi’s dalliance with death began in 1994 when her first husband passed away at the age of 54, although there is so far no suggestion she was involved in his death.

A 70-year-old woman, dubbed the " black widow " after she was accused of murdering her husband It is almost as if there are no crazy psychopaths on the loose in Japan going around killing people for their own needs. She confessed , and then withdrew the confession , and pleaded not-guilty.

Prosecutors suspect she used cyanide to rid herself of her lovers, amassing a reported one billion yen ($8.8 million) in payouts over 10 years.

As her trial began this week into the 2013 killing of her fourth husband, she stunned the court by telling judges it was true she had murdered him.

"I was waiting for the right timing as I wanted to kill him out of deep hatred," the Asahi newspaper quoted her as saying on Monday.

The Fuji television network quoted her as saying on Monday that the crime was just "an issue of money."

But on Wednesday, Kakehi appeared to step back from those statements.

"I don't remember (what I said)", she testified, according to the Mainichi daily.

Kakehi's lawyers have argued she is not guilty of murdering Isao Kakehi on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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Kyoto District Court said last year that medical examinations found that Kakehi had early-stage dementia but was fit to stand trial.

Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19, 2014 on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide in the latest © Provided by AFP Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19, 2014 on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide in the latest "Black Widow" case, pictured on March 13, 2014

If convicted or murder she could face the death penalty.

Kakehi shrugged off the prospect on Monday, saying "I'd be happy to die if you give me a drug now," according to the Asahi.

- Wealthy and childless -

Kakehi had relationships with many men, mostly elderly or ill, meeting some through dating agencies, where she reportedly stipulated that prospective partners should be wealthy and childless.

Prosecutors say the men perished at her hands after making her the beneficiary of life assurance policies that ran into millions of dollars.

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‘ Black Widow ’ killers are defined by Newton (2006: 22) as ‘female murderers who prey on their own husbands , relatives, or lovers’. St. Estephe [pseud.] (2011d) “Woman Confesses to Killing Husband No . 6”: Annora Yeoman; Ohio – 1924.

A so-called Japanese “ black widow ” suspected of killing numerous partners for money Kakehi’s dalliance with death began in 1994 when her first husband passed away at the age of 54, although there is so far no suggestion she was involved in his death.

Reports say she subsequently lost much of the fortune through financial trading.

Japan's criminal justice system has come under scrutiny in the wake of Kakehi's arrest, with questions being asked as to why a number of her lovers' deaths were not investigated as suspicious.

Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, known as the © Provided by AFP Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, known as the "Black Widow", who is accused of poisoning of four elderly men with cyanide pictured in Kyoto on March 13, 2014

In several cases, autopsies were not carried out on their bodies -- something that could have found traces of the cyanide detectives now believe she used to kill them.

Kakehi, who is also known as "The Poison Lady", is said to have stashed some of the substance in a plant pot that she later threw out.

Cyanide was found in the body of at least one of the men she was involved with before her recent marriage.

Police who earlier raided her home in Kyoto found traces of cyanide in the rubbish, media said.

They also found paraphernalia for administering drugs and medical books at an apartment she kept south of Kyoto.

The final hearing in the murder case is to be held in October with the verdict expected to be handed down in November.

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