Japan man brings
bodies to cops
February 7, 2000
A man drove a van to a
police station in central Japan today with the strangled bodies of four
people he told police he had killed: his mother, his wife, and their two
Gifu 'killer' delivers family's
corpses to cops
February 8, 2000
GIFU - A man who
apparently killed his entire family was arrested after turning himself
in to police in Gifu Prefecture on Monday.
Police said the unemployed 52-year-old man, Yasuo
Takeda, drove up to the Gifu-Minami Police Station around 7:35 a.m. with
four dead bodies in the back seat of his car.
The bodies were those of the man's 38-year-old wife,
Nobue Takeda, his son, Yuta, 6, his daughter, Nana, 4, and his 80-year-old
mother, Kei Takeda.
According to investigators, the necks of the bodies
showed signs of strangulation with some kind of cord.
Police questioned Takeda, a former bar owner from
Gifu, and charged him with murdering his family.
Takeda told police that, before surrendering to them,
he had attempted suicide but failed.
The man apparently had fallen into
trouble with debts of 25 million yen and had planned a murder-suicide,
Mr. Takeda was, until last year, a relatively
successful 52 year old guy that had owned a bar in central Tokyo.
Unfortunately for him though his bar had slowly lost money, and before
he knew it he was out of business and looking at debts totaling 25
million yen ($US 230,000). So what's a guy to do in this position?
I mean he can't let his family live with the shame of
knowing that he has failed, can he?
I guess this was his logic as when he arrived at the
Gifu-Minami police station in Gifu city, 170 miles west of Tokyo on the
morning of Monday, February 07, 2000, he had the bodies of his family in
his van. He confessed straight away.
Takeda said he killed his 80-year-old mother, a 6-year-old
son, a 4-year-old daughter and his 38-year-old wife in that order in the
van while parked alongside a river on Saturday night.
When the van was searched the bodies were found to be
showing signs of having been strangled with some kind of rope or string.
So I guess it may be fair to assume that's how they went out. But more
importantly, I want to know if they had signs of being tied up. The
articles that I have read make absolutely no mention of this, so I'm
assuming that the victims met their death willingly.
After the family was taken care of, Takeda slashed his
left wrist, but it seems his heart just wasn't in it and he was left
still breathing come sunrise. Not really sure what to do he decided to
turn himself into police.
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