A Japanese court Tuesday sentenced to death a one-time millionairess dubbed the “Black Widow”, who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance.
Kyoto District Court condemned Chisako Kakehi, 70, to the gallows for the murder of three men – including a husband – and the attempted murder of another, ending a high-profile case that has gripped the country.
Kakehi became notorious after using the poison cyanide to dispatch a number of elderly men she was involved with, drawing comparisons with the spider that kills its mate after copulation.
“The accused made the victims drink a cyanide compound with a murderous intention in all the four cases,” Judge Ayako Nakagawa told the court, according to public broadcaster NHK.
They don’t actually issue an execution date – it’s indeterminate.
When it does happen they open the cell door to deliver breakfast one, and one unknown to the prisoner in advance day, and then say, well, 15 minutes and then we’re topping you. Thus every morning becomes rather tortuous.
You can see the argument – those murdered din’t know their end date either. Can’t help but feel it’s a little too vicious to be the modus operandi though.