You wonder what drives people to unspeakable acts ….
The Darkness Within
|They don’t understand.
Narrow-minded neighbours’ taunts.
Voices in my head.
Wraithes from bedlam’s land
Lives held in my hand.
Lives like grains of sand,
Catch me if you can.
23rd July 2013 – headline from The Independent
Notes: “Japan: Hunt on for serial killer who leaves haiku clue.” Police in rural Japan are searching for a 63-year-old man suspected of having killed five people. On Sunday night, the bodies of 71-year-old Makoto Sadamori and his wife Kiyoko, 72, were found in the smouldering remains of their home, in a mountain hamlet in the western Yamaguchi prefecture. Around 80 metres away, police came across a third body, thought to be that of a 79-year-old woman, Miyako Yamamoto, whose house had begun to burn at around 9pm, approximately the same time as the Sadamori home. Like their fellow victims, 73-year-old Satoko Kawamura and Fumito Ishimura, 80, are believed to have been battered to death. All five reportedly died instantly after being struck on the head with a blunt instrument. Police have yet to find a murder weapon, but think they may have discovered a clue to the killer’s identity: a haiku poem, fixed to a window at the home of their chief suspect, Yamamoto’s 63-year-old neighbour, which reads: “Setting on fire/ Smoke gives delight/ To a country fellow.”
- Slaying of five in Yamaguchi hamlet triggers manhunt (japantimes.co.jp)