'Black Widow' Serial Killer Sentenced To Hang For Murdering Husbands, Lovers

Trevor Jackson
November 8, 2017

Japanese widow Chisako Kakehi was sentenced to hang on Tuesday by Kyoto District Court, after being convicted for murdering her husband and two other lovers, plus the attempted murder of a fourth man.

When they trusted her enough to make her the sole beneficiary of their assets, Chisako Kakehi would move in for the kill - like the venomous black widow spider that devours its partner after copulation.

The court said traces of cyanide, which she confessed she obtained while running a printing plant, were found in all of the victims.

That failed attempt clearly didn't deter Kakehi, who would go on to kill 75-year-old Isao Kakehi a month after they were married in 2013-something Kakehi acknowledged during the trial but later denied, per the BBC.

The court underlined that Kakehi did not suffer dementia when she committed the last crime in December 2013.

Kakehi's lawyers are planning to appeal to a higher court, which could extend the trial.

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The Guardian reports that 70-year-old Chisako Kakehi earned millions in insurance payouts and inheritance from her four deceased lovers, amassing to one billion yen in payouts of 10 years.

First diagnosed with mild dementia in 2016, Kakehi said she had trouble remembering events shortly after her arrest. They accused her of plotting her crimes well in advance, including helping to prepare notary documents linked to wills. "The death sentence can not be avoided even after fully taking into account dementia and other factors", presiding Judge Ayako Nakagawa said in the ruling.

Nakagawa rejected defence lawyers' arguments that Kakehi was not criminally liable because she was suffering from dementia. She said her husband treated her unfairly when it came to finances, giving more money to a woman he previously dated than to her.

She 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.

It was the second-longest court case involving a jury since Japan introduced a joint judge-jury system in 2009.

The presiding judge, Ayako Nakagawa, stated that extenuating mental health issues could not explain away the extreme nature of her history, saying, "It was a heinous crime driven by greed for money".

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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