Yamaguchi Prefectural police are currently looking for a man believed to a suspect in the multiple murder and arson incidents that happened on Sunday, July 21. Three of the dead bodies were found in two separate houses burned down by fire on Sunday night, while the two other dead bodies were found with cuts and bruises in nearby houses.
Autopsies on the bodies showed that all five people died instantly after they were hit with a blunt object in the head. Data from the initial police investigation also suggest that the two homes were torched right after the three were killed. One of the burnt houses belonged to Makoto Sadamori and his wife Kiyoko, both over 70 years old. The two bodies found inside their house are believed to belong to the couple, whom the police say died at around 8:50 p.m. on Sunday. The other house that was torched belonged to Miyako Yamamoto, a 79-year-old resident of the village whose was found among the ashes of his house. Police said he died at around 9:00 in the evening. The man being sought by the police as suspect to the murders was Yamamoto’s immediate neighbor, a 63 year old man.
The police say both possible arson incidents are likely to be connected because both houses were torched down at very similar times, around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. And as the investigations within the village were ongoing, the police also found the bodies of Satoko Kawamura, 72, and Fumito Ishimura, 80 at their respective homes dead on Monday. Police are saying that there is a big possibility that the murders are all connected. In searching the unnamed suspect’s home, investigators found the most peculiar evidence of all: a haiku, or form of traditional Japanese poetry, stuck to the window, reading, “Setting on fire, smoke gives delight, to a country fellow.”
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