The local police have finished reconstructing events in the suspected arson and murder of five people in the small, remote town of Shunan in Yamaguchi Prefecture. They are still searching for the 63-year-old man who is suspected of burning two houses and killing five individuals in a town that has only 10 households on record.
While police have yet to discover the whereabouts of the alleged killer, a haiku poem that he left on his window might give them some clues as to both his motivation and what his next move might be. The haiku read “Setting on fire/ Smoke gives delight/ To a country fellow.” and a neighbour said that poem has been in the window for some time now. The man has been described as unfriendly and somewhat a trouble maker. There was an incident before with one of the victims, Kawamura, who complained about his dog and when she flinched in fear from the dog, he said, “Are you going to batter him to death?”
According to the reconstruction of the events, the first three, Makoto Sadamori, 71, his wife, Kiyoko, 72, and Miyako Yamamoto, 79 were the first one to be killed on Sunday evening. The other two victims, Satoko Kawamura, 73, and Fumito Ishimura, 80 were killed afterwards and their bodies discovered Monday noon. The autopsy reveals that Kawamura is the last to have been killed, either early Monday or later that morning. Kawamura was still reported as safe when the second fire broke out at 9PM Sunday evening. So this means the suspect must have gone back to the village after the fires and then proceeded to kill both Ishimura and Kawamura.