Tokyo, Nov 15: A serial killer in Japan allegedly beheaded 9 young people aged between 15 and 26 by luring them though his suicidal thoughts. According to reports, the suspect Takahiro Shiraishi, called the “Twitter killer”, spilled the beans during disappearance of a 23-year-old woman, who had tweeted that she wanted to take her own life.
The woman had tweeted that she was looking for someone to die with. She had tweeted with hashtag “suicide recruitment.”
Shiraishi allegedly used social media to convince the woman that he would help commit suicide or even die with her. However, he even got caught using Twitter as he had fixed up the meeting using the micro-blogging website. Investigators tracked him down.
The bodies were found in his apartment last month. This has sparked a debate in Japan as to banning suicidal posts in the country. Four days after the discovery, Twitter released guidelines that no one should encourage suicide or self-harm. But it didn’t ban such posts.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government was trying to bring in tight regulations for websites on suicides.
Japan has one of the highest rates of suicides in the world. More Than 20,000 people take their lives in the country.