Monday, June 09, 2008

Tokyo stabbings: killer posted plans online...

The 25-year-old man arrested yesterday for stabbing seven people to death on a Tokyo street warned that he was about to kill indiscriminately in messages to an online notice board that ended just minutes before he went on the rampage.
In the first post on a thread entitled "I will kill people in Akihabara", Tomohiro Kato, wrote at 5.21am yesterday (21.21 BST Saturday): "I will crash my car, and if it is destroyed, I'll use a knife. Goodbye, everyone."

In all he sent 30 short messages via his mobile phone, including references to a nagging headache and his inability to make friends. At 6:31 he wrote: "It's time. I'm leaving."

More posts appeared as he drove the 60 miles from his home in Susono, Shizuoka prefecture to Akihabara, a district of Tokyo - known as the centre of Japan's geek subculture - in the rented truck he would later use to mow down pedestrians before embarking on his stabbing spree.

Kato's brief reign of terror began at lunchtime, as he slammed his truck into a group of shoppers, before getting out of the vehicle and slashing onlookers with a long dagger. By last night, seven people - six men and one woman - had died and 10 others were being treated in hospital.

On his arrival in Akihabara, Kato wrote: "It's heaven for pedestrians, isn't it?" - an apparent reference to the district's main street, which is closed to traffic on Sundays.

At 12:10, just 20 minutes before the carnage unfolded, he sent his final post: "It's time." More...

See also: 6 dead in Tokyo stabbing spree...
And this: OMG! Japanese man discovers a woman living in his wardrobe!!!

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