'Black widow' Kakehi sentenced to death

A Japanese woman nicknamed the 'black widow' been sentenced to death for killing her husband and two others

A Japanese woman nicknamed the 'black widow' been sentenced to death for killing her husband and two others

A serial killer dubbed Japan's "black widow" was given a death sentence on Tuesday for murders of three men including her husband and attempting murder of another.

Her words may be put to the test.

Chisako Kakehi, who inherited millions of pounds in bequests and insurance payments from a series of men who died in mysterious circumstances, was convicted by the Kyoto district court.

Chisako Kakehi, aged 70, has been called during his trial the " black widow", in reference to this spider devouring the male after mating.

In all four murders, prosecutors said Kakehi tricked her lovers into drinking cyanide, convincing them it was a health cocktail, to inherit their wealth and insurance payouts, the Japan Times reported.

"Disregarding human life, Kakehi's crimes were well-planned and malicious", said judge Ayako Nakagawa, who presided over the lay judge trial, handing down the death sentence as demanded by public prosecutors.

She had reportedly stipulated that any potential partners should be wealthy and childless.

Kakehi reportedly married at least three times and had three other partners who died, all within a few years of starting relationships with her, and amassed about 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) in inheritance over 10 years.


The woman later admitted that she had indeed killed her husband back in 2013 "I killed him... because he gave other women tens of millions of yen but did not give me even a penny", she told the court, as reported by AFP citing Jiji Press.

In the trial's initial stages in June, Kakehi stayed quiet.

Kakehi was arrested in November 2014 and later charged with killing her fourth husband in December 2013.

The accused earlier told judges she was ready to be hanged. She said her husband treated her unfairly when it came to finances, giving more money to a woman he previously dated than to her.

Kakehi's lawyers had argued she is not criminally responsible for the murders because she suffers from dementia, but the judge had rejected this. "The death sentence can not be avoided even after fully taking into account dementia and other factors", Presiding Judge Ayako Nakagawa was quoted as saying in the ruling. Kakehi's lawyers filed an appeal.

Yet after receiving the death sentence, Kakehi simply blinked, showing no expression on her face, the Maininchi. Her execution could be a long time coming, if indeed the sentence is upheld.

"Should I say something?" she said.

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