Who is Japan 'Twitter Killer' Takahiro Shiraishi and why has he been sentenced to death

TAKAHIRO Shiraishi is a serial killer from a small town in Japan who lured suicidal victims to his home before he killed and dismembered them.

The 30-year-old psychopath was recently handed the death penalty by Japanese courts,

Who is Takhiro Shiraishi?

Takhiro Shiraishi is a Japanese killer who murdered nine people.

Jobless Shiraishi grew up with his parents and younger sister up in the city of Zama in central Japan.

After graduating from high school he did a series of odd jobs including working in a supermarket and a food factory before becoming a scout for a prostitution ring.

Authorities say he targeted and lured people with suicidal tendencies online, by telling them he could help them in their plans or even die alongside them.

Under one account, Shiraishi cast himself as desperate. "I want to forget everything," he wrote in an August 25 post. "I want to disappear."

The twisted murderer carried out internet searches to learn how to mutilate bodies – later buying a saw and a meat cleaver.

The discovery of plastic hand ties at his home suggested he may have kept some of his victims alive before killing them.

All but one of his victims were women aged between 15 and 26.

Why has he been sentenced to death?

Shiraishi pleaded guilty to murdering eight women and one man after horrified cops found bones and butchered body parts stashed in cooler boxes at his flat.

The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday sentenced the serial killer to death, reports the Japan Times.

Presiding Judge Naokuni Yano described the murders as “extremely vicious in crime history."

Yano ruled that all nine victims did not consent to being chopped up, and that Shiraishi was mentally fit to be held responsible for the murders.

The father of one 25-year-old victim said in court last month that he "will never forgive Shiraishi even if he dies."

How was Shiraishi discovered?

The corpses were found stuffed into cool boxes inside his flat after neighbors reported a "nasty smell like sewage."

Authorities made the grisly discovery in October 2017 after investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman who was last seen walking with Shiraishi.

One resident told the Japan Times at the time: “I thought it smelled like sewage. It was something I never smelled before.”

Another neighbor claimed he’d noticed a “nasty smell” coming from the apartment from as early as August.

The severed flesh was found covered with cat litter in a bid to hide the evidence.

They included heads and 240 bone parts stored in containers, according to horrified police officers.

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