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Dismembered Bodies, Severed Heads Discovered In Tokyo Apartment

Dismembered Bodies, Severed Heads Discovered In Tokyo Apartment

"I killed them, and I'm a busy little bodies to hide the evidence", said the man to the police, according to NHK.

Japanese media reported parts of as many as nine bodies were found in the apartment of Takahiro Shiraishi in Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.

Shiraishi told police that he dismembered the bodies in his bathroom, which according to online descriptions of the apartment building where he lived was a plastic-sealed "unit bath".

The AP reports that the missing woman met Shiraishi over a website for people with suicidal feelings. She also is known to have corresponded with the man who lives in the residence, aged in his 20s, on at least one occasion on a site for people seeking to take their lives.

Police believe the bodies are those of eight women and one man. Investigators said DNA tests will identify them.

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After the news about the bodies, a neighbor told Kyodo News that Shiraishi was "a cheerful, kind and polite man". She had been missing since September 21. "Smelled an odour he had never smelled before", Sankei Shimbun newspaper quoted a neighbour as saying. "During the course of the investigation, the heads of nine bodies have been discovered", the police told a local TV channel. The police found two severed heads in a cooler at the entrance of the apartment, before the other gruesome discoveries Tuesday, according to Jiji.

Footage from security cameras showed the woman, who went missing about a week ago, and the man walking together near JR Hachioji Station and near his home on October 23.

The apartment is in a residential area along the Odakyu Odawara Line, about 600 meters from Sobudai-mae Station.

It was unclear who the other eight victims might be, or why it is that neighbors who said they had noticed foul smells coming from the apartment had not raised any alarms.

Although Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, it has seen some high-profile killings recently.


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