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2 women found dead, male neighbor injured in Wakayama


Two elderly women were found dead and a male neighbor injured after apparent trouble between the trio at an apartment building in Wakayama City, police said Sunday.

According to police, they received a call from a person at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, reporting that a male neighbor had been stabbed by a knife.

Police rushed to the single-storied apartment building located in Demizu and found a 68-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to his left side and left arm. Also in his apartment, police found his nextdoor neighbor, Hanako Taiki, 71, dead with a knife in her chest. About two hours later, police found Tamiko Sugeta, 79, who lives across the hall from the man, collapsed in her apartment, with an electric cord wound around her neck. Both women were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The man, who is in a stable condition in hospital, was quoted by police as saying, "Ms Taiki came to my apartment and slashed me [with a knife] after asking me to die with her. I attempted to run away.”

Police are questioning the man further about trouble between the three neighbors.

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Not buying his story, the one woman didn't choke herself, and it would be unusual (though possible) for a person to stab themselves in the chest. Wanna bet his wounds are minor, like he couldn't go through with killing himself?

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Look up Elliot Smith.

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Old folks here needs to chill out a bit.

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interesting to see how this story plays out. personally, I think its too early to draw conclusions. I hope JT keeps us posted

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Yes, rather mysterious. Hope the police dig up the truth ASAP.

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So either the guy or the 71yr old woman strangled the 79yr old with the cord. Seems odd the 71yr old was found in his apartment and not her own. Maybe the guy is telling the truth.

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But was it suicide? It stated she was found dead with a knife in her chest, doesn't look self inflicted.

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One knife, two dead women, one very much alive man. And he blames them. Hmm.

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If he was acting in self defense, good on him for not letting her kill him. I suspect the woman who attacked him murdered that other woman then tried to kill the man. Can't rule out dementia either. Ask the woman's family and doctors about her mental state leading up to the murders.

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the 71 yr old duck murdered the older woman then attacked the man. She was probably demented, given her age. Let's see how this unfolds, but you bet I'm right

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