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24-year-old woman arrested for killing grandmother

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A 24-year-old unemployed woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 73-year-old grandmother, with whom she had been living for several months, in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture. 

According to police, on the night of Oct 6, Rika Kawanishi allegedly killed her grandmother Mutsuko Nakayama at their house, Fuji TV reported. She then called her mother, who resides separately from her daughter, telling her what she had done.  Rika’s mother came over to the house at around 1 a.m. on Oct 7 and found the body of Mutsuko, as well as her daughter who was unconscious. She then called 119. 

Police said an autopsy showed that Nakayama died of asphyxiation from strangulation. Rika had overdosed on an unspecified substance, police said. She had also left a note alluding to the murder in the living room.

On Wednesday, Kawanishi was discharged from the hospital and questioned by police about the incident. She was arrested after confessing to killing her grandmother, but has so far given no motive, police said.

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Heartbreaking.

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So she tossed in a suicidal gesture to top things off this girl needs some help and then a long prison term

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Chip Star: Really? Not the term generally used to describe cold blooded murder, but whatever floats your boat. And I think we all know that the motive will be something like, "My grandmother said I needed to improve myself and become a better member of society, so I strangled her until she stopped moving. It was not my intent to kill her, though." Or maybe even, "I wanted to know what it was like to kill someone".

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Maybe he meant it's heartbreaking that a young girl resorted to killing her granny who probably (we don't know) loved her dearly. The girl clearly has some mental issues. That in itself is heartbreaking is it not?

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Sad. Yatsushiro is a rather poor, isolated, industrial town. The majority of youth who remain do so as they can't escape, either due to educational or mental issues.

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maybeperhapsyes: "Maybe he meant it's heartbreaking that a young girl resorted to killing her granny who probably (we don't know) loved her dearly. The girl clearly has some mental issues. That in itself is heartbreaking is it not?"

Heartbreaking (and moving) is the kid dying of cancer who wants his last wish to be his parents' happiness. Heartbreaking is hearing about a mom or dad who died jumping in a river to save someone in trouble, especially if that person dies, too. Heartbreaking is the dog who will not move, eat, or get up from his or her position after the master they love has died (heartwarming is when that dog is adopted and starts to live again). Heartbreaking is most certainly not a girl killing her grandmother, or anyone else for that matter, mentally unstable or not. And while mental/physical illness, especially watching someone go from a once proud, intelligent, and fit individual into a person unable to remember his or her own name, may be heartbreaking in and of itself, it ceases to be when used for murder.

She needs to be locked up for life, tout de suite. If you want to argue she shouldn't be because of mental issues (with zero proof there are, and suicide is not proof of mental issues in a land where it's often committed to escape a tough situation), then you should agree as well that she should be locked up for life, but in an institution.

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Terrible.

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