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53-year-old woman arrested over murder of 68-year-old mother-in-law


Police in Saitama City have arrested a 53-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 68-year-old mother-in-law at their house.

According to police, Michiko Watanabe is accused of killing her mother-in-law sometime around April 22 and hiding the body beneath the floor boards in the kitchen, TV Asahi reported.

Watanabe and her husband have lived with the victim for about nine years, police said. After his mother went missing, Watanabe’s husband and his sister looked for her and found the body under the kitchen floor.

Police arrested Watanabe’s wife on Friday, adding she has admitted to hiding the body. Police said there were no external signs of injury on the body and that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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Why already talk of murder when the cause of death has not yet been determined?

Hiding a dead body is commonplace but not always involve murder.

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Very bizarre even by the recent crimes lately. As my dear old gran used to say “ maybe there’s something in the water” Maybe she was right, it’s very odd indeed isn’t it.

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How old (or should I say young) is her husband, if her MIL was only 15 years older than her?

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I guess tah living with the MIL for 9 year takes its mental toll

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very difficult to live with others when selfishness is in the air.

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It may not be murder, but...You better have a pretty good reason for hiding a body under the floorboards. "Well, she didn't fit in the fridge, officer." I guess the vegetable storage box that is built into the kitchen floor was removed and the body was put there. Actually removing and reinserting floorboards requires some knowledge of carpentry and a serious amount of time and effort.

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I think adult people should live separately. It is almost impossible to live together with people other than just couples. They each have their own views of how things should be. So they should live separately.

in this case, the argument may be on the money between MIL and daughter, who gets what after the husband/father passed away. I assume he must be around 80.

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