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71-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of killing parents-in-law

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Police in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, have arrested a 71-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her parents-in-law after she killed her husband at their home on Nov 17.

Police initially arrested Masako Kishimoto on suspicion of killing her husband Takio by strangling him with a small towel. On Saturday, she was also charged with killing her 93-year-old father-in-law, Yoshio Kishimoto, and his 95-year-old wife Shinobu by strangling them as they slept, Fuji TV reported.

Police said that after killing her three relatives, Kishimoto tried to take her own life by ingesting several sleeping pills.

According to police, Kishimoto admitted to the crime and said she was worn out from looking after her husband and his parents, who were all in poor health, for the past two years.

Kishimoto's daughter, who visited the home at around 7:50 a.m. on the morning of the crime, found the bodies and called 110. Kishimoto was found in the hallway, unconscious from having taken the sleeping pills. The others were in their beds.

Police said Saturday they waited until Kishimoto had recovered before arresting her.

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Maybe it's just me, but I am becoming numb to stories like this. Sadly this wont be the last either I am sure!

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At her age what is the punishment ?

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Sad story. Not the first and certainly not the last.

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so the in laws are in their 90's? Did she kill them or were they not breathing during her last visit?

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and I feel for her if she was taking care of them, but murder is really not the answer.

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Understandable, but not excusable.

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Her age should not be taken into account. She’s a cold blooded double murderer and needs to be treated as such. She’s an animal. Death penalty please

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@Vince Black,

Indeed. #Equality

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Her age should not be taken into account. She’s a cold blooded double murderer and needs to be treated as such. She’s an animal. Death penalty please

Disagree. She has probably been living with them for the best part of 50 years and in one way or another been looking after them all that time, all without killing them, until now. Consideration must be given for the motives and her mental state.

The death penalty would not apply in a case like this in Japan, as I imagine you know.

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According to police, Kishimoto admitted to the crime and said she was worn out from looking after her husband and his parents, who were all in poor health, for the past two years.

I said it before and I'll say it again! The old taking care of the older! This is the result of Japan's strict laws and high levels of difficulties for trained foreign health care aids to come and happily work in Japan.

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