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Mother in Arizona denies killing 2 children with meat cleaver

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I don’t understand what this monster’s thinking was. Kill her own children to spite her husband?

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Classic paranoid schizophrenia.

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The American prison ststem will welcome her with open arms. America isn't like the Japanese legal system where she would get 5 years in prison. She will get at least 20 years, with no chance of parole. ( early release). RIP little Angels!

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Very sad.

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killing your own children is sadly becoming common news in Japan.

I'm wondering if that's also happening in America.

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Another one, in another country? So sad.

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RIP innocent children.

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bokuda:

killing your own children is sadly becoming common news in Japan.

I'm wondering if that's also happening in America.

"On average, according to FBI statistics, 450 children are murdered by their parents each year in the United States."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filicide

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@ Scarce

The American prison system will welcome her with open arms. America isn't like the Japanese legal system where she would get 5 years in prison. She will get at least 20 years, with no chance of parole. 

Sounds to me like she'll be claiming diminished responsibility due to some form of mental illness, an insanity plea if you will. Who knows, she may actually be insane, in which case it'll be a cushy enough 20 plus years in a secure facility....

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What a total pyscho! I mean children can be really naughty but seriously, just walk outside and get some fresh air.

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@socrateos

Wikipedia is NOT an official source. I can login right now and change the number. Just letting you know.

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@Geoff

You may be correct. However even with an Insanity plea she will still do time. Cushy or not, she won't be able to commit any crimes while locked up.

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He was being ‘sarcastic’ @socrateos 7:17am and wanted to contrast cultural differences - bokuda 6:57am can read. - He was just waiting for any defenders of Japanese parents to speak up here.

So now, can you give those same statistics for Japanese households?

"On average, children are murdered by their parents each year in ."

The article does concern the mental health of a Japanese national.

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Wait unit she finds out, "I don't remember, I was drunk, stressed out from work" doesn't work outside Japan.

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I'm sorry, but that woman is a lost cause. Nothing can ever forgive the murder of children, not even mental illness if there is any.

As far as Arizona is concerned, capital punishment still exists although the last execution in that state was carried out in 2014. It's the only way forward now.

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Extremely Disturbing story, brings back some memories of a friend who was married to a Japanese lady had 2 beautiful kids, and out of the blues his wife decided she wants to go back to Japan, so she kidnapped them and returned to her town, and the husband couldn't do anything at that time, busy working and paying off their debts she left behind.

The best news is when his kids grew up, they went back to their birthplace back to their father and never returned to their mother.

I am sure similar stories are out there, for some reason many Asian women get homesick and want to return with the kids, but the husband just can't do it for several reasons, so the mother takes the kids to visit her homeland and never returns.

SAD.

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Another twisted child killer. Don't kill this monster, leave her to rot in a dark cell for the next 50 years.

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Looking deep into her eyes I see very long trail of sadness, pain, and suffering. We really don't know what led her to this evil act, but I am sure there is a lot RAGE and pain involved.

Having said that, there is NO JUSTIFICATION to what she has done.

RIP angles, god bless every abused child, there is a very special spot in HELL for child killers.

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A cruel way to kill the children. The husband must be working in America. A very tragic and horrific crime.

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Wow... This was news that I was NOT expecting today.

R.I.P. little children. May your suffering be over.

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Most people know little about mental illness. Unfortunately, we seem to care little about it as well. This woman has the classic symptoms of schizophrenia.

Inoue went to a Tempe police station Saturday morning and told officers that “she was hearing voices telling her to kill her children,” according to charging documents.

From the Mayo Clinic

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling.

Schizophrenia hallucinations: These usually involve seeing or hearing things that don't exist. Yet for the person with schizophrenia, they have the full force and impact of a normal experience. Hallucinations can be in any of the senses, but hearing voices is the most common hallucination.

If we were just a little more aware of mental illness and what to do about it, we might be able to prevent a lot of horrible tragedies like this.

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Thanks God, i have my children's here with me, safe, she abandoned us and later return, but then again want to go back to japan, because she missed Japanese food, now she cannot enter my country, i red flagger with immigration here.

i am so sorry to hear this news for those kids.

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We get it, @Eisenach 8:57am. You dislike foreigners, particularly Americans. Every country has their share of domestic issues:

*- “People on this site tend point the finger without thinking about what is happening in their own country.” -*

We’ll acknowledge your previous ‘sage’ advice. Here are the US stats on these types of murders (page 9):

https://www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/187239.pdf -

And, to summarize for this case:

https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=791 -

*- “The most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, found that 16% of murder victims were members of the defendant's family: Among family murder defendants, 35% were female. Women were over half of the defendants (55%) in only one category of family murder, Filicide: parents killing their offspring. *

Now, @8:57 am, do You care to ‘enlighten’ us with the “inter-familial homicide and filicide statistics in Japan”?

Perhaps tell us what we already know: The NPA and Japan’s Ministry of Justice do not publish those kinds of statistics?

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Isubari, this tragedy remotely reminds me of Jim Gordon, the drummer of Derek and the Dominoes, who during a psychotic trance due to schizophrenia hacked his mother to death with a hammer and a knife; similarly, he was hearing voices, and from time to time he believes that his mother is still alive. He remains incarcerated in a mental institution to date, and probably this woman will have a similar fate.

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This kind of crime and method in which she did it, indicate that this is almost certainly a result of severe untreated mental illness.

Looking deep into her eyes I see very long trail of sadness, pain, and suffering. We really don't know what led her to this evil act, but I am sure there is a lot RAGE and pain involved.

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I wonder how much this will be covered in the Japanese media? There wasn't that much coverage when that Japanese woman pretended her kid fled in a hot air balloon in America. They even blurred the face of the woman who kidnapped her child from the father but was arrested when she returned to Hawaii - despite media outside Japan not bothering with hiding her face.

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Put that thing out of everyone's misery.

Last meal of your choosing then it's off to dance with Sizzlin' Sally.

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No "I do not remember" or "I was drunk" will get her a suspended sentence in the US.

Her lawyer will probably try to get her deported on the grounds of being legally insane where she will get a suspended or released all together.

The same happened to Issei Sagawa. His family was wealthy and owns the Sagawa publishing company. He did not spend anytime in jail in Japan and became a celebrity for a while.

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I don’t remember…I was Drunk…but I DID remember to take a BATH first.

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Waiting for the 'mental illness' apologists to come and defend this monster. I hope she gets the injection!

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I looked for some Japanese articles and there weren't many. None from "big" media outlets.

https://article.yahoo.co.jp/detail/b8433345dec67bc7f079ef2eed3a57838b26e51d

They're describing her as Nikkei not Japanese. They're writing her name in katakana instead of as 井上結衣.

Japanese so I'll sum it up really quick.

Living with ex husband. Wants money to move back to Japan. Has argument, threatened to stab ex. Ex sleeps in car. She butchers kids. Told police she butchered kids through an interpreter. Later says she can't remember saying that. Changes story to "heard voices".

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I feel sorry for the husband.

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They're describing her as Nikkei not Japanese. They're writing her name in katakana instead of as 井上結衣.

Well, no surprises there.

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Just thought of this. If the husband said he went to sleep in the car because she threatened to stab him, why the hell did he leave the kids in the house?

Somebody is threatening deadly violence, the very first action is to call the cops and get those kids out of the house.

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I wish the poor woman had gotten help before she did the unthinkable. Mentally ill people are rarely a danger to themselves or others, but cases like this one remind us of the worst possible scenario, when someone sadly falls through the cracks. Surely there were signs before she did this, and those around her missed them -- so sad. I hope she gets the help she clearly needs, but it won't bring her poor kids back.

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RIP innocent children. As for the mom, well, you are not in Japan. Things are much harsher in the US. Only the judge and jury will have the final say, and you will most likely answer to American court.

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If the accused were judged purely on their arrest photos...

She would be found guilty!

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When questioned by police through a Japanese interpreter, Inoue said she woke up around 4:30 a.m. with blood on her hands and arms. She found her children dead but said she had no memory of doing anything to them.

Ah, the "I dont remember" line, so familiar. It might of course be true in this case, but how many times have we heard it.

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Wow horrible news!

Clearly we see a pattern here about killing your own children in Japan. It made it all the way to Arizona.

Arizona has the death penalty and sentencing is far harsher than Japan. RIP Innocent children.

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When questioned by police through a Japanese interpreter, Inoue said she woke up around 4:30 a.m. with blood on her hands and arms. She found her children dead but said she had no memory of doing anything to them. She said she took a bath before heading to the police station.

Excuses like these just dont work in the USA good luck with your excuse. The Jury will likely find her guilty and life with out parole and perhaps on death row in Arizona once all the evidence are presented.

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They're describing her as Nikkei not Japanese. They're writing her name in katakana instead of as 井上結衣. 

Thanks for the info. If she is Nikkei, I wonder what non-English speaking country she is from. The article said she used a Japanese interpreter to speak to police.

Side note: If you are ever arrested in the US, you should only say the following, “I am invoking my fifth amendment right to remain silent and my sixth amendment right to an attorney.” These rights apply to any person in the US.

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Scarce:

@socrateos

Wikipedia is NOT an official source. I can login right now and change the number. Just letting you know.

You can also check its source by yourself if you wonder. In this case, it is an article from USA TODAY:

"A USA TODAY examination of more than three decades of FBI homicide data shows that on average, 450 children are killed every year by their parents."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/10/parents-kill-children-fbi-data/15280259/

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If you here those voices, test yourself with noise canceling headphones. In the very most cases you will be surprised how healthy you truly are and find out who else is really crazy instead. lol But if the voices continue to appear, better throw your meat cleaver away, give your children a toy or an ice cream if they are too loud again and search for an appointment with a trusted doctor.

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kiwikid

They're describing her as Nikkei not Japanese. They're writing her name in katakana instead of as 井上結衣.

Why would a Nikkei need a Japanese interpreter?

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Superior Court commissioner in Phoenix told her not to talk about the case except with an attorney.

Something that would not happen in Japan

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If she did in fact commit this crime in Japan she could have a decent life 5 years after spending time in jail. However if what is written is true, she will not see another day outside the prison walls and life will be hell on the inside committing such a crime. The American Penal system is not nice. Rule #1 in a womens prison don't arrive with a murder wrap from killing your children, that is immediate strikes against you. I can assure you if she is proven guilty she would be on suicide watch and if let out in general population she will not last. It's sad to say that two beautiful kids lost their lives because of what is perceived DV, the kids didn't have a clue they are innocent. Wow the fighting over money, I would personally think that was due to her perhaps not having a job and wanting money to buy a return ticket home but the husband fear of losing his kids refused to provide it. Not a good situation either way, but killing innocent children is not the way to solve the problem.

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WilliB:

Why would a Nikkei need a Japanese interpreter?

My question would be, does the Japanese media prefer her to be a Nikkei? Katakanazing her name to dissociate oneself from her?

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WA4TKG

I don’t remember…I was Drunk…but I DID remember to take a BATH first.

Yes, that part got to me too. If I woke up to find my children hacked to death, the LAST thing that came to my mind would be to take a bath with the bloody bodies in the next room. Good grief.

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Pretty “interesting” comment, but since you mention it, I’d like to point out, the obvious fact that this problem is not one that is isolated to Japan. In fact, in my hometown, the problem, per capita is more than 10x as bad as it is in Japan. But these are not statistics to be proud of, nor are they statistics to be used to make sly and inaccurate statements about Japanese parentage and suggest that their nationality makes them more prone to killing their offspring (which again, is statistically false)

Clearly we see a pattern here about killing your own children in Japan. It made it all the way to Arizona.

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”Excuses” like this are actually common and when accompanied by Psychiatrists’ evaluation, do in fact play a big factor in the court’s ruling. In fact, her recanting of the events (not remembering anything) is very consistent with many other cases that involve insanity pleas. And yes, more cases than you’d like so that the defendant is ordered into a treatment facility. But for what it is worth, being ordered into the these facilities is basically a lifetime sentence and for those who have faked insanity to avoid prison, it turns out that living in these facilities is a nightmare and many end up preferring to be moved to prison. I have a friend who was sent to the State Hospital and he said it was worse than his time in county jail.

If Inoue is sentenced to prison, she will most likely not be assigned to General pop.

Excuses like these just dont work in the USA good luck with your excuse. The Jury will likely find her guilty and life with out parole and perhaps on death row in Arizona once all the evidence are presented.

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They're describing her as Nikkei not Japanese. They're writing her name in katakana instead of as 井上結衣.

Well, no surprises there.

No, they clearly stated that the mother is a Japanese national. It's odd that they're writing her name in katakana but the first sentence is absolutely false. But, I'm not surprised at the typical responses you get on here.

アメリカ西部アリゾナ州で、2人の子どもを殺害した疑いで、日本人の母親が逮捕された。

アリゾナ州フェニックス郊外のアパートで15日、9歳の女の子と7歳の男の子が遺体で見つかり、警察は、母親で日本国籍のイノウエ・ユイ容疑者を、第1級殺人の疑いで逮捕・訴追した。

事件は、イノウエ容疑者が警察を訪れ、「子どもを殺せという声が聞こえた」と話したことから発覚したもので、調べに対し、「記憶がなく、目が覚めたら死んでいた」と述べ、裁判所に出廷した際も、「殺人はしていない」と容疑を否認している。

事件が発覚した15日は、午前0時ごろに、イノウエ容疑者と離婚手続き中の夫が口論になり、警察が出動していたが、その時点で、子どもたちに異変はなく、その後、夫が家を出たあとに犯行に及んだとみられている。

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It's odd that they're writing her name in katakana

Perhaps not. If the source of the story came from the US, it was probably in romaji. So how to know the appropriate kanji to use?

Wait unit she finds out, "I don't remember, I was drunk, stressed out from work" doesn't work outside Japan.

It doesn't work in Japan either. Please show me any case where this was used in a court in Japan. It is always a quote from the police regarding the person's reason not to answer questions. The US equivalent would be "no comment".

Surely there were signs before she did this, and those around her missed them -- so sad. I hope she gets the help she clearly needs, but it won't bring her poor kids back.

I have similar sentiments. It's really sad.

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albaleo

Perhaps not. If the source of the story came from the US, it was probably in romaji. So how to know the appropriate kanji to use?

Good point! Kind of obvious, coming to think of it.

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Those poor little kids, I can't even imagine the horror of having your own mother do something like that, let alone seeing her do it to your sibling first. RIP little angels.

As for the dad, I think he will regret for the rest of his life that decision to sleep in the car instead of taking the kids and him to a hotel. Honestly, I can't imagine the guilt. He should be on suicide watch, that is just so much for one person to take.

I guess the rest of us can take this as a lesson, if your partner is physically threatening you, take the kids and run. Better safe than sorry.

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@albaleo,

Excellent point about the use of kanji as there are multiple ways of writing her name, thus putting it in katakana. Perhaps, that's why they made sure to specify that she was a Japanese and a national of Japan on two occasions. Of course, that didn't change some posters of trying to portray that there was some sinister plot by the Japanese to disassociate her as somewhat non-Japanese when there was a perfectly legitimate reason other than describing her as a nikei. Again, these posters thrive on disparaging Japan every chance they get.

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