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Case of deceased woman suspected of killing husband and brother-in-law sent to prosecutors

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Miyagi Prefectural Police have sent a case to prosecutors involving a deceased woman who was suspected of killing husband and brother-in-law at their home in the town of Shichigahama in August 2022.

According to police, Kazue Atsumi (then 49), committed suicide after allegedly carrying out the two murders. Her cause of death was an overdose of drugs, Kyodo News reported.

Police say Atsumi strangled her husband, Masaru, 70, and her brother-in-law, Minoru, 73, with a thin rope between the night of August 27 and noon of August 28, 2022.

Atsumi was the sole caretaker of her husband, who had a disability in his legs, and also took care of her brother-in-law, who had an intellectual disability. Moreover, she was supporting the family financially with her part-time job.

Although she attempted to move Masaru to a nursing home, Atsumi faced difficulties getting him admitted due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

A female neighbor told reporters, “It must have been hard on Atsumi both mentally and financially. She may have felt pessimistic because of the difficulty finding a nursing home.”

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Waste of taxpayers money! Just a waste of time and administration cost without any end result just like so many other aspects of Japanese judicial systems and all branches of the Japanese Government.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

I am so sorry for this lady.

What a hard life.

Instead of Japan spending all of that money on Abe's undeserved state funeral it would have been best served to go to her.

-7 ( +13 / -20 )

What is the point?

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@wallace - they have nothing better to do than prosecute a dead woman. It's worse than shameful.

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Maybe they will give her life in prison.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

They might as well prosecute her for her crime. Some woman and some man get away with murder but not all of them do. Some of them will get caught eventually.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

At least the police will not have to beat a confession out of her.

Her situation was just another example of Japan's neglect of the aged.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Reading the headline I was amazed to learn how a dead woman killed two people! Oh god the zombie apocalypse is upon us!

Surely there was a solution other than murder/suicide. Accepting that the authorities ans society failed her utterly, if it was me I would have left them at a nursing home or the social services offices and refused to take them back, forcing them to act. If they sent her to prison, they still would need to find a place for them. All better than 3 deaths.

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Meant to add, agree it’s an utter wast of time, money and resources to prosecute a dead woman, unless they intend to use it to highlight the utter failure and inadequacy of the authorities in this case. Yes I know there are two chances of that happening, fat and no!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

For too many, Abe’s ‘beautiful country’ sure ain’t pretty. But so long as weakness Is despised, compassion eschewed, and people continue insisting Cassandra-like that we’re living in the best of all possible worlds, so too will stories like this keep repeating.

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Miyagi Prefectural Police have sent a case to prosecutors involving a deceased woman who was suspected of killing husband and brother-in-law at their home in the town of Shichigahama in August 2022.

I think it is dumb to send a case to prosecutors to prosecute a dead person. I don't get it!

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I feel sorry for the two men murdered by strangulation. She had a job and was young and could just have walked away.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Wow the government will waste tax payer yen to take a deceased women to court. Dead people can't talk. What's the point? Do they want to sentence her to hell?

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

They will do anything to maintain that 99% conviction rate won't they...

Guess they don't need a confession this time round since the deceased won't actually be able to confirm or deny anything...

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Prosecutors are going to have to try to illicit a confession from her ashes.

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Wow the government will waste tax payer yen to take a deceased women to court

No waste, a decision is important for many different reasons (it can impact thigs like other investigations, inheritance, etc.) and obviously it is not acceptable just to automatically declare a suspect as guilty just because it is dead. So a trial is still necessary.

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How will she appear in court to defend herself, every suspect deserves a defence. It will be interesting to hear how her lawyer represents her. This a complete waste of time and resources, I mean, the police and courts could be prosecuting those guilty of heinous crimes, like dropping paper in the streets...etc.

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