On the night of October 5, 1968, CA, murdered her father at their apartment in Tochigi Prefecture.
At the time CA was 29 years old and unmarried. Her father had first raped her when she was 14 and over the ensuing 15 years she had borne him five children and had six abortions. At her doctor’s suggestion (and her father’s approval), she was sterilized after the sixth abortion. Two of CA’s infants died shortly after birth. The other three, all daughters, were shown on her father’s family registry as his “illegitimate” children, since his wife, CA’s mother, had divorced him and taken their other children away when she realized what was going on.
In spite of this situation, CA had met a man at her workplace who wanted to marry her. When her father learned of this, he had locked her in the house and abused her in various ways for a period of 10 days. On the 10th day, when he grabbed for her in a drunken state, she fought him off, managed to overpower him, and strangled him.
These salacious facts have never been in doubt. A murder was committed. And both the law and society expect the murderer to pay. The question was what an appropriate penalty would be given the circumstances.
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