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Suspect denies killing family of 3 in Saitama on Christmas Day

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Scary. You never know when you might have a nut with a grudge around.

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It seems from all the information I have seen, it is 100% certain that Mr. Saito is mentally imbalanced. I mean, his family left the house because of him to escape his abuse. Second, I can only conclude he singled out the victims because of the foreign car and/or the fact that a foreigner was living in his neighborhood. Why elise would he have singled them out?

Mental health is a serious issue. It wasn't addressed properly here for sure, ie, look the other way it might go away. I would not blame the family for seemingly abandoning him, but possibly if the police and prosecutors were more aggressive in prosecuting him for the multiple damages he did to the car this event never would have happened. Look, three people died and were viciously murdered in fact; they should still be alive today.

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We will have to wait to see the camera footage to be sure, but it seems like he will be found guilty

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Good to see the suspect is apparently not interested in getting any clemency on the trial, there will be less excuses not to give him life in prison.

Still remaining is the responsibility of the people that let him go even after arresting him 3 times.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

I don’t know which one, but one of the three buttons pushed at the same moment will solve this problem physically.

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Had damaged property six times?

Don't be trying that at the Kipling household. I'll call the police twice then the discussion will be non verbal.

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He's sane enough to rely on two of the standard tropes used by murderers in Japan - 1. Claiming, "I have no recollection of doing such a thing", and 2. setting the victim's house on fire. Although, the fire is typically done to destroy evidence. Leaving the bodies outside kinda defeats the purpose.

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Mr KiplingToday  08:26 am JST

Had damaged property six times?

Don't be trying that at the Kipling household. I'll call the police twice then the discussion will be non verbal.

Apparently, the Bishop called the police many times before. seems that the police is guilty as well.

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Authorities have been questioning him, most likely night and day, about his motive and for a confession but to no avail. The guy knows he's 100% guilty, he knows he's going to prison forever or to be executed at sometime so why even bother to confess, just play dumb. I'm not in any way, shape or form supporting this poor excuse for a human, but Japan's obsession with getting a confession can be both good and bad... and quite often bad. Often innocent people are forced to sit in prison for time unknown until the confess to something. This guy was arrested 3 times, authorities probably asked him at the time for the reason he was targeting Bishop, but they never got an answer. If they did they might not now be looking for the motive. That said, the Japanese Police probably did as much as they could... you can only do so much if it is just rocks being thrown. The probably chalked him up as a bit crazy and never thought he'd go as far as he did.

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DNA from blood found on clothing confiscated from the home of the suspect, Jun Saito, 40, matches that of all three victims, police also said, adding they suspect it was worn by Saito at the time of the crime.

> Police also confiscated multiple blunt objects, including a hammer and a hatchet, from his home.

The suspect is being investigated over possibly harboring a grudge against the family.

There was a fire at the victims' home on the day of the alleged murder and the police suspect Saito tried to set the house on fire. The police found a partially burnt polyethylene tank with traces of kerosene at the house, investigative sources said.

We got their DNA on yo clothes, we got yo weapons, we got yo motive, you got no alibi and we got yo history...............what you gots to say for yo self?

"I did not do it. I have no recollection,"

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Too bad this isn’t the US or that nutter would qualify for the death penalty. I’m surprised he didn’t use the “I was drunk” defense.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Too bad this isn’t the US or that nutter would qualify for the death penalty.

Depends on where in the U.S. and Japan has the death penalty. Multiple murders generally means he will have a high chance at the death penalty. It all depends on the judge.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Police in Japan are useless.

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"I did not do it. I have no recollection," 

After talking to his lawyer and realizing that his fellow inmates do not really like him, he decided to throw spaghetti to the wall and see what sticks.

If you have no recollection, then how do you know that you did not do it, Mr. Saito?

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Does he remember anything over the last few days or just this incident?

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There seems to be too many evidences. It’s like someone is framing. If it’s real, there so many obvious evidence. If there are so many evidences and not framed, the person myst be mentally ill. Otherwise there can’t be so many evidences

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"I did not do it. I have no recollection,"

YEAH right. Except for the nightmares you have had since you did it.

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Chico3 - Too bad this isn’t the US or that nutter would qualify for the death penalty.

Only 19 states have capital punishment statutes. Of those, only 11 states actively conduct executions. (8 states haven't executed anyone for over 10 years).

The remaining 31 states do not practice capital punishment at all. (23 do not have such statutes, and 8 have suspended them.)

Japan does have the death penalty, which is usually reserved for those who have killed more than one person. As this POS allegedly killed 3, he actually stands more of a chance of receiving the death penalty in Japan than in the US.

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People have been executed for a single murder. 15 times since 1993.

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""According to the police, the couple made six reports of property damage between August and December 2021, but while Saito was suspected and arrested three times last year, ""

Something STINKS really bad , may be the FBI should be assisting in this case.

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He's picked on and murdered an elderly man and his family, disgusting.

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William Bishop, a 69-year-old U.S. national.

Wife Izumi Morita, 68, Japanese national.

Daughter Sophianna Megumi Morita, 32, is probably a Japanese national.

It's only 11 days since the murders.

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MarkJan. 5  07:19 pm JST

""According to the police, the couple made six reports of property damage between August and December 2021, but while Saito was suspected and arrested three times last year, ""

Something STINKS really bad , may be the FBI should be assisting in this case.

It does seem worthy of an investigation. However, the FBI have no jurisdiction whatsoever.

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Ronin TsukebinJan. 5  07:31 am JST

It seems from all the information I have seen, it is 100% certain that Mr. Saito is mentally imbalanced. I mean, his family left the house because of him to escape his abuse. Second, I can only conclude he singled out the victims because of the foreign car and/or the fact that a foreigner was living in his neighborhood. Why elise would he have singled them out?

On one hand you are saying that the Perpetrator is 100% mentally imbalanced. But then you say that he "singled out Bishop because he was a foreigner". If Saito is in fact mentally imbalanced, he could have signled out the Bishop family for a multitude of reasons.

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The authorities at this stage, 13 days after the crime, probably do not know why he decided to murder the family.

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