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Is it appropriate to demolish the house when the murder case remains unsolved? There definitely are things that can be felt only at a crime scene. I would like people to get a sense of how they lived their lives. That sense could lead to a break in the case.

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An Irie, 62, whose sister Yasuko, 41 and her family were murdered in a house in Setagaya Ward in December 2000. Irie wants the derelict house to be preserved but police plan to demolish the aging structure despite the case remaining open.

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The house has no value, forensic or otherwise, to the conclusion of the case. Beyond, I suppose, serving as an irritating reminder to the police that the killer is still out there somewhere.

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Should be up to the owner unless the structure is a danger to the public.

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