The 2004 murder of schoolgirl Satomi Kitaguchi is one of Japan’s most famous mystery cases.
According to the testimony, in 2004, Kashima worked in a metalworking company in Hagi City, living alone in a dormitory near his workplace.
After a long period of work pressure without a place to relieve himself, Kashima suddenly wanted to leave everything behind to go to Akihabara, Tokyo.
On his way to Tokyo, passing by Hiroshima, he changed his mind. While standing on the side of the road, Kashima sees Satomi coming home from school, momentarily intending to follow her home, looking for an opportunity to rape.
He broke into Satomi’s house, went to the second floor, and attacked the schoolgirl.
Met with resistance, he brandished a knife.
In March 2020, Kashima was sentenced to life in prison by the Hiroshima Prefectural Court.
The 2004 murder of schoolgirl Satomi Kitaguchi is one of Japan’s most famous mystery cases, with the perpetrator unidentified for 14 years, Alles Europa News reports.
On October 5, 2004, 17-year-old Satomi Kitaguchi was released from school three hours earlier and returned home to Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, at about 1:00 p.m.
Because he had to go to work at 5 p.m., after lunch, Satomi returned to his room.
Michiyo’ 72-year-old grandmother and elementary school sister still sit watching television in the living room.
Satomi’s family house is a complex of two main houses – interconnecting, Satomi’s room is located on the second floor of the outbuilding, the living room in the main house.
At 3:00 p.m., hearing Satomi’s screams, she and her sister rushed over to see satomi, finding Satomi dead on the stairs with multiple injuries.
An unknown man with a knife stood next to her and immediately stabbed Michiyo.
Satomi’s sister rushed out of the house in a panic, running to a nearby bonsai shop to ask for help.