Genzo Kurita

Genzo Kurita (Japanese: 栗田 源蔵, Hepburn: Kurita Genzō, November 3, 1926 – October 14, 1959) was a Japanese serial killer who murdered eight people.

Genzo Kurita
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Genzo Kurita

(1926-11-03)November 3, 1926
DiedOctober 14, 1959(1959-10-14) (aged 32)
Miyagi Prison, Sendai, Japan
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
Criminal statusExecuted
Conviction(s)Murder (8 counts)
Criminal penaltyDeath
Span of crimes
February 1948 – January 13, 1952
State(s)Chiba, Tochigi, Shizuoka
Date apprehended
January 16, 1952


Kurita murdered two girlfriends in February 1948. On August 8, 1951, he raped and murdered a 24-year-old woman beside her baby. He then had sex with her corpse.[citation needed]

On October 11, 1951, he raped and murdered a 29-year-old woman. He threw her three children from a cliff called Osen Korogashi. One survived.[citation needed]

Kurita killed a 63-year-old woman and her 24-year-old niece on January 13, 1952. Afterward, he had sex with the niece's dead body. At the crime scene, the police found his fingerprints.[citation needed]

Arrest, trial, and executionEdit

Kurita was arrested on January 16, 1952.[citation needed]

On August 12, 1952, the district court in Chiba sentenced him to death for the last two murders. The district court in Utsunomiya sentenced him to death for six others on December 21, 1953. He appealed the sentences, but because of mental instability he retracted his appeals on October 21, 1954. He was considered to be neurotic and a danger to himself, committing self-harm but also screaming that he did not want to die. He was executed on October 14, 1959.[1]


On May 10, 1956, a pro-death penalty prosecutor in Supreme Public Prosecutors Office introduced Kurita into a debate about capital punishment in the Diet.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ozbourne, S. A. (2021-08-02). "He Murdered and Raped Women's Corpses Then Threw Their Children Off a Cliff". Medium. Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  2. ^ 第024回国会 法務委員会公聴会 第2号 (in Japanese). National Diet Library. 1956-05-10. Archived from the original on 2019-12-10. Retrieved 2008-01-09.