Hiroshi Maeue

Hiroshi Maeue (前上 博, Maeue Hiroshi, August 8, 1968 – July 28, 2009), aka "The Suicide Website Murderer", was a Japanese serial killer, who lured his victims via the internet and killed three people in 2005.

Hiroshi Maeue
Hiroshi Maeue

(1968-08-08)August 8, 1968
DiedJuly 28, 2009(2009-07-28) (aged 40)
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
Other namesThe Suicide Website Murderer
Conviction(s)Murder (3 counts)
Criminal penaltyDeath
Span of crimes
February 19, 2005–June 10, 2005
State(s)Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Date apprehended
August 8, 2005

Maeue suffered from a paraphilic psychosexual disorder which translated into being unable to achieve sexual release in the absence of performing an act of strangulation.[1]

Earlier crimesEdit

Maeue attended the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, where in 1988 he attempted to strangle a male friend, resulting in him dropping out. In 1995, he was arrested and charged with assault after beating and attempting to asphyxiate a male work associate. After settling out of court, he was released but fired from his job. In 2001, he was arrested once more for the attempted strangling of two women and sentenced to a year in prison and 3 years of suspended sentence. After being released early on good behavior, he was arrested again in 2002 for attempting to strangle a junior high school boy, for which he was sentenced to 22 months in prison.[2]

Suicide website murdersEdit

In 2005, soon after his release from prison, he murdered three people. He was convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy, a 25-year-old woman, and a 21-year-old man, all of whom were members of an online suicide club. He lured his victims by suggesting they meet and end their lives together by committing suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning using a charcoal burner in a sealed car. However, after a brief conversation, he would instead strangle them. He later said that the murders gave him sexual pleasure, and claimed he developed a desire to kill this way after reading about similar events in a mystery novel as a child.[2]

Trial and deathEdit

In his trial, prosecutors called Maeue a "lust murderer." On March 28, 2007, the Osaka District Court sentenced him to death.[3] Although his defence team launched an appeal, he accepted the judgment of the court and expressed a willingness to pay for his crimes with his life, retracting his appeal on July 5, 2007.[2]

On July 28, 2009, Hiroshi Maeue was hanged in Osaka, along with 25-year-old serial killer Yukio Yamaji.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Suicide website murderer lived out his fantasies". Japan Today. 2005-08-24. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  2. ^ a b c Parker, R. J.; Slate, J. J. (2014). "Chapter 16: Hiroshi Maeue". Social media monsters: internet killers. R.J. Parker Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5004-8706-5. OCLC 930376293.
  3. ^ "Man gets death for murdering suicidal trio". The Japan Times. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  4. ^ "Japan executes three inmates: govt". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2022-02-20.

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