Sasebo schoolgirl murder

The "Sasebo schoolgirl murder" (佐世保女子高生殺害事件, Sasebo Joshikōsei Satsugai jiken) was the murder of 15-year-old Japanese high school student Aiwa Matsuo (松尾 愛和, Matsuo Aiwa) by a 15-year-old female classmate on July 26, 2014. The murder took place in the suspect's apartment in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, where Matsuo was beaten with a metal tool, strangled to death, and then partially dismembered and decapitated.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

DetailsEdit

The suspect, who was 15 at the time of the crime, but turned 16 shortly after, allegedly posted details and photos of the crime to the popular Japanese message board 2channel,[1] and told police that, "I wanted to kill someone. I bought tools by myself".[5][9][10][11][12][13][14] The suspect had previously attacked her father with a metal baseball bat, prompting him and her step-mother (her biological mother died the previous year) to move her into her own apartment when she began attending high school.[15] It is believed that she first attempted to "dissect" a cat and possessed several medical text books.[16]

Response by television broadcastersEdit

In response to the murder, Fuji TV cancelled the July 31, 2014, broadcast of the fourth episode of the re-edited Psycho-Pass anime, which would have also featured murder of teenage schoolgirls.[17][18]

AftermathEdit

The girl's 54-year-old father apologized to Matsuo's family in July 2014 about his daughter's mental health. On October 5, 2014, he was found to have committed suicide by hanging.[19][20][21]

In 2014, it was revealed that a psychiatrist who examined the girl had contacted a child consultation center in Nagasaki to reportedly warn officials that "If she is left as she is, she could kill someone."[22] However, this warning was not acted upon, and in 2015, three officials of the Nagasaki Prefectural child consultation center were officially reprimanded by the prefectural government, which stated that the center had "failed to fulfill its duties".[23][24]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ "Japanese schoolgirl admits to decapitating classmate". Telegraph. 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  12. ^ Huffington Post UK (2014-07-27). "Japanese Schoolgirl, 16, 'Killed & Beheaded Classmate Aiwa Matsuo, 15'". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  13. ^ Agence France-Presse in Tokyo. "Schoolgirl 'beheaded classmate because she wanted to dissect someone' | World news". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  14. ^ McCoy, Terrence. "The chilling details of a Japanese teenage murder and decapitation". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  15. ^ "Teenager assaulted father months before killing classmate - 毎日新聞". Mainichi.jp. 2013-02-08. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
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  17. ^ "佐世保事件と酷似のTVアニメ、放送中止 内容は、女子高生による同級生バラバラ殺人事件だった- 最新ニュース|MSN トピックス". Topics.jp.msn.com. 2014-07-31. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  18. ^ "4th Chapter of "Psycho-Pass: New Edit Version" Canceled due to Similar Murder Case". Crunchyroll. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
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  22. ^ "Psychiatrist warned officials in June that Sasebo girl may commit murder".
  23. ^ "VOX POPULI: Grisly slayings by teenage girls should give us pause to look within". AJW by The Asahi Shimbun. Archived from the original on 2015-02-18.
  24. ^ "Nagasaki Pref. reprimands 3 at child center over murder by girl". Archived from the original on 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2015-02-18.