The Kobe School Killer
This was probably the most disturbing case I’ve read about and I’m sure some of you will agree.
During the spring and summer of 1997, Japan was rocked by a hideous crime. On May 27th, several people spotted what appeared to be a manikin’s head resting in front of the gate to one of the local junior highschools in the port city of Kobe. Once someone examined the scene closer, they realized the head was not fake at all. It belong to Jun Hase, a 11 year old mentally challenged boy who had been missing for several days. In side the mouth, there was a note that read: “Well, let’s begin a game. Can you stop me, police? I desperatly want to see people die. I think it’s fun to kill people. A bloody judgement is needed for my years of great bitterness.”
A rash of crimes had hit that area lately. A 10 year old girl had been beaten to death with a steel pipe in March and a 9 year old girl was stabbed the same day. Before that, 2 other school girls were attacked by someone with a hammer. Along with human victims, 2 dead animals had been found near the school. One was a bird who was decapitated and the other a kitten who had its paws cut off.
Knowing they had a serial killer on their hands, the police staretd looking for the last person seen with young Jun. He had been a man in his 30’s. In the month of June, the killer started sending letters to local newspapers. In these letters he claimed that murder brough him an inner peace. He went out to say he would kill 3 children a week.
Finally at the end of June the killer was caught. Instead of joy, there was shock. The killer turned out to be a 14 year old boy. Like many serial killers before him, he started showing signs at an early age. He enjoyed torturing animals, played around with hunting knives. Once he lined frogs up on the street and ran them over with his bike. He kept a detailed journal of his crimes and rituals. After luring Jun to a wooded hill, he strangled him and removed his head with a saw. Afterwards, he took the head home where he washed it in a purification ceremony before leaving it at the school gate.
Under Japanese law, the killer could not be jailed because of his age. One way or another he is expected to be back on the streets by the time he is 18. Based on that information, in 2001 he would have turned 18. Obviously now you know why I find this to be one of the most disturbing cases I’ve read. It’s one thing for an adult to go around and murder people, but for a 14 year old child? That just shocks the hell out of me. This is why it’s important to pay attention to warning signs.