Japan’s “Black Widow” serial killer—convicted in the deaths of her husband, two lovers, and the attempted murder of a fourth man—was sentenced to death by hanging on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.
Chisako Kakehi, 70, had her lovers drink cyanide after telling them it was a health drink, prosecutors claimed. Kakehi then inherited money from the men, having previously worked with her victims to make legal documents naming her their heiress.
Kakehi was arrested in 2014 after her fourth husband, 75, was found dead in their home a month after the couple married. Her previous three husbands also died, the Post reported, but she was not charged in connection to their deaths.
All of her wealthy victims were older than 70, and she met some of them through dating sites for wealthy singles.
During her trial, Kakehi maintained her innocence until July, when she made a surprise confession to killing her husband with poison. She said she “got angry” because her husband gave more money to a woman he had previously dated, and said she didn’t care if she was execution.
“Even if I were executed tomorrow, I would die smiling,” Kakehi said at the time.
But later that week, Kakehi recanted her confession, saying that she did not remember the admission. Her lawyers said she had begun showing signs of dementia at the time of these killings.
Kakehi’s lawyers have filed an appeal, and if Kakehi’s sentence is upheld, it could be a long time before her execution.
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