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‘Black Widow’ confesses to killing husband
    2017-July-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A ONE-TIME millionairess dubbed the “Black Widow” over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband, admitted to poisoning her last partner at her trial this week in a multiple murder case that has gripped Japan.

Chisako Kakehi, 70, has become notorious over accusations she dispatched a number of elderly men she was involved with, drawing comparisons with the spider that kills its mate after copulation.

Kakehi is on trial for the murders of three men — including a husband — and the attempted murder of another, all to allow her to collect on insurance policies. Prosecutors suspect she used cyanide to rid herself of her lovers, amassing a reported one billion yen (US$8.8 million) in payouts over 10 years.

As her trial began this week over the 2013 killing of her fourth husband, she stunned the court by telling judges it was true she had murdered him.

The Fuji television network quoted her as saying Monday that the crime was just “an issue of money.”

But Kakehi appeared to step back from those statements yesterday.

“I don’t remember (what I said),” she testified, according to the Mainichi daily.

Kakehi’s lawyers have argued she is not guilty of murdering Isao Kakehi on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Kyoto District Court said last year that medical examinations found that Kakehi had early-stage dementia but was fit to stand trial. If convicted of murder she could face the death penalty.

Kakehi had relationships with many men, mostly elderly or ill, meeting some through dating agencies, where she reportedly stipulated that prospective partners should be wealthy and childless. Prosecutors say the men perished at her hands after making her the beneficiary of life insurance policies that ran into millions of dollars.(SD-Agencies)

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