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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robberies
Number of victims: 4
Date of murder: August-November 2002
Date of birth: 1943
Victims profile: Etsuko Mabuchi, 66, and daughter, Yuka, 40 / Fumio Aoyagi, 71 / Kimie Oshima, 65
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Tokyo/Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Status: Sentenced to death on March 21, 2007

Mabuchi Motor murderer drops appeal of death sentence

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

TOKYO A man convicted in the killings of four people, including the wife and daughter of the chairman of Mabuchi Motor Co., and who was appealing the death sentence he received in March has dropped the appeal and thus became a death row inmate, his lawyer said Monday.

According to the lawyer, 64-year-old Tetsuo Odajima wrote a letter to the lawyer last Thursday in which he said, "I have no means to apologize for the victims. I can only pay for my crimes with my own life. I deeply reflect on everything in my life." (Kyodo News)


Serial killer handed death penalty

March 22, 2007

A man on trial over four killings including the double murder of a company president's wife and daughter was handed the death penalty Thursday in a ruling at the Chiba District Court.

Sentenced to death for robbery and murder was Tetsuo Odajima, 63. In handing down the death penalty, Presiding Judge Wataru Nemoto branded Odajima's actions as hard-hearted and cruel.

"It was ruthless, hard-hearted and cruel. They were crimes in which the defendant failed to show the slightest bit of humanity," Nemoto said.

According to the ruling, Odajima conspired with Katsumi Morita, 56, to break into the home of Mabuchi Motor Co. President Takaichi Mabuchi in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Aug. 5, 2002. After entering the home the pair strangled Mabuchi's 66-year-old wife Etsuko and their 40-year-old daughter Yuka, the court heard.

Afterwards, the men allegedly stole several hundred thousand yen in cash from the home, along with 10 jewelry items with a combined value of about 9.7 million yen, and set fire to the home before fleeing.

On Sept. 24 that year, the pair murdered 71-year-old dentist Fumio Aoyagi at his home in Tokyo's Meguro-ku, and stole about 350,000 yen in cash from him, the ruling said.

Later, on Nov. 21 the same year, they stormed into the home of 65-year-old Kimie Oshima in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, murdered her and stole 1 million yen in cash, according to the ruling.

Morita has already been handed the death penalty over the crimes, and has filed an appeal against his sentence.


Codefendant also sentenced to hang for 2002 Mabuchi robbery-murders

Friday, March 23, 2007

CHIBA (Kyodo) The Chiba District Court sentenced a second man to death Thursday for the murders of the wife and daughter of the chairman of Mabuchi Motor Co. and two others in 2002, following the same verdict handed to his codefendant in December.

Presiding Judge Wataru Nemoto found Tetsuo Odajima, 63, guilty of all counts of murder, robbery, arson and trespassing involving the three separate robbery-murder cases.

On Dec. 19, Odajima's accomplice, Katsumi Morita, 56, was also sentenced to hang by the same court. He has appealed the sentence to the Tokyo High Court.

While pleading guilty, Odajima had sought leniency.

Prosecutors had demanded the gallows.

Odajima and Morita conspired to break into the home of then Mabuchi Motor President Takaichi Mabuchi in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Aug. 5, 2002, and strangled Mabuchi's wife, Etsuko, 66, and daughter, Yuka, 40, before stealing hundreds of thousands of yen in cash and jewelry worth about 9.7 million yen and setting fire to the house, the court said.

Odajima also conspired with Morita in the killing of dentist Fumio Aoyagi, 71, in Tokyo on Sept. 24, 2002, and Kimie Oshima, 65, wife of a discount-ticket shop owner in Chiba Prefecture on Nov. 21 the same year for money and jewelry, according to the court.



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