social media serial killer sentenced to death

BBC World news reports that a Twitter serial killer has been sentenced to death in Japan for luring 9 women via twitter and killing him.

According to BBC world News Takahiro Shiraishi, dubbed the “Twitter killer”, was arrested in 2017 after body parts were found in his flat.

He had pleaded guilty to the murders in October, saying the allegations against him were “all correct”. Almost all of his victims were young women.

The case has triggered debate over how suicide is discussed online.

The 30-year-old had used Twitter to lure suicidal women to his home, saying he could help them die and in some cases claimed he would kill himself alongside them.

The serial killings first came to light on Halloween in 2017 when police found dismembered body parts in Shiraishi’s flat in the Japanese city of Zama, near Tokyo.