Monday, November 12, 2012

Miyoko Sumida

Monday November 12, 2:39 p.m.

The past several days on NHK News, there has been a long running report on this woman, Miyoko Sumida, who has allegedly been the mastermind behind the extortion and murder of a number of people connected with her extended family over a period of many years. Apparently, she, along with a few of her other family members, imprisoned, tortured, killed and dumped at least a couple of bodies while reaping some financial benefits. And this is a 64-year-old woman who supposedly has some fearsome control over her family. She has apparently confessed to the murders but will not implicate any of her henchmen. Another psychopath to add to the long list in Japan.

I haven't heard anything like this for over a decade. There was the curry-poisoning incident in Wakayama in which Masumi Hayashi was responsible for doping vats of curry with some form of arsenic in 1998. She and her husband were tried and convicted. Heck, she even tried to off him for the insurance money.