Japan's 'black widow' serial killer faces the death penalty after 'murdering her husband and two partners with cyanide to claim millions in insurance'

Mail Online | 10/10/2017 | Sara Malm for MailOnline
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A Japanese woman accused of murdering three of her partners in order to make millions off their life insurances is facing the death penalty.

Chisako Kakehi, 70, is charged with murdering her husband-of-one-month and two partners - all elderly wealthy men - by giving them drinks laced with cyanide between 2007 and 2013.

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Kakehi, from Kyoto, has been dubbed 'Japan's Black Widow' after reportedly amassing one billion yen (£6.85million) in life insurance and testament payouts over ten years.

Kakehi was arrested in November 2014 following the death of her husband Isao Kakehi, 75, in December the previous year, one month after their wedding.

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She has since also been charged with murdering her common-law partners Masanori Honda, 71, and Minoru Hioki, 75, and attempting to kill her friend Toshiaki Suehiro, 79.

Her lawyers have argued she is not guilty of murdering Mr Kakehi on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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Kyoto District Court said last year that medical examinations found that Kakehi had early-stage dementia but was fit to stand trial.

Kakehi had relationships with many men, mostly elderly or ill, meeting some through dating agencies, where she reportedly stipulated that prospective partners should be...
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