Death penalty set for Japan’s “Black Widow”
Japan’s Supreme Court dismissed Kanae Kijima’s final appeal to overturn her conviction on Friday, setting up her death by hanging, according to reports.
“I hope to see you again somewhere someday,” Kijima, 42, wrote Thursday in her blog, in which she chronicles her life in the slammer.
Kijima was convicted of killing three former lovers within a span of eight months in 2009 by poisoning them with carbon monoxide.
She burned charcoal briquettes after plying them with sleeping pills.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming that the men likely committed suicide or died by accident, according to Kyodo news service.
But, in 2012, Saitama District Court convicted her of murder and sentenced her to death.
The death sentence was upheld two years later by Tokyo High Court, which ruled Kijima committed the crimes to maintain her lavish lifestyle.
Prosecutors, who relied on circumstantial evidence, said she murdered the men so she wouldn’t have to pay back the money they gave her, the BBC reported.
Kijima met all three men — Takao Terada, 53; Kenzo Ando, 80; and Yoshiyuki Oide, 41 — in the Tokyo area through an online dating service and killed them between January and August 2009.
She’s married twice since getting caught.
Japan’s death penalty — which is exclusively carried out by hanging — is widely supported by the public in Japan. It can take years to carry out.