Japanese police on Tuesday, discovered nine dismembered bodies dumped in containers with their heads cut off and flesh stripped in a suburban Tokyo flat.
Tokyo police have arrested Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, who allegedly confessed to gruesome killings, taking the flesh off the bodies and throwing it in the trash, then sprinkling cat litter over the remains in an effort to cover his crime.
According to local media, Shiraishi confessed that he had chopped up the bodies in a bathroom, while a saw was found in his room.
The suspect reportedly told investigators he had “dumped cut flesh and organs in the trash”.
A neighbor, Hideaki Hosogaya, 83, said: “It’s really cruel. He used a saw to dismember the bodies or something. He must be abnormal to have done such things.”
According to Sankei Shimbun newspaper, another neighbor said he had perceived an odour he “never smelled before.”
“I thought it was the smell of sewage,” he said.
Japanese social media users were quick to link the incident with Halloween.
A Twitter user wrote: “Nine dismembered bodies found on the day of Halloween. Humans are definitely scarier than ghosts.”
Another said: “What a psychotic event on Halloween. I don’t think I could bear 10 minutes with nine dead bodies around.”
Authorities had been looking into the mysterious disappearance of a 23 year old woman and discovered a link between her and the criminal.
Sankei Shimbun daily reported that the woman had earlier tweeted “I’m looking for someone to die with me”.
Shiraishi and the 23 year old woman were caught on a CCTV camera walking together last Monday.
NHK reports that, a CCTV image showed Shiraishi and the 23-year-old woman walking together last Monday.
The woman had been declared missing since September 21 and her older brother reported her disappearance to the police.
When the Authorities stormed the apartment, they initially found two human heads inside a box at the entrance before making the discovery of the other body parts.
TBS network said, “During the course of the investigation, the heads of nine bodies have been discovered” inside various coolers and containers in the apartment.
A spokesman at Tokyo Metropolitan Police said that Shiraishi has been arrested on a charge that he mutilated one body and placed it in a cool box, a charge he didn’t deny.
The spokesman further disclosed that, “He has said ‘I dismembered a body and placed it inside a cooler and poured cat litter over it. It was meant to hide the body that I killed and to hide evidence’.”