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Japan’s ‘Black Widow’ given death penalty for murders


A ONE-TIME millionairess dubbed the “Black Widow” over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband was sentenced to death Tuesday, in a high-profile murder case that has gripped Japan.

Kyoto District Court condemned Chisako Kakehi, 70, to the gallows for the murder of three men — including a husband — and the attempted murder of another, a court official said.

Prosecutors said she used cyanide to rid herself of her lovers, amassing a reported one billion yen ($8.8 million) in payouts over 10 years.

The victims are among six men who died while in a relationship with Kakehi over the past 20 years. All of them were between 70 and 80 years old and met Kakehi between 2007 and 2013.

The woman’s three other husbands, whom she married in the same period, have also all died, but she has not been charged in their deaths.

Kakehi has become notorious over accusations, she dispatched a number of elderly men she was involved with, drawing comparisons with the spider that kills its mate after copulation.

Kakehi initially refused to speak when her trial began in June but later stunned the court by admitting having killed her fourth husband in 2013.

She was arrested in 2014, after the 75-year-old retired salaryman, was found dead at his home in Muko, a city near Kyoto.

“I killed my husband,” Kakehi said from the witness stand in July this year.

“I have no intention of hiding the guilt. I will laugh it off and die if I am sentenced to death tomorrow.

“I was waiting for the right timing as I wanted to kill him out of deep hatred.”

Kakehi has previously addressed allegations she killed her partners to cash in on their insurance policies.

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