Nagoya co-ed who says she wanted to kill ‘anyone’ confesses to murder of elderly woman


Police arrested a female Nagoya University student Tuesday on suspicion of killing an elderly woman who was found dead earlier in the day in the suspect’s apartment.

They said the 19-year-old student admitted to murdering Tomoko Mori, 77, by hitting her head with an ax and strangling her with a scarf in the Nagoya apartment last month.

According to the police, the student said she had “wanted to kill someone since childhood,” and that it could have been “anybody.”

The two had apparently become acquainted when the victim tried to persuade the student to join a religious group.

The suspect, whose name is being withheld because she is minor, allegedly told the police she had felt annoyed at being asked to join the group.

The police started their investigation into the case when Mori’s husband consulted them in December after she went missing.

They found the ax believed to have been used in the killing in the student’s apartment.

  • Andrew Jarvis

    This article is very poorly written and researched. A little effort and the writer could have learned that the teen in question had shown interest in the religion and had willingly attended the meetings. She also asked the woman to visit her to answer questions at her apartment. The motive all along it seems was just to take the life of a well loved and kindly woman. This paper should be ashamed of itself , this is disgaceful !

    • Bill Benson

      Sorry, I can’t understand the point you’re trying to make. Are you desperately trying to highlight some persecution directed against Jehovah’s Witnesses?

      • Andrew Jarvis

        Nothing desperate in my comment Bill. What’s your reason for commenting though?
        The sister was portrayed in a negative light in this article. She wasn’t in the least bit pushy in trying to ‘persuade’. The girl showed interest and willingness and attended the meeting and invited the sister back home. None of that was included in the article ,hence it’s a very tardy piece of journalism .

      • Bill Benson

        So you’re purpose is journalistic accuracy? You scour the internet to ensure that every news item is accurate?
        Or just news items involving Jehovah’s Witnesses?
        By the way, where does the article say “pushy”?

      • Andrew Jarvis

        You come across as a very sarcastic and bitter fellow. I don’t know you ,and probably wouldn’t want to either , but haven’t you got anything better to do? I commented about a person who was much loved out of respect for her memory and the good she did , in regard to an article that had nothing positive to say about the victim. Then I have to put up with your petty derogatory and infantile attempts to make me feel bad about it?
        Go back to bed Bill ,nobody really cares what you think !

      • Allen Starr

        but you didn’t answer his question. too busy insulting someone you don’t know. so where is the word “pushy” in the above news report?

  • fubar

    SGI meetings? Can’t stand them either.

  • Andrew Jarvis

    She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and very much loved.