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Defendant in Japan’s ‘Black Widow’ Trial Stuns Court: ‘I Killed My Husband’

When she took the stand on Monday, Mrs. Kakehi initially said she would remain silent, but when asked by the prosecutor whether she had poisoned Mr. Kakehi, she confessed, adding there was “no mistake” about her role in his death.

“I wasn’t given any money after I married him,” Mrs. Kakehi said. “I felt like Isao was discriminating against me in comparison to the last woman he was in a relationship with, and I got angry,” she added, according to news reports.

Mrs. Kakehi said she got cyanide, with which she is believed to have poisoned her partners, from a business associate.

Mrs. Kakehi’s lawyers have said she has dementia and is incapable of accurately remembering details from the time of the men’s deaths.

The case has struck a particular nerve in Japan, home of the world’s longest life spans, where aging baby boomers have skewed the country’s demographics toward the elderly.

All of the victims were between 70 and 80 years old and met Mrs. Kakehi between 2007 and 2013. The woman’s three other husbands, whom she married in the same period, have also all died, though she has not been charged in their deaths.

According to one official estimate, Mrs. Kakehi inherited as much as 1 billion yen, or $ 8.8 million, from the men.

Source: NYT > World

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