Man suspected of killing 9-year-old granddaughter

TOKYO —

Police said Tuesday that a man is suspected of strangling to death his 9-year-old granddaughter and then trying to kill himself at their home in Tokyo’s Machida.

According to police, the 66-year-old man lived with his son and his daughter. Fuji TV reported that the father returned home from working a night shift at about 9 a.m. and found his daughter, clad in her pajamas, lying on a futon. She had apparently been strangled to death. The man found his father in another room, where he had slit his wrists and tried to hang himself, police said.

Police said the grandfather was taken to hospital where his condition is not life-threatening. He was quoted as saying that he killed the girl, Fuji reported.

Japan Today

  • 2

    Dilbert14

    WHY????

  • 6

    Okinawamike

    WHY????

    Think about it, what could an old git do were the little girl said I'll tell dad?

    Could be wrong, hope the police don't take the I was depressed and wanted to kill someone BS and do a complete investigation.

    This I wanted to kill myself and not doing the job is getting really old.

  • -1

    Disillusioned

    Every damn day you read an article about a family member killing another! Wake up Japan! This is an epidemic of insanity!

  • 1

    Rahul Nirmal

    What is with this spate of killing so many youth in Japan? :(

  • 6

    Tom DeMicke

    Is it possible that he may have sexually abused her and she threatened to tell someone? That is about the only thing I can think of. This is way too sad, truly sad. May she be in a much better place than here.

  • 4

    sensei258

    I didn't want to be the one to say it. I agree with Tom

  • 1

    Jeffrey Jones

    That is a sad story. No kid deserves to die before their parents.

  • 2

    Mirai Hayashi

    society is sick

  • -7

    tmarie

    Perhaps this guy wasn't happy with his son showing up and living off him? Money issues? Why does everyone have to jump to sex just because it is a male? I am hoping for the child's sake it wasn't sexual abuse.

  • 3

    kimuzukashiiiii

    Am I going to be the one to have to ask...

    Where was the mother?!

    Of course, the father could be a widower, we just don't know, but Im going to pose a guess, that probably the couple are divorced, father got custody, and therefore there is no mom involved?

    Another sad fall out of Japans "one parent after divorce" rule.... Little girls need their mothers.

  • 4

    Thunderbird2

    According to Asahi TV news he said he was going to die, and had a painful life... Is that any reason to kill a littlle girl? What a horrible, evil old monster!

  • 2

    Thunderbird2

    Hey thanks for thumbing me down for reporting what another source said. Cheers guys x

  • 0

    Fadamor

    Man suspected of killing 9-year-old granddaughter

    Man suspected of being a total douche.

  • -1

    Crazedinjapan

    It does seem like the numbers of senseless crime , particularly murders agains family members is shooting upwards,,that or the news didn't choose to publicize it as much before.

    Seems like everyweek someone in Japan has murdered someone. The multiple death is definately going up here. It also seems like the stories here are just enough to grab your attention and that's it. Always not enough details about what's going on and no follow ups.

  • -1

    wontond

    Pretty rare to see the grandfather as the suspect.

  • 2

    Ms. Alexander

    According to the local news, he said they were struggling financially so he made the decision to kill her - probably thinking he would ease her pain. What a selfish bastard. And poor dad :( Losing his daughter to his own father.....

  • 0

    602miko

    seikatsu kurushi according to jiji, and his 66 years old, not 60.

  • 2

    Kakukakushikajika

    Probably a sick child abuse case... Dad away all day long grandpa plays with gran-daughter... gran-daughter starts complaining... Sick sick sick

  • -6

    tmarie

    Thumbs down for guessing correctly?

  • 0

    cramp

    the idiots need to understand how it works when you're depressed, unhappy, had a painful life...

    order of business is 1)kill yourself first ....and not 1)kill someone else, then 2)kill yourself(attempt)

  • -1

    Ewan Huzarmy

    Well if this sick old coot thought it his responsibilty to murder his granddaughter to save her, and then make a feeble attempt to kill himself....... maybe it should be the girl's father who takes responsibilty for punishing his scrote of a father.

  • -1

    RJS PRESSROOM

    Are you serious? I wonder what his family is thinking of him now? He lost the plot and should be sent to mantal care.

  • 1

    slumdog

    The grandfather told police that he was having trouble making ends meet financially and that is why he did it.

    http://www.news24.jp/articles/2013/01/15/07221280.html

    I agree with cramp that this killer got the order all wrong. He should have started with himself and left his granddaughter alone. I hope he never sees the light of day again.

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    Homeschooler

    While I wish this evil old man never gets to see the light of day again, this is Japan, and its highly unlikely. He hurt himself which will be enough for the useless system here, and no doubt will express his "regret" and justify taking a young life and walk away with a caution and a little time inside at the most. RIP little girl.

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