Stalker sent 1,000 emails to ex-girlfriend before killing her, police say
Police said Friday that a man who stalked and then is believed to have murdered his ex-girlfriend in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, had sent her more than 1,000 email messages.
According to police, the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Hideto Kozutsumi, stabbed to death his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend, Rie Miyoshi, at her apartment in Zushi, on Tuesday, and then hanged himself from the balcony of the 2nd-story apartment, Fuji TV reported.
Police said that a search of Miyoshi’s cell phone turned up over 1,000 emails sent from Kozutsumi over the course of two weeks. The content of the emails, which police say was largely the same, referred to a contract that Miyoshi breached when she married another man. Kozutsumi also demanded monetary compensation for the breach of contract, Fuji reported.
Miyoshi’s husband was at work when the murder was committed at around 3 p.m., police said.
Police said that Miyoshi and Kozutsumi dated between 2004 and 2006. In 2010, Miyoshi filed a complaint with police that Kozutsumi was stalking her and sending her threatening emails, Fuji reported. Kozutsumi was arrested in June 2011 for breaking an anti-stalking law, but he received a suspended sentence.
Police said Miyoshi complained to police again in April that Kozutsumi had resumed sending emails, but police said the wording—in which he referred to contracts—could not be used as evidence of a threat.