Genzo Kurita

Genzo Kurita

Genzo Kurita
Birth name: Genzo Kurita
Born: November 3, 1926(1926-11-03)
Akita, Japan
Died: October 14, 1959 (aged 32)
Cause of death: hanging
Number of victims: 8
Span of killings: February 1948–January 13, 1952
Country: Japan
State(s): Chiba, Tochigi, Shizuoka
Date apprehended: January 16, 1952

Genzo Kurita (?? ??, Genzo Kurita?, November 3, 1926 – October 14, 1959) was a Japanese serial killer, who murdered eight people.


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Kurita killed two girlfriends in February 1948. On August 8, 1951, he raped and murdered a 24-year-old woman beside her baby. He then committed necrophilia with her corpse.

On October 11, 1951, he raped and murdered a 29-year-old woman. He threw her, her five-year-old son, her seven-year-old daughter and her two-year-old daughter from the cliff called Osen Korogashi. Her seven-year-old daughter survived, but her two other children died.

Kurita killed a 63-year-old woman and her 24-year-old niece on January 13, 1952. After the murders, he had sex with the niece’s dead body. The police found his fingerprint.

Arrest, trial, and execution

Kurita was arrested in January 16, 1952.

On August 12, 1952, the district court in Chiba sentenced him to death for the last two murders. The district court in Utsunomiya sentenced him to death for six others on December 21, 1953. He appealed the sentences, but because of mental instability he retracted his appeals on October 21, 1954. He was considered to be neurotic and a danger to himself. He was executed on October 14, 1959.


On May 10, 1956, a pro-death penalty prosecutor in Supreme Public Prosecutors Office introduced Kurita into a debate about capital punishment in the Diet.[1]

See also

  • Yoshio Kodaira
  • Capital punishment debate


  1. ^ ?024??? ???????? ?2?” (in Japanese). National Diet Library. 1956-05-10. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 

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