Kiyoshi ?kubo


Kiyoshi ?kubo

Kiyoshi ?kubo
Birth name: Kiyoshi ?kubo
Also known as: Tanigawa Ivan
Born: January 17, 1935(1935-01-17)
Gunma, Japan
Died: January 22, 1976 (aged 41)
Cause of death: hanging
Killings
Number of victims: 8
Span of killings: March 31, 1971–May 10, 1971
Country: Japan
State(s): Gunma
Date apprehended: May 14, 1971

Kiyoshi ?kubo (??? ?, ?kubo Kiyoshi?, January 17, 1935 – January 22, 1976) was a Japanese serial killer. Between March 31, 1971 and May 10, 1971, he raped and murdered eight women, ages 16 to 21. He used a pen name, Tanigawa Ivan (????).

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Early life

?kubo was born in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture. He was a quarter Russian. His mother, who was half Russian and half Japanese, doted on him even after he grew up. He was bullied by other children after the Pacific War began on December 8, 1941. He raped a woman on July 12, 1955. On December 26, 1955, he attempted to rape another woman, but was unsuccessful. He was arrested, put in jail, and then released on December 15, 1959. On April 16, 1960, he attempted to rape another woman, but was again unsuccessful. The victim, however, withdrew the charge. On May 5, 1961, he married a woman and had a son and a daughter. He threatened a man on June 3, 1965, and then raped two women on December 23, 1966 and February 24, 1967. On June 7, 1967, he went into prison. He was released on March 3, 1971.

Murders

Between March 31 and May 10, 1971, he killed eight women. On May 13, a 21-year-old woman disappeared, and her brother traced her. He found Okubo and the police finally arrested him on May 14.

Trial and execution

The district court in Maebashi sentenced ?kubo to death by hanging on February 22, 1973. He did not appeal and was executed on January 22, 1976. It was reported that he couldn’t stand up on the day of his execution.

Victims

  1. Miyako Tsuda (?? ??? Tsuda Miyako) – 17 years old
  2. Mieko Oikawa (?? ??? Oikawa Mieko) – 17 years old
  3. Chieko Ida (?? ??? Ida Chieko) – 19 years old
  4. Seiko Kawabata (?? ?? Kawabata Seiko) – 17 years old
  5. Akemi Sato (?? ?? Sato Akemi) – 16 years old
  6. Kazuyo Kawaho (?? ?? Kawaho Kazuyo) – 18 years old
  7. Reiko Takemura (?? ?? Takemura Reiko) – 21 years old
  8. Naoko Takanohashi (?? ?? Takanohashi Naoko) – 21 years old

TV drama

On August 29, 1983, ?kubo’s crime became a TV drama, The Crime of Kiyoshi ?kubo (???????, ?kubo Kiyoshi no Hanzai?). Takeshi Kitano played ?kubo in the drama. Although Kitano was seen as a comedian in those days, the audience ratings reached 34.0 percent.

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