Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Japanese businessman Kazuyoshi Miura found dead in jail cell

A Japanese businessman accused of conspiring to have his wife murdered 27 years ago in Los Angeles hanged himself in his jail cell overnight, a few hours after he arrived in the United States to face charges. (Los Angeles Times)

This Japanese businessman was accused of plotting the murder of his wife here in Los Angeles back in 1981. A Los Angeles Police detective had been searching for him since 1988.

Incredibly, in February, Miura foolishly wrote on his blog about plans to visit the U.S. territory of Saipan. He was arrested there on the 1988 warrant as he tried to return to Japan. He was brought back to Los Angeles to face trial.

But that won't happen now. Kazuyoshi Miura, 61, was found in his cell about 9:40 p.m. Friday by a jail officer during a routine inspection. He had used a piece of his shirt as a makeshift ligature and he committed suicide.

5 comments:

  1. Yeah...What was with the "Peace Pot Microdot" hat? Seems like an awfully odd fashion statement for a guy his age.

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  2. I think the suicide makes him look like he did it and he knew he was busted. My wife who is Japanese thinks the detectives enticed him to do it.

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  3. @Dateline, yeah, that was a weird hat.

    @Thomas. I haven't followed his case too closely but it does make him look guilty. My feeling is the detective searched for him since 1988 and now he is dead. The detective is probably really pissed off about that after all that work.

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  4. I think the interesting thing about the case is that he was tried in Japan and found innocent.

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  5. I don't understand why he was tried in Japan at all for this case? The crime happened in a foreign country. Why did Japan not extradite him to the US? Do they not like their citizens being tried in foreign countries?

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