Poetic murderer: Suspect slaughters 5 people in Japanese village… then writes poem about it

Japanese police are hunting a poetry writing killer after the bodies of five people were discovered in a remote mountain village.

Three bodies were discovered on Sunday after two houses were burned to the ground in a secluded hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture.

Then on Monday a further two victims were found. Investigators said they had been battered to death.

Japanese police are hunting a poetry writing killer after the bodies of five people were discovered in a remote mountain villageJapanese police are hunting a poetry writing killer after the bodies of five people were discovered in a remote mountain village

All five victims were in their 70s or 80s. The number of dead represents a third of the local population, Ninemsn reports.

Police say they want to speak to a 63-year-old villager in connection with the killings after they found a ‘haiku’ poem stuck to the window of his home.

The haiku poem follows a traditional Japanese form of three-line verses of 17 syllables. They are arranged in a five-seven-five formula.

The note read: ‘Setting on fire- smoke gives delight – to a country fellow.’

Police said the two houses which were destroyed by fire were 60 metres apart, Fuji TV reported.

Three bodies were discovered on Sunday after two houses were burned to the ground in a secluded hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture, near the city of ShunanThe bodies were found after two houses were burned to the ground in a secluded hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture, near the city of Shunan

Within them they discovered the remains of a 79-year-old woman and the bodies of a couple in their 70s.

The last two victims were a 70-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman found in two other houses 200 meters away.

Initial autopsies have reportedly shown that all the five people died instantly after they were beaten in the head with a blunt instrument.

Police believe the homes were torched after the victims were murdered.

Read more: Daily Mail

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