The 74-year-old ‘Black Widow’ killer who murdered her lovers with cyanide
At 75, Isao Kakehi was in good health and in love.
The murders started in 2007, when she was 61, but she escaped suspicion until Isao Kakehi’s death prompted a police investigation that resulted in her arrest in 2014.
The murders begin
Born in Japan’s southwestern Saga prefecture, Kakehi worked at a printing factory, and married her first husband in 1969, when she was 23, according to CNN affiliate Asahi News.
A few years later, Kakehi was eying her next victim.
The motorcycle victim
The cancer survivor and the final victim
Catching a killer
The color of the bag and its contents suggested the cyanide had been buried for several months — and the same type of plastic zipper storage bag was found in Kakehi’s apartment. Kakehi had obtained the cyanide from her job at the printing factory, the ruling said.
In it for the money
The letter shocked Suehiro’s children, who had not been aware of their father’s lending and knew little about Kakehi. They hadn’t even known her name. When they tried to ask her more, she “left silently,” said the ruling — leaving them with no answers about their father’s collapse or his mysterious companion.
After Kijama’s 100-day trial, she was sentenced to death in 2012.
The dementia defense
But her defense team saw it differently. They based their appeal on inconsistencies in her testimony, pointing to her confession and its subsequent retraction as evidence of dementia and coercion.