It was a crime of passion.
At around 10:40 a.m. on September 8, a staff member at the Toyoko Inn Kanazawa Kenrokuen Korinbo found 33-year-old Miyuki Segi dead inside a guest room. She was fully clothed and lying face-up on a bed.
Ishikawa Prefectural Police later arrested Suzuko Terakado, 43, who was in the room at the time of the discovery, on murder charges.
When police arrived at the scene, Terakado was under the influence of drugs. An investigator tells weekly tabloid Shukan Jitsuwa (Oct. 3) that questioning of the suspect began after she had become coherent.
“Terakado said that the two got into a quarrel,” says the officer. “She then strangled the victim but later denied that claim. However, a court-ordered autopsy revealed that Segi, whose face was swollen and reddened, had died of strangulation with a cord pulled with tremendous force.”
The pair met on a deai-kei “encounter” matchmaking site four years ago. Chat sessions commenced thereafter.
“Terakado is a real beauty,” says a local reporter. “Around five or six years ago she was a hostess in (Tokyo’s) Ginza. Starting about two years ago, she would travel to Kanazawa to see Segi once every other month. Last summer, Segi visited Terakado at her home in Shiroi, Chiba Prefecture.”
In searching the personal computers of both women, investigators confirmed that they were involved in a lesbian relationship.
Shukan Jitsuwa says that Terakado became obsessed. In recent times, however, Segi had become a bit distant in conveying her affection for the suspect. The aforementioned investigator believes that an initial discussion about the status of their relationship was what lead to murder.
“Terakado is married,” says the aforementioned reporter. “But her husband said he was not aware of the extramarital love affair between the women.”
The suspect was reportedly going to the hospital once a month for treatment of a mental disorder — the degree of which may be crucial in determining her culpability.
“As for the police, they will have to ascertain through a psychiatric examination whether she is criminally liable,” the reporter says. (A.T.)
Source: “Kanazawa hoteru satsujin yogisha moto Ginza hosutesu higaisha josei no kojireta resu na kankei,” Shukan Jitsuwa (Oct. 3)
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