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Man Murders Elderly Parents Because They Interrupted His Anime

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Man Murders Elderly Parents Because They Interrupted His Anime

A 59-year-old man is currently in police custody in Fukuoka, Japan for the murder of his 87 and 88-year-old parents. According to reports, one of the reasons he gave for murdering them was that they would consistently interrupt him as he attempted to watch anime.


Both Yomiuri Shimbun and The Tokyo Reporter (thanks, Kotaku) explain that Junji Matsumoto was a carer to his elderly parents, Hirokazu (father) and Makie (mother). Apparently their frequent interruptions into his downtime whenever they required assistance ultimately reached a deeply disturbing conclusion.

"It was bothersome that whenever I watched anime, my parents interrupted me," he said (according to Yomiuri). "I couldn't stand it."


Junji, Hirokazu and Makie lived together under the same roof. Junji's parents needed wheelchairs, and survived on their pensions. It's not clear if Junji had a job beyond caring for his mother and father. According to the reports, Junji is believed to have murdered both parents on the night of June 20, after his father asked for help going to the bathroom.

"During a good scene in an anime, my father repeatedly called for me to take care of him," he said (via Yomiuri). "Because he complained about me, I killed him." He killed his mother soon after. He explained that "she saw me kill her husband, and I felt sorry for her to be left alone".

Junji is reported to have fled from the scene of the crime on June 23, riding a bike and then jumping on a train to travel across Japan to Shizuoka, Yamagata, and Akita.


Police arrived at the home on June 28 after a concerned relative was unable to get in touch with Junji or his parents. They uncovered bodies that were later identified as Hirokazu and Makie in an industrial refrigerator that had been taped shut. The exact cause of their deaths was not immediately revealed by the autopsy.

Authorities were eventually able to track Junji via his hotel stays, and he was arrested on July 5 in Kyoto. He has since admitted to the murders, and claims he strangled his father to death with an electrical cord.

Featured Image Credit: Chris Fuller via Unsplash, Neonbrand via Unsplash

Topics: News

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