The Torture and Murder of Junko Furuta
In November of 1988, a college student, Junko Furuta, was kidnapped by four youngsters and kept in captivity for 44 days in the house of one of the youngsters parents. To prevent persecution, one of them forced Furuta to lie to her parents, saying she fled home but was safe in a friend’s house. Beyond that, she was also obliged to lie and say she was the girlfriend of one of her captors. The parents of the youngster had thought that it was lie, but there was nothing they could do since one of the abductors was a member of yakuza and threatened to use his connections against them if they said anything to anybody.
Day 1: Abducted; maintained in captivity; obliged to show herself as the girlfriend from one of the boys; raped (over 400 times in the total); hunger and malnutrition; made to eat cockroaches and drink her own urine; forced to masturbate; forced to undress in front of others; burned with lighters & cigarettes; objects inserted in the vagina/anus.
Day 11: She was beaten countless times; face pushed against the concrete; hands tied to the roof and body utilized like a punching bag; dumbbells played on her stomach; she vomited when she tried to drink water (her stomach couldn’t accept it); tried to flee and was punished with cigarette burns on the arms; flammable liquid was poured over her feet and legs, burning them; bottle was inserted into her anus, causing wounds.
Day 20: Was unable to walk right, due to grave burns in the legs; beaten up with bamboo sticks; fireworks were introduced into the anus and inflamed; hands crushed by pesos and nails cracked; beaten up with golf club; cigarettes inserted in the vagina; beaten up with iron bars; spits of grill chicken inserted in the vagina and in the anus, causing bleeding.
Day 30: Hot wax was poured on her face; eyelids burned by lighters; needles inserted into breasts; pulled off her nipple with pliers; hot light bulb inserted in the vagina; shears inserted in the vagina, causing grave hemorrhage; incapable of urination due to this; such grave wounds that she was delayed more than an hour to crawl the stairs to the toilet; eardrums seriously damaged; extreme reduction of the size of the brain.
Day 40: She asked her torturers to “kill me and finish soon with that”.
Day 44: The four boys mutilated her body with an iron bar; she bled from the mouth and nose; burned her face and eyes with a candle; then they spilled lighter fluid on her legs, arms, face and stomach, and afterwards it burned. The final torture lasted two hours.
Junko Furuta died of shock later in the day, in pain and alone. But nothing could compare to the 44 days of suffering that passed. When her mother heard the news and the details of what had been happening to her daughter, she lost it. She had of be submitted to a psychiatric hospital. The boys alleged they didn’t know how injured Junko was, thinking that she were pretending. They concealed the body in a cylinder of 55 full gallons of cement, ridding of it in Koto, Tokyo. Finally, the boys were tried as adults and imprisoned, but their identities were kept a secret from the public, thanks to the Japanese Law concerning crimes committed by minors.