November 25th, 1998, 17 year old Junko left her school to go back to her home. But she never made it to her home. She was kidnapped by a group of young men. It was just the beginning of her “44 days in HELL”. What transpired was beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Junko did not know her kidnappers, they did not have any grudge against her and there where not looking for anything in particular. They attacked her because they could, embarking on weeks of atrocities because they could, and because they wanted to. To avoid concern over her abduction, the perpetrators forced Junko to call her parents and tell them that she would be staying at a friend’s house for a while. The whole event happened in one of the perpetrators house. They made her pose as one of the guy’s girlfriend when that perpetrators parents were around.
The torture she went through were as follows: Raped (over 400 times in total), Starved and malnutrition, Fed cockroaches to eat and urine to drink, Forced to masturbate, Forced to strip in front of others, Burned with cigarette lighters and set off fireworks in her ears, mouth, vagina Foreign objects inserted into her vagina/anus including a still lit light-bulb. These happened for first 10 days. It continued as if they were bored and wanted to innovative with their method of torture. They Severely beat up countless times, Face held against concrete ground and jumped on, Hands tied to ceiling and body used as a punching bag until her damaged internal organs made, blood run from her mouth, Nose filled with so much blood that she can only breath through her mouth, Dumbbells dropped onto her stomach Vomited when tried to drink water (her stomach couldn’t accept it) Tried to escape and punished by cigarette burning on arms Flammable liquid poured on her feet and legs, then lit on fire, Bottle inserted into her anus, causing injury.
Day 20: The torture continued as she begged them to just kill her and be done with it. Unable to walk properly due to severe leg burns Beat with bamboo sticks Fireworks inserted into anus and lit Hands smashed by weights and fingernails kracked Beaten with golf club Cigarettes inserted into vagina and forced to drink her own urine as they laughed Beaten with iron rods repeatedly Winter; forced outside to sleep in balcony Skewers of grilled chicken inserted into her vagina and anus, causing bleeding. And yet she’d almost escaped. One time she reached the telephone — but one of the boys caught her just in time and ended the call for help. They punished her by taunting her with a candle flame and finally dousing her legs in lighter fluid and set her on fire, as punishment for trying to run away. She went into convulsions; the boys would later say that they thought she was faking the seizure. They set her on fire again, then put it out. She survived this round.
DAY 30: Hot wax dripped onto face Eyelids burned by cigarette lighter Stabbed with sewing needles in chest area Left nipple cut and destroyed with pliers Hot light bulb inserted into her vagina Heavy bleeding from vagina due to scissors insertion Unable to urinate properly
Injuries were so severe that it took over an hour for her to crawl downstairs and use the bathroom Eardrums severely damaged Extreme reduced brain size.
DAY 44: January 4, 1989: The four boys beat her mutilated body with an iron barbell, using a loss at the game of Mah-jongg as a pretext. She is profusely bleeding from her mouth and nose. They put a candle’s flame to her face and eyes. Then, lighter fluid was poured onto her legs, arms, face and stomach, and then lit on fire. This final torture lasted for a time of two hours. Junko Furuta died later that day, in pain and alone. Nothing could compare 44 days of suffering she had to go through.
As if they wanted to put final finishing touch to it, the killers hid Junko’s body in a 55-gallon drum, then filled it with concrete; they disposed the drum in a tract of reclaimed land in Kōtō,Tokyo.
In July 1990, a lower court sentenced the leader to seventeen years in prison, one accomplice to a four-to-six-year term, one accomplice to a three-to four-year term, and another accomplice to an indefinite five-to-ten-year term. The leader and the first two of the three appealed their rulings. The higher court gave more severe sentences to the three appealing parties. The presiding judge, Ryūji Yanase, said that the court did so because of the nature of the crime, the effect on the victim’s family, and the effects of the crime on society. The leader received a twenty-year sentence, the second highest possible sentence after life imprisonment. Of the two appealing accomplices, the one that originally got four to six years received a five-to-nine-year term, and the other had his sentence upgraded to a five-to-seven-year term. Furuta’s parents were dismayed by the sentences received by their daughter’s killers, and won a civil suit against the parents of the boy in whose home the crimes were committed. Three of the boys identities were sealed by the court because of their age, even though they were tried as adults. They pled guilty to a reduced charge of “committing bodily injury that resulted in death”, instead of the original charge of murder.
VICTIM: JUNKO FURUTA
KILLERs: Jo Kamisaku + 3 others.
Information was gathered from various sites. Some of the photo’s are taken from a movie ”Concrete” which is about Junko Furuta’s 44-days of hell. Character playing the role of Junko is shown in the movie-still above.
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