The Family That Slays Together…

The chilling case of Runa Tamura

Edward Thomas
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7 min readJun 9, 2024


Runa Tamura Portrait
Runa Tamura (Source)


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On June 4, the trial began for Hiroko Tamura, the first of the three members of the Tamura family who find themselves embroiled in one of the most shocking cases in Japanese criminal history.

Hiroko Tamura is accused of assisting in the mutilation and disposal of the body of Hitoshi Ura, a 62-year-old crossdresser who was allegedly murdered and…



Edward Thomas

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