Journal of a Murderer — Lindsay Hawker’s Murder

After murdering a 22-year-old British teacher, Ichihashi went on the run for three years and underwent plastic surgery to disguise his look.

L. Small
The Crime Scene
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8 min readOct 18, 2022

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Lindsay Ann Hawker. Photo: telegraph.co.uk / PA

Lindsay Ann Hawker, a 22-year-old British teacher, was murdered in early 2007 in Japan. Tatsuya Ichihashi, the guy spotted leaving the flat where she was killed, was wanted by police for abandoning a body.

Lindsay Hawker was born in Coventry, West Midlands, as the middle child of three girls to Bill and Julia Hawker; her sisters are Lisa and Louise. In October 2006, she relocated to Japan to teach English at the Koiwa branch of Nova in Tokyo, Japan’s largest private English conversation school.

She was popular and outgoing; despite her desire to pursue a Master’s degree, she chose to teach English in Japan for a year. She shared a room with two other female teachers, one from Australia and one from Canada.

On the day she went missing, her family was worried because they hadn’t heard from her in a while. She had kept in touch with them through e-mail, Skype, and the phone while she was there.

Tatsuya Ichihashi. Photo: independent.ie

At the time of Hawker’s death, Tatsuya Ichihashi, who was 28 years old, resided in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, just east of Tokyo. Ichihashi was born on January 5, 1979, in the prefecture of Gifu. He grew up in Chiba and Gifu because his father, a doctor, and his dentist wife had to move because of their jobs.

Ichihashi did not work after he graduated from the Department of Horticulture at Chiba University in 2005. Instead, his parents gave him an allowance of about 100,000 (over £600 at the time) a month. A few things have been said about him in public because Japanese privacy laws are pretty strict and his parents don’t like to talk about him.

Ichihashi had never been convicted of a crime before Hawker’s death, but he had been accused of “theft and injury” six years earlier. During a robbery, Ichihashi was said to have hurt a woman on the street, but the case was settled out of court. At the time Hawker…

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L. Small
The Crime Scene

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