A best-selling, prize-winning “documentary novel,” and a film made from it, tell the story of Nishiguchi Akira, who went on a 78-day crime spree across Japan in late 1963, murdering five people. The book and the film, Vengeance Is Mine, accurately portray the exploits of the Japanese serial killer, who befriended, swindled and robbed his victims before murdering them.

Akira went on the run after killing two men and robbing them of $750. During his rampage he spent two five-day periods at a cheap hotel in Hamamatsu where, on November 18th, 1963, he strangled the woman proprietor of the hotel and her mother. Later he befriended an elderly lawyer in Tokyo who he robbed and murdered on December 29th.

He was finally caught in Kyushu after being recognised by an 11-year-old schoolgirl who had seen one of the half-million wanted posters pasted up all over the country. He was hanged on Friday, December 11th, 1970, aged 45. Worldwide Hangings from True Crime Library.

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