Tokyo — Japanese police found nine dismembered bodies hidden in coolers in an apartment southwest of Tokyo, an apparent serial killing case that is transfixing and horrifying the nation.
Police were working on Tuesday to identify the victims after the man who lived there, 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting them up and hiding them in cold-storage cases, some covered with cat litter, a police spokesperson said.
The bodies, in varying stages of decomposition, were found on Monday while police were investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman, the spokesperson said. He did not give his name, in line with police policy. The woman’s brother reported her missing last week.
The gruesome case captured attention in a country known for public safety, topping news with reports that showed the building where the suspect lived in a small studio apartment. It was cordoned off by yellow police tape, its balcony draped with blue plastic …