'Black Widow' Serial Killer Sentenced To Hang For Murdering Husbands, Lovers

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Japan's "black widow" serial killer was today sentenced to death by hanging for killing her husband and two common-law partners.

The ruling by the Kyoto District Court came despite a not guilty plea by the defense counsel of Chisako Kakehi, 70, citing a lack of physical evidence. All four men were aged over 70.

Judge Ayako Nakagawa called it "a heinous crime driven by greed for money".

The judge determined she didn't have dementia when she killed her 75-year-old husband, Isao, common-law partners Masanori Honda, 71, and Minoru Hioki, 75, and attempted to kill acquaintance Toshiaki Suehiro, 79, who later died of cancer.

But her lawyers reportedly plan to appeal to a higher court, suggesting the high-profile trial could yet drag on.

Another focal point was whether Kakehi bears criminal responsibility, as the defense claimed that she was suffering from dementia at the time of the incidents.

A Japanese court has sentenced Chisako who met wealthy men via dating agencies and poisoned them with cyanide, according to an RT report.

While dismissing the possibility of suicide, accident or the involvement of persons other than Kakehi in the cases, the judge said the accused took extraordinary acts, such as inheritance procedures, soon after the incidents. She said she "got angry" because her husband gave more money to a woman he had previously dated, and said she didn't care if she was execution.

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In July, she confessed to having killed her fourth husband.

Prosecutors said Kakehi used cyanide to kill her lovers and received $8 million in insurance payouts.

Nakagawa pointed out that Kakehi "made light of human lives" as she repeatedly committed the crimes.

Isao died at the couple's home in Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, in December 2013, about a month after their marriage.

Kakehi first Wednesday at the age of 24, launching a fabric-printing company in Osaka Prefecture with her first husband.

During the trial, prosecutors described how the murders occurred after Kakehi joined a matchmaking service asking to meet rich men without children.

It was the second-longest court case involving a jury since Japan introduced a joint judge-jury system in 2009.