A middle school girl (14) stabbed two people, a man (26) and a women (25), in a random act of violence clearly inspired by the grand Akiba stabber himself; true to the pattern, she gave advance notice of her deranged intent by way of a mobile phone bulletin board, with the unambiguous warning “I’ll kill people”.
Her crime took place at one of the Kyoto stations she specified in her warning. She was soon taken into custody and charged with assault and weapon possession. Fortunately, her victims suffered only light wounds.
The statement she gave as to why she acted perhaps hints at some underlying mental disturbance: “I thought I’d change the world which injures so many people”. By injuring some more people?
The latest in a string of copycat crimes – clearly the memetic propagation of these criminal actions is a very real danger and the police act wisely in severity. I am reminded of the events of Stand Alone Complex, somehow; let these sordid crimes now be tagged Stab Alone Complex.
Via the Kyoto Shimbun.