Suicide Club Sex Strangler Hanged


A serial killer who preyed upon members of an online suicide club, suffocating them to death in order to gratify himself sexually, has been executed by hanging.

Hiroshi Maeue, 40, apparently could only achieve sexual satisfaction by the act of strangulation; he was arrested a number of times over several years for non-fatally asphyxiating five people, both male and female, for which he served several years in prison.

Upon release in 2005, he began using an online suicide club to befriend various people, offering to commit suicide with them.

In order to lessen the chances of being caught, he persuaded victims to write wills and letters to family stating their intent. Finally, he would lure each to a suitably remote location, where he promised to kill himself with them using the popular method of lighting a charcoal burner in a sealed car.

However, once he had lured them to the scene, he instead bound their arms and legs, and began to asphyxiate them. In order to maximise their suffering and his own demented pleasures, he would suffocate them into unconsciousness and then allow them to come to so he could repeat the process, actually reviving them where necessary using resuscitation techniques.

Once his depraved lusts were satisfied and the victim dead, he buried the bodies nearby.

He also made various recordings of the events for his later enjoyment, which were later recovered by police.

In this manner he killed a 25-year-old woman, a 14-year-old schoolboy and a 21-year-old male university student, all in the course of four months.

In the case of the schoolboy, he varied his modus operandi and attempted to trick the boy’s parents into paying a ransom for their kidnapped son, using the boy’s phone to contact them after he had been murdered. He was unsuccessful.

Courts had no difficulty in convicting him, branding him a “lust murderer,” and soon a death sentence was passed down.

The execution has attracted attention for its unusual speed, with such sentences at times taking decades and being subjected to numerous appeals; in Japan they must be personally authorised by the responsible cabinet minister, and there is often personal or political reluctance to sign the execution warrants.

In this case, matters may have been speeded along by the refusal of the condemned to appeal, and his statements to the effect that he was willing to atone for his crimes with his life.

Online suicide clubs are one of the few ways the cowardly wretches intent on ending their lives manage to muster enough courage to actually carry out their wishes, and serve as a venue for mutual encouragement, information exchange and the planning of actual group suicides, relatively common in Japan.

Clearly, they also serve to attract even more unwholesome types looking to help out, but not necessarily die in the process…

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    18:44 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anon
    18:26 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Online suicide clubs? What? Helping/encouraging a suicide is illegal in Japan right? So why allow a freakin online website about it?

    Comment by EqualityNOW
    20:41 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the result of allowing perverted Japanese anime to be sold. The Japanese government must take action now and ban all forms of anime and fun things. We demand equality NOW! Especially for the women, they need to be more equal than the men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except for all his male victims. We don't give a crap about them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 24/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're kidding me, right guys? You silly fools can't even tell he wrote 'more equal' as an obvious tip-off?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 24/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    oooooh ops. thought the next set of replies were subreplies. Nvm. urez probably got it too anyway.

    Guess his being obvious lost him replies.

    Comment by Shinx
    17:07 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ROFL ITS 2 of them are guys~!

    Comment by MusicalNote
    15:03 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This actually made me very sad. Those poor people... He didn't have the mercy to at least end it quick. No, he brought them back again and again and again. I was apathetic up until I read that part, but now... I'm glad the monster was done away with. Death may have been too good for him but life would have been a mockery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I’m very very glade that these suicidal losers didn’t get the easy way out as they thought they would. My only regret is that this guy got caught before more sorry ass losers get their just dessert.

    They think they had it sooooo bad when there are plenty of people in this world having it way worse than they do. As far as I could see, none of them are terminally ill or what not. The fact they would just throw away the greatest gift they have, being alive, when there are so many people who are struggling the best they could just to keep on living. Disgusts me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Just desert?" Wow, just... fucking wow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:57 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *ugh, dessert that is. Anyway, why the venom? What pisses you off so much about suicidals that you have to be an ass?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully he can strangle them in the afterlife too!

    Comment by MusicalNote
    18:02 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would like to think HE is the one being strangled in the after life. And if he'd like that, imagining him penis being chopped off in paper thin slices is an alternative.

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    Comment by Exia
    15:36 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i cant help but think of chaos head for some strange reason..

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    Comment by Miroku74
    15:43 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For a Japanese guy, the condemned was sure well-hung, huh?

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    Comment by Zelnick
    09:00 04/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That trash got what he deserved.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol Suicide Club.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    22:26 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The lonesome strangler is riding into the rising sun...

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Technically, they wanted to die anyways...

    If they weren't choked to death to satisfy his lust, they would've found some other way to die anyways.

    Comment by Smith
    12:08 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I afraid that no ones wants to be killed in this manner in maximum suffering even if u really want to die that badly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They didn't want to suffer an agonizing death by repeated asphyxiation though.

    Comment by Vicious
    13:27 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i doubt they're suffering, sicne they're dead.
    thats kinda the point. especially when you pass out, thats not especially painuful then hanging, jumping out a window, laying on train tracks, jumping into trafic etc etc

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you really read the article?

    He chokes them to till one step before they are gone, stops, brings them back, then chokes them again, and repeat for God knows how many times at that, until he's satisfied.

    I am pretty sure that during that period of time, some of them would have regretted their decision...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No do-overs.

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    Comment by Doriinatrix
    11:44 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure what's more fucked up- this killer, or the fact that suicide clubs are so commonplace

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    Comment by Kaiji
    12:32 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fourteen-year-old schoolboy?

    Looks like Shinji finally went through with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's not right, he killed 5 people and got several years of jail. right now he killed 3 people so he should have even less than several years of jail. the system is wrong.

    Comment by hauntedskin
    21:03 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the article says he served jail terms for "non-fatally" asphyxiating five people. Death sentence came after he killed 3...

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    Comment by Jira
    12:18 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, nice to see that someone else noticed this... :/

    Fuck, in America, murder can easily invoke the death penalty or a life sentence. Not only did he murder, but also was accused of rape. Japan's criminal justice system needs some work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:03 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And here I thought in America there were too many goody-two shoes to actually kill. "It's inhumane to kill people" "Its ungodly"

    Oh you said 'or life sentence'. Yeah its nice to give them free a/c TV, no worries about money or other daily issues, as well as all the gym equipment in the world to strangle more with a new degree of speed if they ever get out. Right on man, nice job.

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    Comment by Kamanashi
    11:37 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say punishment should match the crime. If they kill someone, kill them. Leaving them alive to "suffer" in prison only gives them a chance to kill more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But he's already hanged...??

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, nevermind, I get what you mean after rereading the article.

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    Comment by Kamanashi
    13:34 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The same can be said about the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm assuming this all happened in Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no... suicide meetings... hiroshi.

    Damn.. it must be jamaica we're talking about here!

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    Comment by skriticos
    19:19 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget the 'Japan' tag at the top of the page.. o.O

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    Comment by tho
    11:31 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Surely he watched a lot that movie "Suicide Circle" XD from 2002.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It takes all kinds, I guess. I'm glad the courts saw fit to do away with that kind of person with just haste!

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    Comment by MelancholyMomo
    12:24 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am sure someone is thinking or will write something like this..

    Isn't a quick death to kind..?

    Not that I care in the end.. I am just wondering why the Japanese police released him back into the society, knowing that he has physiological problems.. ~

    Comment by SaruDa
    12:38 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree strongly.

    Comment by kKagari
    16:47 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i wholesomely believe in death penalty, in fact, an eye for an eye, and i think its perfectly justifiable that if you intentionally took away someones life, the best you could do for society is being dead and sure that you wont do it again.

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    Comment by Oneiros
    15:18 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh please. Sadistic indulgences are not criminal. Sadistic indulgences that inflict harm may qualify as criminal. But not all harms qualify as criminal. Furthermore, there's no such thing as being "worthwhile enough to punish". Punishment is harm inflicted on someone who committed harm as a response to the harm said someone committed. The purpose is commonly retaliatory, retributive, or as a deterrent. The criminal's "worth" (whatever the fuck that means) is irrelevant compared to what he did. And it is not the government's responsibility to dispose of "worthless" humans.

    Oh, and the concept of "humane punishment" is an oxymoron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 24/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Solace, I'm not sure this will penetrate to you since your avatar is a butterfly, but there is a difference between revenge, the desire to get even, and sadism, the desire to harm, though they often partially intersect.

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    Comment by Shockerz
    22:07 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    About the whole an eye for an eye and death penalty thing makes me remember of FMA where there must have an equivalent trade. I think hanging as a punishment is quite reasonable for him.

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    Comment by Tex Arcana
    23:42 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I draw a distinction between crimes that, while brutal, appear rational based on the situation- and crimes that are totally elective in nature.
    murders for sexual gratification fall under the latter.

    The flipside of human life being so valuable (subjectively), is that at some point we have to choose to cut our losses- and depopulate those that will continue to kill. It should have nothing to do with punishment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with Solace.

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    Comment by solace
    13:32 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    re: torture

    It's not the law's job to exact revenge. It's the law's job to serve society. Taking a violent criminal out of the equation is within society's interests; torturing said criminal serves little purpose, beyond satisfying the sadistic urges of those who remain.

    If we (as a society) agree that such sadistic indulgences are criminal, then why should we seek to justify them in this case? Doing so only demonstrates that we are hypocrites who get off to torture, and the only difference between us and the criminals is that we seek out socially accepted venues to sate our desires.

    Well guess what, there's a way to do that without hurting any real living beings, and it's called BDSM fiction. ;)

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    Comment by Tex Arcana
    14:13 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do as well.
    Execution is not a catharsis, it is a government sanctioned way of human garbage disposal.

    By suggesting torture for horrific crimes, you are affirming that the offender is worthwhile enough to punish. In reality, the only thing they deserve is immediate removal from this life.

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    Comment by MelancholyMomo
    13:09 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I agree with you..

    I was just stating a point, that would probably appear soon ~

    Comment by SaruDa
    12:40 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To clarify, I disagree that a quick death is too kind, not that they should have kept him in jail in the first place.

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    Comment by MelancholyMomo
    13:15 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was aimed at Saruda by the way..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 29/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For something as sick as this, I personally feel a quick death isn't the way to go. This is one of those rare times where I'd be willing to advocate torture.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't believe in death penalty, even for this guy who committed vicious murders. No other human being can judge how "worthy" is a person to live. You can't justify killing a person even if he killed people.

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