Man poisons 5 women to death at party to untangle twisted love triangleBy Mason White 5:18 PM January 11, 2015
By: Chan Yuan
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing five women and injuring numerous others in order to untangle a twisted love triangle, prosecutors in Japan said.
Now, the 88-year-old man who was convicted of poisoning five women to death by adding pesticide to their wine, has been denied a new trial and ordered to remain on death row.
Masaru Okunishi was sentenced to death after being convicted of multiple counts of murder for slipping pesticide into wine at a block party.
The farmer initially told police that he added toxic chemicals to the wind in order to kill his wife and his lover, so he could unravel his twisted love life.
Three other women also died, while a dozens fell ill but survived. A judge ruled that the defendant failed to provide new evidence to warrant a new trial.
The defendant’s attorney vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court. Okunishi, who spent decades in solitary confinement, is now hospitalized.