Society | Jan 31

The Unraveling of a Fugitive's Tale

TOKYO, Jan 31 (News On Japan) - The man claiming to be Satoshi Kirishima, a suspect in a series of corporate bombings in the 1970s, died in a hospital on Monday, January 29, ending what appears to be a nearly 50-year-long life in hiding. However, the details emerging about his life suggest it was far from a typical fugitive's existence.

Known as 'Uchida Hiro' to Acquaintances

A regular at a bar where the man frequented for 25 years, about once a week, recalled, "He was a beloved figure here."

The man, appearing in photos taken at the bar, didn't own a mobile phone and jokingly claimed, "I don't need one. Telepathy works fine for me." He was using the name 'Uchida Hiro' at the time.

An owner of another eatery he frequented mentioned, "He was known as 'Ucchi.' I heard once that he turned down a romantic approach from a woman in her 30s, saying, 'I'm not the type who can make someone happy.'"

Troubles and Police Contact

However, it has also come to light that the man caused disturbances in his neighborhood in the past.

An acquaintance of the man, aged 80, recalls, "It's been over ten years. He used to come home drunk, play the radio loudly, and play his guitar poorly. I got up around midnight once and confronted him."

During this noise dispute, there was police contact. "I called the police because he wouldn't understand. The police came, but probably didn't realize who he was. His appearance was completely different."

When asked by investigators if he regretted his actions, the man, still maintaining he was Kirishima, simply replied, "Yes."

The man's identity remains unconfirmed. The police are rushing to verify it through DNA analysis and other means.

Source: ANN


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