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An exhaust fan that was always left on and spinning was, in hindsight, a little clue to the horrible horrors within a Japanese. serial killers tiny apartment.

At only 13 square meters, Takahiro Shiraishi’s apartment was not much larger than a normal parking space.

But there was nothing regular about what Shiraishi did behind closed doors.

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Takahiro Shiraishi arrives at a branch of the Tokyo District Attorney’s office in Tachikawa, suburban Tokyo, in November 2017. (AP)

On Halloween morning in 2017, police entered Shiraishi’s House of Horrors in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo.

Police got involved after the brother of a 23-year-old missing woman tracked down his sister’s latest acts in Twitter, which linked him to his killer, Shiraishi.

Inside Shiraishi’s apartment, police found severed heads and other body parts in cold storage containers and tool boxes.

Neighbors were shocked by the shocking news of Shiraishi’s arrest, and ghoulish crimes.

One described the then 27-year-old as a “cheerful, kind and polite man.”

Another who knew Shiraishi as a young man said that he was a “quiet boy who could socialize with the neighbors.”

But under the veneer, Shiraishi’s private life moved on darker paths.

Police discovered nine dismembered bodies in boxes inside Takahiro Shiraishi's Kanagawa prefectural apartment.
Police discovered nine dismembered bodies in boxes inside Takahiro Shiraishi’s Kanagawa prefectural apartment. (9News)

Shiraishi’s friends told stories of him playing choking games, where he and others strangled to the brink of passing out for fun.

After graduating from high school, he fell into the notorious Tokyo sex trade.

Shiraishi left a dead-end job at a supermarket and began working as a sex parlor scout in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s largest red-light district.

His job was to attract young women to work in the clubs.

Use the social media Twitter platform to recruit potential prostitutes.

The police arrested him and a suspended sentence was imposed. Struggling with a mental illness, Shiraishi confessed to his father that he had been harboring dark thoughts.

He developed an obsession with suicide, common in Japan, which has the sixth highest suicide rate in the world.

It was his fascination with suicide that saw his victims fatally dragged into their deadly orbit.

Three months before his arrest, Shiraishi moved into his Kanagawa apartment.

Takahiro Shiraishi was a Japanese serial killer called a 'Twitter killer' because he used the social media platform to find and catch his victims.
Takahiro Shiraishi was a Japanese serial killer called a ‘Twitter killer’ because he used the social media platform to find and catch his victims. (Supplied)

Shiraishi reached out to his victims via Twitter and offered to help them with their suicidal wishes.

He killed the women, including teenage girls, after raping them, and also killed the boyfriend of one of the women to silence him, investigators said.

After his arrest, Shiraishi told investigators that the killings began with the murder of a man concerned about the disappearance of his girlfriend.

“I invited him to my apartment and killed him,” Shiraishi told the police.

In the end, it was Twitter that helped bring about Shiraishi’s downfall.

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Takahiro Shiraishi exits a police station in Hachioji, suburban Tokyo, in November 2017. (AP)
A crowd outside the apartment where Takahiro Shiraishi killed nine people.
A crowd outside the apartment where Takahiro Shiraishi killed nine people. (AP)

The brother of a missing woman began to investigate how and why his sister had disappeared.

He checked his Twitter account and saw that he had been in contact with one of the accounts managed by Shiraishi.

The serial killer had amassed a considerable following on at least two accounts, called “I want to die” and “A professional on the gallows.”

The brother went online with a woman familiar with the account managed by Shiraishi.

A meeting was arranged, but unbeknownst to Shiraishi, the police were waiting.

Takahiro Shiraishi used his Twitter account to attract vulnerable women to his home.
Takahiro Shiraishi used his Twitter account to attract vulnerable women to his home. (Twitter)

He was arrested and the police determined that he had killed nine people in his apartment over several months.

Today he was sentenced to death in court in Japan for killing and dismembering nine people.

Shiraishi, now 30, pleaded guilty and said he would not appeal his death sentence.

Readers seeking support and information on suicide prevention can contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue at 1300 224636.


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