October 14, 1959
Genzo Kurita (栗田 源蔵) is executed for serial rape/murder
In February of 1948, Kurita murdered 2 of his former girlfriends. On August 8, 1951, he raped and murdered a 24-year-old woman then raped her body. On October 11, 1951, he raped a 29-year-old woman before throwing her and her 3 children (ages 7, 5, and 2) from a cliff; the 7-year-old managed to survive. On January 13, 1952, he killed a 63-year-old woman and her 24-year-old niece, then raped the body of the younger woman. Kurita was arrested 3 days after the final 2 murders, found guilty of 8 murders, and sentenced to death. He was hanged 7 years after his arrest and 5 years after his appeal was rejected.