Japan · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man stabs dozens of disabled patients in hospital

July 26, 2016
Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
Satoshi Uematsu (植松 聖), 26, breaks into a care home for disabled people, ties up the staff, and goes from room to room stabbing residents in the neck as they sleep, killing 19 and wounding 26

Uematsu, who had previously worked at the care home, claimed the motive behind his attack was to purge the world of those with multiple disabilities. His victims ranged in age from 18 to 70. Of the 26 who survived their injuries, 13 were severely wounded.

Two hours after his rampage, he quietly surrendered to police, handing over a bag of bloody knives as well as his confession letter. The letter explained the plan before he carried it out, including tying up the staff without harming them. The letter also noted he envisioned a world where guardians could choose to euthanize a loved one with multiple disabilities, and that the purging of disabled people would be in the best interest of Japan as well as the global economy, preventing World War III.

Uematsu was found mentally competent to stand trial on February 20, 2017, and subsequently charged with charged with 19 counts of murder, 24 counts of attempted murder, 2 counts of illegal confinement causing injury, 3 counts of illegal confinement, 1 count of unlawful entry, and 1 count of violating the swords and firearms control law. His trial is not expected to start until 2019.

During an interview with the Japanese news agency Jiji Press, Uematsu has stated he will claim at his trial that his victims were not humans. He also said that, should the judge give him the death sentence, he will reply by saying “Don’t be stupid.”

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