An unsolved mysterious case that really happened in Japan last year (2013). It is intriguing as well as a little confusing.
"On the evening of 26th June 2013, a 46 year-old man was found hanged in a public housing complex apartment in Sakai-city, Osaka."
At first glance, there seems nothing out of ordinary about the case.
However, the dead man was not the resident of the apartment, and the true owner of the room - a man aged 21 - is somehow missing.
Moreover, there was a "mystery man" at the scene who disappeared immediately after the body was found.
We also have a report of a "man with a Kanto accent"** who called the apartment's owner to inform him that someone was dead in his room.
There are many unclear circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body, bringing to our mind the phrase "Truth is stranger than fiction."
The Persons Involved
A: 46 years-old. On the night of 26th his body is discovered inside B's apartment.
B: 21 years-old. The true owner of the apartment where A is found. As of 28th, he is still missing.
C: B's mother. She is vaguely acquainted with A.
D: C's common-law husband and the first person to hear from B about the "dead body" in his room.
E: C's daughter and B's older sister.
F: 24 years-old. E's husband and B's brother-in-law. He is the one who finds the body and calls the police.
G: F's co-worker. Together with F, he finds the body.
H: A man in his 40s. He is in the room when F and G find A's body. While the call to the police is being made, he disappears from the scene.
|The image, captured from the actual news on TV, shows a policeman standing in front of the apartment in which the hanged body was found.|
The Summary of Events
It all began on 26th when the apartment's owner B received a mysterious call from a "man with a Kanto accent":
"Someone is dead in your room."
Any other person would have run back home straightaway to check the truth of the matter.
However, B did not do so but instead called his mother's home.
Curiously, the people in C's household did not go check out the apartment immediately either. Like a game of Chinese Whispers, B told D, D told C, and then C told her daughter E, and E in turn told her husband F the story of the "dead body."
Finally, F, taking his co-worker G with him, went to B's apartment to investigate.
Around 11 in the evening, when F and G arrived at B's apartment on the 10th floor of the complex and rang the doorbell, a stranger H, believed to be in his 40s, opened the door.
When F and G told the man about the phone call, H said,
"There is indeed a dead body in this room,"
and invited them in. F and G checked the room and found A, whose body was naked from the waist up and who was hanging by the neck by an electrical cord from the curtain rail.
They immediately called the police, but meanwhile H had disappeared.
The Sequence of Events
The apartment's owner B receives a call from an unidentified man who says "Someone is dead in your room."
The owner B makes a call to his mother C's home.
The story gets passed around from Mother C's partner D → Mother C → Sister E → Brother-in-law F
Brother-in-law F and his co-worker G go check out the apartment.
When they ring the doorbell a stranger H appears, who says to them "There is indeed a dead body in this room."
A's hanged body is found in the room.
Brother-in-law F calls the police. Meanwhile H disappears.
The owner B also disappears and cannot be reached.
Why A, who was found dead, was in the house of B, who was a complete stranger to him?
In response to the interview by TV Asahi, C revealed:
A was C's "old friend." C's family had been planning on moving in with B and A had been asked to help them and stay overnight in the apartment.
When asked who H was, C replied she had no idea.
Who was the man with a "Kanto accent," who first informed B of the "dead body"?
Some speculate that it was H, but we are yet to ascertain his identity.
The owner of the room B might hold the key, but he has since disappeared and currently cannot be reached.
C also explained to TV Asahi that "we have received calls from him (B), but when we try to call him he doesn't answer the phone."
The case is full of unsolved mysteries that the police is probing both murder and suicide angles.
** Kanto accent - Osaka is in the Kansai region, so normally the people there speak with a Kansai accent. A man with a"Kanto accent" would sound a little out of place.
Sources (all in Japanese):
J cast News