Added by Anastasia Demina: “This is a summary of a book called "People Who Eat Darkness"
(I highly recommend it by the way. You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374230595 (Amazon doesn't pay me for ads, so I really do like the book=)
This is a story about a young British woman named Lucie Blackman, who was in debt and went to Japan to earn some money by being hostess in bars. Lucie disappeared 2 months after her arrival, and later was found killed by a man named Joji Obara. He was a serial rapist and used chloroform to make the victims pass out. In Lucie (and another girl's) case Joji overdosed his victim, and that lead to liver failure and death.
The case is extraordinary by a number of reasons, all of which are sad and make you disappointed in humanity:
1). Japanese police practically did nothing on Lucie's case before being heavily pushed by British officials, Lucie's family and press. It turned out that police didn't investigate many rape cases for years, especially when the victims were foreign women.
2). Japanese police was found underqualified to investigate violent and complicated criminal cases. Japan has a low rate of crime, so policemen have little experience in solving murders. In Lucie's case their work was slow and sloppy. Even tracking the number of the anonymous phone caller took months! And, as the book says, after Lucie's family contacted media and tried to get answers from the police, the police chiefs refused to cooperate further.
3). It took Japanese court 7 years after Lucie's body discovery to find Joji Obara guilty. Court hearings were held only once a month - that's the law in Japan.
4). The Blackman family fell into pieces after Lucie's death. That is very sad, but understandable. What I can't understand is why Lucie's father took half a million British pounds from his daughter's killer to soften his own testimony in court.
The article descripts all the details of the case pretty accurate. It doesn't have Lucie and Obara photos, but you can see them here:
Lucie Blackman - http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/06/03/article-2153939-136BFE6A000005DC-81_306x423.jpg
Joji Obara - http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article2463603.ece/alternates/s615b/Joji-Obara.jpg”
In classic tales of real-life murder - Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Gordon Burn's Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son - the narrator isn't a detached observer but a man possessed. Where the crime reporter files his copy and gets a good night's sleep, the Capotes, Burns and Berendts can't let go