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Sataro Fukiage
Birth name: Sataro Fukiage
Also known as: Shinshūmaro
Born: February 1889
Kyoto, Japan
Died: September 28, 1926
Cause of death: Hanging
Number of victims: 7
Span of killings: 1906–1924
Country: Japan
State(s): Kyoto, Gunma, Nagano, Saitama, Chiba
Date apprehended: 1924

Sataro Fukiage (吹上 佐太郎 Fukiage Satarō ?, February 1889 – September 28, 1926) was a Japanese rapist and serial killer. He killed at least seven girls.[1] He murdered his first victim in 1906, and killed six girls between 1923 and 1924. He was tried for three out of six cases, but his exact number of victims is unknown.

He raped a number of women besides the murder victims and according to one theory, he raped at least 93 girls.[2] Some estimates say he raped more than 100 women.[3]


Early life

He was born in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto. His family forced him to work at the age of nine under the East Asian age reckoning.[4] He frequently changed jobs. At the age of 11, he had sex with a girl about 17 years old, for which he lost his job.[2] At 12, he was arrested for theft. Fukiage learned kana and math during the two months he spent in jail. He was arrested again for theft soon after his release, but learned classical Chinese while in jail the second time.

Fukiage had sex with a 54-year-old woman at the age of 17. He later raped the woman's 11-year-old daughter and some other girls in their neighborhood.

First murder and imprisonment

On September 24, 1906, he raped and murdered an 11-year-old girl at Kinkaku-ji.[4] The victim was an acquaintance of his. At the time he was culturally considered to be 18 years old, although he was 17 years old under the western age system. In jail, he studied the works of Confucius, Mencius, Socrates, Aristotle and Nichiren.[2] He was released in 1922 and found employment, but he was fired due to his criminal past. In April 1923, he was arrested for molesting a four-year-old girl, but was released.

Later murders and arrest

Between June 1923 and April 1924, he raped and murdered six girls, ages 11 to 16. He was arrested on July 28, 1924. He confessed to 13 murders, but later recanted, and insisting that he had murdered only six girls and that a police officer had asked him a leading question. He wrote a book, The Street (娑婆 Shaba ?). He was sentenced to death on May 17, 1925. The Supreme Court of Japan upheld his death sentence on July 2, 1926.


He was executed by hanging on September 28, 1926. The media reported that he went to die nobly, unlike many prisoners.[3] In his book, he requested that parents take care of their children.[2]



  1. ^ Atsushi Hachisu (January 1994). "Sataro Fukiage" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-10-29.  
  2. ^ a b c d yabusaka (July 19, 2007). "Sataro Fukiage Incident" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-11-04.  
  3. ^ a b "CHILDREN KILLERS" (in Japanese). MONSTERS. Retrieved 2007-11-04.  
  4. ^ a b Eruo Kanga. "Sex Crimes" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-11-04.  

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