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Stop This Merry-Go-Round . . . I Want To Get Off!

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The merry-go-round was life and the morose individual, who claimed that he wanted to get off . . . Tomohiro Kato.

Instead of doing the honorable thing and ending it all in the confines of his small solitary apartment in Shizuoka, he decided to go on a killing rampage in the central Tokyo district of Akihabara.

Kato told police he was tired of life, hated the world, and had gone to Akihabara to kill people.

The attack began around 12:30 p.m., when he drove a white, two-ton rental truck, which he had told the rental company he needed to move to a new residence, in a zigzag pattern, hitting several people. He then got out of the truck, started yelling and stabbing passer-by, including a police officer.

Tomohiro Kato’s bloody carnage claimed the lives of, six men and one woman, ranging in age from 19 to 74 and left another ten wounded.

Authorities later found out, hours before the killing, Kato foretold of death, in a series of messages he posted on an online bulletin board from his cell phone.

The first post was sent at 5:21 a.m. on Sunday, titled “I will kill people in Akihabara. In subsequent posts, Kato depicted the events leading up to his killing spree. In the posts he also states that he was worried that rain could hamper his plans. At 12:10 the final message was posted—“It’s time.”

 Kato quickly surrendered when confronted by police. A cowardly act from an individual who claimed he was tired of life. One can form a conjecture that Kato hadn’t really grown tired of life, but perhaps was seeking attention for his solitary existence.

Why else would he foretell his intentions by posting messages on an online bulletin board?

Why not end it all when confronted by police?

Dressed in an off-white jacket and trousers, a black T-shirt and sneakers—along with the spectacles he wore . . . Kato looked more like a Geek, who no one paid any attention to.

In the final analysis . . . 7 people were killed and 10 wounded by an individual that would have us believe that he had grown tired of life, when in reality Kato’s bloody rampage was an act of someone desperately seeking attention.

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author

 

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