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Junko Furuta case: raped, tortured, held captive and brutally murdered

In 1991, Junko Furuta was kidnapped, held captive, tortured, raped, and killed by members of a criminal organization in Japan.

Junko Furuta born January 18, 1971, in Misato City (province of Saitama), Japan. Junko Furuta had two brothers, one younger and one older, studied at Yashio-Minami High School, and had a part-time job at the time of the crime.

Beautiful, friendly and very endearing, she used to attract a lot of attention wherever she went. Which made some people jealous

Although she was very popular, she was never seen at parties organized by classmates and friends. She did not use alcohol or drugs – very different from most of the other students. Her daily routine consisted of going to school and then going straight to her job as a waitress.

Kidnapping of Junko Furuta

Violent and owner of an abusive behavior, Hiroshi Miyano just a few days after being rejected by Junko, along with his 16-year-old friend Shinji Minato, were walking around a local neighborhood park where they used to sexually assault women.

Experienced rapists from an early age, the two were known to be experts at spotting easy targets.

The kidnapping happened when Shinji Minato knocked Furuta off her bicycle. The young woman took off running. Soon after, she was approached by Hiroshi Miyano, who offered her help and offered to take her back home. However, what she didn’t know was that the two were members were acting in agreement.

So Miyano took her to a warehouse where he raped her. Soon after, the criminal called his friends to come and see what he had done to the girl. His friends went to their location to perform a gang rape, something that was already common practice among them.

Yakuza, Japanese criminal organization

The Yakuza is a criminal group dedicated to extortion, trafficking, money laundering and numerous other criminal activities linked to organized crime. The group has Japanese origins, but has established itself around the world and now has activities in some European countries, but mainly in the United States.

It is believed that the criminals in Junko’s case were members of the Yakuza, although there is no strong evidence about this.

Held captive

ATTENTION: detailed description of the episodes of violence that happened during captivity, if you don’t feel comfortable skip this part.

Nothing can compare with the level of bestiality that Junko Furuta was subjected to during the 44 days she was held captive in that filthy room inside Minato’s house, where the girl had to pretend to be his girlfriend in front of her parents.

Throughout the repeated sessions of sodomy and sexual violence until she bled, she was even hung naked from the ceiling by her wrists and used as a punching bag by the boys.

Gagged, they beat her with dumbbells, burned her with cigarettes, candles, inserted light bulbs, scissors, iron bars, and even lit fireworks in her vagina and anus, causing severe burns and internal organ ruptures. Friends and other Yakuza members were invited by Hiroshi to beat her and practice orgies.

They left Junko without eating anything for several days, and when her meal arrived, she was forced to eat cockroaches and drink her own urine. Naked and with her body tied up, the girl was left outside the balcony during the winter.

They poured hot wax on her eyelids, had needles stuck in her breasts and her nipples ripped out with pliers. When the criminals started throwing iron weights at her chest, she lost control of her bladder and bowel, such was the internal damage.

On November 27, Junko’s parents contacted the authorities to report her missing, but Hiroshi forced her to call her parents and tell them that she had run away to friends’ houses and would not return, so they would stop looking for her.

In the meantime, Shinji Minato’s parents knew about the monstrosity happening under their roof, but feared their son’s involvement with the gang, so they refused the girl’s pleas for help every time they could hear her.

When Junko tried to call the police on her own, she was caught red-handed and, as punishment, had her legs set on fire, causing second-degree burns.

Police failure

One of the young men who raped Furuta told his brother about it in order to brag about it, and the brother told his parents, who quickly called the police.

When officers arrived at the address, there was no investigation and the police just spoke to Minato through the intercom, he said he was not with Junko. So the cops just walked away.

Later, when the case came to light, the police officers involved in this episode were fired for drastically violating the code of conduct.

Sequence of cruelties

It is estimated that she was raped about 400 times, with more than 20 different men a day being brought into her room by Hiroshi to brutally rape and assault her. Due to the many blows she received to the head, she began to suffer more and more from extreme convulsions.

Within 20 days, she had lost the ability to move, as she could not use her hands, whose bones were crushed.

She begged them to put an end to her suffering and kill her, but they refused. And within 44 days, she was completely disfigured, due to the swelling, the toasted skin, the pus, the blisters and ulcers from infections.

Junko was disfigured, it was hard to even recognize her. With her mutilated body, she even began to exude a strong, bad smell, which caused the boys to lose interest in her sexually and seek out their next victim, a 19-year-old girl who was returning home from work.

However, this new woman was released after the rape.

The Death of Junko Furuta

On January 4, 1989, dumped on the trash cummy in the bedroom, Junko Furuta convulsed and died.

Realizing this only 24 hours later, the four kidnappers put her in a drum and covered it with concrete, then the drum was discarded in the Koto neighborhood.

Accidentally, Hiroshi confesses the crime

Two weeks after the crime, Hiroshi ended up accidentally turning himself in to the police over Junko’s death. He was arrested with JĂ” Ogura and deduced that Ogura had confessed. He quickly told them where the girl’s body could be found.

The barrel was found by police, and Junko was recognized through fingerprints.

The case won the media and in a short time the whole heinous story of how Junko’s life was inhumanly interrupted, won the news in Japan and then around the world, mainly because of the sentence received by the four young men – who had their identities preserved by the courts.

Hiroshi Miyano was only sentenced to 20 years in a juvenile rehabilitation center, while Shinji Minato’s sentence was five to nine years, and JĂ” Ogura was sentenced to eight years.

Under other circumstances, the criminals would have been punished with life imprisonment or the death penalty, so it is believed that the Yakuza group was involved at the time.

In any case, the impact of the case was so great that it demanded changes in Japan’s penal system, especially in the matter of juveniles being tried as adults.

16 thoughts on “Junko Furuta case: raped, tortured, held captive and brutally murdered”

  1. They are so sick and should never be released. Nothing short of animals.
    The parent’s should all so be jailed for life.

  2. They’re sick to the head…
    I hope they get what they deserve, they should be in an eletric chair every day for the rest of they’re miserable pathetic life.
    that poor girl did nothing but good only to revice the worse

  3. All because she rejected them and they decided to be inhumane and hurt this poor girl in ways that make me sick to the core and to make her family worry for their daughters safety and whereabouts and the sick and twisted monsters denied them of knowing if their daughter was ok and for the sick perverted monsters parents that didn’t do anything shame on u…..

  4. Omg this story is so sick. The only other story that has freaked me out this much is the story of David Parker Ray. I am literally shaking with fear right now.

  5. OMG poor Junko she was so pretty and beautiful these people are sick and should be sentenced to death. I feel so bad for Junko and her family what did she even do to them just rejected them. She only did good to people and at the end of the day she suffered. The way they tortured and killed her made me feel sick in my stomach. Shame on you Hiroshi

  6. Dude, the world is so dangerous. This is why i fear of being kidnapped and raped. Junko was so pretty! She got all this torture just because of a rejection. Hiroshi, she is just not into you. The way they tortured her made me want to take off my glasses and get on my boxing gloves. Just sayin’. Like seriously WAT THE HELL DUDE. Who would treat a girl like that!!
    I am angry that i could punch someone in the face. I cannot forgive you Hiroshi AT ALL.

  7. How are the parents just going to sit there like that along with those boys who sexually abused her every single one of them deserves to be hung and burn in hell!!! This case disgusts me,poor innocent girl

  8. They also cut her nipples with scissors. Yikes I could’ve been dead by now if I was her. I am unable to believe she endured this much pain.

  9. I believe it is a good example of both sociopathy and psychopathy. They did one horrid thing to her, releasing an adrenaline rush and choosing that there are no boundaries, no end markers… she was no longer (if ever) a human to them. She was an object to be experimented on with violence and other abhorrent behavior.
    This Blessed child was nothing to them but a toy, a box, a bag i cannot fathom where their mindset could have even been. Like once it started it became a new reality.
    I don’t even want to try to imagine being where this poor child was. And a child she was. I am appalled at the sentencing

    • And I meant *it all STARTED with one horrid thing done to her*. The kidnapping and rape, which seemed to act as a catalyst to the other hundreds of heinous, heinous crimes committed against her.

  10. Watched part of youtube video on this horrific death of this young girl.
    How have people written about the torture, details? Did one of the monsters tell police what they did to her?


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