A man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, a follower of a group that split from the AUM Shinrikyo cult, has told police he thought that the killing would enable him to get his daughter back.
Saburo Nishimura, 70, was arrested following the stabbing in the Saitama Prefecture city of Yashio on Nov. 24 that claimed the life of his 63-year-old former wife, Michiko Tsukumo, a follower of the group Aleph, which split from AUM.
Nishimura is known for his battle to get his former wife and daughter back after they became followers of AUM Shinrikyo and left home. In 2007 he published a book titled, “The ring of a bell: 20 years ripped apart — me and my five children.” It described the collapse of his family and his dealings with senior members of the religious group.
Police quoted him as saying he stabbed his wife after they got into an argument about their daughter.