Exorcist Sentenced to Death for Killing 6 Followers

SENDAI, Nov. 22–(Kyodo) – The Sendai High Court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence against a woman calling herself an exorcist for killing six of her followers by repeatedly beating them on the pretext of exorcising evil spirits.

The ruling at the Fukushima District Court said Sachiko Eto, 58, beat followers with drumsticks in her house in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, where she lived with them, between January and June 1995 as a way to force demons from their bodies.

As a result, six followers died and one was injured, according to the ruling.

Ad: Vacation? City Trip? Weekend Break? Book Skip-the-line tickets

Her defense lawyers had argued during the high court hearings that Eto was not mentally competent to take responsibility for her actions as she had believed she was possessed at the time of the beatings, while prosecutors said she had repeatedly violated the followers on her own volition.

Travel Religiously

Book skip-the-line tickets to the worlds major religious sites — or to any other place in the world.

We appreciate your support

One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at Amazon.com.


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission — at no additional cost to you — for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this service free of charge.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog)
Kyodo News Service, Japan
Nov. 22, 2005

More About This Subject

Religion News Blog last updated this post on CET (Central European Time)