Female cult leader Sachiko Eto had been hanged for murdering six of her followers by with drumsticks on the pretext of exorcising evil spirits.
Prosecutors said Eto tried to make herself a deified ruler and killed people who threatened her authority.
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. Her defense lawyers had argued during the
Associated Press, July 3, 2003 http://www.ananova.com/ A Japanese faith healer who fatally beat six followers with drumsticks to exorcise evil spirits, has appealed against a death sentence. Sachiko Eto, 55, was convicted on murder charges and sentenced to death a year ago, in connection with the exorcism rites – performed in her home between 1994 and 1995. In the opening session of her appeal trial at a high court in the northern city of Sendai, her lawyer argued that she was insane at the time of the deaths and did not intend to kill, Kyodo News agency reports. A spokeswoman