The Tragic Death of Junko Furuta

Junko Furuta
Some of the most gruesome acts of human nature occur when you least expect them. In the case of 16-year old Junko Furuta, distressing is an understatement. For the next 1,056 hours (which is equivalent to over 63,000 minutes and 44 days) she would go on to suffer one of the most extreme yet unimaginable acts of torture a human being should ever endure. I can’t even begin to write what I discovered when I read the case file on this particular crime, but what I will say is that it has left me extremely depressed after doing so. 

Truth be told, when I wrote this podcast, I couldn't sleep. I tossed and turned after reading the court documents on this case. My friend from Japan translated them for me as they are written in Japanese. Usually I can write a podcast within a few hours, but this one I had to take breaks to collect myself. It was hard to keep my composure without feeling angry and extremely emotional over this. I didn't even know her, but I felt her pain. What made my blood boil wasn't just the torture she endured and the explicit details her abductors shared with the courts, but the fact they are not even in prison for this crime and still alive today, living freely among us. 

This is probably the most extreme true crime podcast episode I have touched base on to date. Granted I have read worse, but something about this particular episode bothers me more so than most others. If you are having a great day, please refrain from listening to this podcast as it just may change after. This episode is not for the faint of heart nor is it for those of you who are upset, as this will just make you feel a lot worse. Even Salt Looks Like Sugar--Episode 6: The Death of Junko Furuta

You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, AmazonGoogle Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, YouTubeSpreaker, Audible, and wherever you find fine podcasts. You can also listen on the official website--Even Salt Looks Like Sugar too. 

As the present is only an interface of the past and future, there is no way of knowing what will happen tomorrow. I hope only good, great, and amazing things happen, especially after writing this podcast. Thank you for listening. 

Furuta Junko no seigi wa doko ni armasu ka? Rest in Peace Furuta Junko. May you find peace Ju Chan and those men who did this to you live with what they did and the consequences forever.  Gomennasai. Asu no koto o ieba, tenjo de nezumi ga warau. Shinin ni kuchi nashi. Oyasumi nasai. 

Comments

Anonymous said…
This is the best podcast I have heard yet covering the Junko Furuta case. I’m a huge fan of true crime and this probably the most gruesome case I have ever heard. I really enjoyed your segment. I love your voice. I hope you get into doing podcasting.
Anonymous said…
This made me both sad and angry at the same time. I cannot believe these men are free and not in prison for what they did to her. Japanese court system is awful. Much worse than the US.
Anonymous said…
This made my blood boil. I can’t believe they got away with what they did to her.
Kumiko Hayashi said…
The worst injustice ever in true crime. The fact they are free after they committed such an action is as sinister as sinister gets. I have no words. Just anger.
Tatsuo said…
I have followed this case for almost 10 years. This podcast is the best one I have discovered covering the case. A lot of people are afraid to talk about this. In Japan it is talked about but only if it’s brought up. The details are rarely ever discussed because the crime is by far one of the worst examples of corruption in Japan. Japan has changed their laws since incidents like this but the idea that these men are not even in prison just serves as an example that injustices happen everywhere. God with her soul and I hope the monsters who did this suffer for what they did.
Anonymous said…
Best podcast I’ve heard covering this case.
Anonymous said…
This podcast episode is incredible but the level of anger I have for the culprits makes me feel hate after listening. I just subscribed.
Anonymous said…
My heart hurts for Junko and her family. It makes me sick. This podcast episode brought tears to my eyes. Tears of anger.
Anonymous said…
My heart aches just knowing she went through this kind of torture. Amazing podcast. I just subscribed.
Anonymous said…
Junko Furuta never got true justice because of Japan’s old justice system but because of amazing podcasts like this her story is being told. This is a wonderful podcast episode and the best one I’ve heard yet about her.
Anonymous said…
This made me cry. What happened to Junko Furuta is beyond evil.
Anonymous said…
I felt like Billy was afraid to “go there” and it was hard for him. It was a wonderful podcast but that’s the impression I got. It would have been better if you told the story.
Anonymous said…
This made me cry. Very thrilling and spine chilling episode.
Anonymous said…
This is the darkest yet most moving episode yet. Brilliant. Definitely my favorite. I just subscribed to your podcast.
Lu Ling said…
This episode gave me goosebumps! Definitely one of the best I’ve heard if not the best. The research is incredible on this case. I’ve heard about 8 podcast episodes about Junko Furuta and none of them come close to this. Amazing!
Anonymous said…
This episode was really good. I never heard of this case before. Thank you so much for sharing this. I feel so bad for Junko’s family and friends. I can’t believe the men who did this aren’t in prison right now. A major injustice.