The Tragic Death of Junko Furuta

Junko Furuta
Some of the most gruesome acts of human nature occur when you least expect them to. 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 torture a human being can actually endure. I can’t even begin to write what I discovered when I read the case file on this particular crime. 

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. 

This is probably the most extreme true crime podcast episode I have touched base on to date. If you are having a great day, please refrain from listening to this podcast as it will change after. This episode is not for those of you who are upset, as this will just make you feel worse. Even Salt Looks Like Sugar--Episode 6: The Death of Junko Furuta

You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, YouTubeSpreaker, and wherever you find find podcasts. You can also listen on the official website 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 especially after writing this podcast. 

Furuta Junko no seigi wa doko ni armasu ka? Rest in Peace Furuta Junko. Gomennasai. Asu no koto o ieba, tenjo de nezumi ga warau. Shinin ni kuchi nashi. Oyasumi nasai. 


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.