'Black widow' held after death of seven partners
Japanese police have arrested an elderly millionairess on suspicion of poisoning her husband, and are investigating the deaths of a further six partners.
Chisako Kakehi (67) was arrested in Kyoto in an investigation that has hit the headlines in Japan as a "black widow" case.
Ms Kaheki, who has reportedly amassed more than 800m yen (€5.5m) in life insurance payouts and inheritances from her late partners, has denied the charges.
"I did not kill anyone," police quoted Ms Kakehi (pictured) as telling them. "I don't even know how to kill someone. And I don't know where the cyanide came from. I wish someone would tell me."
Police launched their investigation after the death of Isao Kakehi (75) at the end of last year. Mr Kakehi collapsed at the couple's home, in Muko City, just one month after their marriage and died in a local hospital. An autopsy conducted by the hospital discovered highly toxic cyanide compounds in his system. Three months earlier, Ms Kakehi's then-boyfriend was taken ill after they ate at a restaurant, Jiji Press reported. In March 2012, her 71-year-old fiancee died after falling off his motorbike in Osaka. The cause of death at the time was given as a heart attack, although blood taken during the autopsy was stored by police.
As the case against Ms Kakehi proceeded, analysis of that blood sample also revealed the presence of cyanide compounds.(© Daily Telegraph, London)