Female Killers Podcast

Curry Poisoner: Masumi Hayashi

April 20, 2019 Shevonne Season 1 Episode 6
Female Killers Podcast
Curry Poisoner: Masumi Hayashi
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Female Killers Podcast
Curry Poisoner: Masumi Hayashi
Apr 20, 2019 Season 1 Episode 6
Shevonne

Summer festivals are a time for people to get together, be happy celebrating the summer, being with family and friends, or just enjoying the festivities.  It’s great for people to come together in their community.  Expecting a tragedy to occur during a summer festival is not something that comes to mind.  It is especially true when eating the food prepared by a woman.  We will be discussing Masumi Hayashi who killed four people and poisoned 63 people with a communal pot of curry during a summer festival. 


Show Notes Transcript

Summer festivals are a time for people to get together, be happy celebrating the summer, being with family and friends, or just enjoying the festivities.  It’s great for people to come together in their community.  Expecting a tragedy to occur during a summer festival is not something that comes to mind.  It is especially true when eating the food prepared by a woman.  We will be discussing Masumi Hayashi who killed four people and poisoned 63 people with a communal pot of curry during a summer festival. 


Shevonne:

The Fairer Sex, Bombshell, Bitch, Mother, Girl Boss, Lady are some of the ways that have been used to describe women. Killer is usually not a word that comes to mind. Welcome to the Female Killers Podcast where we will explore women who have killed out of revenge, love, or just pure evil. Summer festivals are a time for people to get together, be happy celebrating the summer, being with family and friends, or just enjoying the festivities. It’s great for people to come together in their community. Expecting a tragedy to occur during a summer festival is not something that comes to mind. It is especially true when eating the food prepared by a woman. We will be discussing Masumi Hayashi who killed four people and poisoned 63 people with a communal pot of curry during a summer festival. On July 25, 1988 in the Sonobe District of Wakayama in Japan, a summer festival was occurring. 37-year old Masumi Hayashi made a communal pot of curry and placed it for participants to eat. What people didn’t know was that she added at least 1000 grams of arsenic, which is enough to kill over 100 people. 63 people suffered from acute arsenic poisoning. Also, four people died, two children and two adults. They were 64-year-old Takatoshi Taninaka, 53-year-old Takaaki Tanaka, 10-year-old Hirotaka Hayashi, and 16-year-old Miyuki Torii. Witnesses quickly pointed out Masumi Hayashi. Her husband was an Exterminator so it was easy for her to get as much arsenic as she wanted. However, who would think that she would add this to the curry.

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When she was arrested, tidbits of her life started to come out. Masumi had been an insurance saleswoman. It was found that she had participated in a number of insurance frauds. It was also found that she tried to kill her husband in the past, as well as attempting to kill three others. All were to get insurance money. Masumi claimed she was innocent, but her motive for pointing the communal pot of curry was that she was angry at her neighbors for shunning her family and her.

Shevonne:

The court found her guilty and sentenced her to death in 2002. Masumi tried appealing but the death sentence was upheld. On April 21, 2009, the Supreme Court of Japan rejected her final appeal. Even as late as April 2017, Masumi Hayashi continues to appeal her death sentence. In 1999, the 38 victims who were poisoned but survived sued Hayashi for 107.5 yen. The victims’ families have sued her. In 2003, three of the four victim’s families have sued her for 30 million yen.

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The worst part is the copycatters who have sprung up. Instead of being disgusted with her acts, they have glorified it and are trying to repeat it.

Shevonne:

Well, what did you think about this case? Do you believe that she's innocent this whole time? She continues to say that she is, but they did find the arsenic, the one that matched what was in the curry at her house. So I'm not sure is she is very innocent. I do know that her husband was also charged with the insurance fried and he was sentenced to six years. I don't think that she is going to be put to death, um, because the Japanese courts are actually looking to stop the death sentence from happening, but as long as she remains in prison, I think that everyone is safe.

Speaker 3:

Yeah.

Shevonne:

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