Suspected black widow killer inherited $11 million over 10 years

Suspected black widow killer inherited $11 million over 10 years
This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows 67-year-old Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19 on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide in the latest "Black Widow" case.

KYOTO - Murder suspect Chisako Kakehi invested most of the about ¥1 billion (S$11 million) she inherited from her spouses and lovers in futures trading and other financial products over the past few years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from investigative sources.

Kakehi, 67, was arrested on suspicion of murdering her husband in Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, in December 2013 with a cyanide compound. She is believed to have lost a great deal of the money she inherited through her investments.

The Kyoto prefectural police department believes her inheritance from her husband Isao, 75 at the time of his death, was one of motives for the killing. Police sent Kakehi to the prefectural prosecutors' office on a charge of murder on Thursday afternoon. She denies killing Isao.

According to the sources, Kakehi, who has been married four times in the past, holds a dozen savings accounts in her previous family names. When the prefectural police looked into detailed records of the accounts, they found she had inherited about ¥1 billion over the course of about 10 years.

Most of the assets were reportedly used for speculative financial instruments such as futures trading and foreign exchange margin transactions, with little remaining.

Cyanide detected on belongings

Investigators detected cyanide on belongings Kakehi recently disposed of, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The Kyoto prefectural police are considering the possibility she used the substance for the killing, and are trying to find out how she obtained it

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