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Japanese killer

As chat-up lines go, “let’s die together” lacks a certain panache, but Takahiro Shiraishi, of Tokyo, evidently thought it had a seductive quality when he sent it via his Twitter account earlier this year.

Shiraishi, 27, and a tout for the sex trade in Tokyo, has been arrested after police found nine dismembered bodies, eight of them women, in his apartment.

It took him three days to cut up his first victim. “But with the second person I was able to do it within a day,” he told police.