If ever there was a book I'd like to see burned, it just might be that of Tatsuya Ichihashi -- Until I Was Arrested -- in which he writes about what happened after he allegedly raped and killed Lindsay Ann Hawker. Hawker, who was a 22-year-old British teacher living in Japan at the time, can't tell her story, and it makes me furious that he's here telling his.
Oh it's a fascinating story all right. Ichihashi was on the run for more than two and half years before he was caught. He traveled all over Japan and even took knives and scissors to his face to alter his appearance. He sliced off moles with a box cutter, cut off part of his lip with scissors, and performed "plastic surgery" on his own nose with a needle and thread -- that kind of thing. Check out these photographs of his before and after appearance -- it's a pretty dramatic change.
I haven't read the book, but from the excerpts I've seen, it makes me sick that he's boasting about his courage and smarts and eluding the police. It makes me crazy to think of people reading his book and admiring -- in any way -- his cunning ways. How many other sick individuals out there will use his book as a guide not only to escaping arrest, but as how to share your dark, twisted thoughts with the world?
Also in the book, which was released today, he says he wishes Hawker could "come back to life." Too late.
She can't, and it's his fault. A fault that shouldn't be shadowed in any way because he now wants to show some remorse, to try to take things back. He's even offered to donate the proceeds from the book to Hawker's parents. Dignified people that they are, they refused.
"The Hawker family are disgusted that the man who has yet to stand trial for Lindsay's murder has been allowed to write and publish a book," they said in a statement. "This has only served to cause the family more hurt and we want no association with it or him. All we have ever wanted is justice for Lindsay."
This isn't his story to tell. It's Lindsay Ann Hawker's sad, tragic tale, only she's not here to tell it. And as far as I'm concerned, he shouldn't be either.
Would you read a book by a murderer?
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