Lindsay Ann Hawker Deserved More Than a Book From Murderer


handcuffsIf 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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qrex912 qrex912

I am going to be pretty unpopular for this, but I honestly would. I think the human mind is a complex and completely interesting thing, whether the owner uses their mind for good, or evil. I will never be able to understand it, but I would like to learn all I can.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Unfortunately, I would - I am fascinated by damaged, twisted minds.  I wouldn't be interested in details of the rape/torture/murder, and would not read that part.  But the internal dialogue of a killer - how they rationalize such cruelty, before and after the fact of ending a life - just amazes me.  However, I would NEVER purchase this book if even a dime goes to the author - as fascinating as I find it, I wouldn't support him making money off his crime.

Adriel Dunysha Quick

I would most definately read this book. You cliam this isnt his story to tell, but it is. A murderer writing a book on his killings is a step into criminal psycology that only he and others like him can make. And want it or not  we NEED these story to understand the nature of these people and maybe, in some fanciful time in the future help yo prevent such things rom occuring due to the insight this mind gave us in his book

qrex912 qrex912

Adriel and hoticedcoffee, that's exactly what I was saying!

MrsCh... MrsChurch

Yeah, I would, and I agree with the previous three posters.

nonmember avatar X

I bet if you were Lindsay's family or friends you would feel differently. Regardless of your "interest in twisted minds" he brutally murdered an innocent person.

You reading his book only supports this man. period.

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