Japan police arrest haiku poet after five killings
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese police on Friday arrested a man who left a "haiku" poem when he disappeared after five people were murdered in a tiny mountain village.
Investigators found Kosei Homi, 63, dressed only in his underwear early Friday in mountains near the hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture, police and reports said.
The manhunt began on Sunday after officers found three corpses inside two burned-out houses. They subsequently uncovered two more bodies in separate homes.
The five victims, who all appeared to have been battered to death, were in their 70s or 80s, and represented a third of the population of the hamlet, local reports said.