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Tatsuya Ichihashi wishes Lindsay Ann Hawker would ‘come back to life’

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32, who is awaiting trial for raping and then killing British teacher Lindsay Hawker, 22, claims in his book that he wished his victim “could come back to life.”

Hawker’s naked body was found buried in a bath tub on the balcony of his Tokyo apartment.

Ichihashi wrote the book Titled “Until I Was Arrested,” in the 14 months since he was apprehended.

He spent two years and seven months on the run and the book details his journey across Japan by train and ferry.  During that time Ichihashi repeatedly tried to change his appearance by using knives and scissors on his face.  The book also goes into his feelings of “contrition” for Hawker’s death.

Mr Ichihashi’s 240-page book reveals how barefoot he managed to evade the eight officers searching the property and after making his escape spent some weeks in Tokyo while the police were looking for  him.

During this journey, Mr Ichihashi said he wished that Hawker could “come back to life.”

Often living rough he was able to catch and cook over an open fire and even eating snakes.He tried to change his looks by removing two distinctive moles from his cheek with a box cutter and sliced off part of his lower lip with a pair of scissors to make it appear thinner and changing the shape of his nose by sewing it with a needle and thread.

He picked up labouring jobs on construction sites in Osaka and Kobe and earned close to Y1 million (£7,705) over a period of two years, which he spent on cosmetic surgery.

He was eventually caught in Nov 2009 while waiting trying to board a ferry for Okinawa.

There is no explanation of the killing of Hawker in the book or his motives, but it does include an apology.  He said the book was “a gesture of contrition for the crime I committed” and that royalties from the book would be given from Ms Hawker’s family.

In a statement issued through their legal representative in London, Bill and Linda Hawker say they have no intention of accepting the money and only want to see justice for their daughter.


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