A young Japanese woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her millionaire husband, who once wrote a book that compared himself to Don Juan.
According to the Japan times, Saki Sudo,25, is accused of killing her 77-year-old wealthy husband Kosuke Nozaki by poison in May 2018, barely three months into their marriage
She had dinner with Nozaki before his death, the report said, and police said she researched the deadly lethal stimulant found in Nozaki’s system on the internet.
The young woman was arrested at her home in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward on Wednesday and transferred to Wakayama Prefecture where the incident took place. The police have not disclosed whether Sudo admitted to the allegations.
Nozaki’s suspicious death attracted attention as he had become notorious after publishing an autobiography titled “Don Juan of Kishu: The Man Who Gave ¥3 Billion to 4,000 Beautiful Women” in 2016, likening himself to the mythical Spanish playboy.
Kishu is the name of the area in Wakayama Prefecture where he lived. He was the president of a liquor sales company as well as a real estate titan when he was alive.
Nozaki was found dead at his home in Tanabe in Wakayama Prefecture on the evening of May 24 in 2018, with traces of the stimulant drug found in his system but no needle mark on his body, prompting police to investigate the case as a possible murder by poisoning.
Suicide was ruled out, they said, noting that Nozaki had planned to attend a funeral for his dog.
Nozaki had left $12 million in property to the city of Tanabe, but Sudo stood to inherit a portion of his assets as his legal heir, the article said
Nozaki was reportedly embroiled in a series of scandals when he was alive. In February 2016, his then-girlfriend, who was in her 20s and described herself as a model, was arrested for allegedly stealing money and jewelry worth ¥60 million from Nozaki’s house.
In a later autobiography he published in 2018, Nozaki recalled first meeting a woman believed to be Sudo when she helped him following a fall at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport the previous year.
After marrying Nozaki, Sudo told her family members she was helping a friend’s real estate business, but did not initially tell them she had tied the knot, according to her mother.
She frequently posted photos of overseas trips to Singapore, Indonesia, and other choice destinations on social media sites. She told people in her hometown that she made money through stock trading, according to an acquaintance.