There are groups being formed on the social networking site Mixi.jp and other places in support of Tatsuya Ichihashi, accused murderer of Lindsay Hawker. The one description for the one on Mixi says that they believe he is innocent, and love him because he’s so good looking.
Some fans have even put their pictures on the net showing support.
As someone on the bulletin board that featured these pictures duly noted, if they really think he is innocent, why are they covering their faces?
Also note the caption in the second picture identifying the young mother in the picture as “Tatsuya Ichihashi’s Wife”.
Another commenter noted, “You have to feel bad for the baby being raised by that woman.”
I can only assume that these girls don’t remember some of the more gruesome details of the case and hope that as misguided as they are, they will at least reconsider once they hear how heinous the crime was.
I know that this is a common thing, people falling for high-profile criminals. The point of me bringing it up on newzjapan is that it happens in Japan as well.