Trigger Warning: This article contains horrific details.
Furuta was born in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
She was a good student with good grades and very rare absences. And also, she worked part-time at an electronics store to help her family during her school years.
Have a beautiful face, Furuta was everything a parent could want, no smoke, nor take drugs.
But Hiroshi Miyano, the school bully, had a crush on Junko Furuta, but Furuta turned him down.
On November 25, 1988, Miyano and his friend Misato wandered around with the intention of robbing and raping local women. Sometime later, they saw Furuta cycling home after she had finished her part-time job. Miyano told his friend Misato to kick her bicycle and then run away.
Misato did as he was told, Miyano who was standing there pretended that it was a coincidence that he witnessed the attack and approached her and offered to drive her home.
Miyano took her to a nearby camp and raped her, he also told her about his connection to a local gang, the Yakuza, and threatened to kill her. Miyano took her to a hotel and raped her again.
From the hotel, he called his friends Ogura and Watanabe Yasushi and bragged about how he had raped her. Ogura told him to keep Furuta in captivity so they could sexually molest her.
Yazuka, a local gang, had a history of gang rape and had recently abducted and raped another girl, who was later released.
Around 3 am, Miyano took Furuta to a park where his friends were waiting. They found out her home address and threatened to kill her family if she tried to escape. They took her to one of the boy’s houses, where she was held until her death.
Two days after her disappearance, Junko Furuta’s parents reported her disappearance to the police. In order to stop the police investigation, Furuta’s kidnappers forced her to call her mother and tell her that she had run away and was now living with her friend and that she was safe.
When Mintao’s parents visited him, they forced Furuta to pose as the girlfriend of one of the kidnappers. However, after certain visits to the house, it became apparent that Furuta was not someone’s girlfriend, but a hostage and the parents did nothing for fear of retribution from Hiroshi Miryano, who was known for his ties to the Yakuza. Minuto’s brother, along with his parents, was aware of the situation but decided not to do anything about it.
Junko Furuta was held captive for the next 40 days in the Minato Residence, and during these 40 days, she was forced to endure unimaginable suffering, to which even the details are appalling.
Each day inside the Mintao’s residence was nothing short of living in hell for Junko Furuta:
She was humiliated by being kept naked most of the time, She was raped by more than 100 men, those who kidnapped her also invited their friends to assault the 17-year-old. Furuta was raped an estimated 500 times and once she was raped by 12 different men in a single day.
According to their trial statements, “the four of them raped her over 400 times, beat her, starved her, hung her from the ceiling and used her as a ‘punching bag,’ dropped barbells onto her stomach, forced her to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine, forced her to masturbate in front of them, and forced her to sing and dance and sing the songs while being beaten.
“They inserted foreign objected into her vagina and anus, including a lit lightbulb and firework. They burned her vagina and clitoris with cigarettes and lighters and her eyelids with hot wax. Not only that, but they also tore off her left nipple with pliers and pierced her breasts with sewing needles.”
Junko Furuta was said to have lost consciousness as a result of the repeated assaults and each time dipped her head in a bucket of water to continue the torture. When her body was found, Oronamin C bottles were stuck in her anus and her face was unrecognizable. Furuta was also found pregnant, despite the severe damage to her uterus.
Furuta once tried to contact the police but was caught before she could say anything. When the police called back, Miyano told them that the original emergency call was a mistake. As punishment for contacting the police, they tied her legs and set her feet on fire with burning lighter fluid. Several leg burns and badly bruised muscles left her unable to walk after 20 days of her ordeal.
Junko Furuta could handle nothing more than her hands because her bones were smashed with weights and her fingernails were torn, and even after this attack they forced her to sleep on the balcony, where she was exposed to cold temperatures.
After 30 days of continuous attack, due to her damaged internal organs, she was unable to urinate properly due to the introduction of objects and burns from cigarettes and lighters. Tired and tortured, Furuta even begged her captors to kill her, but they did not do so and continued to attack and torture her. Constant beatings, starvation, and attacks changed Furuta’s appearance, her face was so swollen that it was difficult to identify her.
One of the kidnappers told the court: “Furuta’s legs were so badly damaged that it took her over an hour to drag herself down the stairs to the toilet. Furuta’s body was also severely crippled and began to give off a rotten smell, causing the boys to lose interest in her.”
Junko Furuta’s torture has lasted only 16 days if the police officers had continued to investigate the house.
Ihara, one of the kidnapper’s friends, Ihara was said to have been bullied to rape the girl. Ihara told her brother about the incident after leaving Minato’s house, who then told her parents, who contacted the police.
Soon two officers were dispatched to Minato’s house, however, they were informed that there was no girl inside, the officers declined an invitation to look around the house as they’ve been told that no girl was in the house. Both of the officers faced a backlash from the community. If they searched the house properly, Junko Furuta would’ve been alive today.
On January 4, 1989, Furutka’s kidnappers challenged her to a game of Mahjong Solitaire, Junko ended up winning the game that pissed the boys off that they started beating her with an iron barbell, kicked and punched her, and placed two short candles on her eyelids, burning them with hot wax.
They made her stand and hit her feet with a stick, at which point she bled profusely and pus appeared on her infected burns, they carried plastic bags in their hands and began to beat her again.
They dropped an iron exercise ball onto her stomach several times. They poured lighter fluid on her thighs, arms, face, and stomach and set her on fire again. Furuta tried to stop the fire but soon became unresponsive and the attack on her lasted two hours, poor Furuta succumbed to her injuries and died that day.
Her kidnappers wrapped her body in blankets and shoved it into a travel bag. They placed her body in a 55-gallon drum, filled it with wet concrete, and disposed of the drum in a cement truck in Koto, Tokyo.
The next day the police found the drum containing Furuta’s body. Her body was identified by fingerprints and on 1 April 1989. The funeral of Junko Furuta took place on 2 April 1989.