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Man Dressed As Joker Goes on Stabbing Rampage, Injures 17 People in Tokyo on Halloween (VIDEO)


A man dressed as the Joker stabbed 10 people and injured seven more on a Tokyo train as people headed for their Halloween celebrations in Shinjuku on Sunday evening.

Shinjuku is the busiest train station in the world.

The 24-year-old assailant, who has not yet been publicly named, set a small fire on the train and began his stabbing spree around 8 p.m.  He was also throwing hydrochloric acid. Witnesses said that he was wearing a green shirt, a blue suit and a purple coat — resembling the costume worn by the Joker.

“Witnesses described how the 24-year-old attacker stabbed 10 people and poured what is believed to have been oil around the carriage before lighting it on fire, causing panic among passengers,” the Daily Mail reports.

Three of the victims were severely injured, including a 60-year-old man who remains in critical condition.

The suspect was arrested for attempted murder after the train came to an emergency stop. He did not resist arrest, according to reports.

A video circulating on social media is said to show him casually smoking a cigarette following the attack, waiting for police to come arrest him.

Nippon Television reported that the suspect told police that he “wanted to kill people and be given the death penalty.” He also said that he was using a previous train stabbing attack as his example.

The man carried out the attack without showing any emotion, a female passenger said, according to the Daily Mail.

“He held a knife and started spreading liquid,” the witness said. “He was committing this act without showing any emotion, just mechanically. I think that brought fear to everyone.”

Another witness told the Yomiuri that they believed it was a Halloween stunt. “Then, I saw a man walking this way, slowly waving a long knife,” they added.

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10 responses to “Man Dressed As Joker Goes on Stabbing Rampage, Injures 17 People in Tokyo on Halloween (VIDEO)”

  1. sleepy00 says:

    This is an example of why you should always carry a gun. These people were running like scared sheep. When you can fight back is sure does changes the dynamic.

  2. Scaler says:

    One person with a concealed handgun could have saved a lot of people. Too bad people have to rely only on the police for protection. What a waste.

  3. Wolv256 says:

    Tim and crew, get well, Buddy, the world needs you.

  4. StannisBaratheon says:

    He’s not dressed as Joker, he’s dressed as Yoshikage Kira, from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
    An easy mistake to make, though.

  5. Tengu3Gun says:

    Like Mal said in Firefly: “If someone tries to kill you, you just kill them right back.”

  6. Poetentiate says:

    People like this don’t need to be incarcerated forever, or executed, they need to be drawn and quartered like in the old days. Public torture would be an effective deterrent against a sociopath intentionally injuring and killing people, and society is returning to a point where most people are not good, and break the law, including harming others, if no one is watching.

    • DangerousDan says:

      If you think draw and quarter (or fear of pain and death in general) is an effective deterrent for sociopaths or psychopaths, then you clearly don’t understand psychopaths. A long painful public execution does more damage to those watching than to the psychopath, the psychopath may actually get enjoyment from the experience. It’s like monolouging before killing the enemy, just don’t do it.

  7. davesnothere says:

    It’s pathetic seeing everyone run away. Go fight. Fucking cowards.

  8. pandusa says:

    Admittedly, odd in any culture…but especially Japanese.

    • CJS3 says:

      Actually, not as surprising as you might think. Any culture as homogenous as the Japanese would have the most outlandish of hiccups. You notice that after the outburst, they sat calmly waiting to be arrested. Anywhere else, the attacker would have run. He vented his anger at society. After that, everything returned to normal.