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Japanese father calls for death penalty for own son

AFP , TOKYO

A Japanese father has called for his own son to hang after a gruesome murder spree in which the teenager killed three family members before slashing open his mother's belly and putting a doll inside.

The father said he would seek the death penalty for his 18-year-old son, who is a fan of the grisly Hannibal Lecter novels and has written horror stories himself.

"The only solace is he didn't kill people outside the family," he told Thursday's edition of Shukan Bunshun magazine.

"I'm grateful some people advised me to get him an excellent lawyer, but I hope to see an early ruling," he said. "I want him to get the death penalty -- that's my honest feeling now."

The teenager, who cannot be identified because of his age, has admitted to stabbing his mother, brother and sister to death on Jan. 9, a police official said.

He then torched the family's apartment in the northern town of Hachinohe.

The father said his son told him he was writing a novel about seven criminals who get together to destroy a town. One scene reportedly depicts a man stuffing a doll into his mother's body.

His 55-year-old father said he felt disgusted when he saw his son grinning in pictures taken after his arrest, and wanted him to hang.

"I will make it clear in court. I don't know how he'd feel about it. But I want to tell him I'll pick up his bones for sure," he said.

In Japan, relatives traditionally take the bones of a cremated body in an urn for burial.

The father, who divorced the boy's mother a decade ago and has been in and out of prison said he was partly responsible for his son's poor upbringing.

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