'Black widow' sentenced to death in Japan
A Japanese 'black widow' who killed three men after dating them for their money was sentenced to death Friday in a case known by the name of the female spider that eats its partner after mating.
Kanae Kijima, 37, was convicted of murdering the three men, aged 41, 53 and 80, whom she met through Internet dating sites.
Kijima, who has a past as a paid-for mistress, killed the men by poisoning them with carbon monoxide from burning charcoal briquettes after giving them sleeping tablets.
Saitama district court heard how she had wanted to stop them from demanding back money she had taken from them over the course of brief relationships.
Published April 15 2012