Last week a 22-year-old British girl and NOVA English conversation teacher, Lindsay Hawker went missing in Chiba. Over the last week a sordid set of details have emerged in a very strange story, which is getting international attention since the victim was attractive and English. She was found dead, buried in sand in a bathtub on the balcony of the prime suspect, Tatsuya Ichihashi, who escape barefoot when the police came to his apartment to investigate a after her room mates reported her missing. As the details emerge, it turns out that the suspect chased her down from the train station asked for a glass of water form her apartment and then drew a picture of her and left his details asking for a private lesson. Other details state that the suspect the contacted her 30 minutes after leaving her apartment. These details seem like red flags to warn that he’s a dodgy fellow. Here's the first story from Japan Today.
Japan is a safe country, but I think if you are a woman you need to take special precaution all the time. She shouldn’t have agreed to go to the apartment of someone she just met a few days prior on the street for a private lesson-she should have set it up in a coffee shop. Before it was suggested that she had a stalker and that it was Ishihashi, she must not have know it was him or why would she agree to teach him, was she that desperate for cash? I find this puzzling, I’m gong to have to assume that it was someone else or that she didn’t know that it was he that was stalking her, otherwise, I question her judgment once again. All in all, a tragic and curious case.