The Kabukichou Love Hotel Murders - Bizarre and Grotesque

The approaches to love and affection vary greatly from culture to culture, and some come with their own perils. The tradition of love hotels in Japan set the environment for murder in the 1980s when a possible serial killer got his jollies from murdering "hostesses" in Kabukichou, crimes that remain unsolved to this day. Other dangers of loving someone too much include Kiss the Corpse and Then You Die. Chris Woodyward points out that while it's difficult to pinpoint where the practice of kissing the sickened, dead bodies of loved ones first originated, it was a practice that did nothing to stop the spread of disease and likely kept the local coroners in business. (CM)

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