Junko Furuta endured 44 days of Hell prior to her death. She endured the most unimaginable pain and suffering that truly makes you wonder how as human beings we still consider ourselves superior to other species when we can inflict such cruelty for our own pleasure. This is her tragic story.
In 1988, Junko Furuta was a pretty and popular 16-year-old high school student in Japan. She stayed out of the party scene but her good looks had caught the attention of the high school bully, Hiroshi Miyano.
Hiroshi asked Junko out for a date catching the shy teenage girl off guard. His clear arrogance and reputation did not appeal to Junko. She politely but firmly declined the invitation infuriating Hiroshi. Nobody said no to him and especially not some little nobody like Junko Furuta.
Hiroshi drove expensive sports cars to school, wore the most expensive clothes and had a tight-knit crew of friends to surround him. His power came from his affiliation with a Japanese crime organization known as Yakuza. To this day they are still very influential and feared for their reputation of ruthless brutality.
Junko was working part-time after school would ride her bike home at the same time and route. Out of the blue, a teenage boy ran towards her and shoved her off her bike on the evening of November 25th, 1988.
Hiroshi was walking across the street when this happened and immediately ran to her aid. Junko was visibly shaken by the attack and was grateful to Hiroshi who insisted that he walk her home safely.
Hiroshi had no intent of helping her at all. He tricked her as they walked together, luring her into a warehouse where he brutally raped her. Following this, he dragged her to a hotel and continued to repeatedly force himself on her.
Hiroshi was extremely excited by his act. As a result, he called his friends who wanted their turn with Junko also. Consequently, the four young boys, who included Nobouharu Minato decided to keep her held hostage. His parents were out of town and they were having too much fun with her to let her go.
They told Junko to call her family and tell them that she was safe. She did what she was told because Hiroshi had threatened to harm them if she didn’t. Junko made the fateful call that effectively prevented any chance of her rescue. She couldn’t possibly begin to guess the unimaginable horrors that lay ahead of her for the next 44 days. The hell she would be subjected to was beyond the scope of anybody’s worst nightmares.
The boys explained to Minato’s parents that Junko was Hiroshi’s girlfriend which they accepted in the beginning. The truth quickly became present as Junko was always there and had started begging them to let her go. They refused as they feared retaliation from Yakuza. The Minatos simply pretended not to hear her cries even after becoming aware of the severity of her abuse.
The torture endured by Junko Furuta is something that no movie could ever come up with. The fact that this case fascinates so many is because nobody could ever imagine suffering through even one hour of her 44 days of torture.
100 different men, mainly Yazuka members, raped Junko over 500 times. Furthermore, 12 different men had forced themselves on her at one time in a single day. They would often use her as a toilet urinating on her when they finished.
The degradation was just starting. They amused themselves by inserting objects in her anus and vagina including a bottle, an iron bar, scissors, a hot light bulb, roasting needles, grilled chicken skewers, and a lit firework. Moreover, they starved Junko and forced to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine.
The boys completely humiliated Junko by forcing her to masturbate in front of the boys and their guests to keep them turned on.
Junko often had to sleep naked on the balcony during a Japanese winter where the temperatures dropped way below zero. Likewise, they would force her to sit for hours in a freezer.
Moreover, the boys hung her from the ceiling where they would beat her with golf clubs, iron rods, and bamboo sticks. One of the most revolting acts they committed upon her was taking a pair of pliers to her nipple and ripping it off.
Junko was very much conscious during these attacks and her internal organs became so damaged that she eventually could not eat, drink or control her bladder and bowel movements.
It would take her an hour to crawl downstairs to use the bathroom and eventually she could not make it in time. The boys no longer wanted her sexually after that and subjected her to even further punishment in their disgust.
They smashed her face against the cement floor while they took turns stomping on her head. Her nasal passages became so filled with blood, that she had to breathe through her mouth. As she lay convulsing on the ground they dropped barbells on her stomach.
First Call to the Police
Junko got to a phone and called the police, but the boys caught her before she could even utter a word. This was about 20 days into her torture. They severely punished her by pouring gasoline on her legs and feet and setting them on fire.
As if that wasn’t enough, they burned her eyelids with hot wax and lighters.
Second Call to the Police
One of the friends of the boys who participated in one of the raping sessions felt guilty and told his parents. As a result, they sent the police out to the Minatos house to investigate. The officers spoke to the parents who told them that there wasn’t any girl being held captive in their home. Furthermore, they invited the police inside which completely threw the authorities off guard. Assuming all must be well then, the police declined the invitation and left without checking the house.
The 44th Day
On the final day of her life, the boys challenged Junko to a game of Mahjong which she won despite her wrecked state of health.
Her victory caused her abductors to fly into a rage. They beat her and poured gasoline on her and set her on fire. This time they threw it on her face, abdomen and basically covered her entire body!
Junko fought desperately against the flames and eventually they died out. She was still alive and went into serious convulsions.
The boys thought she was faking it. She often would do this during her torture sessions but would wake up an hour or two later. Junko Furuta was pregnant when she died on January 4, 1989.
The Concrete Drum
The boys had begun to severely panic when they realized Junko was truly dead. They now had a murder to cover up and they had thrown her inside a drum which they filled with concrete. It wasn’t until a year later that her body was found.
The police had been questioning Hiroshi over the disappearance of a completely different girl and he had confessed to murdering Junko. He thought that they already knew what happened as he blew the whistle on himself and the others.
Despite the severity of the crime, the boys had been underage at the time it was committed and received a comparatively light sentence. Hiroshi was sentenced to 20 years in jail and was released by his late 30’s. The other three served only seven with protected identities.
Hiroshi’s mother completely blamed Junko, for her son being in prison. She spat on and desecrated Junko’s grave.
The Minatos were ordered to pay $425,000 in restorations to Junko’s parents. They were forced to sell their house and gave the money to three of the boys who were released after their seven years in jail. The Furutas received nothing. Junko’s bereaved mother was residing in a mental facility at the time.
The boys enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle from this money, taking expensive vacations and partying on private sailboats.
Jo Kamisaku got married and was happy for a short period of time until he believed his wife was cheating. He took the suspected offender to an abandoned restaurant where he beat him to a bloody pulp. He bragged to his victim about how he had murdered someone and would do it again! Kamisaku spent another seven years behind bars.
Junko’s horrible death fascinated people around the world. It became the subject of an anime video game and two movies were made about her story. Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case in 1995 and Concrete in 2004.WP Engine – Plans