Current status of Gregory Gumo’s incarceration

Gregory Gumo

Gregory Gumo

On the 29th of September this month, it will be two months ago that Gregory Gumo was arrested for the murder of Mariko Akitaya whose body was discovered on the 29th of July, 2015 floating wrapped in a brown plastic sheet tied with a black and yellow nylon rope in Koajiro Bay in Miura. The legal system in Japan concerning the arrest of a suspect for a crime does not have a system of bail, so the suspect can be held indefinitely with the anticipation the police will force a confession. In Gregory Gumo’s case, he was arrested originally for “abandoning a body”, but then arrested again on the 27th of August for murder. How long a suspect can be incarcerated is up to the Japanese police as they conduct interviews and continue their investigation collecting evidence.

Being incarcerated under indefinite conditions can be extremely stressful and probably to some extent, this is done to “break” the suspect into giving a confession. Everyday that the investigation continues requires the police to spend increased man-hours and money to investigate. The day-to-day monotony also will become stressful for Gregory Gumo as the days go onto weeks and then months before an expected trial. At this point, the only way to get any news on this case is to contact the local media or a direct visit to the police station where Gumo is being held to obtain any information.

Visitors can go to where Gumo is incarcerated but there are restrictions as to how long a visit can last, what can and cannot be said, and what can be given to the prisoner in regards to personal hygiene items. If Gumo has visitors and English is spoken, unless there is a policeman on duty fluent in English, the visitor will be prevented from visiting and speaking with Gumo. It is probably extremely monotonous and boring for Gumo sitting in that cell thinking about what has happened to him waiting for a court appearance. The ambiguity alone must be having an effect on Gumo’s nerves and attitude. It isn’t known where Gumo is being held but it is probably either in Misaki Police Station or in Yokosuka. Without a good source of outside news like an occasional newspaper or magazine, Gumo is completely isolated which leads me to wonder whether or not his wife is visiting him?

I’m stuck in a prison cell in Japan and time keeps draggin’ on…

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49 thoughts on “Current status of Gregory Gumo’s incarceration

  1. People like Gumo requires constant stimulation. It’s probably killing him right now.
    He is already indicted for the corpse abandonment charge, so he’s probably transferred to the regional detention facility or still held at the police station.

    • That’s what I was thinking: just imagine knowing his character and proclivities sitting in that cell day-after-day in complete ambiguity about his circumstances? That is a mild form of torture to compel him into confession to end his own anguish having to sit there in complete mind numbing boredom. When its over he will “find zen” – a forced version.

    • Could be, but I have the feeling the police are doing a lot more thorough of an investigation than most think. They are hampered with the English-Japanese differences. Gregory here i don’t think is saying a damn thing to them.

  2. 5 or 6 articles in the J press on the 17th indicate that the police are having difficulty finding enough evidence to support the murder charge. They are saying that they need more time. This might mean that they prosecute him on the initial charge of abandoning a body. His defender is probably having some luck with the suicide story. Who knows. I wonder if the fact that there was water in her lungs is legal proof that she was alive when he dumped her. Maybe not. Gumo might not be jail for as long as we initially thought.

    • 17th of September? I am not aware of the articles. Please post with commentary. The Japanese police will always need more time. They are hampered by the English-Japanese barrier and Gregory Gumo certainly isn’t going to give them any advantage.

      The water being in Akitaya’s lungs is evidence against Gumo. It’s like Akitaya and Gumo here agreeing that Akitaya is going to do herself in on a bottle of sleeping medication, “Yeah Greg, can you get me a beer at the convenience store to wash this shit down?”

      Police are doing a thorough investigation. Count on it.

      • Got it, thanks. It’s a reiteration of what was previously stated about him being arrested for “abandoning a body” and that the investigation will continue. He was arrested again for being a suspect in the murder. Since the legal system in Japan does not have a system of bail, the police will keep him incarcerated indefinitely. Seems really unjust but like hey, there’s a dead woman here, Gumo owed her a serious chunk of money, somebody tied her up and dropped her into the water out of the boat, and she was not going to back down from calling Gumo out for his criminal behavior.

        I think the Japanese police are being thorough in their investigation and I don’t know the status on whether or not he has any legal representation. Not sure how that would work in Japan.

      • Not sure about the water in the lungs arguement. You might be right. If it turns out that he didn’t stop her but didn’t help her to commit suicide, and then just dumped her dead body, he could spend a surprisingly short time in prison.

      • Not sure if it’s really an argument. Autopsy revealed large amount of water in her stomach and lungs. That’s evidence and have no idea what it means for Gumo at this point. That’s why I call him the “flim-flam man”. Astonishing what this character is into.

      • It is justice served. I, unfortunately, got to know this guy. He would have murdered her. It is totally within him. He is a self-righteous asshole.
        I hope he rots in prison.

  3. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/20150917-OYT1T50075.html

    This and the five or so others all quote the same police source. I am interested in why you think they have a language issue. A crime of this gravity would certainly merit a professional translator, don’t you think? I mean language might slow things down a bit, but not much. I also think Gumo is, at this point, spilling his guts completely. He is not smart or tough enough to try to control anything.

    Water in the lungs is just a fact among many. The question is if it is proof that she was alive before she went in the water. In other words, would a person who is already dead definitely not have water in the lungs? I dont thnk the prosecution can say that because there was water in her lungs, she was alive before he put her in the water. She may already have been dead, by her own hand. This is one of the problems the police are facing.

    • There is a language issue despite having a professional translator, just the fact of having a translator raises issues of absolute certainty and preciseness in translating anything that is being said between Gumo and the police. The slightest nuance and there goes the evidence or admission.

      “Thinking” and “absolute certainty” are two different issues. I’m not at the police station when Gumo is being questioned so I can’t answer that, but a I can infer a few things.

      I don’t think it is a “crime of this gravity”, people are practically being murdered daily in Japan, yeah, perhaps an exaggeration but not to far off. I have no way to know if Gumo is spilling his guts, personally, knowing a bit about his character, I don’t think he is. Which is why the police are keeping him incarcerated for this long. They will probably eventually break his arrogance. I don’t think he has to “control anything”, he just has to sit there in the interrogation room or his cell and not say a thing.

      Water in her lungs is a large chunk of evidence. Proving whether Gumo knew she was still alive, was she unconscious and he thought she was dead (the suicide admission), or maybe dead which he thought she was before he tied her up and dropped her in the cove is what has to be ascertained. What part does the sleeping medication play in their night together which I have gone over several times in three or four posts? So yeah, you’re right…now comes the evidence.

      • Let’s just say that a dead body has more gravity than a stolen bicycle. We also know that at one time 60 cops were assigned to the case. The cops are keeping him incarcerated because he obviously had something to do with the murder. It has nothing to do with if he is cooperating or not. He would be right where he is regardless of what he says or doesn’t say. The water in her lungs is evidence, yes, but is it evidence that she was alive before he put her in the water? Maybe not. I don’t know. Do you? No you do not. If his defense can effectively argue that water in the lungs is not always proof of drowning, and if the cops do not have other convincing evidence that she was alive before he put her in the water, then Gumo might avoid a murder conviction, or even a murder charge. This is where we are, and this is what the latest, very important news suggests.

      • Look at case study on drownings (and my post on it): clearly it is powerful evidence. If you’re dead before you hit the water you’re obviously not breathing. The fact that she had water in her stomach means she took in water by, gee, breathing. Once the coughing starts then within few seconds your lungs and stomach are full.

        No surmises; none of us have access to the evidence those 60 police have collected.

    • I don’t buy the suicide bullshit. However he might succeed in trying to shorten his sentence.
      If he was spilling his guts, why does the police have no idea where the alleged suicide happened.

      • Do you think he forced her to take the sleeping pills? Do you think he drugged her? She had the same sleeping pills in her apartment. So he took her sleeping pills and forced her or tricked her into taking them….

      • Not sure. Video surveillance picked them up in a convenience store, a restaurant and Gumo alone in Miura (not sure on his way to the cove or returning). He might have encouraged her to take the sleeping medication to relax, he might have seen her take them and then some how slipped her a “few more” in, or watched her take the whole bottle in front of him in the car and did nothing about it. She probably wasn’t going to let up until he agreed to live with her, give her money back, or if she was pregnant (still waiting for news on this) to take care of the child. The “flim-flam man.”

  4. Like other countries he gets a court appointed defense lawyer or he can hire his own. The big difference between Japan and the US is that the police can interrogate him without his lawyer present. The language quoted by the media on the 17th is very telling. The cops are having a hard time proving murder. I think he is spilling his guts, telling the truth, and they still can’t pin a murder charge.

    • Well, I read this article and there is nothing contained in it that is any different than the news article released on the 27th of August when a “fresh arrest warrant” was issued.

  5. It says, regarding the murder charge – shobun horyu. The cpos are back peddling on the charges associated with the second arrest.

  6. Long time ago, Gregory Gumo got me pregnant and asked me to lend him some money to throw a party with many famous people, so that he can make lots of money and we can have a nice wedding etc. After I lend him money, I learned that he was still dating his girlfriend, lied about his party and spent my money to pay his girlfriend. He was even using his girlfriend’s apartment to have sex with other girls while she was away. I heard from his girlfriend that he kept borrowing money from her as well, and many girls told her that they also got pregnant by him. His parent who lived on Long Island knew about the fact that he was stealing money from a pregnant girl, but didn’t care at all. After I learned who he really is, I had an abortion, it was the hardest thing I had to go through in my life. I’ve been trying so hard to forget about what happened to me and my baby, but the news of Ms. Akitaya brought back painful memories. He basically ruined my life. I hope Japanese police will find out the truth and make a fair judgment for Ms. Akitaya and her family.

    • Thank you for sharing this. You should have drove a knife into his rib cage while you had the chance. This confirms what others have been sharing with me.

      Take care; you have my empathy.

      • Thank you. I believe his parents did not do a right job raising him and created the biggest liar. His mother in Malverne, NY knew that he was stealing money from a pregnant girl and completely ignored it. She showed no sign of sympathy. If she admonished him for his misconduct at that time, maybe this tragedy did not happen. I was completely destroyed by him, but the only good thing is that I did not have a child with someone like him.

      • Unfortunately, my case is nothing to do with Ms. Akitaya’s case and I never want to see him again in any situation, but I’m sure that Japanese police already heard similar stories about his past. I can only hope and pray that justice will be served.

      • When I first picked up on this case immediately after it was reported in the news I instinctively and intuitively new this Gumo character was a piece of shit.

        I started this blog because the public has the right to know. This son-of-bitch is now living off tax payer money and if he gets slammed in a prison in Japan even for a year the Japanese will pick up the tab on this asshole.

        Honestly, I hope and pray you have rebuilt your life, and believe me, karma is in for this disturbed human being.

      • It can help the police understand his motive or what moral capacity he has but it’s up to you. The Japanese prison will teach him his lesson hopefully.
        And, I’m sorry you had to go through that. Be well AN.

      • “Moral capacity?” If anyone has any information on the Yokohama flim-flam man provide it in a written statement preferably translated into Japanese as accurately as possible and provide it to the Japanese police.

  7. His best case scenario is 3 to 5. Maybe get a transfer back to the U.S. Although if it were me, I’d rather do the time in Japan. Much harder but safe.

    • Hopefully. And then I would recommend that people contact the FBI from multiple sources and relay their concerns about this guy being released from Japan possibly back into American society. I am not sure how it works but the Japanese police contacted the American consult/embassy after taking Gumo’s passport, so the American embassy would I think pass that onto the FBI liaison in Japan.

    • Haven’t been able to locate news on Gumo’s case or his current status. I imagine he is talking about now and my guess is he will be charged with “abandoning a body”. The police have been investigating his personal matters including access to drugs. Seems the police don’t have a lot they can charge him with. Very bizarre case this is turning into. The last I heard he is still imprisoned. There is an automatic appeal process in Japan’s legal system. We’ll see what happens.

      • That’s my impression as well. The police were going in every which direction in their investigation to get him on anything including drugs. Gumo didn’t give them anything and he has probably been silent sensing how arrogant his character is. Amazing what you can flesh out about a person’s character when they litter the internet with their activity.

        So Dex, how many email accounts you got stashed away? Your comments remind me of some really “boring shit”.

      • Too busy sitting here in my office reading the NYT and watching the markets. Why dont you get on your cute little folding bicycle and ride down to the court house? Have a soy latte on your way home…

      • Here’s a better idea, why not roll that NYT up real nice and tight like and shove it up your ass. Maybe that will get you excited over the markets, no? And when you serve my coffee make it black.

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