Reuters news release on Yokohama’s flim-flam man

A match made in the digital domain sealed in death: Mariko Akitaya and Gregory Gumo

A match made in the digital domain sealed in death: Mariko Akitaya and Gregory Gumo

Nothing really revealing about this recent news on the status of Gregory Gumo sitting in a prison cell in either Yokosuka or Misaki arrested as a suspect in the murder of Mariko Akitaya. A commentator on this blog shared this Reuters news article in Japanese dated September 17, 2015. The article describes Gumo being arrested for “abandoning a body” and then later arrested again for being a suspect in the murder of Mariko Akitaya.  It is going on two months now since Gumo’s arrest and without bail in Japan, there is no telling how long the police in Japan can keep him incarcerated as their investigation continues. The article also described how Gumo and Akitaya were “friends” and their relationship ended with “trouble.” No kidding hey? Ending up tied in a plastic sheet with nylon rope tossed into a cove is some “trouble” indeed. Not a very informative or insightful article.
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Domestic | 2015年 09月 17日 18:26 JST
米国籍被告、殺人容疑は処分保留

神奈川県三浦市の小網代湾で東京都目黒区、契約社員秋田谷まり子さん(42)の遺体が見つかった事件で、横浜地検は17日、殺人容疑で再逮捕された米国籍のグレゴリー・グモ被告(41)=死体遺棄罪で起訴=を処分保留とした。

地検は「殺害場所や方法について、さらに捜査を続ける必要があると判断した」としている。

三崎署捜査本部は、7月27日から28日にかけ、神奈川県か静岡県で秋田谷さんを溺れさせ殺害したとして8月27日に再逮捕。防犯カメラの映像などからグモ被告の行動範囲と殺害したとみられる時間帯を把握し、2人に交友関係があり、トラブルがあったとしていた。

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15 thoughts on “Reuters news release on Yokohama’s flim-flam man

  1. The police stated that the second arrest on charges of murder is now “pending” in terms of sending this charge to the prosecutor. In my opinion, this is not unexpected, but very telling. It says that they will likely not send this charge to the prosecutor.

    • More information coming in from a reliable confidential source: The cops do not have enough soid evidence to prove murder and they are now not sure if they will go forward with a murder charge. The intent of the 9/17 news release was to convey this message. The second charge (and arrest) that he murdered Akiyaya was specific in saying that he drowned her. The police need to decide to go to the prosecutor with the initial charge of abandoning a body, go forward with what looks like a weak charge of murder by drowning (the second arrest), or perhaps they will arrest him again on new charges. In anycase, it looks very unlikely that the initial, publically announced suspicion that Gumo planned the murder will turn out to be true.

      • I don’t come to conclusions based on news media reports as having a lot of bearing on the police investigation. We’ll see. It isn’t as though the police are specifically looking for just evidence related to the murder, they are looking at all the evidence including digging very deeply into has background. I have commented that this was not a planned murder. It was demonstrably a mess. He was in the car with her and probably panicked when Akitaya went completely unconscious. I think he had between 4 and 5 hours and he made a very bad decision to ditch her body in the cove.

  2. The news report was just a recounting of a police statement. We should ask why the police made this statement. Why would they say this at this point? I have already expressed my opinion, seems you dont have one.

    They may be digging into his past, but they need hard evidence to convict. His sleazy character and shady doings will have no bearing on the outcome. That may happen in some countries, but in Japan they need hard proof. Or they get a confession.

    • Incorrect, I have stated my opinion in roughly 30 posts now about this murder. Gumo’s “sleazy character and shady dealings” will be included in all the evidence presented in court against him. I know some of the evidence and the types of questions the police have asked people who intimately know him. It is very damning and the police are no doubt taking all this into serious consideration when they question him and any statement he may make when he is interrogated. The police have already taken down one blog in Japan which was publishing some pretty nasty stuff on Gumo.

      All cases of murder, regardless of being in Japan or not, go for the hard evidence first, what is admissible and what is not is up to the judges and lawyers in Gumo’s case.

  3. Of course the cops have dug up all kinds of shit on him. Their job is to find evidence relating to the death, and Gumo and his sordid life are very related to the death. Some of it may be presented as evidence. But it would have absolutely no baring in a fair trial. Are you saying that if the hard evidence is inconclusive, then his sleazy character and shady doings will tip the scale against him? Boy am I glad you are not a judge.

    • I’m not suggesting anything, what I am saying is perhaps that if you were in a country like the US, the murder suspect would have a psychological profile prepared fifty pages long in length. For some reason the Japanese are looked as any less professional or incompetent for doing a similar psychological profile on this piece of shit?

      It’s comprehensive; the police are compiling an enormous amount of evidence and background on this dysfunctional psychologically twisted character. I used to work at a university in Japan where I worked with one of Japan’s most respected criminal psychiatrists. You would not believe the shit these people look at after I had access to their psychological profiles on murderers.

  4. BD-1, I think you got this one wrong. I agree with Joe and Dexter. This news story has new and important information officially released by the police. It is a little less clear in the Reuters article than the Yomiuri article. Maybe that was your problem. Read the Yomiuri article which gives the full quotes from the police.

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

     神奈川県三浦市の小網代こあじろ湾で7月、東京都目黒区、契約社員秋田谷まり子さん(当時42歳)の遺体が見つかった事件で、横浜地検は17日、既に死体遺棄罪で起訴している横浜市保土ヶ谷区桜ヶ丘、米国籍の無職グレゴリー・グモ被告(41)の殺人容疑について処分保留とした。
    地検は「殺害の方法や場所について、より詳細に調べる必要がある」としている。

    This translates to:

    The districts public prosecutors office is (now) saying that they need to do a more detailed investigation into the method and place of the killing to support the charges of the second arrest (murder) so they are putting it on hold.

    This is significant news. It indicates that they made the second arrest expecting to be able to gather enough evidence to prove it, but now they are not so sure.

  5. The professional forensic documentation on drowning is, as you might imagine, extensive. In cases where suppressant drugs, including alcohol, are found in the bloodstream of a body found in water, determining cause of death is complicated by the fact that suppressants cause a slowing of both the heart rate and the rate of respiration creating a situation similar to congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is characterized by a build up of fluid in the lungs. Of course a forensic scientist can easily determine if the fluid is from outside or internal, but in the presence of suppressants, there is almost always going to be a mix as some amount of external water enters the lungs over a period of time as tissues relax following rigor mortis. It goes without saying that depth and tempurature of the water are significant factors as are physiological aspects of the subject such as age, health etc. The contents of the stomach then become the next determining factor. If there is external water in the stomach then drowning as COD is more likely than if there is no external water in the stomach. This is because, in the the final spasm of a living body immersed in water ( assuming deep coma is not a present) , the epiglottis will open and water will flow into the stomach. If the person is already dead or in deep coma, this does not happen. The lungs, diaphragm, and surrounding musculature need to be carefully examined. Typically in cases of drowning there are obvious signs of enlargement, torn muscles and in some rare cases even broken ribs caused by the violent, adrenaline-fueled attempts to breath and the rapid, spasmodic inflow and outflow of water which is much denser and heavier that air, and very damaging. At a deeper level of forensic science, it is also possible to do a diatomatic analysis which can be used to match the water in the lungs to the water of a specific location. This is done to determine if a body has been moved from the place of death or maybe carried by a tide of current. My guess is that the results of the autopsy are not definitive: water in the lungs, but not necessarily from drowning. There are enough variables here for a good defense lawyer ( relyinging on expert testimony from forensic pathologists) to discredit the assertion that because there was sea water in Akitaya’s lungs, she was alive when she went into the water and therefor drowned by Gumo.

    If this is true, the police now need to prove that he killed her with the sleeping meds or by some other method.

    • Thanks for the update. I did a post on the factors involved in drowning cases. Doesn’t dismiss the fact there is a dead woman wrapped in a brown vinyl sheet with a yellow and black nylon rope tied around her and to a concrete brick. I guess now the flim-flam man will claim Akitaya requested Gumo to tie her up bondage-style then toss her out of the boat?

  6. Yes we know he dumped her in the water. I imagine he has admitted this much. The questions are if he killed her, if he just didn’t help her as she tried to kill herself, or if he tried to stop her from killing herself. I am sure he is saying that he tried to stop her. But I am also sure the police will get to the truth.

    The jury system was reintroduced in Japan for several reasons, one of which was to give the accused a chance to recant a forced confession given under duress of harsh police interrogation. We have all heard about people confessing to crimes they didn’t commit just to stop the relentless agony of harsh interrogation. But I don’t think Japanese police force false confessions like this especailly when the result is a long prison sentence. It might happen sometimes but not intentionally.

  7. This is turning out badly. In a legal sense, he may not have killed her. But we know even if he didn’t kill her, he certainly drove her into a desperate and dangerous situation. And there is ample evidence to prove that he abandoned her body. Together these should add up to a murder verdict of some sort. Legally speaking maybe not.

    Gregory might be hosting a rave party in your neck of the woods real soon!

    • Yeah, the flim-flam man strikes again hey? No rave parties in my neck of the woods. Whenever the Japanese are finished with him he’ll be on the next flight out with a revoked vise. Hope New York can handle him?

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