A Japanese man has been linked to the 1994 murder of a woman after DNA analysis of articles of women's underwear, which he wore and left behind in almost 40 homes near his residence in Ibaraki, confirmed a match.
The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reports Kazuo Oshitani, 48, is believed to have murdered the woman — a prostitute — on the evening of Jan. 16, 1994, after checking into the Osaka Daiichi Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka under a false name.
Oshitani reportedly called a local adult entertainment shop on the night in question to order a call girl. He was seen leaving the hotel disguised in dark shades and a long coat just one hour after the woman arrived, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun. He also reportedly took her bag and wallet with him.
Police believe Oshitani killed the woman by hitting her on the head and face numerous times with a blunt object before strangling her her, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
Oshitani was arrested and indicted earlier this month after authorities linked him to the dumping of around 120 pieces of women's undergarments in people's homes and backyards. They believe he got a thrill from wearing and dumping the articles for other people to find.