Yonekichi Kudo
Occupation Blacksmith
Born ca. 1888

October 12, 1948(1948-10-12) (aged 60)
Tokyo, Japan

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date October 12, 1948
Location(s) Tokoy, Japan
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) Hammer

Yonekichi Kudo was a Japanese blacksmith who bludgeoned to death his sleeping wife and six children with a hammer at their home in Tokyo, Japan on October 12, 1948. The 60-year-old, who committed the murders after receiving notice from the tax collector that he was 6500 yen in arrears, then set fire to the house and poisoned himself.[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. Death and Taxes, The Evening News (October 13, 1948)
  2. Jap Slays Family, San Bernardino Sun (October 14, 1948)
  3. Murder, suicide end tax threat, The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune (October 13, 1948)
  4. A Japanese Tragedy, Lowell Sun (October 13, 1948)
  5. Jap Kills 7, Poisons Self, The Oakland Tribune (October 13, 1948)
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