Japan Hangs Cult Leader Responsible for 6 Murders

Japan executed two people Thursday, including a 65-year old female cult leader convicted of six murders that took place during supposed exorcisms.The Justice Ministry said 65-year-old Sachiko Eto and 39-year-old Yukinori Matsuda were executed by hanging. Matsuda was convicted of killing two people during a robbery in 2003.Eto turned to faith healing after she and her husband joined a cult, according to Japanese media reports. She and two accomplices, including her daughter, were convicted of beating their victims to drive out ‘‘demons’’ and then hiding their bodies at her home.

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