Hideo Murai

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Hideo Murai (村井 秀夫 Murai Hideo, December 5, 1958 - April 23, 1995) was a member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult and one of the perpetrators responsible for the Sakamoto family murder.


Murai was mortally wounded when an ethnic Korean man named Hiroyuki Jo (徐裕行 Jo Hiroyuki), a member of the Yamaguchi-gumi (the largest organized crime Yakuza group in Japan), stabbed Murai repeatedly, in the presence of 10 police officers and about a hundred reporters recording the events and broadcasting them live. His attacker didn't attempt to flee and was peacefully arrested on the spot. Murai died in an ambulance.[1]


  1. ^ Nicholas D. Kristof (24 April 1995). "Attacker Fatally Stabs High Official of Japanese Sect". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2013.