Friday, September 15, 2006

Soon To The Chute? Maybe Not

File under: Gurus Doin' Time

It's the final-final-final, finally for the Tokyo subway-gassing guru, Shoko Asahara. His last appeal has been dismissed and he's got nowhere more to go except down a chute with a noose around his neck. Or does he? It seems like the courts in Japan have a hard time being final about anything:
The Supreme Court voted to reject the former guru's appeal, said Naoki Katayama, a court spokesman, but he refused to say whether this would lead automatically to Asahara's execution.

A Justice Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of ministry rules, said the decision finalized the death sentence, but that Asahara's defense team could still forestall his execution by applying for a retrial or an emergency appeal.
It sounds like Japan is in for more of the wackjob who wacks-off's hijinks, as Asahara appears to have yet another chance to prove he's as crazy as a kitten on acid.

This one is still developing – perpetually – to the chagrin of his victims' families and much of rest of Japan.

4 Comments:

At 9/16/2006 8:46 AM, Anonymous meira said...

Jody said: It's the final-final-final, finally for the Tokyo subway-gassing guru, Shoko Asahara.

Jody, I know practically nothing about this gassing guru. What was his rationale for using violent tactics and how did he get followers?

 
At 9/16/2006 8:55 AM, Blogger jody said...

What was his rationale for using violent tactics and how did he get followers?

It's fairly straightforward. He was a pathologically grandiose sociopath who thought he was Shiva and wanted to take over the country by formenting a war between Japan and the United States. After this war he'd step in and take over as the supreme ruler of Japan. As far as his devotees go, there's one born every minute.

 
At 9/16/2006 10:15 AM, Anonymous meira said...

Jody said: as far as his devotees go, there's one born every minute.

Am I not understanding you right, or are you serious when you say that he is still getting devotees?

 
At 9/16/2006 12:19 PM, Blogger jody said...

He's still got devotees, but they're watched like terrorists in Japan. What I meant was that people looking for their space daddy are willing to overlook the obvious in their infantile search for a surrogate parent. In other words, folks don't want gurus, they want magic kings to make everything all better. Nutjobs like Asahara claiming to be Shiva fit the bill for most of these unfortunate souls, hence the wild success of the utterly unqualified.

 

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