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john smith

James - maybe she was drunk. Asian women tend to get drunk quickly, she was slightly built, in a new city, maybe lost, disoriented, seen as vulnerable or an easy target, maybe the killer targeted her from the start for precisely that reason, bought her a few drinks. Maybe he knew that she would be easy prey if he got her drunk. Not an opportunistic crime, but a targeted one, maybe he met her somewhere and targeted her from the start. There are plenty of predators in Auckland. Clever ones can gain the confidence of a non-suspecting woman easily, especially if the killer had some familiarity with Japan/Japanese language. Japanese people (in general) are approachable, friendly, and trusting. They come from a place where there is so little crime they don't even consider it to be a danger, even when they are traveling.
It must be more than a co-incidence that she was dumped so near to where she was staying. It's just across the road. There must be a connection to the hostel or to someone there, somehow.
A car is not the only way to move a body. It could be carried in a rubbish sack (she was small) or moved in a container. Restaurants and bars dump garbage bags on Queen Street every night. The police seem pretty certain that she was killed elsewhere and then moved to the cupboard. It seems logical that she was killed very nearby by a person who for some reason could not dump the body in a more secluded place. Just because she was in that particular building doesn't mean that she was killed by someone who worked there ... there must have been hundreds of people with keys or who knew someone with a key ...
it's been driving me crazy for years, too. I agree that someone must know, but if the only person who knows is the killer ...

James Sloan

In the Investigator documentary one of her friends said she got drunk quickly after only a few drinks. You might be on to something there, especially given she was infatuated by New Zealand from an early age and wanted to travel here..that could make a strange kiwi bloke quite attractive and trusting. The body wasnt dismembered so far as I know so you would have to be pretty brazen to transport it via garbage bag. Interestingly there was a foreign serial killer living in NZ at the time of the murder, and whats more he knew the head of the security company that worked the BNZ complex. He also was stationed at Devonport (he was a Navy guy) perhaps explaining the earlier Devonport link..but it doesnt sound like police were that keen to follow up on that connection.

john smith

that guy from devonport targetted teenage boys, i think.
the killer could have used a wheelie bin.

James Sloan

He did, however it is not unheard of for serial killers to change their patterns and horizons. Unlikely, but still.
The point still remains though, the person who dumped her in that room must have known intimate things about that building, like that the alarm company only checked it once a month, and dumping the body there would buy them time, otherwise why chose that location and run the risk of getting caught transporting her over just leaving the body wherever it was? The timing of the deleted computer records and the finding of Kayos bag in the rubbish 5 days after her death proves that the killer revisited the body later on to remove items, again taking a big risk, so he must have known those things, as well as having knowledge of how to delete files from the computer records. They also needed to have a key for the room or something sharp to force the lock with them. All that really does point to someone who worked in the complex and knew the building. Of course we dont know exactly where she would have been killed as you say, or when the body was transported, but the time she dissapeared I think was a Friday and over a weekend, that area of Downtown Auckland is just buzzing with people even late into the night. I still see the assult taking place inside the complex as a possibility, It would be so risky to transport that body around that area with the ammount of police etc. Theres people all over the streets virtually 24/7 in that area over a weekend. Of course all that assumes that the killer didnt drive in to the garage and take the body down the stairs.

john smith

it all makes sense but they still haven't got the guy. so there must be more to it. there must be something that has thrown them off, a trick of some kind, something to divert attention from the killer. that's why they haven't got him yet. he's got an alibi or a cover or something. he's obviously not stupid, he's got away with it thus far. but he must have pulled some kind of trick to do it and then get away with it. there's something that has been missed in the investigation otherwise they would have already got the guy. he's tricky.

john smith

I mean, if it were as easy as narrowing it down to who had a key, access to the computers, knowledge of the building, etc, etc, then they would have found him by now. right? It could really only be one of a very small number of people. so there must be something more to it. the killer must have concealed himself somehow, by using another person's key, for example, or tricking someone into deleting the records somehow. i don't know how but it must be something like that. some kind of trick or deception, a way of throwing the police off the trail. the person is obviously clever - no forensic evidence, no witnesses. a mystery. so it is not surprising that the killer hasn't been caught, they have obviously gone to great lengths to conceal their identity and done so successfully. clearly a very tricky person.

john smith

that said, it is only a matter of time ... the police say they have some very small forensic samples, too small to test without destroying them. but in the future, technology will have advanced and they will be able to test them, and that will, hopefully, give the police a very important clue. perhaps within only a few years, they will be able to test the samples ... and then ... game over.

john smith

It's interesting that you mention a bouncer from the Queen:s Ferry pub downstairs ... but was it there in 1998? there were a number of bars that promoted themselves to the backpacker hostels as "tourist friendly" places, the pelican bar in elliot street, the place in lorne street that used to be called mickey finn's, maybe the one a ccross the road from her hostel, too. it's very possible that that was where the killer first made contact with her, in a bar after she'd had a few drinks. maybe he was there for precisely that purpose.

john smith

Also, the state of the body when it was found seems unusual. police won't release details. But they say she was badly decomposed, so much so that they needed to0 use facial reconstruction imaging to ID her. And, the body was so decomposed that they couldn't tell whether or not she had been raped. In the doco, Bryan Bruce says he thinks the killer went back to the body after dumping it and removed things like her clothes and bag, which he then dumped on Albert Street, and left no prints on her documents, like her passport. Why was the body so badly decomposed? It was Winter, it would have been like a chiller in that room, wouldn't it? Maybe the killer used some kind of solvent to wash the body to remove his prints, and this caused the body to slowly dissolve. something like a cleaning chemical.

john smith

James, you mentioned "the devonport connection". what are you referring to? I don't know anything about it except that the poster Kelly talked about an eastern european man in devonport who matched the description given by the antique dealer. Do you know any more?

James Sloan

No I dont..other than the fact the serial killer living in NZ at the time of the murder was stationed at Devonport base. Have you read Bryan Bruces book "hard cases" he talks about the Kayo case in there? Its basically what he goes through in the investigator but elaborates on some things, he said that when they did the filming for the investigator it was really hot in the stairway as there was no air conditioning and the room was even hotter and thats why the body decomposed faster..the body was put there in mid September so I dont know if thats when the filming was done or not, but it seems the room was like a cooker. One thing the cop also said was that when they recovered the passport they immediately "dusted" it for prints but were unable to lift any. That was in 1998, but since then much better techniques have been developed for lifting fingerprints from paper..I wonder if they ever went back and tried again with beter techniques to lift prints or if the passport is contaminated by now. But the killer was probably carefull enough to wear gloves. So far as I know that bar was there in 1998..you can see it in the news footage taken on the day they found her body shown in the investigator clip. Infact that documentary is on youtube, if you skip to 6.55 in this video it has news footage from 1998, if you look closely on the right hand side you can see a sign for QF Tavern on the ground its clear theres a bar there.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOkf5bvKE30

john smith

thanks james ... yes, it's a really difficult case, obviously. I still don't know where the man who pawned the ring got it from. maybe the police looked at it and decided it was a different ring ... who knows. either way, in the doco, bruce says they are still looking for it, so i guess it's not the same one. but it is also interesting what the poster kelly writes about, that it appears that the russian man in the hostel and the eastern european man who pawned the ring are two different people.

john smith

I used to know "a scruffy little eastern european man" who frequented the esplanade hotel in devonport. he dressed like a sailor. how many scruffy little eastern european men dressed like sailors can there possible have been in auckland around the time kayo matsuzawa was killed? i can't write too much about it here but he is linked, through mutual friends to a person who has in the past been spoken to about the crime. perhaps the perp knew him and met him somewhere and gave him the ring in a panic? is it possible? if they haven't got the guy yet then perhaps this is an avenue which could be further inquired into.

James Sloan

Devonport is sailor town..still like a lot of things, like the body, you wonder why he wouldnt just go to the edge of Devonport/Queens Street Wharf and toss that ring as far as he could into the water.

John Smith

Maybe he was staying in the city at the time the murder took place, staying at the same hostel. the police were interested in a couple of other guests at the hostel, new zealanders. why the perp didn't just throw the ring away, no idea ... maybe he kept it as a kind of trophy, then panicked, who knows what goes through these sickos' minds. either way it seems that if they can find out where the man who pawned the ring got it from, that would be important, wouldn't it? actually, I'm sure the police have already explored this pretty thoroughly, so maybe it's not the same ring.

john smith

James, when you mentioned a bouncer at the QF tavern, is it someone in particular that you know or saw there? A specific person? If so, can you describe him? Tall, stocky, polynesian, white, long hair, short hair, etc ... anything like that? anything at all?

john smith

How about this person ...
tall, slim, light brown straight hair (may have been long), white with a kind of "pinkinsh" complexion, blue eyes. Now aged about 40, so about 25 at that time. New Zealander, speaks NZ slang.

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