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Misao Katagiri
Born (1947-04-15)April 15, 1947
Setagaya, Japan

July 21, 1972(1972-07-21) (aged 25)

Cause of death Executed
Penalty Sentenced to death
Attack information
Date July 29, 1965
11:00–19:18 (UTC+09:00)
Location(s) Zama & Shibuya, Japan
Killed 1
Injured 17
Weapon(s) Rifle

Misao Katagiri (Japanese: 片桐 操, Katagiri Misao) (April 15, 1947 – July 21, 1972) was a Japanese rampage killer who killed a police officer and wounded 17 other people in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture and Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan on July 29, 1965, before being arrested. Katagiri was later sentenced to death and executed.[1]

Katagiri was born in Setagaya, Tokyo and reportedly loved guns. On July 29, 1965, he shot dead one policeman and injured another with a rifle in Zama. He stole a handgun and hijacked four cars. In Shibuya he entered a gun shop near the Shibuya fire station and took four hostages, which resulted in a gun battle with the police. About 5,000 people, including Norio Nagayama, witnessed the gunfight, during which Katagiri injured 16 people.[2] One hostage attacked him and police officers eventually captured him.

Katagiri was sentenced to death and was executed on July 21, 1972. He was featured as one of 13 condemned criminals in Kimiko Otsuka's book Shikeishū no Saigo no Shunkan (死刑囚の最後の瞬間, lit. "The Last Moment of Condemned Criminals"), which was released as a bunkobon by Kadokawa Shoten in June 1996[3] though was originally released as Ano Shikeishū no Saigo no Shunkan (あの死刑囚の最後の瞬間, lit. "The Last Moment of Those Condemned Criminals") in February 1992.[1]


  • Yasuo Tagushi, 21


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ano Shikeishū no Saigo no Shunkan, Books Kinokuniya
  2. 少年ライフル魔事件
  3. Shikeishū no Saigo no Shunkan

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