Unlike in the US, I rarely hear or read about murder in Japan. Recently stories about the murders of two 88 year old men in an eight bed room on the fourth floor of Oguchi Hospital in Yokohama has caught and kept my attention, probably because of my recent hospital stay (with an IV drip for three days) and because of the few murder stories here.
Two elderly men were murdered by disinfectant that was injected into their IV drip bags. In addition to the bags that killed these two men, ten other unused bags that had been tampered with were also found. Who would do such a thing and why?
I read one story that attributed the deaths to being on the fourth floor, because four is a bad luck number in Japan. I don't think of myself as superstitious, maybe it was good luck that the other ten bags were discovered before more people were murdered. An investigation is being conducted into these two murders and the deaths of 46 other patients who have died on this floor since July. How sad for this to happen anywhere, but especially here in Japan.