Tokyo Killer Warned of Slaughter Online

Posted 'It's time' 20 minutes before rampage that killed 7
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 9:04 AM CDT
A woman offers a prayer for the victims of the Sunday stabbing rampage at Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district Monday, June 9, 2008.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
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(Newser) – The young man accused of killing 7 people in a knife rampage in downtown Tokyo warned of the attacks in a series of messages to an Internet bulletin board, reports the AP. Tomohiro Kato, who rammed his truck into pedestrians before stabbing 17 of them, posted warnings from his cell phone, including one only 20 minutes before the attack that read simply, "It's time."