Episode 25: Woman of Seven Faces: Kazuko Fukuda
In 1982, Kazuko Fukuda strangled her coworker, changed her name, and went on the run—for fifteen years. She was playing a game of chicken with the law, trying to stay free until the statute of limitations for her crime ran out. To do this, she had to go under the knife.
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“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.
“Moon-kana – Tsuki Kinoko (Yaka-anima Slow Mix)” by Yaka-anima from Broken Doll (2018), used with permission from archive.org under license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International.