National Affairs: Unthinkable Crime

A U.S. military commission on Guam last week read into the record a Japanese Army major's confession of cannibalism. Unlike rumored instances elsewhere, this was no story of starving Japanese eating their own or enemy dead in an effort to survive. It was ritual cannibalism practiced on the bodies of U.S. flyers who had been decapitated after being shot down in the Bonin Islands. The sole excuse: "war madness."

Though three other officers and ten smaller fry were also on trial, archvillain of the piece was Major Sueyo Matoba, a slim, mild, scholarly...

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