What Happened to Lucie Blackman? Who was Lucie Blackman?

What Happened to Lucie Blackman? Learn about the mysterious disappearance and discovery of Lucie Blackman, a British woman who vanished after a date in Tokyo.

Her body was found seven months later in a cave near a beach.

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Lucie Blackman | photo courtesy | Instagram

Who was Lucie Blackman?

Lucie Blackman, a 21-year-old British woman, disappeared in 2000.

She worked as a flight attendant before joining Tokyo’s Casablanca nightclub, where she went on paid dates with customers.

On July 1, during one such date, she vanished.

Lucie’s family and friends were deeply affected.

Her case gained attention and inspired the Netflix documentary ‘Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case.

The Lucie Blackman Case
The Lucie Blackman Case | photo courtesy | Netflix’s

What Happened to Lucie Blackman?

Blackman, a British woman, vanished on July 1, 2000, after a Tokyo date.

Her friend Louise Phillips got a call from an unknown man claiming Lucie joined a cult.

Concerned, Louise alerted her family, who launched a media campaign.

Joji Obara, a Korean-Japanese developer, became a suspect.

In February 2001, Lucie’s dismembered body was found near a Tokyo beach.

Obara got arrested in April 2001.

Where is Lucie Blackman from?

Blackman, a young woman from Sevenoaks, Kent, UK, tragically lost her life while working as a club hostess in Tokyo, Japan.

Before Tokyo, she was a flight attendant for British Airways but decided to start a new adventure at Casablanca nightclub.

As a hostess, she accompanied customers to dinner and entertained them at the club, a common practice in some Japanese nightlife.

Where is Joji Obara now?

Blackman’s case gained publicity.

Three women came forward with similar accounts of waking up in Joji Obara’s bed with no memory of the previous night.

Police initially took no action.

Later, “Nishita” was linked to Obara.

In October 2002, Obara was charged with drugging and killing Lucie Blackman.

He was acquitted in 2007 due to insufficient direct evidence.

An appeal trial in March 2008 found Obara guilty of abducting, dismembering, and disposing of Lucie’s body.

Obara’s crimes potentially victimized 150 to 400 women. Joji Obara remains imprisoned for these crimes.

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Joji Obara | photo courtesy | Getty Image

Who Is Joji Obara?

Joji Obara (born Kim Sung-jong on August 10, 1952) is a Korean-Japanese serial rapist and murderer, who raped and killed Lucie in 2000.

He was also found guilty of raping eight other women.

Obara’s criminal career began in the 1980s after an arrest for drug possession.

He is now serving life in prison.

His case sparked a renewed focus on violence against women in Japan.

Facts About Lucie Blackman

NameLucie Blackman
Date of Birth(Unknown)
Date of DisappearanceJuly 1, 2000
Place of DisappearanceTokyo, Japan
OccupationBritish Hostess and Model
EmployerCasablanca Hostess Club
Case Timeline
– Lucie Blackman disappeared after leaving work at the Casablanca Hostess Club
– She was last seen with Joji Obara, a Japanese businessman
– After her disappearance, her family and friends launched a search operation
Arrest and Investigation
– Joji Obara was initially questioned by the police
– Obara’s past criminal record came to light, raising suspicions
– Three women came forward with similar accounts of waking up in Obara’s bed
– Police connected Obara’s alias “Nishita” to the cases
– In October 2002, Obara was charged with drugging and killing Lucie Blackman
– In 2007, Obara was acquitted of her murder due to a lack of direct evidence
– An appeal trial in March 2008 found Obara guilty of abducting and dismembering Lucie
Ongoing Impact
– Obara is believed to have victimized between 150 to 400 women in Japan
– He allegedly used chloroform to incapacitate his victims during the attacks
– Obara recorded his crimes on videotapes and maintained a disturbing diary
– His crimes raised concerns about the safety of hostesses and foreigners in Japan
– Joji Obara remains imprisoned for his crimes related to Lucie Blackman and others