William Oliver Reese was a US Navy airman
who, on January 3, 2006 murdered 56 year old Japanese woman Yoshie
Sato in Yokosuka, Japan. He later confessed to the crime. Reese is
currently serving life in prison in Japan. Reese was stationed on the
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).
Details of crime
On January 3, William Oliver Reese was near the
Yokosuka-Chūō train station when he accosted 56-year-old Yoshie Sato,
demanding money. Reese was intoxicated at the time. At first, he asked
her for directions to the nearby naval base, and after she pointed it
out to him, he attempted to take her purse. When Sato began yelling
for help, Reese dragged her to a nearby stairwell and proceeded to
beat her for 11 minutes. Sato later died of a ruptured kidney. He then
removed 15,000 yen from her purse and left the scene.
Some accounts claim that Reese was apprehended by
US Navy sentries at the main gate to Yokosuka Naval Base, who became
suspicious when they noticed Reese's bloodstained clothes; other
accounts state that he was actually caught aboard the USS KITTY HAWK
CV-63 as he attempted to return to work. He would later claim that he
had no idea why he killed her.
When Reese was indicted and subsequently convicted
after making a full confession there were many calls for a Status of
Forces Agreement revision. Severe liberty restrictions were also
enacted by the US Navy upon its sailors stationed in the region. The
restrictions applied to all sailors and included such measures as
curfews and detailed "liberty plans" (written statements of a sailor's
exact whereabouts throughout the day.
Kitty Hawk sailor gets life term for killing
Panel cites quick confession in sparing Reese’s
By Allison Batdorff and Hana Kusumoto - Stars and
June 4, 2006
Japanese investigators have released a surveillance
tape that clearly shows William Reese Jr. stalking 56-year-old Yoshie
Sato, who was beaten so badly that she eventually died of a ruptured
liver and kidney.