Case 107

Lucie Blackman & Carita Ridgway

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Case 107

Lucie Blackman & Carita Ridgway

In early 2000, 21-year-old Lucie Blackman and her long-time best friend Louise Phillips devised a plan to spend a few months living and working in Japan. The pair had lived seemingly parallel lives, with both working in an investment bank before commencing work as flight attendants for UK airline British Airways.

Lucie’s previous 9-to-5 corporate job in London had left her bored and her expensive spending habits had led her into debt. She craved a life of adventure where she could travel internationally and experience different cultures, but couldn’t afford to travel in style and the concept of backpacking held no appeal.

 The initial appeal of her jet-setting career quickly faded. Lucie soon found the job tiring and monotonous, as her days became a blur of in-flight meals and generic hotel rooms. Her health began to decline as she was constantly jet-lagged and she had fallen further into debt by spending more money than she was earning.

Her best friend Louise Phillips was equally disenfranchised, and both girls craved a new adventure. Louise’s older sister Emma had previously been on a working holiday to Japan where she was employed as a hostess. Although Lucie wasn’t clear exactly what Emma’s Japanese job had entailed, she knew it involved bars, waitressing, and the potential to earn a lot of money. She became convinced hostessing presented a great opportunity to pay off her debts while seeing more of the world and decided to leave her job at British Airways to pursue the idea…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

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CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Catherine Seccombe

Episode edited by Elsha McGill

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman – Richard Lloyd Parry

ARTICLES:

Lucie Blackman timeline – Metro

Lucie Blackman murder case: Timeline – The Telegraph

Tokyo Vice extract: Behind the Lucie Blackman story – The Telegraph

101 things to do in Roppongi – TimeOut

Tokyo Roppongi|Roppongi Station Area Map & Sightseeing Information – Live Japan

Roppongi: from ashes to ‘High Touch Town’ – The Japan News

Lucie Blackman, the dark world of Tokyo nightclub hostessing, and the man who made her an offer she couldn’t refuse – Daily Mail

A rapist’s lair and a head entombed in concrete… concluding our gripping series on Lucie Blackman – Daily Mail

Sevenoaks girl who hoped to spin blonde to gold – The Guardian

Why I took ‘100 million pieces of silver’ for my daughter’s death – The Guardian

A Father’s Betrayal – Daily Mail

Blackman sister attacks mother, calls her venomous – The Japan Times

Tim Blackman: For the first time since Lucie was killed I feel emotionally stable again – Daily Mail

A look back at the murder of a British bar hostess in Tokyo – Crimefeed

Exclusive: A mother’s worst nightmare – Daily Mail

He is ‘immoral and appalling’: Lucie Blackman’s mother slams her ex-husband – Daily Mail

The tragic tale of a Tokyo hostess – ABS News

Glitter Girls: Young Canadian women are lured by gifts and glitz to play hostess in Japan’s night world – Pacific Rim

Following in Lucie’s footsteps – Wales Online

Ex-Met officer joins hunt for Lucie – The Telegraph

Grim secret of man in Armani who chatted up Lucie Blackman – The Guardian

A tale of rape, murder and a Japanese playboy – The Age

The ‘beast with a human face’ – BBC News

Police report Obara-Blackman link – The Japan Times

Family blame police as daughter’s killer jailed for 15 years – The Age

Joji Obara – Murderopedia

Lucie Blackman, Joji Obara and me – The Times

Remains May Belong to Bar Girl – The Washington Post

Trial by jury returns to Japan – The Guardian

People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry – The Times

Lay judges in Japan – Wikipedia

‘Glorious’ Lucie laid to rest – BBC News

Lucie’s family put aside the pain to say farewell – The Telegraph

A verdict that caused widespread consternation – The Guardian

Rapist cleared of killing Lucie Blackman – The Telegraph

Japanese businessman acquitted over Lucie Blackman murder – The Guardian

Joji Obara convicted of abducting and mutilating Lucie Blackman – The Telegraph

Lucie’s mother weeps as serial killer is found guilty of kidnap – Evening Standard

Lucie’s mother heartbroken by verdict – Birmingham Post

Lucie Blackman’s grieving dad marks her 40th birthday with vow to keep man who dismembered her in jail – Mirror

‘Evil conman’ took £15,000 off Lucie Blackman’s family – The Telegraph

OTHER:

Lucie’s Retreat

Lucie Blackman Trust

The Truth of Lucie’s Case

 

 

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In early 2000, 21-year-old Lucie Blackman and her long-time best friend Louise Phillips devised a plan to spend a few months living and working in Japan. The pair had lived seemingly parallel lives, with both working in an investment bank before commencing work as flight attendants for UK airline British Airways.

Lucie’s previous 9-to-5 corporate job in London had left her bored and her expensive spending habits had led her into debt. She craved a life of adventure where she could travel internationally and experience different cultures, but couldn’t afford to travel in style and the concept of backpacking held no appeal.

 The initial appeal of her jet-setting career quickly faded. Lucie soon found the job tiring and monotonous, as her days became a blur of in-flight meals and generic hotel rooms. Her health began to decline as she was constantly jet-lagged and she had fallen further into debt by spending more money than she was earning.

Her best friend Louise Phillips was equally disenfranchised, and both girls craved a new adventure. Louise’s older sister Emma had previously been on a working holiday to Japan where she was employed as a hostess. Although Lucie wasn’t clear exactly what Emma’s Japanese job had entailed, she knew it involved bars, waitressing, and the potential to earn a lot of money. She became convinced hostessing presented a great opportunity to pay off her debts while seeing more of the world and decided to leave her job at British Airways to pursue the idea…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

______

If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Catherine Seccombe

Episode edited by Elsha McGill

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman – Richard Lloyd Parry

ARTICLES:

Lucie Blackman timeline – Metro

Lucie Blackman murder case: Timeline – The Telegraph

Tokyo Vice extract: Behind the Lucie Blackman story – The Telegraph

101 things to do in Roppongi – TimeOut

Tokyo Roppongi|Roppongi Station Area Map & Sightseeing Information – Live Japan

Roppongi: from ashes to ‘High Touch Town’ – The Japan News

Lucie Blackman, the dark world of Tokyo nightclub hostessing, and the man who made her an offer she couldn’t refuse – Daily Mail

A rapist’s lair and a head entombed in concrete… concluding our gripping series on Lucie Blackman – Daily Mail

Sevenoaks girl who hoped to spin blonde to gold – The Guardian

Why I took ‘100 million pieces of silver’ for my daughter’s death – The Guardian

A Father’s Betrayal – Daily Mail

Blackman sister attacks mother, calls her venomous – The Japan Times

Tim Blackman: For the first time since Lucie was killed I feel emotionally stable again – Daily Mail

A look back at the murder of a British bar hostess in Tokyo – Crimefeed

Exclusive: A mother’s worst nightmare – Daily Mail

He is ‘immoral and appalling’: Lucie Blackman’s mother slams her ex-husband – Daily Mail

The tragic tale of a Tokyo hostess – ABS News

Glitter Girls: Young Canadian women are lured by gifts and glitz to play hostess in Japan’s night world – Pacific Rim

Following in Lucie’s footsteps – Wales Online

Ex-Met officer joins hunt for Lucie – The Telegraph

Grim secret of man in Armani who chatted up Lucie Blackman – The Guardian

A tale of rape, murder and a Japanese playboy – The Age

The ‘beast with a human face’ – BBC News

Police report Obara-Blackman link – The Japan Times

Family blame police as daughter’s killer jailed for 15 years – The Age

Joji Obara – Murderopedia

Lucie Blackman, Joji Obara and me – The Times

Remains May Belong to Bar Girl – The Washington Post

Trial by jury returns to Japan – The Guardian

People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry – The Times

Lay judges in Japan – Wikipedia

‘Glorious’ Lucie laid to rest – BBC News

Lucie’s family put aside the pain to say farewell – The Telegraph

A verdict that caused widespread consternation – The Guardian

Rapist cleared of killing Lucie Blackman – The Telegraph

Japanese businessman acquitted over Lucie Blackman murder – The Guardian

Joji Obara convicted of abducting and mutilating Lucie Blackman – The Telegraph

Lucie’s mother weeps as serial killer is found guilty of kidnap – Evening Standard

Lucie’s mother heartbroken by verdict – Birmingham Post

Lucie Blackman’s grieving dad marks her 40th birthday with vow to keep man who dismembered her in jail – Mirror

‘Evil conman’ took £15,000 off Lucie Blackman’s family – The Telegraph

OTHER:

Lucie’s Retreat

Lucie Blackman Trust

The Truth of Lucie’s Case

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Robinhood – Get a free stock from companies like Apple, Ford and Sprint when you sign up

Article – Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

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