Issei Sagawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Born prematurely, Sagawa endured many health issues throughout the early portions of his life. It led to him having a small stature upon entering organized education. In fact as an adult, Sagawa grew to being only 5-feet tall. He was often the smallest child in the classroom, and thus this contributed to Sagawa’s sense of extreme self-awareness. Sagawa described himself as “short and ugly.” As such, it led to an infatuation with tall, beautiful, Western women (such as Grace Kelly).
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