Nonthaburi (Thailand), July 23
For a long time, some Thai mother and father warned their naughty kids that in the event that they did not behave, Si Ouey would come eat their livers.
If the specter of a ghostly go to from the executed youngster killer, lengthy referred to as a cannibal, proved ineffective, these kids might all the time be taken to see Si Ouey.
After all, his mummified corpse — gnarled and blackened — for years stood on show in a glass case within the Forensic Museum at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital.
In current years, nevertheless, doubts have been raised about whether or not the person referred to as Thailand’s first serial killer was given justice and a marketing campaign was launched to at the least give him a correct funeral.
On Thursday, six a long time after his execution, that lastly occurred.
Nine Buddhist monks at a temple north of Bangkok chanted prayers and paper flowers have been positioned in entrance of Si Ouey’s coffin, which was then moved to the crematorium, the place the pinnacle of the Corrections Department lit the hearth. Hospital officers in addition to residents of a city the place he as soon as lived regarded on.
Si Ouey, a Chinese immigrant who labored as a gardener, was reportedly caught red-handed in 1958 in a forest in Rayong province burning the physique of a 8-year-old boy who had disappeared on an errand.
Police have been fast to pin on him at the least 5 earlier unsolved murders of youngsters relationship again to 1954, some in different provinces. Lurid newspaper accounts detailed how he supposedly relished consuming their hearts, livers and intestines.
Si Ouey was mentioned to have informed police that he acquired a style for human flesh throughout World War II, when as a Chinese soldier in a unit besieged by the Japanese he survived by consuming the our bodies of these killed in battle.
He was tried and located responsible of homicide and executed by firing squad on September 16, 1959. He was 32.
His physique was then handed over to Siriraj Hospital for what was described as medical research. His story quickly grew to become an everyday staple of horror books and B-movies.
The fact about Si Ouey’s case, nevertheless, is tough to verify.
Police on the time had a fame for beating confessions out of suspects, and in style newspapers dished out tabloid-style sensationalism.
Si Ouey was additionally at an obstacle as a result of he was a poor immigrant, arriving from China in 1946 at age 19. Thailand’s navy governments on the time have been eager fire up anti-Chinese sentiment within the Cold War environment and sometimes blamed immigrants for crime and unrest.
Doubts about Si Ouey’s guilt solely garnered a lot curiosity up to now decade, after a number of tv documentaries identified discrepancies within the proof, such certainly one of his victims nonetheless having her organs regardless of Si Ouey’s confessing to consuming them.
Pharaoh Chakkraphattranan, who heard the warnings about Si Ouey as a boy, noticed a kind of applications and it led him in 2018 to begin an internet petition asking that Si Ouey not be labeled a cannibal and that he be given a correct funeral.
“I went back to that museum and I felt different looking at him,” Pharaoh mentioned.
“Before I just thought I was looking at a man-eater, now I see a victim who was stripped of his rights and dignity. Whether or not he committed the crime, his body shouldn’t be displayed in the glass box.”
Siriraj Hospital reviewed the matter final yr, eliminated the signal on his show case calling him a “cannibal” final June after which withdrew his physique from public view final August. Officials lastly introduced this month that he could be cremated.
Wannapa Thongchin, whose mother and father employed Si Ouey, additionally embraced the trigger and together with different residents of the city the place he as soon as lived lobbied for a correct funeral. She mentioned her mother and father all the time informed her Si Ouey was harmless.
“Even though he was not our family member, we counted him as one,” Wannapa mentioned Thursday at Si Ouey’s funeral. “Villagers spoke of him as a very good particular person. It made me really feel sorry for him. It was as if he was being tormented, so we needed to discover a technique to convey him out from the glass field.” AP