3 dead bodies — the plantation owner, a worker, and the machete madman’s wife. Motive? The plantation owner would “grab a blade of grass and look at his face” often.
On March 30th, 2021, investigators found 3 dead bodies and 1 other injured on a rubber plantation in Nong Khai. The suspected killer, Mr. Bangron, a Lao national, was apprehended about 3 kilometers from the murder scene not long after his grisly crimes.
The deceased victims are identified as Mr. Songkarn Lunphukhiao, 47 years old, the rubber plantation owner; Mr. Sorawitkarn, 43 years old, a fellow worker at the plantation; and Ms. Jaruwan Sokawin, aged 44, the killer’s own wife.
Mr. Bangron told police that the plantation owner liked to look at his face often while stroking blades of grass. This gave Mr. Bangron the thought that one day the plantation owner would hurt him. Instead of being a victim himself one day, Mr. Bangron decided to strike first — he used a machete to strike the plantation owner down, and when a fellow worker came to the scene, he was struck down.
The wife cried out in shock when she watched her husband kill these two — so Mr. Bangron made a choice to kill her, too.
After the bloody rampage on the plantation, Mr. Bangron wandered aimlessly in the forest until police apprehended him.
The murder scene was spread across several hundred meters and locations on the plantation. Mr. Sorawitkarn was found drowning in a pool of his own blood — with machete wounds in his cheek, left wrist, and back. A flask of water was found near his body, which the killer used to wash up from the bloody murder.
About 200 meters from there the body of the killer’s wife was found — Ms. Jaruwan was fatally wounded with strikes to the occipital bone of her skull and neck, along with her breasts.
About 10 meters from there, the owner of the plantation was found.
Mr. Bangron was apprehended without incident and taken into custody. Further investigation into his motive is underway.
Video of the murder scene, re-enactment, and the suspect’s arrest:
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My take: Mr. Bangron’s paranoia brought the plantation owner down.
The worker? Wrong place, wrong time. He was just doing his job.
But the wife? Why would Mr. Bangron kill her, too?
Was it just the adrenaline of the kill? The report says that she was shocked and Mr. Bangron didn’t like her reaction, so he struck her down. Was there some underlying resentment there?
Unfortunately, as it mostly plays out, we’ll never know the suspect’s motives — at least from press reports.
Source: https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/834061, https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/834206
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