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Court sentences Thailand’s “Jack the Ripper” to death




The convicted serial killer known as “Jack the Ripper in Thailand” has been sentenced to death. The Khon Kaen court in the Isaan province announced its decision today, sentencing convicted murderer Somkid Poompuang to death.

In 2005, Somkid was convicted of murdering 5 women, including a singer and 4 masseuses. He had sex with the women before killing them, either by strangling or drowning them, and then running off with their valuables.

Somkid was initially sentenced to life in prison, but his sentence was reduced because he confessed to the killing the women. The Department of Corrections even called him a “model prisoner” and he was released on parole in May 2019.

7 months after he was released, Somkid strangled a 51 year old woman to death in Khon Kaen. The woman’s body was found in her home with clear adhesive tape around her neck and her ankles tied with phone charger cable, according to a previous report by the Bangkok Post,

Somkid was arrested again in December 2019. The case promoted PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to order the Justice Minister to review Thailand’s rules on sentence reductions, particularly for convicted killers.


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    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Sad..I seen his 1 hr. murder story series in Crime and Investigation on TV…Just that he never learned. Given leniency and chance…yet he choose the hard way…not sure if he is mentally sound… Or just someone with blood for murder….Sadly…he had to pay the price…

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    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    If you kill 5 people the authorities should lock you up and throw away the key. Instead they let him go after serving 14 years? WTF? I’m assuming he didn’t pay anybody but now I’m not so sure.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Not sadly!! He has to pay the price.
    If he had paid the price in 2005 he would not have killed again.
    That is not sad, that is a scandal.
    Forget whether he is mentally sound. He was let out and killed again – They should never have let him out.
    I would like you meet the relatives of the women he killed and tell them it is sad.

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    Roger Bruce

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Not sadly pay price
    Gov killed that old lady let the scum out from a life sentence
    He should be drawn and quartered with 4 wild Buffalo

    Sad it happened to the old lady

    Good Luck Thailand

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    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    A ‘serial killer’receiving “early release” as a model prisoner…..PATHETIC. The officials who approved and sanctioned his early release are culpable in the death of his latest victim, and should be officially charged for INCOMPETENCE. All the while, anti-government advocates are being held prisoners without bail.

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    James Pate

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:44 am

    If he had killed someone other than a bargirl, masseuse or hostess, he wouldn’t have been paroled. Unfortunately, life is cheap for these women even in death.

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