Serial Killer Finally Gets His
March 08, 2010
The serial killer of 5 masseuses and sex workers, has finally been
sentenced to death after having twice been given a life sentence. The
final sentence is for strangling masseuse, Miss Pongpan Sabchai, a
traditional massage lady in hotel room in Lampang Province.
Pattaya, 8 March, 2010, [PDN]: Somkhid Phumphuang,
41, from Nakhon Si Thammarat was sentenced to death on March 2 for
the murder of Miss Pongpan Sabchai, a traditional massage lady, in a
hotel room in Lampang Province, six years ago. After strangling the
woman, he stole her gold ring, mobile phone and gold earring, with
the approximate value of Bt5,000. The victim had apparently been 2-months
pregnant at the time of her death.
Somkhid, a juvenile delinquent, who was raised by
his uncle after the early death of his parents, had led a life of
crime since being thrown out of school for theft. Following school, he
was found work in a wood factory by his uncle, but was sacked for
stealing Bt50,000. In addition, Somkhid framed a local businessman,
giving false testimony in court, which resulted in the victim being
jailed for six years. The victim swore to kill Somkhid in revenge when
he was released. Somkhid, himself, served a four-year jail sentence
for robbery. He has also been involved in drug and arms trading in
Somkhid apparently had a penchant for staying in
large hotels on his itinerant travels and successfully evaded the
police by losing himself in large crowds. His evasion was also
helped by assuming a number of aliases, including Daeng Phumpuang,
Suwat Chanarong, Suchart Kingkaew and Narong Nilnet.
His first murder was apparently carried out 6 years
previously in Mukdahan on January 30, 2004, when Warunee Pimpabutr,
25, a cabaret singer had been found drowned in a hotel room bathtub.
The hotel’s register showed that Somkid had rented the room where the
murder was committed, and he was also positively identified from a
Somkhid, it would appear, favoured the same modus
operandi, working from hotel rooms and strangling his victims. The
second killing occurred on June 4, in similar circumstances to the
murder of Warunee, where Pongpan Sabchai, a 34-year-old masseuse, was
found strangled in a Lampang hotel room.
Next, Patcharee Amatanirand, 39, another
traditional Thai masseuse, was found strangled in a room of the Caesar
Hotel on June 11. She had apparently been accompanied by a man who
checked in under the name of Narong Nilnet.
On June 19, yet another masseuse, 37-year-old
Porntawan Pangkabutr, was found drowned in a hotel room bath in Udon
Thani. This time, CCTV footage as well as eyewitnesses revealed
Police, by this time, were convinced they had a
serial killer on their hands and began a manhunt. However, Somkhid was
one step ahead and managed to strangle yet another woman, this time
Sompong Pimpornpirom, 36, a sex worker, whose nude body was found in a
Buri Ram hotel room on June 21. To add to his image on CCTV footage,
Somkhid’s fingerprints were found on a beer glass nearby Sompong’s
Soon after, Somkhid was successfully apprehended.
The death sentence which was handed down at his first trial, however,
was transmuted to life imprisonment. This incredibly happened a second
time, whilst he was in jail serving his first sentence, as Somkhid
pled guilty and also returned some of his ill-gotten gains to the
family of his victim.
Due to the incredibly laborious process of the Thai
legal system, Somkhid’s third trial for murder has only just appeared
before the courts, which occurred on March 2, 2010. The evidence was
damning, a friend of the victim witnessed her sitting with the
offender. She later told her that Somkhid was paying her Bt5,000 for
staying with him for 3 days and 2 nights. In addition, a room service
waiter positively identified Somkhid as having shared food with the
victim. Despite Somkhid’s plea that police had tried to discredit him,
this time there was no escape for the callous murderer as the judge
handed down his final verdict, death, with no chance of appeal.
Although leniency had marked the previous trials, and the process had
been incredibly long-winded, justice finally prevailed.
Serial killer gets life
A man accused of murdering five masseuses in a 2005
killing spree received a life sentence yesterday for the first
By The Nation - Nationmultimedia.com
August 22, 2009
The Criminal Court originally sentenced Somkid
Phumpuang to death for killing Warunee Pimpabutr in January 2005 but
later commuted the sentence to life imprisonment, citing his
confession during the police investigation and trial.
Somkid, 45, remains in court custody awaiting four
other trials for his alleged murders of four other victims later over
a sixmonth period.
His lawyer said yesterday's life sentence would be
Somkid was also handed a threeyear prison term for
stealing the victim's valuables.
Court documents indicate Somkid took Warunee to
room 609 of the Ploy Palace Hotel in Mukdahan on January 30, 2005,
where they argued over her service fee. He drowned her in the bathtub
and absconded with her valuables.
Four more victims were later killed in other
northeastern hotels, prompting a public outcry and subsequent massive
police hunt for the killer before Somkid was arrested on June 29 of
that year. Warunee, 25, was the youngest victim. The other four were
in their late 30s.
Confessed killer pleads not guilty
September 23, 2005
A man who confessed to killing four masseuses over a
span of six months last year yesterday pleaded not guilty during his
first hearing in the Criminal Court.
Somkid Phumpuang faces charges of premeditated murder
for the first two victims, whom he allegedly killed after using their
massage and sex services. The trial for this case will begin on November
7. The court will hear his plea on counts for the last two victims on
November 14. In his statement to police, Somkid, 41, claimed he killed
the women over disputes about their fees for massage as well as sex.
‘Serial killer’ confesses to murdering four sex
workers in cross-country spree
‘They wanted too much money’
June 30, 2005
Serial killer Somkid Phumpuang, 41, wanted for the
killing of five sex workers in several provinces, was arrested at a house
in Chaiyaphum's Muang district where he had been hiding for the past
CHAIYAPHUM: -- Police yesterday arrested a suspected
serial killer at a house in Chaiyaphum’s Muang district where he had
been hiding for the past week.
Somkid Phumpuang, 41, was wanted for the killing of
five sex workers in several provinces.
Somkid, who also goes by a number of aliases,
admitted to killing four women, allegedly because of arguments over fees
“I killed them out of anger because sometimes they
overcharged and double-charged me after I had sex with them,” he told
reporters calmly, according to Associated Press.
“I spent the money that I robbed from them to buy
more sex from prostitutes.”
Somkid faces numerous charges of murder and theft,
and is in detention pending an investigation and assessment of his
After his arrest, Chiang Mai police yesterday
suggested that he might have murdered up to six victims because a woman
was found murdered at an apartment in the northern province in a manner
reminiscent of Somkid’s alleged other crimes.
The suspect was found at the house of a widow who was
charmed by Somkid two weeks ago, after they met at a bus terminal.
Somkid claims he killed his victims over disputes
about the women’s service fees. However, police have expressed doubts
about his motives and will be using psychiatrists to help with their
“He appears cognisant, but we need the advice of the
experts,” said Crime Suppression Division commander Maj-General Winai
According to Somkid, he travelled by train to commit
murders in Mukdahan, Lampang, Udon Thani and Buri Ram. When his crimes
hit the headlines earlier this month, he hid at his girlfriend’s home.
The suspect yesterday told reporters that he would
prefer the death sentence to spending time in jail for his wrongdoings.
Winai said that his division planned to take over
Somkid’s case from the various local police stations involved, as he
feels that a single investigation of all offences would be tighter than
several separate probes. He added that his division would work closely
with police in Trang to determine whether Somkid was involved in the
murder of traditional Thai masseuse, Patcharee Amatanirand, 39, at a
hotel in the southern province.
Meanwhile, Somkid’s uncle, Kling Kingkaew, said that
he thought his nephew deserved the death sentence. He said Somkid had
always been a hot-tempered troublemaker.
“I will not be sad if he is executed. I would also
like to thank the police for arresting him. The arrest will ensure that
he won’t be able to kill any more people,” Kling said from his hometown
of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Serial Killer strikes again
June 29, 2005
masseuse found murdered in Trang is believed to be the fifth victim of a
serial killer who previously murdered four sex workers in Mukdahan,
Lampang, Udon Thani and Buri Ram, police said yesterday.
Patcharee Amatanirand, 39, a traditional Thai masseuse, was found
strangled to death in a room of the Caesar Hotel on June 11. She had
arrived with a man who checked in under the name of Narong Nilnet.
Police believe she was killed by Somkid Phumpuang, 41, who is now the
subject of a countrywide manhunt. He reportedly uses the aliases of
Daeng Phumpuang, Suwat Chanarong, Suchart Kingkaew and Narong Nilnet.
Suppression Division commander Maj-General Winai Thongsong has ordered
Crime Suppression police to cooperate with local police in combing the
Northeast, where they believe Somkid to be hiding.
searched a house in Khon Kaen yesterday but found no trace of the
Police investigating Somkid’s background have learned that the Nakhon Si
Thammarat native has only a Prathom-2 education. They say he spent four
years in jail on charges of robbery and was released in 1988. He has
also been involved in drug and arms trading in the Northeast.
Kingkaew, Somkid’s uncle, told police that Somkid’s parents died when he
was young. The uncle raised him from the age of eight but called him a
delinquent child, saying he had been dismissed from school for stealing.
Kling said he sent Somkid to work in a wood factory, but he stole
Bt50,000 from there and had not been home for 30 years.
any case, Kling said, Somkid dared not return, because he had framed a
businessman with false testimony in court. The businessman was jailed
for six years as a result and announced he would shoot Somkid when he
Suppression deputy commander Colonel Pisit Pisutsak said police were
closing in on the suspect. Cooperation between his division and local
police meant they were within a few days of catching him.
Suriyan Indawan, a Mukdahan investigator, said Somkid liked to stay in
big hotels. He was difficult to trace, because he always travelled by
mingling with big crowds on public transport.
Provincial hotels had been warned to watch for him, and the suspect’s
picture had been sent to police stations throughout the Kingdom.
Lt-Colonel Chokchai Chusaeng, an inspector in Lampang’s Muang district,
said police were working closely together for fear Somkid would kill
manhunt began after the nude body of strangled sex worker Sompong
Pimpornpirom, 36, was found in a Buri Ram hotel room on June 21. Certain
aspects of the crime suggested that a serial killer was on the loose.
Somkid was singled out by investigators after they checked on a series
of murders, beginning with the death of a cabaret singer in Mukdahan on
January 30. Warunee Pimpabutr, 25, had been drowned in a hotel room
hotel’s check-in register showed that Somkid had rented the room, and
witnesses positively identified him from a police photograph.
June 4, in circumstances similar to Warunee’s murder, Pongpan Sabchai, a
34-year-old masseuse, was found strangled to death in a Lampang hotel
weeks later, on June 19, another masseuse, 37-year-old Porntawan
Pangkabutr was found drowned in a hotel room bathtub in Udon Thani. This
time, Somkid was identified in footage from the hotel’s security video
system, and eyewitnesses also said they had seen him.
fingerprints taken from the side of a beer glass found in the Buri Ram
apartment where Sompong’s body was found last week were matched with
Somkid’s from police records.
Thai police launch manhunt for serial killer of prostitutes
police have launched a manhunt for a suspected serial killer who has
already murdered at least five prostitutes, police said on Tuesday.
Suppression Division launched the manhunt for their chief suspect,
identified as Somkid Phumpuang, 41, after finding the naked body of sex
worker Sompong Pimpornpirom, 36, in a hotel room in Buri Ram province on
Somkid is also suspected of strangling three other sex workers in
Mukdahan, Lampang and Udon Thani provinces earlier this year, and since
the slaying of Sompong, a fifth murder has been pinned on the serial
fifth victim was found in Trang province," said Crime Suppression
Division deputy commander Police Colonel Phisit Phisutthisak. "We know
his movements," he said, adding police expected to catch Somkid soon.
Somkid was arrested in 2001 for giving false testimony about the murder
of a provincial governor, for which he served a six month jail term.
Police files described the man as mentally disturbed with a "rampant
libido." When under interrogation in the 2001, Somkid repeatedly begged
police to take him to a brothel, reported The Nation newspaper.