Dương Văn Môn was a Vietnamese mass murderer
who killed at least eleven people and wounded six others in Krông Pắk
District, Đắk Lắk Province, Vietnam on August 8, 1998.
Môn, a member of the Nùng minority, was a poor rice
farmer, and was said to have once suffered from an unspecified mental
illness. When his mother died he reportedly dug a grave on village
property, but was then denied to use it, and therefore had to bury her
in his own garden. He also got severly into debt to finance the
traditional funeral feast.
On the third day of the festivities, when his
guests began to complain that there was not enough to drink and eat,
the 35-year-old armed himself with two machete-like knives and began
to attack his relatives and neighbours.
He first stabbed an elderly woman preparing food in
his house, as well as a child, and eventually began chasing people
throughout the village, killing a total of eleven people, among them
seven children, and leaving six others injured, including his wife.
One of the wounded died in hospital, according to
early reports. Afterwards he tried to commit suicide by swallowing
insecticide, but was forced to vomit it when he was captured by
villagers 4 1/2 hours later. He was then arrested by police and
brought to a hospital.
Môn was sentenced to death for the murder of eleven
people in November 1998.