'Jack the Ripper' Caught Snoozing on a Train

Somkid Pumpuang had been paroled for good behavior
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2019 12:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Thailand isn't exactly known for its serial killers—only two exist on record—but after imprisoning one, they let him go, and he killed again. Then a young couple spotted him while traveling by train to Bangkok on Wednesday, the Bangkok Post reports. "That mark over his left eyebrow confirmed to me that the man was Somkid [Pumpuang]," the boyfriend told local media. The passenger already looked suspicious, wearing a hat and blue medical mask as he slept alone, but the scar over his eye looked too much like the one in wanted posters. So the boyfriend sent a photo to police, who rushed the train and arrested the 55-year-old. How all this happened is worth a read:

  • The so-called "Jack the Ripper of Thailand" peddled in charm and lies. In 2005, he approached his first victim—a woman who had just sung in a karaoke bar—telling her he was a talent manager looking for the next big thing, per a Crime & Investigation Network documentary. Like all his victims, she was found strangled in a hotel room.

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