Thailand’s Jack the Ripper still on the loose after sixth murder, was released from jail in May as a model prisoner

KHON KAEN: A paroled serial killer dubbed “Thailand’s Jack the Ripper” picked up his latest victim through Facebook and claimed to be a lawyer, according to police investigators.

Pol Col Khajonrit Wongrat, chief of Kranuan police station, said on Tuesday that Somkid Pumpuang got to know Ratsami Mulichan, 51, via Facebook, then moved into her house in Kranuan district on Dec 2 — 13 days before she was murdered.

“The investigation has made much progress… I am confident that he will be arrested soon,” he said.

A warrant for Somkid’s arrest had been distributed to leaders of local communities, Pol Col Khajonrit said, and described the suspect as a “dangerous man”.

The hunted suspect, Somkid, 55, is a native of the southern province of Trang. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder or five women – nightlife singers or masseuses at hotels in Mukdahan, Lampang, Trang, Udon Thani and Buri Ram provinces in 2005.

One victim was killed in January, and the other four in June that year. The serial murders led to the Thai  media dubbing him “Jack the Ripper of Thailand”.

The Appeal Court sentenced him to life imprisonment in August 2012. He was paroled and let free on May 17 this year. The Corrections Department said in a statement he was a “model prisoner: Seven months later, his latest alleged murder surfaced on Sunday.

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