The suspect in a series of cyanide poisonings has told Thai police that she did give cyanide to one person, but did not intend to kill her. Sararat “Am” Rangsiwuthaporn, dubbed “Cyanide Am” by some media outlets, insists she only gave the victim “a small amount” of the toxic chemical, according to deputy national police chief, Surachate Hakparn.
Thai PBS World reports that the victim in question is Siriporn Khanwong, who travelled with Sararat to the Ban Phong district of Ratchaburi province. The supposed purpose of the trip was to make merit during Songkran, by releasing fish into the Mae Klong River. However, Siriporn subsequently collapsed and died near the river.
The report goes on to say that the victim’s missing handbag was later sent to a close friend of Sararat’s by an anonymous person in the Tha Makha district of Kanchanaburi province.
Surachate says he went to the Central Women’s Correctional Institution yesterday, May 15, to question Sararat, after receiving a message from the suspect, indicating that she wanted to see him. Sararat was questioned by Surachate and his team for an hour and a half, during which she confessed to giving Siriporn a Ziploc bag containing cyanide.
Sararat maintains she told Siriporn it was an “experiment”, adding that her former romantic partner Suttipong had tried cyanide. She did not give any further explanation for why he would have done this, according to the report. Suttipong is one of a total of 14 people who have died from suspected cyanide poisoning.
Police say Sararat is also claiming that the cyanide she gave to Siriporn came from Suttipong. She denies putting the substance in food or drinks consumed by Siriporn, but Surachate has stated that he doesn’t believe her.
Sararat is facing multiple murder charges for the deaths of 14 people from suspected cyanide poisoning, plus a charge of attempted murder for a fifteenth person, who survived.
SOURCE: Thai PBS World