Police investigating alleged serial killer Sararat “Am” Rangsiwuthaporn are seeking another 8 arrest warrants for murder, according to a Nation Thailand report. The 36 year old suspect, nicknamed “Cyanide Am” by some media outlets, is accused of using cyanide to poison people she had borrowed money from.
Anek Taosuparp from the Crime Suppression Division says Sararat is also facing 11 lawsuits from the victims’ families. He adds that officers already have enough evidence to link the suspect to 13 murders and 1 attempted murder.
It’s understood the victims include her common-law husband, who died on her birthday, and Anek believes the number of victims could continue to rise. He says that in the past 3 years, up to 20 people died shortly after transferring money to Sararat’s bank accounts.
“We must gather as much evidence as possible to make the case strong because this case has shocked the public and is being closely watched.”
One of the additional arrest warrants being sought against Sararat relates to the alleged murder of a woman who died in July 2015. Her mother, 64 year old Ladda Khao-in, has filed a police complaint, saying she believes 37 year old Monthatip Khao-in was killed by Sararat.
The woman says her daughter died the day after she met with Sararat, who had borrowed “a lot” of money off her. The mother adds that after her daughter’s death, Sararat sold Monthatip’s assets but did not give any of the proceeds to the dead woman’s family.
If found guilty, Sararat could face the death penalty for premeditated murder. However, as she is pregnant, some legal experts say she could avoid capital punishment.
She is accused of targeting her victims by gaining their trust, taking them to temples to make merit, then inviting them to dinner or coffee in order to poison them.
Nation Thailand reports that the suspect has previously been hospitalised to receive treatment for an anxiety disorder and amnesia. As a result, another legal expert says the defence could argue that she is unfit to stand trial.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand