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Thai police to summon unnamed actress over cyanide purchase

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Police investigating suspected serial killer Sararat “Am” Rangsiwuthaporn are to summon an actress over an alleged cyanide purchase.

Deputy national police chief Surachet Hakparn says the unnamed actress is thought to have bought cyanide from the same batch as Sararat. Her name appears on a list of 100 buyers who purchased cyanide from that batch.

“Police may summon the actress next Monday or Tuesday to question what she needed cyanide for.”

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that Sararat’s ex-husband, Withoon Rangsiwuthaporn, has been temporarily released from police custody on 100,000 baht bail and a requirement that he wear a monitoring bracelet.

Withoon was fired from his position as deputy superintendent of Ban Pong Police in Ratchaburi. He has been charged with receiving stolen property and jointly forging and using forged official documents.

However, the court found that there was no evidence to implicate him in any of the alleged murders, nor did it seem he had any intention of interfering with the course of justice.

According to Surachet, the motive behind the alleged murders appears to be financial.

“Am poisoned all 15 victims with cyanide placed in drinking water, food or medicines in the form of capsules. Financial problems were the motive for carrying out the cyanide murders. Am was failing financially. She had huge debts from credit cards.”

National police chief Damrongsak Kittiprapas says there are now 15 cases of alleged murder or attempted murder linked to Sararat. Of the 14 deaths, 12 were women and 2 were men.

Damrongsak says all 14 cases are being transferred to the Crime Suppression Division and will be overseen by Surachet.

“Although there are no witnesses who saw Ms Sararat putting cyanide in food or drinking water for the victims to consume, police investigators have sufficient circumstantial evidence, witnesses, and forensic evidence to prosecute her in all cases.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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