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Serial killer or Scapegoat? Thailand’s Legendary ‘Cannibal’ Will be Given a Proper Funeral

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The embalmed body of alleged cannibal and child killer Si Quey, which has been on display at Siriraj’s ‘Museum of Death’ for the past 70 years. For decades, Thai parents have frightened their children with warnings about Si Quey.

Si Quey Sae-Ung, a Chinese migrant who moved to Thailand in 1944 and was described by his neighbours as well-mannered and friendly man.

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According to The Star, He had been given the death sentence over charges of murdering 7 children between 1954 and 1958 in Bangkok, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nakhon Pathom and Rayong.

He had allegedly been caught in 1958 in Rayong province with the body of a boy, along with the boy’s extracted heart and liver. Somehow, he confessed to the murder, but denied he was planning to eat the internal organs or even having a taste of them.

Si Quey was shot to death by a firing squad in September 1959, Siriraj Medical School used his body for autopsy studies, embalming it and putting it on display under the label “cannibal” in the museum.

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However, several documentaries in recent years unearthed new flaws in his trial, including timelines that don’t match with testimonies given in court, reported by Khaosod.

Last year, a group of netizens attacked Siriraj Hospital for robbing Si Quey of his human dignity and falsely labelling him as cannibal, especially since new interpretation of evidence suggests he may have been a scapegoat that caught up anti-Chinese sentiment during that time.

Netizens also launched a petition via, demanding that Si Quey be given a proper funeral.

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The sign of “Cannibal” was replaced with “Death row prisoner” last year following the new findings and they decided to cremate the body and given a proper funeral on Thursday.

Info via Khaosod