The case of Nong Em – Warisa Klungjui, 22, – the pretty karaoke girl found cut up in the Khon Kaen woods is a Thai murder case that has it all.
No wonder that the Thai public has been enthralled from the start when it was announced that a mystery body had been found buried in a water container in Khao Suan Kwang district.
The murder clearly shows a high level of premeditation – as well as many false leads to keep the Thai public hanging on every bit of fresh information.
Even evil doll Chucky of Hollywood fame has put in an appearance.
First to be exonerated was husband Sakchai who the victim had married and gone to live with in Bangkok.
Then came deception from the victim herself who had said she was returning to the north east to be with her gran. However, she was soon shacked up with a “tomboy” she had known since college days.
But the tomboy was seemingly innocent and then another “tom”, who the victim met on Facebook , came to the fore only to express her complete innocence while speaking of her love for the victim.
The police investigation seems on the surface to have been well- handled and has now resulted in an arrest of the one man closely involved and three more warrants for women. Exactly what the man has done that the women haven’t remains to be seen .
Police used CCTV in their early work but whereas the cameras often form the only part of successful and failed cases, this time it was just a small catalyst that got the investigation rolling.
The victim was spotted outside a convenience store, seen at an ATM and seen getting on a bike and later it is believed seen getting in a car.
Some of these sightings were red herrings – another essential component of the classic murder mystery in any country.
Then came sightings abroad and police representations to the governments of neighbouring countries – both Myanmar and Laos. The story had even gone international.
This has resulted in the arrest of a man named Wasin, 22, in Vientiane, who is now back in the custody of Khon Kaen police.
Three others are wanted on warrants – namely Jidarat, 21, Preeyanuch, 24 and Kawita, 25. Preeyanuch – whose family home in is in the area where the body was found has been described as a woman who has gone off the rails by her family.
Both her and Kawita are said to have posted pictures of Chucky on their online pages .
Other online messages from those wanted saying “R.I.P” at timely moments add to the horror.
And now the truth is finally emerging about the motive for the murder – revenge over the victim giving information to the police about the husband of one of the murderers who was involved in the drugs trade.
At least that is according to police sources.
With at least three arrests to come – and those wanted seemingly abroad – there will be yet more twists and turns in a case that is captivating the Thai public every bit as much as a prime time soap.