POLICE have made a lot of progress in investigating the suspected cyanide killings by Ms. Sararat Rangsiwutthaporn, or Am, and they now think the total number of victims could rise to 20 from 13 mysterious deaths already linked to her to go by her bank accounts, INN News said this afternoon (Apr. 29).
Pol. Col. Anek Taosupap, deputy chief of Crime Suppression Division, said more witnesses were being questioned in the cyanide serial killing case which emerged when the family of Ms. Siriporn Khanwong, or Koi, 33, raised suspicions about her death during Songkran festival.
One of them is Mr. Rapee Chamnanrua, who coordinated with the victims in this case, while another is a nurse only identified as Ms. Nok, who works at a hospital in the Thonburi area and is the suspect’s close friend.
Pol. Col. Anek said Nok’s testimony will be beneficial for the case, especially details about their social circle and the behaviour of the accused.
After Sararat’s arrest on April 25, 2023 investigation has been continuously expanded to find more evidence and trace those involved in the mysterious deaths of 13 people, with one victim having survived the lethal poisoning, but it is now believed the death toll could rise further.
This is indicated by abnormalities in the suspect’s bank accounts over the past three years, Pol. Col. Anek said.
Many people had transferred money into her accounts, with amounts ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of baht. Those who did so and have died total around 18 to 20 with the 13 who died mysteriously being among them but also some who have not yet been listed.
Police are now checking whether five to seven newly uncovered deaths are linked to the suspect.
Top: Pol. Col. Anek Taosupap talking to reporters with an image of the suspect inset. Photo: Thai Rath
Front Page: The suspect Ms. Sararat Rangsiwutthaporn after her arrest. Photo: INN News