In May 2017, the Thai public became enthralled with a grisly karaoke murder case. Authorities discovered Warisara Klinjui, a young karaoke bar employee, mutilated and buried in a shallow grave in Khon Kaen. Police quickly apprehended the three women responsible for the crime - and the so-called Thai “Murder Babes” became media sensations.
Reportedly, Preeyanuch "Preaw" Nonwangchai, who orchestrated the murder, led a public life of excess. While in police custody, pictures of Preaw and her fellow suspects putting on makeup, wearing night masks, and flashing peace signs painted a public image of remorseless killers who were awarded special treatment. Soon, the young women were in every newspaper and a television staple.
Some people in Thailand expressed shock and anger at the attention devoted to the case. The Thai Murder Babes even inspired merchandise and souvenirs. The case has sparked a debate over the role of the media in reporting crimes, and whether the media are trivializing real-life tragedies as entertainment.
Warisara Klinjui Was Discovered In A Shallow Grave
Preeyanuch Nonwangchai Allegedly Orchestrated The MurderPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
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