Ko Tao Thailand police monkey business

Let us make no mistake here.  The arrest of the Burmese migrant workers who confessed to the murder of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller is all about saving face and the usual Thailand Police Monkey business that utterly transcends the slightest resemblance of serving and protecting anyone but themselves.   Has anyone reading this ever seen a Thai policeman ever give a ticket to a Thai motorbike driver who was 1.  driving recklessly, 2.  Driving through a red light, 3.  Driving the wrong way against the flow of traffic.  I haven’t and I’ve been living here for over 10 years.   The reason is unlike the civilized countries of the world where police are empowered to serve and protect,  Monkey Business is the business of Thailand’s police.   And it’s their monkey business that makes Thailand the second most dangerous country in the world to drive in.   So when it comes to investigating any sort of mysterious death that might smack of murder, one can expect to see the same monkey business prevail.   Let’s go back a few years to the mysterious deaths of three Russian women for two examples of such Thailand police monkey business.

The first is the murder of two Russian women, Liubov Svirkova and Tatiana Tsimbar on a Jomtien beach in 2007.   The horrific pictures of the two murdered Russian women were all over the Internet back then, and to those who know anything about the Thai emphasis on saving face, someone just had to be found to confess to the crime.  A suitable culprit was found in Anuchit Lamlert, a 24 year old Thai male, and the whole scene was re-enacted in the same manner as the murder of the two British tourists in Ko Tao.  But just take a look at the pictures of the crime scene.

Thailand police monkey business
Notice the lack of blood on the table cloth, chairs, sand, etc


Thailand police monkey business


Thailand police monkey business

Thailand police monkey business
Notice how neatly the glass, coke, bottle of whiskey and cell phone are lined up. I think the table would have had a much prettier appearance if there had been a bottle of champagne, glasses, and a white table cloth instead

Now look at this picture that shows the killer, Anuchit Lamlert, reenacting how he shot the two Russian women.

He’s shooting from behind his victims, yet not one of them is shown slumping over the table which has no blood on it either.  Furthermore there’s no sign of blood that might have spurted from one of the victims onto the other.  I don’t know about the rest of you viewing these pictures, but the whole thing looks pretty fake to me.

I bring you now to the unmysterious death of Hanna Ramnivova  Everywhere you look on the internet Hanna drowned in the swimming pool.  In a swimming pool that is less than five feet deep.  ”  So the case is closed, with no mystery and no axe stuck in the deceased to even hint at foul play.

“Police suspect she may have suffered cramp or a sudden acute illness which caused her to drown.”

 There are a number of problems with such a theory however.  I for one suffer from numerous physical cramps and sometimes these occur while swimming.  But not once have I been immobilized to the extent that I drowned.  But I’m a pretty good swimmer, and Hanna was too.  In fact, I once watched Hanna swimming laps in the same swimming pool she drowned in during a driving rain storm.  The second problem is that no water came out of Hanna once she was pulled out of the pool.  I know because I asked the man who pulled her dead body out of the pool.  When people drown they ingest water into their lungs.  And when I asked around I was emphatically   told that Hanna did not drown.

 Close members of Hanna’s family told me that they believed foul play was involved and that she certainly did not drown.  Personally I don’t believe that foul play took place here considering that Hanna’s death occurred mid morning in broad daylight at a place where there could easily have been witnesses in their rooms in the Long Beach hotel overlooking the swimming pool along.   Of course it’s possible that Hanna might have had a brain embolism that could have killed her instantly and shut her whole body down which could be the reason why she never swallowed any water and therefore did not drown.

 But whatever the real cause of Hanna’s death might have been, I do not see that drowning could have killed her.  But drowning was good enough for the police and the media.  After all, there are much more important matters to spend their time on.  Thailand police monkey business is a serious undertaking that takes a lot of time to do properly.

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