Thai police have arrested a woman in her 30s who is suspected of killing 9 people by poisoning them with cyanide, police officials said Wednesday.
This young woman, the wife of a police officer, was arrested on Tuesday in Bangkok for the murders that took place over a period of several years.
Surachate Hackparn, deputy chief of the Royal Police, told reporters that a possible tenth victim had survived.
The suspect went to dinner with (Tenth), who vomited, but survived. Mr. Surachate said.
Royal Thai police spokesman Archieon Kraithong told AFP that investigators believe money was the motive behind the killing.
According to local media, the suspect is married to a deputy provincial police director. They said a bottle of cyanide was found on her when she was arrested.
She denies all charges against her. “An autopsy revealed cyanide in the bodies,” Surachate told reporters.
“This means that the victims sucked the poison out of their mouths.”
Police initially suspected that the woman had murdered a friend of hers in Ratchaburi province, west of Bangkok, about two weeks ago.
After questioning her, investigators established a link to other cases of cyanide poisoning in the provinces of Kanchanaburi (west) and Nakhon Pathom, near Bangkok.
Local media reported that the friend collapsed on the bank of the Mae Klong River during a Buddhist fish release ceremony.
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