Khun Sri Supahat
Occupation Artist
Attack information
Date March 18, 1914
4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location(s) Bangkok, Thailand
Killed 1
Injured 12-15
Weapon(s) Two knives
Lamp shade

Khun Sri Supahat was a Thai artist who killed one person and wounded at least twelve others at the Sao Ching Cha in Bangkok, Thailand on March 18, 1914.

Supahat, an artist in the Arts Department, was employed as a draughtsman at the Arts and Crafts School and at one time was engaged in the Palace. He was often noticed to behave strangely. Supahat was married and lived with his wife in a two-storey house with two rooms, but he reportedly fell in love with the 17-year-old daughter of a police officer living next door and frequently visited her. The girl was about to get married on March 19.

According to his own testimony Supahat drank four bottles of whiskey on the afternoon of March 18. Drunk and armed with two knives he then went next door, where he stabbed a 5-year-old girl, as well his beloved, who tried to help her sister. The young woman later died of her injuries. Supahat subsequently rushed outside, stabbed a policeman trying to arrest him, and then went to the nearby market, where he stabbed people at random, injuring eleven of them, though none seriously. Pursued by police and a crowd he eventually fled to his home, which was soon surrounded, but police decided not to storm the building and instead wanted to wait until he became tired.

At about 4 p.m. a fire engine arrived at the scene and an attempt was made to flood the house, but Supahat refused to come out, shouted at police and the crowd that had gathered outside, and threw a picture at them. When the front door was pried open an Indian merchant called for entering the dwelling and rushed inside, but emerged again after he was hit and injured over the left eye by a lamp shade Suphahat had thrown at him.

Since police had order to arrest the criminal unharmed if possible, the hose was applied again, whereupon Supahat threw broken earthenware at the crowd, hitting and injuring one man in the face. Afterwards police placed pepper in the downstairs room and set it on fire, in hope that the fumes would overcome Supahat, but again without the intended effect. He still refused to surrender. At 10 p.m. police decided to break through the wooden partition of an upstairs room in an adjoining building. Supahat unsuccessfully tried to deter them by blowing powdered glass through cracks and holes in the partition, and was finally arrested after a brief struggle with the policemen.[1][2]


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