For those Bangkok residents who began their day on a typical Sunday, the shocking news of the ex-ambassador Vichit Chitvimarn’s death was anything but routine. The city’s routine tranquility was disrupted when Suthisan police station revealed the mysterious and distressing circumstances surrounding Vichit’s sudden demise.
Chitvimarn, the respected and accomplished former ambassador to Denmark, was found dead inside a toilet of a three-storey house located in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. Strange enough as that was, it wasn’t all that befuddled the police. Upon conducting a forensic examination of the corpse discovered on Sunday, a chilling revelation was brought to light – Vichit had been violently stabbed, not once or twice, but thrice in the chest, as confirmed by Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Noppasilp Poonsawat.
Despite the intrigue surrounding the murder case, law enforcement was methodically and promptly carrying out their investigation, leaving no stone unturned. A kitchen on the first floor of the residence held clues, as a search revealed a wooden box of five kitchen knives, two of them ominously smeared with blood. A ruthless and frenzied search for valuables might have taken place, inferred the police, by the ransacked state of the first and second floors.
A (possible) robbery gone wrong was theorized to be the dark motive behind the murder by Deputy Commissioner Noppasilp, based on preliminary findings. This theory’s veracity was being further examined through the close analysis of security camera footage from the house currently underway.
The investigation, although still in early stages, is set to interrogate two teenager boys aged 14 and 17. Their connection to the case has been treated with suspicion, thrusting them under the police advertising beam for further questioning regarding their possible involvement in this gruesome crime.
The deceased Vichit Chitvimarn wasn’t just a senior diplomat but also wore many other hats during his illustrious career. He retired on September 30, 2020, from his service as a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official. Over the course of his career, he held many important positions which included serving as deputy director-general of the Thailand International Cooperation Agency, consul-general in both Kunming, China as well as Osaka, Japan, and an ambassador attached to the ministry. His last role was his tenure as ambassador to Denmark based in Copenhagen.
This shocking murder of an esteemed advisor to the National Intelligence Agency has indeed stirred the quiet Sunday morning, leaving the city of Bangkok grappling with unease as the investigation unravels to reveal the shocking truth behind this heinous crime.