A Thai woman accused of butchering and eating her two young sons has claimed she was hallucinating and thought they were pigs. She allegedly cooked and ate her sons aged one and five and was found by police sleeping in her home surrounded by body parts.
The woman is a member of the Musur hill tribe who live in the mountainous region of Chiang Main near the Burmese border. Upon her arrest, police in the Mae Ai district of Chiang Mai discovered that the woman had received treatment for mental illness in 2007 and had recently stopped taking her medication.
Deputy director general of the Mental Health Department, Dr Kiattiphum Wongrachit told the Bangkok Post yesterday ‘the woman killed her children because she didn’t continue her treatment and didn’t take her medication’. He added that it is believed that in her hallucinogenic state she thought her children were pigs.
The woman whose name and identity has been closely guarded to ensure her family’s protection, had been left alone with the children for a few days by her husband who went to get her medication. According to the Bangkok Post, he said, “I had to go out of town for a couple of days. I told her that I would bring back the medication she needs. I never imagined that something like this would happen”.
The woman has has been charged with murder with the details yet to be released. Meanwhile, she has been deemed mentally unfit to fight her case and thus sent to Suan Prung Psychiatric Hospital in Chiang Mai for treatment.
In recent months, an unusually large number of crimes involving acts of cannibalism have occurred across the globe. Well publicised cases include Rudy Eugene who was shot and killed after eating homeless Ronald Poppo’s face, ‘porn star cannibal’ Luka Magnotta who filmed himself chopping up his Chinese lover before posting parts of the body to politicians and 29 members of a New Guinean cult charged for butchering and eating seven people including making soup from their genitals.