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'Cannibal' killer Si Quey finally to be cremated after 6 decades

21 Jul 2020

A man's bullet-ridden cadaver executed six decades ago for allegedly cannibalizing small children will be cremated later this week after modern research finds he has been framed for the crimes, a prison official said Monday.

Chief of Corrections department Naras Savestanan said Si Quey Sae-Ung's embalmed body will be removed from an exhibition inside the Siriraj Forensic Museum, where it has been displayed in a glass cabinet since 1959. In a gesture of his exoneration, Si Quey 's body will be cremated Thursday at a temple.

Si Quey's grisly body has long been an attraction in the Museum of Medicine, which also displays formaldehyde-preserved remains of unusual bodies and evidence from other well-known murder cases.

His body was preserved for medical students to study his "Anomaly" right after his execution in 1959.

Naras said that the decision came after a complaint from the locals who saw his corpse's public display as a violation of the dignity of Si Quey.

Si Quey was a Chinese immigrant, known locally as See Uey, who was arrested in 1958 on suspicion of killing five children and eating their organs. He confessed to the charges, and was later sentenced the following year to a firing squad.

However, new evidence suggests that Si Quey, who at the time was most likely innocent, was reportedly relying on interpreters in his trials amid anti-Chinese sentiment.

Following the new findings, the sign above his cabinet that says "Cannibal" was replaced in 2019 with "Death row Prisoner."