Another chapter in the history of Thailand’s penal system has come to a close. Late last night, Khun Chavoret Jaruboon, widely regarded as “Thailand’s Last Executioner”, died. He was 64 years of age. The following tribute was written by Susan Aldous who knew him well from his days at Bang Kwang:
“My dear friend, R.I.P.! May you at last find a place of peace away from pain, sickness, suffering and violence! Last night, at 12:30 a.m., the former executioner of Bang Kwang Prison, K. Chavoret Jaruboon passed away peacefully at Chula Hospital. Besides your unusual career, you will be remembered as a Rock ‘n’ Rolling family man who deeply loved his wife and children. You always made time to help us laugh and be happy. I will miss you as will many others!”
Born in 1948 in Bangkok’s Sri Yan neighborhood to a Muslim mother and a Buddhist father who had three wives, Khun Chavoret Jaruboon has worked as a nurse, soldier, Elvis impersonator and prison guard, before taking on the role of official executioner at the Bangkok Hilton. Khun Chavoret Jaruboon is the co-author of two English language books about his time at Thailand’s most notorious prison. These were The Last Executioner and A Secret History of the Bangkok Hilton.
You can read more about his life in a book review I wrote for Thai Prison Life by clicking here.