Khun Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand’s Last Executioner, has died

April 30, 2012
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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.

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2 Responses to Khun Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand’s Last Executioner, has died

  1. ian walburn
    May 1, 2012 at 12:28 am

    ive read this mans book the last executioner and my thoughts were he truly loved his family and truly honest man.In his book he even tries to help the inmates with concerts his hobby music,i know his job wasnt the best but someone has to do it plus i need to feed my family he said the day lethal injection comes in the better so i can stop it did and he did stop

  2. PC
    May 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    RIP Khun Chawaret, I’ve met him and interviewed him years ago, and got to get a glimpse of his outlook in life