John Denver karaoke sparks Thai killing spree

“I warned these people about their noisy karaoke parties,” said Weenus Chumkamnerd, 52, after his arrest. “I said if they carried on I would go down and shoot them. I had told them if I couldn’t talk sense into them I would come back and finish them off.”

A neighbour said that the karaoke group normally sang Thai pop and southern Thai ballads, but one particular western tune could be heard often — John Denver’s Country Roads… the neighbour said the revellers had been singing it over and over again.

Khun Weenus was so furious with their awful singing that he didn’t notice he’d murdered his own brother-in-law. (Thanks for letting my know, Richard.)

4 Replies to “John Denver karaoke sparks Thai killing spree”

  1. Oh this reminds me of the second night in Bangkok. The neighbour had a karaoke party while I was trying to catch up with my old friends at my brother’s where I stayed. They put PA system covered the whole area and we were 100 metres away from the centre. To grab a gun and shoot people on the very first week in your hometown was not such a good idea so we decided to move to a beer garden.

    Yes, John Denver and The Carpenters live on in Thailand.

  2. @’Pong: At what point does it become acceptable to shoot people in your hometown? I am from South Australia originally, so my understanding of these rules is a little different…

  3. Is it bad that I don’t consider Mr Chumkamnerd’s point of view particularly unreasonable?

  4. @Sweet Sister Morphine: Not at all. Indeed, I can well imaging the other neighbours applauding as him even as the police handcuffed him. Except that I think most of them are dead.

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