Police said on Friday they had discovered thousands of items of stolen women's underwear at the home of a robbery suspect, the second time the man has been found hoarding undergarments this year.
According to Thai police, Danai Raiwech, 48, was arrested at his home in a Bangkok suburb on Thursday after police searched his property in connection with a $325,000 heist at a jeweller.
His wife was found wearing items of stolen jewellery, but during the search officers also uncovered bags full of underwear.
"He confessed that he obsesses over underwear and uses it for masturbation," Police Colonel Napanwut Liamsanguan told AFP.
"He collected underwear for many years, stealing them from houses or apartments three or five each time. I stopped counting at 2,000 pieces of underwear but there must be more than 5,000 of them I'm sure," he said.
His wife was apparently aware of his problem but he had refused to see doctor, the policeman added.
In January officers found more than a thousand items of underwear in the trunk of Danai's car after they arrested him for burglary, while several thousand more were uncovered at his house during a subsequent search.
He was bailed on that occasion after admitting stealing and collecting women's underwear since the age of 18.
Napanwut said he would be charged for the jewellery robbery but it would be difficult to prosecute for the underwear theft because the owners must first file a complaint to police. (AFP)
Man stabs woman 138 times, slits throat and cuts off her hands
US: Ohio on Tuesday executed a condemned killer who calmly went to his death still claiming he was innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.
"I'm good, let's roll," Brett Hartman said in his final words.
He then smiled in the direction of his sister and repeatedly gave her, a friend and his attorney a "thumbs up" with his left hand.
"This is not going to defeat me," Hartman then said to warden Donald Morgan, who didn't respond.
The effect of the single dose of pentobarbital did not seem as immediate as in other executions at the state prison in Lucasville, in southern Ohio. Four minutes after Hartman first appeared to be reacting to it as his abdomen began to rise and fall, his abdomen rose and fell again, he coughed and his head shifted rhythmically for a few moments.
His sister, Diane Morretti, dabbed at her eyes during the process. The warden declared Hartman's time of death as 10:34.
Both Hartman's attorney, David Stebbins, and prisons system spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said the gap between Hartman's movements was not out of the ordinary.
Hartman was the 49th inmate put to death since Ohio resumed executions in 1999.
Hartman acknowledged that he had sex with Winda Snipes early on the morning of Sept. 9, 1997 at her Akron apartment. He also says he went back to Snipes' apartment later that day, found her mutilated body and panicked, trying to clean up the mess before calling 911.
But Hartman said he didn't kill her, a claim rejected by numerous courts over the years.
A former co-worker and friend of Snipes who witnessed the execution said afterward that the family was relieved the case was over and that the continuous rounds of appeals and media reports about the case were at an end. Jacqueline Brown of Doylestown in northeast Ohio also flatly dismissed Hartman's innocence claim.
"He's very, very, very guilty," she said afterward. "Now Winda can be at peace, and that's what it's all about."
Stebbins read a statement from Hartman's family in which they professed his innocence and asked for additional testing of scene evidence.
"We hope that the taking of Brett's innocent life might serve as a wake-up call to the flaws in our legal system," the statement said.
Hartman came within about a week of execution in 2009 before federal courts allowed him to pursue an innocence claim. When that claim failed, Hartman had a new date set last year, but that was postponed because of a federal lawsuit over Ohio's execution policy.
The Ohio Parole Board had unanimously denied Hartman's requests for clemency three times, citing the brutality of the Snipes' slaying and the "overwhelming evidence" of Hartman's guilt.
Hartman's attorneys long said that crucial evidence from the crime scene and Snipes' body had never been tested, raising questions about Hartman's innocence. The evidence included fingerprints allegedly found on a clock and a mop handle. Hartman also argued the evidence could implicate an alternate suspect.
The attorneys argued that if Hartman's innocence claim wasn't accepted, he should still have been be spared because of the effects of a "remarkably chaotic and nomadic early childhood," including being abandoned by his mother and left with an aunt on an isolated Indian reservation.
His lawyers also said Hartman's behavior in prison was exemplary and showed he was a changed man. They cited his devotion to religious studies, his development as an artist and community service projects in prison.
The state opposed those arguments, citing the strength of the evidence and the fact that courts have repeatedly upheld Hartman's conviction and death sentence. The state also said Hartman refused to take responsibility and show remorse. (AP)
Woman, 2 children found dead in closet
US: Police are investigating after a neighbor found a 29-year-old woman and her two young daughters dead inside their home near Miami.
Miami-Dade detective Roy Rutland told The Miami Herald the neighbor smelled an odor Tuesday and went inside the house to find its source.
There, she found Gladys Machado in a closet. Machado’s daughters, 4-year-old Daniela Padrino and 8-year-old Julia Padrino, were next to her.
Police say the woman’s 6-year-old son was safe with his grandmother.
Friends and family members — including the children’s father — gathered outside the home Tuesday as police continued their investigation. Neighbors told the newspaper that Machado lived with a boyfriend who had recently been released from jail.
Police have not released the manner of death. No further details were immediately available. (AP)
Man distraught over Obama win kills self
US: A Key West resident who police say was distraught over the presidential election results and worried about his business has apparently killed himself.
Police say they found Henry Hamilton’s body in his bedroom Nov. 8, along with a living will with handwritten words “Do not revive! (expletive) Obama!” Two empty prescription empty pill bottles were in the dining room.
Hamilton’s partner Michael Cossey told Key West police he last saw Hamilton when they watched the election results together. According to the police report, Hamilton was upset and said, “If Barack gets re-elected, I’m not going to be around.”
Cossey says Hamilton was anxious about his tanning business. Police say Cossey found Hamilton’s body after returning home from a night of playing cards with friends.
Authorities do not suspect foul play. (AP)
Store owner thwarts robber with chili powder
US: A Stoneham store owner said he wasn't intimidated when a robber pointed a gun in his face and demanded the money from the cash register.
Saadat Khan calmly went behind the counter as if he was going to open the register, grabbed a cup of chili pepper powder he sprinkles on food, tossed it in the thief's face, punched him, and sent him packing empty-handed.
The 49-year-old Khan chased the would-be robber, but he got away.
Police think the Sunday night attempted robbery is related to several other heists in Stoneham and surrounding towns.
Khan, who's been robbed several times in the 20 years he's owned C-Store, says he just puts his faith in God.
He says he's not a hero, just a "normal guy" trying to run a business. (AP)
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