Si Quey was a Chinese migrant who moved to Thailand shortly after the end of the Second World War. He became a serial killer who specialised in suffocating children and then eating their hearts and livers, because he though that would make him stronger, and possibly immortal.
He was executed by firing squad in September 1959 and, after he was killed, the Siriraj Medical School in Thailand asked to use his body for study. Later, the body mummified – filled with and covered by paraffin wax – and put on display with the label ‘cannibal’ at Siriraj Medical Museum. Thai parents use his corpse as a bogeyman to threaten misbehaving children, saying they will get a visit from his ghost.
But after more than 10,000 people signed an online petition calling for the hospital to give him a proper funeral the ‘cannibal’ label has gone – to “restore his dignity”.