by Wyatt Marshall
The Bangkok Post reports that Thai black metal musician Samong Traisattha, also known as Avaejee, of Surrender of Divinity and Zygoatsis was stabbed to death last Wednesday, January 8, at his home in Bangkok. He was 36. The alleged murderer, Prakarn Harnphanbusakorn, was a fan who had come over to Samong's home to have shirts screen-printed and drink with Samong, according to Samong's widow, Jaruvan Surapol. Jaruvan says she left the room where Samong and Prakarn were drinking to put her child to bed and that when she came back she found Samong in a pool of blood and Prakarn gone. Police believe the two men argued before Samong was stabbed and are looking for Prakarn.
Following the crime, a Facebook user named Maleficent Meditation, whom police believe to be Prakarn, took credit for the murder. In a rambling post on the profile (also hindered by a presumably poor translation by Bing), Maleficent Meditation claims to have killed Samong for not being a true Satanist. The Bangkok Post offered a better translation:
"I have intended to end my life since I was 25. Because I'll die eventually, I want to drag down those who tarnish Satanism with me. But I refrained from killing women and children," he wrote.Another since-deleted post on Maleficent Meditation's page showed very gruesome (NSFW) images of the murder scene. We don't recommend looking at them, but they're still on MetalSucks. In the alleged confession, Maleficent Meditation claims to have stabbed Samong more than 30 times while Samong pleaded for mercy. Maleficent Meditation also claims to have not been a fan of Samong's music, and asked people not to compare the murder of Samong to the murders of other famous people, specifically John Lennon.
"In my view, I have more respect for devoted Buddhists, Christians and Muslims than those who call themselves Satanists without knowing anything about it," he wrote. "If I did not kill him, I'm sure he would be murdered by someone else later."