A 65-year-old monk has been arrested in Udon Thani for allegedly stealing one corpse and the head of another for use in arcane rites of necromancy intended to divine winning lottery numbers.
Phra Eun Aphiyo, who originally hailed from the storied corner of the realm known as Buriram, was disrobed and now behind bars along with two of his disciples after they were accused of stealing corpses.
The missing bodies came to light after their relatives visited the cemetery on April 12 to find uncovered, empty graves. They immediately notified the police.
One of the corpses belongs to Sirirat Akkharat, 26, who died while five months pregnant in May last year. The family was shocked to find that her head was missing from her grave.
Another corpse belongs to Noppharat Hipkaew, 32, who was shot dead and was buried at the cemetery last year.
And who was the first to draw police suspicions? It was Phra Eun Aphiyo, whose black magic and precise lottery numbers are well-known to all.
Pressured by investigators, the monk admitted he had instructed two disciples to steal the corpses to predict lottery numbers for villagers.
Police suspect the three are also responsible for two other missing child corpses in March.
Police are still looking for more missing bodies, Bangkok Post reported.
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