Friday, June 5, 2009

Update: Grasshopper (Death of David Carradine)

Bangkok Post:

American actor David Carradine has been found dead in a closet in a hotel room in Bangkok.

Police have not confirmed whether he took his own life or was murdered.

The naked body of the 72-year-old actor was found by a housekeeper in a closet in room number 352 of Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel in the Lumpini area at 11am yesterday.

Lumpini police said the body of Carradine was found curled up inside the wardrobe with one end of a shoelace tied around his penis and the other end fastened around his neck.

Both of his hands were bound with a cord which was also tied around his neck, said an officer at the station who requested anonymity.

Forensic experts said Carradine had probably died between 12 and 24 hours before his body was found.

They said there were no injury marks on his body and no evidence of a struggle having taken place in the room. Mysteriously, a footprint found on the bed did not match the shoes worn by Carradine.

There was a glass of water in the room. Experts were checking to see if the drink had been tampered with.

He killed himself with a shoestring around his neck and penis. Case closed.

This probably will be just one of many mysterious deaths/murders that the police, Thai media and foreign embassies cover up every year--unless that pesky foreign media gets involved. And you know how much the powers at be in Thailand hate that foreign media that dares to ask the questions the Thai media refuses to ask and answer. The Nation has already declared no foul play. How convenient for them. Because, you see, The Nation would never actually investigate what happened for themselves. Whatever the police tell them to think is good enough. Who needs to investigate anything when you got a police colonel's quote?

If there are any friends or family of David Carradine who somehow make it to this blog, whatever you do, don't ever trust the Thai police or the Thai media to get to the bottom of the truth. I wouldn't trust the US embassy staff either. Ask them how many foreigners mysteriously die every year that the Thai media covers up and the Thai police call suicide-- even though people have died under circumstances that would contradict the evidence of suicide. Get your own forensic expert to Bangkok as soon as possible to examine the body. And, whatever you do, don't trust what you read in the Bangkok Post or The Nation as the truth.

The Nation has gotten the scoop on David Carradine:

The media reported that Carradine may have died attempting auto-erotic asphyxiation - where victims achieve heightened sexual pleasure by restricting their air supply.

The speculation is based on a Thai police report saying, "A rope was attached to his neck and also to his penis".

There was no suicide note and an unnamed officer claimed the death may have been an attempt at auto-eroticism

Death by masturbation.


Paul said...

I am a blogger on the scene in Bangkok at the hotel where Carradine died and am blogging about this on


The announcer for the BBC breaks the story on TV. David Carradine was found dead in the Swiss Hotel on Soi Nailert. The film star was found in the closet of his room bound by curtain rope around his neck, and the inference is that his genitals were bound as well. The news ran through the Bangkok film colony like a forest fire.

I consult investigative journalist David Walker. He is also a screenwriter and author of the cult classic book, Hello My Big Big Honey. Walker is at the hotel. He has already led a CBS crew to legendary film producer-director David Winters penthouse office. Winters is a dear friend of Carradine from their glory days in Hollywood. Walker wants to see the surveilance tapes. No chance Bagger Vance. Dr. Pornthip, a colorful Thai forensic scientist is on the scene at the hotel. Walker says Pornthip, who is famous for sporting many hued punk hair styles and is a bit of a celebrity,delares the case to be death by auto sexual strangulation.

I roll up to Winters penthouse office. He is devastated by the tragic loss of a dear friend. He has not slept. CBS and People Magazine have already come by to solicit intelligence. David is shocked by the tawdry inferrences. He has spoken to 3 of Carradines agents. The agents declare that Carradine was on the roll of a lifetime. Quentin Tarantino redefined the 72 year old actor in Kill Bill. Carradine recieved a Golden Globe nomination for his work with Tarantino. The actor of the classic cult TV series Kung Fu had starred in 13 motion pictures since Kill Bill. His salary was in the stratosphere.

The strange circumstances of the verdict by auto- sexual strangulation trouble Winters. It takes two to tango. Why indeed would a man of his talent take his own life alone. Bangkok is known as a city with love for sale. Film people come here to shoot and avail themselves of the pleasures to be found in the gilded city of sin. Kinky sex is no big deal. Could this be a coverup for a sex robbery murder. The Royal Thai Police have shut the door on this case all too quickly. The tourist industry has been severely damaged by the recession and political instability. The murder of a famous film star would be a final nail in the coffin of the tourism industry. Winters says that Carradine, son of John , iconic members of an American cinema dynasty were above the fray. David Carradine was according to Winters a consumate gentleman, a brilliant actor, and a man for all seasons.

I run into local film producer Tom Waller at a reception hosted by the Italian Embassy. Tom does not believe in the verdict of death by auto-sexual strangulation. He concludes that it was a sex robbery gone wrong, and that to cover the motives the body had been arranged to fit the profile of death by auto- sexual strangulation, a theory once confined to the genre of novels classified as psychological thrillers. The denizens of the film colony in Bangkok are incredulous at the grisly circumstances of the sad demise of this brilliant talent.

The reception is attended by beaucoup des artistes and cineastes. Film critic Nick Palevski and I schmooze at the bar. Between glasses of vino rosso and spumante Nick expresses his distaste for the tawdy belching of the media and press. He is the critic for Auteur, a web site devoted to film criticism. He can not believe the shabby and sensational manner in which this case is being exploited.

more to follow on

Anonymous said...

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'Fine Line' Between Euphoria and Death ...
Carradine May Have Practiced for Years

jehnidiah said...
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Olivia said...

Exclusive interview of KUNG FU's legendary star David Carradine, sharing his splendid moments of working with Master Yuen Woo Ping. It would probably be David’s last interview before death…

Vanessa said...

The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation mentioned unknown police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room.It said Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been staying at the hotel since Tuesday.