Creepy Deaths In West Singapore
Despite having one of the lowest crime rates in the word, Singapore isn’t immune to the odd psychopathic murderer and toe-curling deaths. And no, they don’t take place only in Yishun, but even in the western reaches of the country.
Singapore’s west has seen quite a few savage murders and multiple unexplained deaths.
To illustrate this, please see this graphical illustration of where murders have happened in the West. Except the oasis of calm that is Bukit Gombak, and the mostly industrial estate of Joo Koon, the rest have blood in the soil:
Let’s see what scary stuff has taken place in each area:
Location: Bukit Batok
Notice how churches are supposed to be safe havens from life in general, but in horror movies they are anything but that?
Well, St. Mary’s Church of The Angels in Bukit Batok East Avenue 2 was the scene of not one, but 2 unexplained deaths.
1. Lying unnaturally still
In 2014, 39 year-old Palani Rajamoorthi was found lying unnaturally still in the church compound according to an AsiaOne report. He was pronounced dead at the scene despite having no visible injuries. Mr Palani’s brother told the Shin Min Daily that his brother had an argument with another man on Friday.
A beer bottle was spotted near the body and he was suspected to have been drinking before his death, although that was established as unrelated.
The police identified the cause of death as unnatural. Mr Palani was not a church member.
2. Bloodstained body
Earlier, in 2011, a Chinese man was found dead on a grass patch near a children’s playground and a row of classrooms in the church.
According to AsiaOne, Residents living nearby mentioned hearing a loud commotion at around 11pm the previous night. Speculators think that he was hit with a blunt object since he had injuries to his head and face. He had been attending church sessions around three months before his death and suffered from mental illness.
Today also reported that bloodstains were found on his shirt.
The dead man was not a member of the church either.
Location: Jurong West (Boon Lay/Pioneer)
If you thought the church deaths were scary, brace yourself for these.
The spots with an “X” indicate where deaths have occurred in Jurong West.
3. Eyes gouged out
In 2012, Ms Elsie Lie was found dead in her flat with her eyes gouged out.
AsiaOne reported that the police found her eyeballs after combing the area, and some of her body parts were allegedly flung out of the window of her flat. There were blood trails near the bedroom and her mattress was soaked in blood.
Apparently, Ms Lie had argued with her boyfriend the night before until 1am, and the police had to be called.
Neighbours heard moans and groans coming from their flat before contacting the police. A knife and other household weapons were found in the house, but not identified as the murder weapon.
4. Man with no pants
That same year, a 44-year-old man’s body was found dead at the foot of Block 208, Corporation Road. He was found by a schoolboy who saw him covered in blood and (oddly) without any pants on, according to The New Paper.
The last person to have interacted with him was a 70-year-old woman who recounted him approaching her, imploring her to help him with something while removing his pants.
There were deep wounds in his head and back.
5. Missing man found dead
Finally, according to The Straits Times, 72-year-old Mr Goh Chee Hin, who had been reported missing, was found dead near Jurong Canal Drive within 3 days.
No foul play was suspected and Mr Goh still had his valuables on him.
His death was also classified as unnatural.
Location: Lakeside/Chinese Gardens
6. Lake death part 1: Indian National
A 42-year-old woman’s body was found floating in Jurong Lake, which surrounds the Chinese Gardens, in early August 2016.
Reinforcements from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived at around 1.50pm and the White Rainbow Bridge was cordoned off, according to The New Paper. Until now, there has been no conclusive evidence on what caused her drowning or if there was foul play involved.
The dead woman was believed to be an Indian national, The Straits Times reported.
7. Lake death part 2: Elderly Man
Also in August 2016, another dead body was found in Jurong Lake. This time it was that of an elderly man in his seventies.
A cleaner working in a nearby estate mentioned that it was unsurprising that another dead body was found, according to AsiaOne.
It doesn’t help that there have been many stories surrounding Jurong Lake and the “things” that haunt it.
Location: Choa Chu Kang
8. Cuckolded spouse murders rival
In 2013, 56-year-old Chia Kee Chan was outraged upon learning that his 25-year-old wife was having an affair with Mr Dexmon Chua.
He found out about the affair when Mr Chua accidentally sent a Chinese New Year greeting to Chia’s wife. In revenge, he enlisted the help of two friends to kidnap him.
At about 11pm on Dec 28, the trio waited at a carpark in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4. This is the carpark in question, at night:
According to The Straits Times, Mr Chua was beaten and brutally stabbed in the van before his dead body was dumped in Lim Chu Kang.
In April 2015, Ng Yao Wei, then 21, stabbed his older brother Yao Cheng, 26, to death at the Windemere condominium in Choa Chu Kang, where they lived with their parents.
Yao Wei was sentenced to 7 years’ jail in 2016 after being found to have a major depressive disorder that diminished his responsibility for the killing, The Straits Times reported.
The brothers were constantly at loggerheads, and the killing was a result of yet another spat.
Location: Jurong East
10. Cleaner kills colleague
Madam Goh Ah Moy, 62, a cleaner, was stabbed to death at Jurong East MRT Station, all because she was the subject of a man’s hallucinations.
The culprit was fellow cleaner Pua Kok Heng, 61.
He was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had seen a “floating” image of her challenging him to bring a knife to the MRT station. He had also seen an image of Madam Goh “flying in” from the kitchen window of his rental flat and taunting him, reported The Straits Times.
Location: Yew Tee
11. Jilted man kills ex
After ending a 3-year relationship with 31-year-old Xiao Guilang, 24-year-old Ms Zhang Jie also aborted his child.
Xiao wanted her to return his extra set of keys to their flat in Chua Chu Kang Crescent, near Yew Tee MRT station, and while waiting for her at the station, saw her holding the arm of another man.
Soon after, Ms Zhang returned to the flat to collect her belongings, and was stabbed to death by Xiao.
The brutal slash totally severed her windpipe, according to AsiaOne. Xiao was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and 6 strokes of the cane.
12. Love turns sour
On May 26, 2011, lovers Ang Soo Hon, 40, and Ms Celine Ng Swee Peng celebrated Ms Ng’s 36th birthday at the West Coast condo where they shared a unit.
The night turned sour when the two women had a violent tiff, in which Ang strangled Ms Ng before hiding her corpse in a forested area of Clementi Woods, according to The Straits Times.
Ang is shown in the following photo wearing glasses:
In attempt to cover her tracks, Ang discarded Ms Ng’s overnight bag and even faked phone calls to Ms Ng’s cellphone to give others the impression that Ms Ng had gone overseas to account for her disappearance.
Ang was sentenced to 12.5 years’ jail.
13. Kranji loop murder
In 2013, deliveryman Li Yongxiang killed his colleague Zhu Ai Hua, 35, at a timber company in Kranji Loop.
Li, then 26, a Chinese national, repeatedly attacked Mr Zhu with a chopper after a fight.
Li was jailed for 14 years after being charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
He had suffered a major depressive episode at the time of the crime, The New Paper reported.
Location: Bukit Panjang
14. Battered woman kills husband
Sometimes a woman, too, can commit violent acts – if she reaches her boiling point.
In 2015, Vivien Teoh, 26, fatally stabbed her husband Gordon Yeo, 33, at their Bukit Panjang flat.
Here are they in happier times:
Their close-to-2-year marriage had been on the rocks, and he had been abusive towards her, she said – he had choked and hit her, and threatened to kill her and their young daughter.
And finally, she slashed him with a knife during a particularly explosive confrontation between the couple. She fled the flat after that, even accidentally slashing herself in the process.
She was sentenced to one year in jail for causing grievous hurt on sudden and grave provocation, according to The New Paper.
A neighbour had described the couple as “quiet, but friendly”.
Murders in West Singapore
Perhaps the westies should all move to Bukit Gombak, the last bastion of hope in the West. At least there aren’t any demands yet to build a wall around the West, unlike the Yishun wall.
Remember, low crime doesn’t mean no eyeball-gorging-crime.
Stay safe Singapore!
Featured image from Google Maps.