Around Asia: US tourist stabbed to death ‘for singing Hotel California’

In Other News - August 2nd, 2013
Daniel Rubio Ao Nang Hotel California

An American tourist has met his untimely death after refusing to stop singing along to the Eagles’ “Hotel California” at a bar in a popular beach resort in Thailand.

In a horrific turn of events while on holiday, Bobby Ray Carter was reportedly stabbed to death after a dispute with musicians.

According to reports, the 51-year-old Texas native got into a brawl with members of the house band at the Longhorn Saloon in Ao Nang beach in Krabi, on the west coast of southern Thailand.

Carter joined in while the band played the Eagles’ classic and kept on singing on the stage even after the band had stopped.

Lieutenant Colonel Attapong Seanjaiwuth of Krabi tourist police said a fight erupted outside of the pub when Carter demanded the band to give him back his tip.

Carter was stabbed twice in the riot and died on the way to the hospital. His son Adam, 27, sustained a stab wound on his arm.

The three musicians were arrested and confessed to stabbing the American tourists.

Thailand, known as the “Land of Smiles”, has been making a bad impression on tourists over reports of scams, robbery, and assault targeting the millions of foreign nationals who visit the Southeast Asian nation.


by Maesie Bertumen


Image: Ao Nang at night by Daniel Rubio/Flickr