Absent speculation that Grand Theft Auto somehow played a role, the murder of a Bangkok cab driver by a 19-year-old-man in some ways appears similar to the typical murder of a cab driver in the United States.
In the U.S., cabbie killings appear to have very little to do with violent video games, given that they peaked in 1990-1993, when crude first-person shooters like Doom were the bloodiest games available and the first Grand Theft Auto was years away.
Statistics on cab driver killings are maintained by Taxi-Library, which also profiles the typical cabbie murder.
- Two-thirds of such crimes are committed by men under 20. Accused Thai killer Polwat Chinno is 19.
- 82% of the assaults take place at night. News accounts describe the Bangkok killing as taking place "late on Saturday".
- nearly half of cabbie killers act alone, as Chinno is alleged to have done