via The Diplomat, 21 August 2020: An article by Tess Davis of the Antiquities Coalition of the dark legacy left behind by Douglas Latchford, who was indicted for looting and smuggling antiquities but died in Thailand earlier this month before he could face justice. Lots of links in the original article worth looking into.
Douglas Latchford, an English “adventurer” and antiquities collector once feted by royalty, died this month in Thailand — adding his name to a long list of villains who have escaped justice for crimes in the Cambodian Killing Fields.
The public life Latchford cultivated over decades in the penthouses and cricket clubs of Bangkok seems far removed from the armed conflict and mass murder that long raged just over the Cambodian border. It wasn’t. Latchford died under a felony indictment, fighting extradition to the United States for masterminding an organized artifact trafficking network that directly linked art world elites with the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror.