The Martyrdom of

Thomas Merton


Thai Death Certificate for Thomas Merton

from the

National Archives

Death Certificate Front


Death Certificate Reverse

with note by police officer


Death Certificate

English translation

from the

National Archives


Doctor's Certificate with cause of death

from the

National Archives


Doctor's Certificate

English translaiton


Doctor's Certificate

English translation

with note by Consular Officer

from the

National Archives


The cover letter for the police report that was sent from the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok


Page one of the Thai police report from the embassy.  

The police report has no title, no author, no date, and no stamp of autenticity from the embassy.

from Northwestern University


Page 2 of the police report

from

Northwestern University


Page 3 of the police report

from

Northwestern University

American Foreign

Service Report

from the National Archives

Missing Documents

On December 27, 1968, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok sent Merton's abbey a letter, a copy of which we discovered in the collection of the papers of authorized Merton biographer, Michael Mott, at Northwestern University.  That letter refers to enclosed copies of the doctor's certificate, the death certificate with a translation, letters from participants at the conference who found or examined Merton's body, and its own Report on the Death of an American Citizen.  Those enclosures were not with the letter and Brother Lawrence Morey, the archivist for the abbey, informed us that he no longer has any of them.


This document can also be viewed at The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

This document can also be viewed at The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

This document can also be viewed at The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University