Chronicles of Bei Ka Street

Believed to be Dr. Moe Yat Ti



IT is a little-known fact that some of the most heinous crimes known to man were perpetrated in and around our great metropolis of Yangon. Many of these outrages, which occurred toward the closing years of the last century, may be unknown to the general public, as is the astonishing skill displayed in solving them by the Yangon consulting detective, U Sha Lok, who from time to time assisted the official police in solving mysteries beyond their comprehension. U Sha Lok, who was world-famous throughout Yangon in the eighties and nineties, brought to his singular profession astonishing powers of observation and deduction, which he deployed to bring many an incorrigible reprobate to book.

Though he himself cared nothing for public acclaim, shunned the limelight and was content to dwell modestly in the humble obscurity of his lodgings in Bei Ka Street, history is indebted to U Sha Lok’s friend and companion, Dr U Wa Zone, for recording, embellishing, and sometimes outright inventing the exploits of the great detective. Some of the most gripping of these narratives, written in Dr Wa Zone’s crabbed hand in his private journal, recently came to light after decades in obscurity. They have now been recovered, translated and edited with devoted care by the leading criminologist Ko Nan Doi. Thanks to his exertions, readers will be able to relive the excitement that convulsed our readers 20 and more years ago as they witnessed U Sha Lok grapple with the forces of lawlessness and darkness. Readers can learn of the shocking events presented in A Study in Saffron, in which Dr Wa Zone first made the acquaintance of U Sha Lok; of the international cause célèbre known as A Scandal in Sukhumvit; and of the dastardly affair of The Pickled Blend. Above all, we will revisit the great detective’s titanic clash with his mortal enemy, Dr Mo Yat Ti, known as the Genghis Khan of Crime who, in his luxurious den deep in the warren of the meanest streets of Yangon (now the site of a gourmet supermarket), held in his hand the threads of a hundred criminal enterprises. Dr Mo Yat Ti disappeared, at the same time as U Sha Lok, under the bizarre circumstances later related by Dr U Wa Zone in the account he entitled The Great Bell, in which he relates how U Sha Lok perished beneath the waters of Monkey Point even as he succeeded in thwarting an attempt by his lifelong foe to purloin the famed Great Bell of Magwe.

This website is proud to present six of these stories, selected for the bizarre nature of the crimes described and their depiction of the uncanny skills of Yangon's premier private detective, U Sha Lok.