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Something fishy..

34 yrs old.. Been selling property there for 5 yrs... Had developed a 7 story condo.. Had lost 20 million Baht....

Was he a lottery winner, Internet millionaire, Trust fund kid or was his Thai wife rich ?

Seems a awful lot of money made in a very short period of time

I was thinking the exact same thing...

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It never ceases to amaze me how these internet farang forums resort to being platforms for whinging about everything that is bad about Thailand. I agree that many posters on this thread that speculating way too much about the shooter until the facts are in. But hey, what the hel_l, let's slam the Thai people. If life here is so onerous then no-one is pointing a gun at your head forcing you to stay here. As a foreigner if you want respect from Thais then behave in a way that is worthy of respect.

Even this goes completely OT, I will comment on the respect part even it should be on a other Thai Society or something thread. Mostly I do agree with you but all the respect you will ever get is the respect for a farang since you're not Thai, (well, depends how Thai the respectants are).

Actually there might even be a case where someone is holding a gun on your head to stay here.

List of the magic three of Thais consept of respect.

1: Older (Phii), well doesn't matter much if your not really old on comparison since you are not Thai.

2: How much money you have/wealth (Rueai), since you are farang this is already a nescessity because you have been able to come here in the first place.

3: How much power/guns you have, against someone who might try to confront you. A guaranteed success, usually.

But well as the case of this poor guy will show maybe it's just not enough. All same happens to Thais every day.

I'm not talking black and white but just as what I have percieved. No:2 bothers me the most, since my colture thought me it's not so important, I can still have a nice relations with my "rich" Thai family-in-law, but it can be recognized.

I should ad that more money more dangerous it gets here on avg. so maybe I'm just like.

So sorry for another life wasted before it's time.

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VDO: Police are still working on the murder case of a Canadian businessman in Patong and managed to detain one suspect.

http://thainews.prd.go.th/newsenglish/prev...php?news_id=976

Pol. Lt. Gen. Santan Chayanond, commissioner of police region 8 looking after upper south Thailand, on Saturday held a meeting with the investigation team, tourist police and immigration officers in Phuket to work on the murder case of a Canadian property developer in Patong. Mr. Francis Alex Degioanni, aged 34, was shot dead in a car while coming back to the front of his house in Patong on Thursday night. The commissioner spent two hours meeting with his officers and instructed the operation unit to check the clues from Closed Circuit Television or CCTV installed nearby the location where the shooting took place. Police suspect 3 killing motives, being a business conflict, personal conflict and marital affairs. The victim was reported to be a businessman with hundreds of millions of baht in assets. Police have now detained one suspect and are still working on the evidence and witnesses. They are believed to be able to bring the gunman to face conviction soon. We also pass our condolences to his family and friends.

Andaman News NBT (VHF dial) + Radio Thailand FM90.5 at 8.30am & perhaps repeats on Phuket Cable TV channel 1 at 7pm & 1am, broadcast to Phang Nga, Krabi & Phuket provinces & maybe Mazz Radio FM108 at 7pm in Phuket, Monday 23rd February 2009 http://thainews.prd.go.th/newsenglish/ & www.YouTube.com/AndamanNews.com Comments to [email protected]

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If the poster above is correct that he's 34 and developed a 7-floor condo, plus other property dealings then why would he get scammed out of 20m baht? Surely, he knew the ropes better than almost anyone being in the business himself for five years (it's not clear how long he's been in Thailand)?

Anyhow, a lot of speculation but then that's natural in a free thinking forum. No offense intended. The mans dead and sorry to all his loved ones.

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Canadian gunned down on his birthday

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Kathu Police officers were alerted to the incident at around 8.30 pm. ...

-- Phuket Gazette 2009-02-20

but

Canadian gunned down on his birthday

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Patong's Kathu police superintendent Grissak Songmoonark said he was called to the scene of the shotting about 6.45pm on Thursday....

:o
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"Something fishy..

34 yrs old.. Been selling property there for 5 yrs... Had developed a 7 story condo.. Had lost 20 million Baht....

Was he a lottery winner, Internet millionaire, Trust fund kid or was his Thai wife rich ?

Seems a awful lot of money made in a very short period of time"

LOL just because you are a loser doesn't mean everybody else is. I am 28 and not an internet millionaire and not a trust fund baby (parents are dirt poor to be exact) and don't have a rich girlfriend, and i have all of that now, if you break it down into $ values. with hard work, brains, sound money management and a bit of luck a lot of people make that and more for themselves fairly early in life.

hint: these people are usually not making their money teaching english in thailand

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Something fishy..

34 yrs old.. Been selling property there for 5 yrs... Had developed a 7 story condo.. Had lost 20 million Baht....

Was he a lottery winner, Internet millionaire, Trust fund kid or was his Thai wife rich ?

Seems a awful lot of money made in a very short period of time

Its not alot of money on the grand scale of things....you don't think people get in the property market to make a few thousand baht a year do you?

My condolances to his family.In Vancouver there is a recent "epidemic" of gang shootings,so it ain't much safer here.My wife and I recently received 3.5 acres of land from her Dad in a quiet area of Phuket,however I am cognizant that it is not my property in any way shape or form.

..... and someone has most likely already moved onto the property :o
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As the adage goes, "Never invest more in Thailand than you're willing to lose...."

Now the stakes have been raised to risking your life. Is it worth it? Do what Thailand wants you to do, come here, spend money, check out Thailand's daughters, and leave happy...

RIP

all so true and good advice.

What a stupid statement. You can easily replace Thailand with Iceland / UK / America etc etc. Quite clearly when you invest no matter what country, there is a chance you could lose all of your investment.

Anyway, this guy lost his life but was found carrying his own handgun! Why for? Presumably because he's involved with something illegal or unethical. I've also lived & invested here for more than a decade as well as in some other countries and I've never needed to carry gun. So once again the naive people wants to blame Thailand for the work of some criminal.

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>>Anyway, this guy lost his life but was found carrying his own handgun! Why for? Presumably because he's involved with something illegal or unethical. I've also lived & invested here for more than a decade as well as in some other countries and I've never needed to carry gun. So once again the naive people wants to blame Thailand for the work of some criminal.

Maybe he knew he was dealing with some nefarious characters and felt that some self protection was needed.  Certainly the info he gave his dad that he was worried about lving is reason enough to have some sort of protection. But just because you carry a weapon doesn't mean you are a criminal and/or dealing with criminals. 

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As the adage goes, "Never invest more in Thailand than you're willing to lose...."

Now the stakes have been raised to risking your life. Is it worth it? Do what Thailand wants you to do, come here, spend money, check out Thailand's daughters, and leave happy...

RIP

all so true and good advice.

What a stupid statement. You can easily replace Thailand with Iceland / UK / America etc etc. Quite clearly when you invest no matter what country, there is a chance you could lose all of your investment.

Anyway, this guy lost his life but was found carrying his own handgun! Why for? Presumably because he's involved with something illegal or unethical. I've also lived & invested here for more than a decade as well as in some other countries and I've never needed to carry gun. So once again the naive people wants to blame Thailand for the work of some criminal.

It is extremely difficult for a farang to live and work in Thailand without becoming involved in something illegal or unethical (although some take to it with a bit more vigour than others). Carrying a gun does not mean he has done anything else wrong.

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