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Can you tell me how come that there is so many difference between the reports of the Phuketwan and the Phuket gazette. The first paper report that the guy came to live in the island two years ago, and the other said that he as been living here since five years, he was cribled by seven bullets in the Gazette but only by four in Phuketwan. According to the Gazette, the police were alerted at 20:30 but the Phuketwan wrote that they were to the scene at 18:45??? In one report, the man's wife said that she was sitting with him in their truck when the shooting occured and in the other one she said that her husband when out after receiving a phone call.

That's very strange isn't?

Canadian man shot dead in Thailand

Francis Alex Degioanni, 34, was shot eight times as he sat in his vehicle outside his home on Patong Beach

- CBC News

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Canadian gunned down in Thailand

Police did not say where in Canada Mr. Degioanni was from.

Montreal...

Father mourns son killed in Thailand

MONTREAL — Two days ago, Mario Degioanni lost his only son.

On Friday, all he wanted to do was regain custody of his three-year-old granddaughter.

"Right now, that's what is of the utmost importance: to get her back to Canada with her grandparents," he said in a telephone interview from his home in Val des Monts, Que.

On Thursday, Degioanni's son, Francis, a former model turned property developer who was raised in Montreal, left the apartment he shared with his wife and daughter in Patong Beach on the popular tourist island of Phuket in Thailand.

He had just got into his black Toyota when he was approached by two men. The pair, described in news reports as having short, military-style haircuts, shot him eight times with .38 calibre pistols, hitting him the head, neck, chest and one arm.

It was Francis's 34th birthday.

"I just think his murderers waited for that day," his father said. "But I don't know why." What Degioanni does know is that for the past few months, his son had become increasingly nervous during the phone calls he made to his parents twice a week.

"There had been problems with a former partner, the disappearance of about $750,000," he said. He said things came to a head when his son called last month to tell him he'd been hospitalized because someone had tried to poison him.

"I'd always tell him I was afraid of Thailand, that he should come back to Canada, for the security, that this is a normal country. "But he loved Thailand too much. It was too beautiful, a paradise, as far as he was concerned," he said.

"Unfortunately, that wasn't the case."

Degioanni said his son had lived in Thailand for nine years and, after having travelled much of the world working as a professional model, had decided to become involved in construction.

"He'd be travelling all the time — Japan, California. But when he took up the career of a builder he seemed to have found something he truly liked."

Kathu police Supt. Grissak Songmoonark told the Phuket Gazette, a local newspaper, that police were investigating whether a current court case involving Degioanni led to the killing.

A business partner had claimed that Degioanni had cheated him out of 20 million baht ($704,822 Cdn).

- Montreal Gazette with files from Canwest News Service / 2009-02-20

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It is always sad to learn that another resident "Farang" has been assassinated and my condolences are offered to his family. I agree with some of you that have posted on this thread that there is far too much speculation without knowing any of the facts. We all agree I am sure, that you don't have to be a Rhodes scholar to know that the Police will be able to figure out that (1)whoever made the phone call is definitely involved, (2)the person in the Court Case would be a suspect. I just hope that justice will prevail in the end

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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?

No I don't risk and reward are often linked.. In Western countries you can start with next to nothing and become rich thru risk and hard work. Especially in property where it's posible to use debt to your advantage.. But in Thailand where it's next to imposible for farangs to finance houses thru bank loans.. You generally need to have alot of cash in the first place... Ergo my post.. Young guy.. Hadn't been in Thailand very long but had enough cash to finance a condo developement and loose 20 million baht..

I'm not saying it is imposible as I have several friends who have made good money in Thailand even though they started with comparitively little money.. But it strikes me as unusual that a guy could a mass that sort of wealth in such a short period .. Unless he was already wealthy or had access to funds from family or rich Thai friends/wife etc...

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doing business in this country is crazy...if you don't have people trying to scam

you constantly, the police will gladly relieve you of your money if the opportunity exists.

buyer beware x 1000

My golden rules for living in Thailand which I have followed successfully for the past 10years:

Don't start a business

Don't marry a Thai lady (or her family)

Don't drive anything (car or motorbike)

Keep a low profile

Don't appear to be rich

Don't act like a prat

That's pretty good but here some modifications:

1. Keep a low profile

2. Don't appear to be rich

3. Don't act like a prat; especially, don't make a Thai lose face in public

4. If you run a business here, the more money you are taking out of a Thai's pocket - even if it is legitimate competition - the higher the risk

And most importantly:

5. Never make yourself more valuable being dead than being alive

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UPDATE Saturday 2pm

****

The killers of Canadian property developer Francis Alex Degioanni parked their motorcycle about 60 metres from their target, and walked up the suburban street to their date with death.

It was Thursday evening, about 6.40pm, with dusk about to close in.

Outside a new three-storey block of townhouses, Degioanni had just parked his black pickup diagonally, with his lucky 7777 numberplate just visible at sunset.

Alongside the Degioanni office-home, with its glass windows and vertical blinds, the proprietress of the four-storey My Living Room hotel smiled as she saw the two men approaching, thinking they might be incoming guests.

Degioanni's Thai wife of five months, Nanthawadee Phenjaroenwattana, was out of the pickup and opening the door of the office-home when the two men drew level with the driver's side window.

Degioanni's two-year-old son, from a previous relationship, was in the cabin of the pickup.

The killer fired eight times, the marks of the bullethole entry point reveal today at Kathu Police Station.

One of several bullet that passed through the metal skin of the vehicle in exiting also pierced the rollerdoor shutter of the office next door.

***

Full story & photo album: Patong Killers 'Strolled to Date with Death'

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It's difficult to NOT speculate, since there are sooo many stories about idiot westerners that truly believe that his thai girlfriend of wife really love their him. This is a country were money is more worth than real love. They don't love the way we look, are or behave. The only reason 80% us who lives here in LOS are having a thai woman, is because these women are poor. (or at least they want more without having to work their ass off for it). Equally... The guys that think they can buy someone's heart and love with money, really deserves these women. They deserves each other.

Last week my wife spoke to a woman that she haven't met for about five years. The woman told her story. She was tired tired of her thai boyfriend and then went to Phuket in order to find a farang that could take her abroad. That was the plan she had staked out. Finally she found one who took her to Europe and married her. (would he ever marry a hooker in his own country? probably not.) She stayed in Europe a couple of years. She also had a child with him. (besides the two she already had with her earlier thai boyfriend.) Then suddenly one day he discovered (from his doctor) that he had cancer and it could not be cured. It was only a matter of 6-9 of months, before he would get so ill by the cancer that he then would die. During this time he really wanted to make something for his wife to live on after he's gone. Because he really loved her. He ran a small business with importing stuff from Thailand into his country. So before it was time to leave for good, he were about to really make sure that everything worked with this business so she could at least make money on that. So last week she came back to Thailand and also happened to meet my wife at told this story. My wife then asked her how she felt about her husband. She replied that he have been really nice to her, but... She didn't love him. To her he was only someone who could take her away from the boring life she had earlier.

Man.... These people doesn't have any hearts...!

Another story that I've experienced myself. A woman in my city one day came to ask my wife if I could place a telephone call to Europe. Her 'farang' husband were in a coma at the local hospital after something happened to him. (she didn't told us why) She wnated my help to call her husbands insurance company and ask how much she will get when he dies.

Man.... They have been married for 17 years and had 2 teenage children. Why couldn't she show her respect and stay besides him at the hospital.

Another woman that's married to a 'farang' where visiting her hometown (here) together with her husband. She and her husband went to the local disco here, together with her brother and a friend of his. The real story was that this "friend of her brother's" actually was her extra lover that she have had before she met her husband and also enjoyed during the occasions she went to Thailand alone to "see her family".

Man......... Why do she have to make her husband to appear like an idiot, bringing her lover as well when they were out for a nice time?

And so it goes on. Have more stories, but I'll spare the world from those.

I don't know what my wife really feels for me either. That's very scary. The more I think of it, the more I fell that I'm married with a stranger that I don't know if she really loves me. She's nice to me and all that. But... If she had to choose between her family and me, she would probably choose her family. That's just the way it is.

So what about this thread's topic? Well This young fellows death could be because of many reasons. Married for only five months.... Well, I give up!

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With all the rampant speculation going on in this thread-shocked that no one has noticed the similarity(?) in spelling of the names of the Thai wife [Tawadee Pencharoenwattana] and supposed Thai girl friend [Nanthawadee Phenjaroenwatthana].

Take away the "Nan..h" letters from first name of girl friend and you have the spelling of the wife's first name.

The last names are too similar--sounds like English translation of Thai letters--"Pench" + aroenwattana = wife's last name; "Phenj" + aroenwattHana = girl friend's last name.

Don't think this is a coincidence--I believe this is another example of fine (!!) Thai journalism....

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With all the rampant speculation going on in this thread-shocked that no one has noticed the similarity(?) in spelling of the names of the Thai wife [Tawadee Pencharoenwattana] and supposed Thai girl friend [Nanthawadee Phenjaroenwatthana].

Take away the "Nan..h" letters from first name of girl friend and you have the spelling of the wife's first name.

The last names are too similar--sounds like English translation of Thai letters--"Pench" + aroenwattana = wife's last name; "Phenj" + aroenwattHana = girl friend's last name.

Don't think this is a coincidence--I believe this is another example of fine (!!) Thai journalism....

Well spotted.

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It's difficult to NOT speculate, since there are sooo many stories about idiot westerners that truly believe that his thai girlfriend of wife really love their him.

Last week my wife spoke to a woman that she haven't met for about five years. !

So....yours is "different"........right?

:o:D:D

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It's difficult to NOT speculate, since there are sooo many stories about idiot westerners that truly believe that his thai girlfriend of wife really love their him.

Last week my wife spoke to a woman that she haven't met for about five years. !

So....yours is "different"........right?

:o:D:D

He didn't say that, read again:

I don't know what my wife really feels for me either. That's very scary. The more I think of it, the more I fell that I'm married with a stranger that I don't know if she really loves me. She's nice to me and all that. But... If she had to choose between her family and me, she would probably choose her family. That's just the way it is.
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"When Mr Degioanni got into his car, two men pulled up on a motorbike and opened fire. They then fled, Ms Nanthawadee said."

And the victim was supposedly carrying a gun which was found in his car.

In situations like this - seconds count - and a few seconds can mean the difference between survival and death -

If only!

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