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An American man has been arrested for allegedly killing his pregnant wife and hiding her body in a garbage bin which he dumped in a field in northern Thailand.

 

Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, fled the home he shared in Nan province with his 32 year old wife, Pitchaporn Kidchob.

 

Pitchaporn’s mother became concerned for the welfare of her daughter after visiting the couple’s rented home on Monday when she saw Balzer fleeing the property on a motorbike. Inside the home, bloodstains were found in multiple locations throughout the house.

 

Balzer was picked up on CCTV fleeing the area.

 

On Wednesday, a team of officers using sniffer dogs located the body of Pitchaporn in a field approximately 15 kilometres from their home. Her body had been stuffed inside a garbage bin and dumped in undergrowth.

 

Siam Rath reported that Balzer was arrested on Thursday afternoon in the Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai. Police say that Balzer confessed to killing Pitchaporn and dumping her body.

 

Balzer moved to Thailand in 2019 and had previously been charged with attempted murder in the United States.

 

According to this report, the then 30 year old Balzer was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, felony menacing, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief, obstruction of telephone use, aiming a firearm at a person, criminal tampering and domestic violence.

 

Balzer remains in custody and is due to be transferred back to Nan province. 

 

 

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Another foreign criminal some how makes it into Thailand. How many thousands more of various criminal types are hiding in Thailand? Thai Immigration makes it next to impossible at times to deal with a simple expat retirement/marriage visa yet somehow with all the bureaucracy red tape and hoop jumping guys like this are far more common than you think.

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13 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

On Wednesday, a team of officers using sniffer dogs located the body of Pitchaporn in a field approximately 15 kilometres from their home. Her body had been stuffed inside a garbage bin and dumped in undergrowth.

 

Now tell us again that Thai police are incompetent.

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so he was arrested in 2019 in the usa for murder and in the same year he came to thailand. 

For those charges he should't be bailed. If bailed his passport should be revoked.

 

the body of his wife was found rather by tracing his SIM location, rather than by dogs. Maybe dogs were used to find the spot, within few hundred meter radius 

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8 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

According to this report, the then 30 year old Balzer was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, felony menacing, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief, obstruction of telephone use, aiming a firearm at a person, criminal tampering and domestic violence.

 

That's quite a list.... He almost made it thru the entire U.S. criminal code!!!  🙂

 

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2 minutes ago, internationalism said:

so he was arrested in 2019 in the usa for murder and in the same year he came to thailand. 

For those charges he should't be bailed. If bailed his passport should be revoked.

 

the body of his wife was found rather by tracing his SIM location, rather than by dogs. Maybe dogs were used to find the spot, within few hundred meter radius 

 

Apparently, he was arrested again in December of 2020 and was out on bail...

 

Lots of information on another thread.  In fact, I don't understand why they started this one.

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Susco said:

Now tell us again that Thai police are incompetent.

 

A post in the other thread indicated he led the cops to the body.  More accurately, "He was present when they found the body, not sure if he led them to the body or confessed but it is not looking good for him !!".

 

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46 minutes ago, Susco said:

 

Now tell us again that Thai police are incompetent.

I was thinking it's a long way to drag a wheelie bin. ☹

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16 minutes ago, Maha Sarakham said:

What a scumbag, how are people with criminal records like this allowed out of prison or even allowed to have a passport?

Why are they allowed in Thailand? I'm a US citizen and don't believe Americans should be allowed here without arrest record checks, too many criminals and lowlifes. Visa exempt should be reconsidered.

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18 minutes ago, Maha Sarakham said:

What a scumbag, how are people with criminal records like this allowed out of prison or even allowed to have a passport?

Well he is a scumbag but attempted murder doesn't carry a life sentence unfortunately. Nor does felony assault.

  Seems he got a real light sentence if he was out in only a couple years. He may have beat the charges or plead out tragic for a woman who's life has been drastically shortened 

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So back in the US they dropped the charges because the victim could not testify. 

 

Probably the victim back in the US didn't want to "destroy his life" or something. And now he has destroyed two other lives at a foreign country. 

 

He should have never left the US because he needed to be in jail in the US at the moment. 

 

On the bright side the "amazing" treatment he will get at "Bangkok Hilton" probably til the day he dies, might be the better kind of justice a psycopath like this will ever experience in today's world.

 

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21 minutes ago, impulse said:
55 minutes ago, Susco said:

Now tell us again that Thai police are incompetent.

 

A post in the other thread indicated he led the cops to the body.  More accurately, "He was present when they found the body, not sure if he led them to the body or confessed but it is not looking good for him !!".

 

From the OP

 

1 hour ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

On Wednesday, a team of officers using sniffer dogs located the body of Pitchaporn in a field approximately 15 kilometres from their home. Her body had been stuffed inside a garbage bin and dumped in undergrowth.

 

1 hour ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Siam Rath reported that Balzer was arrested on Thursday afternoon in the Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai.

 

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15 minutes ago, starky said:

Well he is a scumbag but attempted murder doesn't carry a life sentence unfortunately. Nor does felony assault.

  Seems he got a real light sentence if he was out in only a couple years. He may have beat the charges or plead out tragic for a woman who's life has been drastically shortened 

 

But apparently, he was out on bail for the Dec 30, 2020 charges.  In which case, the judge should have required him to surrender his passport as a condition of bail.  Otherwise, he was a flight risk, especially if he had a history of travel to Thailand.   At the very least, his passport number should have triggered an alarm when it showed up on an international flight manifest leaving the country.  Some part of the criminal justice system failed miserably.

 

https://www.townofmead.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/police_department/page/63893/20ml05358_mead_police_seize_79_firearms.pdf

 

Right about now, a stint in a US prison probably looks pretty good.

 

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Keep him in a Thai prison for 50 years and send him back to the US when he is 82. I imagine a poor, homeless 82 year old wont have a good life in the US streets. (or we hope not)

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Having been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the USA, this guy is a great example of why Thailand should do further background checks on people who wish to stay in the country long-term (in the same way a Thai who wished to stay long-term in my country would need to provide a police check from Thailand). If something like this guy's past comes up in a background check then he simply shouldn't be allowed to set foot on Thai soil.

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3 hours ago, Maha Sarakham said:

What a scumbag, how are people with criminal records like this allowed out of prison or even allowed to have a passport?

Ask heroin  boy.

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21 minutes ago, mstevens said:

Having been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the USA, this guy is a great example of why Thailand should do further background checks on people who wish to stay in the country long-term (in the same way a Thai who wished to stay long-term in my country would need to provide a police check from Thailand). If something like this guy's past comes up in a background check then he simply shouldn't be allowed to set foot on Thai soil.


In China, a country which does require a police check from your home country for foreigners staying long term… Most of them counterfeit it, it is so easy… I’ve seen Chinese visa agents issuing a police check from several countries by filling up some things in a word document, and then using some fake stamps from that country. 
 

Yes they could make it mandatory to have it certified by your home country government, and then their local embassy in your home country. But then it would be a tremendous hassle. 
 

All this to say, come on, we are in the 21st century. We have smart passports which carry a chip, and any major record like this should be written into your passport chip, cryptographically signed with a private key owned by your home country, and then read and verified with the public key (to avoid tampering) upon your arrival at whatever country you are visiting. It certainly isn’t that hard.

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2 hours ago, impulse said:

 

But apparently, he was out on bail for the Dec 30, 2020 charges.  In which case, the judge should have required him to surrender his passport as a condition of bail.  Otherwise, he was a flight risk, especially if he had a history of travel to Thailand.   At the very least, his passport number should have triggered an alarm when it showed up on an international flight manifest leaving the country.  Some part of the criminal justice system failed miserably.

 

https://www.townofmead.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/police_department/page/63893/20ml05358_mead_police_seize_79_firearms.pdf

 

Right about now, a stint in a US prison probably looks pretty good.

 

Well bail would imply he still hasn't faced court which is even worse. Hard to imagine someone getting bail on that laundry list or charges. 

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For myself to get Thai retirement visa I had to have criminal background check and medical check and health insurance.  He probably wasn’t in Thailand legally, but he’s eligible for LONG stay now 

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This man is obviously a psychopath, a broken and defected human and therefore should be thrown to the scarp heap ASAP...

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6 hours ago, Susco said:

 

Now tell us again that Thai police are incompetent.

The accused must have given BIB a map or GPS coordinates. 

Maybe Soi Dogs

 

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2 hours ago, expatjustice said:


In China, a country which does require a police check from your home country for foreigners staying long term… Most of them counterfeit it, it is so easy… I’ve seen Chinese visa agents issuing a police check from several countries by filling up some things in a word document, and then using some fake stamps from that country. 
 

Yes they could make it mandatory to have it certified by your home country government, and then their local embassy in your home country. But then it would be a tremendous hassle. 
 

All this to say, come on, we are in the 21st century. We have smart passports which carry a chip, and any major record like this should be written into your passport chip, cryptographically signed with a private key owned by your home country, and then read and verified with the public key (to avoid tampering) upon your arrival at whatever country you are visiting. It certainly isn’t that hard.

It will be coming, on a required app first of course with your vaccination record. 

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7 hours ago, Susco said:

 

Now tell us again that Thai police are incompetent.


The stench probably brought in a local farmer who then telephoned the police.

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6 hours ago, Captain Monday said:

I'm a US citizen and don't believe Americans should be allowed here without arrest record checks, too many criminals and lowlifes.

Perhaps we should only let the Russians and Chinese in ?

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