Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013
(updated 29/04)


It’s the ultimate nightmare in Thailand just one below annoying the local mafia. An American has gone missing from his home in Jomtien, Chonburi – and a security guard has reported that the he saw the man’s girlfriend take him away in a semi-conscious state to have an ‘evil spirit’ removed.

Nick Springer, 38, from Washington State, USA, had, it is reported, been attacked and had threats on his life many times by his ex-girlfriend – including once with a knife.

This week he had apparently informed her that she was being taken off being the majority shareholder of his Thai company, a cabinet and woodworking factory – which also presumably owns everything he has in Thailand.

He has not been seen since.

Nick Springer at factory construction site - picture Harvey Sims for KIRO TV
“I think he’s been drugged an abducted,”  Harvey Sims, Springer’s business partner in Thailand, has told KIRO TV-7 in Seattle.

“I just want him back,” Sims said via Skype from Thailand.

“I fear for his safety, he’s in grave danger, and I don’t know if he’ll be ok,” Sims said.

Sims, who has a home on Whidbey Island, “We were worried when he didn’t show up for work three days ago,” Sims said.

“We went to his home, and found things were not right. His bedding was stripped off, said Sims.”

Sims told KIRO 7 that he was unhappy with Thai Police help.

"TV There’s a lot of crime here,” Sims said. “We just want him back. We’ve tried tracking his phones and playing detective, but we need to pressure the US to help here and get this guy back home".

Legally I cannot use her name, not at the moment with such a paucity of corroboration, but she is named on the Teakdoor forum where a poster states:’

"He consulted his attorney to remove her from his company documents where she had been a Thai national nominee (51% shareholder) and the attorney provided him with a power of attorney letter that Nick reportedly returned to his home in Jomtien Wednesday night to have her sign.

“He has not been seen since nor has he contacted anyone by telephone despite having appointments on Thursday morning, April 25, 2013.

“A local security guard claims that Nick's ex-girlfriend told the security guard that Nick Springer was violently ill and possessed by an evil spirit and she was taking him to Ayudhya province to have a monk help him and that she informed the security guard NOT to tell anyone.

“This is contradicted by numerous friends who dined with Nick that afternoon and reported that he was in good health, not intoxicated and of sound mind. She was accompanied by her sister and she was driving her own car.
It is not known whether Nick Springer was conscious or not when he was abducted or if he is still alive.
“All indications are that he is in grave danger and that he is not able to contact friends and family due to being drugged, poisoned, restrained or injured. He may have already been murdered and his ex-girlfriend having disposed of his body she may have returned to her home province of Ayudhya.
Thai boyfriend shows how he
clubbed to death Brit Ian Beeson,69,
on the instructions of Beeston's wife
His ex-girlfriend cannot be contacted and though her sister has been located she is refusing to speak about the matter. 
Thai police and the US Embassy in Bangkok have been notified but there isn't any report or information forthcoming.
Springer has only been missing for two days – so police will not take it seriously.  However readers of this site who know how one husband was fed to the tigers in Kaeng Krajan national park, how another husband waiting for his own wife commissioned death with a stun gun, and yet another was gunned down by mafia hired by his wife, will understand how Mr. Springer's friends are worried.

Last night concerned people were reported to have turned up at his house in Jomtien but were turned away and threatened with arrest by his ex's sister.

Removing an evil spirit is a new one.  If anybody hears anything please get in touch. It will not be fun being a friend or relative of Nick Skinner at the moment.. One can but hope that the worst fears are not realised.

The US State Department has been notified.

This man was subsequently returned to his home and according to his business partner appeared to have been drugged. His Thai (ex) girlfriend has taken over his/their home. This story will be updated if and when Mr. Springer is in a condition to make a statement.

Friends say they believe they had saved his live by their prompt action.


  1. interesting piece I wonder what the ratio is of thais killing their foreign spouses to foreigners murdering their thai partners, oh and by the way did you ever get an answer from Mr N on samui about whether the police solved his wifes murder?

  2. Seems prompt action by friends has saved him. Why are you the only journalist or expat that reports this seemier side of Thailand?

  3. Seems prompt action by friends has saved him. Why are you the only journalist or expat that reports this seemier side of Thailand?

  4. yes all you stupid man who falling in love with a thaiwomen.
    why you not read this and print it out so you never forget it. read it every day
    so you will remember.......there ONLY LOVE YOUR MONEY.......NOTHING ELSE!!
    AND STOP TO SAY MINE WOMEN IS DIFFERENT.........stupid horny old man.
    you all make a big mistake about this women..........just remember
    if you like to have a company or a house here........take your lower as your partner
    not a greedy thaibitch!
    if you still do..........start to count your

    1. I like tigers.

      Mine women are very different, too strong for me.

  5. Sonya, calm down please. Stop the Steriotype overdose. Get a grip for gods sake. There are good people and bad people everywhere. Judge them on merit please. You have obviously been hurt but please seek help.

  6. We had garbled reports about the way a cousin of mine died in Thailand 3/4 years ago but so far no knowledge of the circumstances has been revealed. A;lthough there were some rumours that he died in a fire, after striking a match to smoke while painting his home with inflammable paint. Still waiting for news, from either his Thai girlfriend or closer family.

  7. My cousin died in Thailand some 5 years ago. To date we have not yet received information as to how he died. Although we had some garbled report that he had died in a fire at his home, where he had been painting, using inflammable paint; and caused a fire by lighting a cigarette. Still no news from either his partner or a closer relative. Very strange.