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American man arrested in Chiang Mai for allegedly killing pregnant Thai wife

Photo via Siam Rath

An American man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his pregnant, Thai wife and hiding her body in a rubbish bin. Police say 32 year old Jason Matthew Balzer then dumped his deceased wife’s body in a field in northern Thailand. 32 year old Pitchaporn Kidchob’s mother became concerned for her daughter’s welfare after seeing Balzer flee their home on a motorbike. She then went inside the home to check on her daughter and found multiple bloodstains throughout the house.

After her mother notified police, they checked CCTV cameras and saw Balzer fleeing the area. They gathered a team of officers and sniffer dogs to go out looking for Pitchaporn’s body in a field about 15 kilometres from their house. There, they found her body stuffed inside a garbage bag. A report by Siam Rath says police arrested Balzer yesterday afternoon in the Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai, who then confessed to killing his wife and dumping her body.

Balzer moved to Thailand in 2019 after being previously charged in the state of Colorado in America for attempted murder at the age of 30. A report from TimesCall.com included details from the incident:

“The woman said she was sleeping in her bedroom when Balzer came in and wanted to have sex. The woman said she was tired, and Balzer became angry and took her phone.

She said Balzer then grabbed her arms and squeezed then and then hit her in the face and slammed her head into the bed’s headboard five times, according to the affidavit.

She told police Balzer then grabbed a revolver out of a desk drawer in the room and pointed it at her head saying, “I will kill you.” The woman was able to push the gun to the side, at which point it went off next to her head. She was able to get the gun away from Balzer and threw it under the bed.

The woman said that while Balzer tried to begin covering up the bullet hole in the wall, she fled to a neighbor’s house.

When police responded to the apartment, they found a fresh drywall patch in the ceiling and bullet damage to the kitchen floor, kitchen ceiling, bedroom floor and mattress. An officer also found the revolver under the bed.”

Balzer was arrested on suspicion of attempted, second-degree murder, felony menacing, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, criminal mischief, obstruction of telephone use, tampering with physical evidence, criminal tampering, domestic violence, and aiming a firearm at a person.

It is not known what type of visa Balzer obtained to enter Thailand. Police say he is in custody and is waiting to be transferred back to Nan province after fleeing to Chiang Mai.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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16 Comments

  1. Men violent towards women tend to always be violent towards women. It might be a sexual thing.
    They let this one escape from the US and he went on to kill a woman.
    Violent criminals, in one report I read the United State sentencing commission, re-offended at rate of 60 percent, after release.
    They should never have given this person bail – it was attempted murder.

  2. Two years probation in the US for the 2019 charges as most were dropped.

    Re-arrested on 31 December 2020 in the US when stopped driving a car with 72 (seventy two) firearms in it, with 74 assorted violations and a handful of felonies outstanding.

    Maybe he didn’t mind the 14 days in ASQ …

  3. Typical !!

    According to Weerachon, Balzer said Pitchaporn had “given him hope,” so he married her and bought her a house in Nan, her home province. Balzer said he became enraged when she tried to chase him out, so he stabbed her with a knife, the police officer said.Balzer, a programmer, met Pitchaporn in Thailand in 2017 and they were married in the U.S., after which Balzer quit his job, sold all his property and moved to Nan, the newspaper Thai Rath reported, citing Provincial Police Region 5 commander Prachuab Wongsuk.

    Balzer said he did not know his wife was three months’ pregnant, Prachuab said.

  4. It is a known fact that there are many foreigners living in the kingdom,escaping from crimes committed in their own countries.However,somehow they managed to enter the country,get married to Thai women and continue to live for years without being caught.They usually surface,when they commit a crime or else they can live in the host country happily with no fear,if they behave and stay low key.

  5. @Nigel – Well it depends what are we taling about! I believe 1 and 2 month tourist visas don’t require a criminal background check but 3 month or more do! Makes no sense because the tourist visa exception countries (US being one) you can travel to Thailand without a visa. Certainly at the airport they not going to do a criminal background check so there is the huge hole! Thailand is very particular about their visas and not trying to be customer friendly! Typical burocracy and is full of holes!

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