Jim Thompson Mystery Solved!

SOLVED! The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson, the Thai Silk King

Chapter 13

To each his own

The departure of Jim was not only puzzling; it also stirred many to come up with their own conclusions. One such speculation was that while he was in the forest, Jim accidentally came into contact with an attractive 'love-starved' girl. After a brief acquaintance, he went ahead and married her.

An Iban, when told of this reasoning, found it to be rather hard to accept. He said, "Such a development is unlikely to have happened. What could have possibly unfolded is this: while he was trying to find his way through the jungle, he could have been spotted by an aborigine without his even knowing it. I supposed the native must have made use of his blowpipe and blew a dart straight into him."

British mind reader thinks otherwise

A British mind reader did not think that this was likely the case. He alleged that Jim was very much like an old elephant. Jim, he sensed, was well aware that it was "more or less time for him to die. To die in the city of Bangkok made no sense at all to him. The impenetrable vegetation of the Malaysian 'alps' seemed more appropriate. So on Sunday, March 26, when the Lings were in their bedroom and his friend Constance was in a different room, he quietly left the house and made his way for the woods. While he was on the uncultivated land, he kept on walking for as long as his legs could carry him. A few days later, he collapsed in exhaustion and died."

Jim run down by truck

A Caucasian lady, however, made it out to be otherwise. She mentioned that she was informed by "a very reliable source that Jim was run down by a truck while he was heading for the main road. On realising that he had done wrong, the driver quickly dumped the mangled body into the rear of his vehicle and later saw to it that it was disposed of quietly."

Jim disappears from the scene

A lawyer, when informed about this piece of speculation, took it to be "a little out of this world". Based on reports which he read of in the press, he was sure that Jim did not go into the forest at all. "If he had done so," he said, "he would have been found."

"Jim," he reasoned, "was not a stupid person. He must have been in some difficulty which he found hard to overcome. Such being the case, he had to make it appear as though he was going for a long-deserved vacation. Along the way, he vanished from the scene."

Thais interpret things differently

A number of Thais were of the conviction that Jim could have, knowingly or unknowingly, positioned a newly acquired image in an entirely wrong area of his house. This act of carelessness, they sensed, could have brought about much sorrow and anguish to the idol in question. To teach him a good lesson, the spirit made him go round in circles. Being stubborn, he chose not to repent. It was because of this, they reasoned, that he has continued to remain disorientated all this while.

Jim loses his sense of direction

Apart from the Thais, the Malaysians too had their own views: it ranged from his being "kidnapped" to his "slipping and falling into an animal trap".

Across the Causeway, however, most Singaporeans were of the opinion that Jim could have been lost "as a result of losing his sense of direction". They felt that "if he could get his bearing right, he should be able to find his way back in no time at all".

Jim drifts into the jungle

When asked for his assessment, Dr Ling mentioned that it is a fact that Jim "was by nature an adventurous person. (It is common knowledge) that he had a particular interest in wild plants". He felt that it was more these two factors than anything else that could have "carried him further into the jungle".



SOLVED! The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson, the Legendary Thai Silk King (Excerpt) by Edward Roy De Souza

Excerpts from "SOLVED! The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson, the Legendary Thai Silk King", an imprint of Word Association Publishers (www.wordassociation.com), 205 5th Avenue, Tarentum, PA 15084, USA. ISBN: 1-932205-89-6. Copyright 2004 by Edward Roy De Souza. roysouza@singnet.com.sg

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Posted on 8-Aug-2006

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