John Diller Swanson
A long lasting cancer struggle made an elderly American commit suicide with a handgun at his apartment in Central Pattaya early Tuesday morning, Thai language news website Manager Online reported.
Leaning against a wall, officers from Pattaya Provincial Police Station discovered the lifeless body of 75-year-old Mr John Diller Swanson in an abandoned area near the apartment where he was staying with his wife. The entry wound of a gunshot could be seen on the left side of his chest, most likely to be inflicted by a handgun that was found next to the victim along with a used bullet shell.
Police found the body at Platong Flats on Moo 9 Central Pattaya Rd in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district after being informed at around 10:30 Tuesday morning. Taped to the wall, officers also collected a note signed by Mr Swanson in which he had written down the reasons for his apparent suicide.
“I have had cancer nearly 3 yrs. Now with 4 operations, 48 radiation treatments. I now have heart problems also,” it said. “All these things have taken a toll on me mentally & physically.” Doctors were not able to help him anymore, he continued, leaving him in constant pain. “I don’t want to take all this anymore.”
In the notice, Mr Swanson also said he would leave all of his belongings with his Thai wife and mentioned the wish to be cremated. The gun, so the letter ended, used to belong to a friend of his who had passed away several years ago.
Mr Swanson’s 46-year-old wife told police investigators that they had lived together for 12 years in his apartment at Spanish Place Condominium in Bang Lamung district. According to her, Mr Swanson increased to complain about his health issues lately and appeared to become more and more desperate.
She told police that the last time she saw her husband alive was when he left the room at about 05:00 early Tuesday morning without telling her where he was going. As she helped him exiting the apartment, she noticed the handgun which, at that time, his wife had never seen before, she said.
Investigators from Pattaya Provincial Police Station have launched an investigation to rule out any possible crime. A post-mortem examination has been scheduled to verify the cause of death.
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