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The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson, “The Silk King of Thailand”

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When Jim Thompson vanished 50 years ago, he was the best-known American in Thailand. Rumors still swirl around his disappearance. Thompson had set up the Bangkok OSS office and later served as a CIA asset in Thailand, but it was his beautiful Thai silk that made him famous. He revitalized the industry, amassed a huge art collection, and built a magnificent house from traditional Thai homes to showcase his precious objects.

So what could have happened in March of 1967, when he went for a short walk in the high jungles of Malaysia? Why were the CIA , DoS, US Army, and FBI involved in the massive search?  Join Dr. Llewellyn Toulmin, the co-founder of Missing Aircraft Search Team, as he analyzes the case from a scientific search and rescue point of view, discusses Thompson’s CIA connections, and suggests a solution to this 50-year-old famous mystery.     

As a prelude to the discussion of Jim Thompson's mysterious disappearance, Lee Talbot, Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, will briefly comment on Thompson’s pivotal role in revitalizing the Thai silk industry and the ongoing legacy of his entrepreneurship and art collecting.

Co-sponsored by The Textile Museum | *TM members, please contact Shana Oltmans at for tickets. 


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