Monday, June 06, 2016


Remember this asshole?

Note: I wrote this up a few months ago, but since then I've been so consumed with our move (hello, Utah!) that it got shelved for a bit. However, today--June 6--happens to be Simon Reid's birthday, so what a perfect time to post this, no? This date has stuck in my head not for sentimental reasons, but for how apropos it is that this sociopath was unleashed upon the world on 6/6/66. Not only does he bear the mark of the beast, he is the beast.  

After all these years, I still get numerous comments and emails regarding my original Simon Reid post from way back in 2008. Most of the messages are along the lines of "Saw your story on TV, glad you guys nailed that dickweed," etc, but a lot of them--especially over the past year--have been people checking in to report their own encounters with Simon.

According to the latest scoop, Simon Reid is now living in Spain and hanging out with British and American tourists hiking the Camino de Santiago, which is a Catholic pilgrimage-type trail that winds through part of Spain. Apparently Martin Sheen made a movie about it a few years back, and the trail has seen a surge in visitors since then.

Anyhoo, the first I heard about Simon's Spanish exploits was when I got an email last summer from a very nice young couple in Texas who had just returned from Spain, where they'd hiked the Camino trail and spent some time hanging out with a friendly Brit named Simon Reid who claimed to be a "retired surgeon" (hahahahahahaha--oh, my sides) who had come to the Camino trail to connect with his spiritual side, or something. He had a woman with him, of course, but the nature of their relationship was unclear. (From what the Texas couple said, I got that this was yet another girlfriend Simon was stringing along.) For authentication, they attached a photo of themselves posing with Simon and his mark outside of a cafe.

The most recent report I've gotten is an email from a woman who (from what I can deduce) was tentatively involved with Simon for a short time while visiting Spain in March 2016, but was scared right off the lot when she Googled his name and found out all the dirt on his sketchy lying ass.

Among the torrent of bullshit he fed this would-be girlfriend? 
  • He claimed to be a retired British commando sniper-turned-trauma surgeon who served in Afghanistan. 
  • He claimed to have developed a form of leukemia caused by removing thousands of plutonium tipped bullets from patients. 
  • Oh, and he has a maths degree from Oxford.
Excuse me for a minute. 


It's the sheer audacity of Simon's ridiculous bullshit stories that has me amused; I am not making fun of this girlfriend, or anyone else who has been swindled (emotionally or financially) by Simon Reid. No one knows better than I do how frighteningly adept this fuckhandle is at winning your confidence and portraying himself as a chivalrous, fun, self-deprecating, honorable man. He's a textbook pathological liar who is excellent at reading, assessing, and exploiting people. Although he's never quite successful in the end--as long as there is an internet he will continue to be exposed for the vile fraud that he is--but Simon doesn't play the long game, anyway. He's not the type of conman who slowly and surely gains your trust over a period of time. The guy plays the numbers and he always has several schemes (and women) going at once, and his pattern shows that he will always cut and run once he realizes that his marks are onto him, leaving everyone in the dust. No goodbyes, no explanations, no apologies. Just a shitload of hideous LIES.

So for anyone reading this who has been done in by Simon Reid, whether he's "borrowed" (stolen) money or fucked you over emotionally (he likes to do both whenever possible), please remember:
  • He is a cold, calculating individual who feels no remorse for the people he harms
  • He has a long, long, long history of victimizing those who are close to him, including two ex-wives, countless girlfriends, and even his own parents and children 
  • He is an evil asswipe
  • It's not your fault
Lastly--for the sake of your own mental, emotional, physical, and financial safety--RUN, DON'T WALK far, far, far away from his damaged, broken, sketchball ass.

And now, an important message from Billy Joel....

A digression: this is the good Billy Joel. You can tell, because of his hair. (Ever notice that when Billy Joel got rid of the Jewfro, his songs started sucking balls? It's like his mighty Jewfro gave him all his songwriting powers. Then he had to go and cut it off and his music went straight down the toilet.) Actually, I think Pressure was post-Jewfro, so maybe that song is the one exception to the rule. Now that was a cool-ass video. I love the part where he's at that cocktail party and the lady goes flying sideways into that doorway full of milk and Billy gets sucked down into the carpet. Lots of cocaine went into the making of that one, I'm guessing. 

But it was so totally worth it.      


If you have your own Simon Reid sightings or stories, please tell all in the comments (or email me if you don't want to share publicly). Keep spreading the word. Let's warn Simon Reid's future paramours, landlords, employers, "business" partners, and anyone else who Googles his name.

Knowledge = power.  


Ms Sparrow said...

Thanks for the update, Andie! I agree that he's psychopathic. Why else would he continue that sleazy way of life after being publicly humiliated on national TV? Maybe there's just so little real humanity in him that he can't conceive of a different way of life.

andiepants said...

I think he's basically dead inside. That seems to be the defining quality of psychopaths--no feeling whatsoever for anyone. He will be a grifter til the day he dies. There's no stopping or "rehabilitating" him. All I can do is keep the story alive and try to warn any potential future victims to steer clear of his evil ass.

Anonymous said...

He is again on the camino de santiago, I think close to Santiago or Fisterre. He left his dog in my house (without asking me...), took my Ipad, smartphone and more with him.... He is walking together with an german girl - Tamara. The spanish police was here and was looking for him. I think he is looking for a place to stay with her, on the camino de santiago, as hospitaleros.

Anonymous said...

oh yes, he told me: he was a sniper in Afghanistan, and had a medical education, he expect a pension (with 50), sometimes he used the name Simon Dier, sometimes Roger or Charly. Oh, and not to forget: his father spent his time with the Rolling Stones, when they where young.... His mother hates him, because he was at the army, he was used to spent his holidays in Dubai or on cruise ships... oh god, so many stories, so many lies!

andiepants said...

Oh Lord, none of that is surprising! I'm sorry you had the misfortune to cross paths with Simon. Were you renting property to him? Or was he a guest in your home?

Of course he would be taking advantage of people along that trail, people who would be naturally trusting and charitable to travelers passing through on a religious pilgramage. The man has no soul.

His alias is interesting: Simon Dier? (Reid spelled backwards.) I'm sure he has many others. I will put the word out about that. Thank you for letting me know.

Any other info you want to relay, I can be contacted here:

andiepants said...

Forgot to add...yep, he told me that story about the Rolling Stones. He said something like his Dad renovated a house for one of them, like, in the '60s or '70s I think? Utter bullshit, I'm sure. Simon's poor father has suffered so much because of him. I feel sorry for his whole family. Simon really screwed up his own daughter, too. I got some hate mail from her once (she didn't say, but I'm 99% sure it was her). She has serious issues, mostly due to Simon, no doubt.

Aaron said...

Hey this is the Texas couple that walked with him on the trail. We saw the post about him leaving his dog. The dog's name is Dufus. Do you still have him?? We LOVE Dufus!

Jo said...

Hi all, well well well. I'm one of the exes that was done over emotionally and financially by this freak. It comes as no surprise that he's made it to Spain. I love the place, have a house there now and was learning Spanish whilst we were together for 8 months. Simon is a sponge who has no personality he just adopts what belongs to others. He also left a dog called Jasmine with me when he scarpered. The dog is a front to gain trust and make himself seem genuine. He uses dogs like he uses people, just for his own gains. He is a lying scumbag cheat who will never change. Don't fool yourself into thinking YOU are the one that will make him 'better'. He is a psychopath and is not a: big shot banker, surgeon, climber, walker, carpenter, business analyst, marine or indeed anything at all. He is a useless nobody who lives off of others like a leech that deserves to be burnt off. Don't be fooled.

andiepants said...

Jo! Thank you for posting here! (I'll send you a FB message too.)

I can't believe I didn't make the connection between your interest in Spain and learning Spanish, etc. and Simon suddenly deciding to relocate there. I'm sure that's not a coincidence. I would HOPE that he knows better than to try to contact you (or any of us) but I wouldn't be surprised if he has taken on parts of your Spanish experiences to fill the gaps in his own stories. As you said, it's what he does!

And the dog thing? Ugh. That's something he's done consistently too and it's unbelievably cruel. The way he uses these dogs to ingratiate himself with people (women, mostly) and then dumps them when he moves on is despicable. He had Rugby (his wife's dog, as you know) when I was with him. If he hadn't conveniently had a wife to leave the dog with when he left the country I'm sure Rugby would have been dumped at my apartment, or with one of his other women.

I had a dream about Simon last night for the first time in years and it was so creepy. I was in a restaurant somewhere and Simon was sitting at a table with some random group of men. He saw me and he was being all friendly (ick) and was also trying to get me to help him scam free food from the restaurant. Sounds about right, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Shame the previous comments were deleted from here. I thought you may be all interested to know that cancer stricken retired former Army surgeon, military sharp shooter and laymen preacher has skipped town (Heilbronn, DE) - just before his big pay off arrived - leaving in his wake at least three broken hearts, a busted and robbed fruit machine, a trail of debt and more than a few people feeling somewhat annoyed that they fell for his crap.

andiepants said...

Yeah, I deleted the last comments to protect the privacy of another commentator (at their request), but it sounds like Simon has already left another shitstorm in his wake in Germany so it's probably too late anyway. Oh well.

As someone who has lost close family members to various forms of cancer, I have to say Simon deserves EXTRA time in hell for claiming to be a cancer victim/survivor/whatever. And robbing a fruit machine? Classy!

Anonymous said...

I wrote to you Andy.
Another name he has used is Simon Roberts.
Yes Dufus the dog is sweet. I was told by fuckface that he had rescued him from the streets in Andalucia where he had a broken jaw and 2 broken back legs.
I am on the Camino again. I hope to god I don't run into the fucker again.
I must say I've never encountered someone so screwed up. I like to take people at face value, but it was becoming a stretch with this one. He is a master at faking it, because he's useless at everything else.
When I was staying with him, I told him that at first my impression was that he had been in prison. He said, what because of the hair? ( he had a "military"cut at the time.) I said no, something in your eyes.
Little did I know, my intuition was CORRECT. I don't care if someone was in prison, but I care that they lie about it.

This "man" is a leech and a parasite. Only a massive coward would lie to the extent that he does. The courage he does not have is the courage to be himself - whoever the fuck that might be.

andiepants said...

Thanks for the comment and the new information. Good to know.

If you still have my email address, feel free to write me again. I get a lot of emails about Simon, and sometimes I get confused as to who everyone is so I'm trying to keep all the info straight.

Take care of yourself, and be careful hiking the Camino. There are a lot of crazy people out there, as you know.

Sunrises said...

I was meet with him in France on the Camino in 2017 August.
Has a little dog with him.
He tell come with Rome on foot and he want go in Santiago, Portugalia and Marocco. He told me he was a heart doctor in Canada.
He is leukemia 6 years ago and only want walking on Camino to die time.
If he dont die on the Camino he go back in Canada his ex wife and son.
He stayed an Gite in France 1 week. And after I dont hearing from him never.