Rick Van Thiel
Convicted felon Rick Van Thiel claimed he taught himself medicine by watching YouTube videos. He advertised "cures" for cancer and HIV, and cheap abortions on Craigslist. Working from a dirty trailer, "Doctor Rick" allegedly killed three of his "patients." Van Thiel was arrested on $1 million bail and charged with multiple felonies for possession of illegal firearms and practicing medicine without a license. Van Thiel committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial.
No medical training; never attended medical school.
Las Vegas, NV
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Underground Abortions: Beware of alarming new trend! Abortion Quack Rick Van Thiel arrested on Sept 30, 2015 - (See end of page) Woman says a visit to 'doctor' was a nightmare on Monroe Avenue -- Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10-9-2015 Full interview: Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, says he learned surgical procedures on YouTube -- KSNV Channel 3, Las Vegas, 10-7-2015 Police say felon posing as doctor claimed to have cured STD's, been a porn actor -- Las Vegas Sun, 10-7-2015 Sovereign citizen "doctor" accused of performing abortions, circumcisions, and treating cancer -- Southern Poverty Law Center, 10-14-2015 Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, held on $1 million bond -- KSVN Channel 3 Las Vegas, 10-20-2015 Judge says 'fake doctor' presents 'more of a danger to the community than a serial killer' as prosecutors link him with three deaths -- Daily Mail, 10-21-2015 Exclusive: Look inside 'Dr. Rick's' backyard trailer clinic -- KTNV News, Las Vegas, 11-5-2015 Nevada sovereign citizen indicted for illegal practice of medicine -- Southern Poverty Law Center, 6-22-2016 Fake doctor Rick Van Thiel was a convicted felon, burglar, former porn actor, and sex toy inventor. Dubbed the "YouTube Doctor," he claimed he taught himself to perform surgery and abortions by watching YouTube videos. "Doctor" Van Thiel plied his trade on internet sex sites and Craigslist, luring in low-income clients. He peddled an assortment of bogus medical services: "treatments" for HIV and cancer, tooth extractions, root canals, castrations, circumcisions, and cheap, $200 abortions. Van Thiel illegally "treated" nearly 90 patients in a dirty backyard trailer, allegedly causing at least three deaths. Van Thiel was arrested on $1 million bail and charged with multiple felonies. His alleged crimes included 87 victims, 3 deaths, numerous sexual assaults, illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and practicing medicine without a license. On July 21, 2017, Rick Van Thiel committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell while awaiting trial. He was 54.
FULL INTERVIEW: Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, says he learned surgical procedures on YouTube -- KSNV Channel 3 News, Las Vegas - Oct 7, 2015
Tour of the Trailer of Terror - KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas, Nov 6, 2015
'Dr. Rick' Van Thiel Operates and Pontificates: Sovereign citizen and ex-porn star Rick Van Thiel bares all for "surgery" (graphic), chemtrails, and gun rights. -- Oct 13, 2015
Las Vegas “YouTube Abortionist” Committed Suicide in Jail While Awaiting Trial
On July 21, 2017, Rick Van Thiel hangs himself in his jail cell while awaiting trial.
Full interview: Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, says he learned surgical procedures on YouTube
KSNV Channel 3 News, Las Vegas - 10-7-2015
Appallingly dangerous illegal abortionists surface in Detroit & Las Vegas
Operation Rescue report, 10-14-2015
Police say felon posing as doctor claimed to have cured STDs, been a porn actor
Las Vegas Sun, 10-7-2015
Fake doctor, Rick Van Thiel, held on $1 million bond
KSNV Channel 3, Las Vegas, 10-20-2015
Woman says a visit to 'doctor' was a nightmare on Monroe Avenue
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10-9-2015. Susan Stio recounts her nightmarish experience visiting fake doctor Rick Van Thiel.
Sovereign Citizen 'Doctor' Accused of Performing Abortions, Circumcisions, and Treating Cancer
Southern Poverty Law Center, 10-14-2015
Nevada Sovereign Citizen Indicted for Illegal Practice of Medicine
Southern Poverty Law Center, 6-22-2016
Underground Abortions: Beware of Alarming New Trend!
Operation Rescue report, 9-12-2016