Aug 20, 2006

Reports: John Mark Karr Sought Thai Sex Change

John Mark Karr traveling first class back to the US Left: John Mark Karr on plane en route to the US, courtesy of Reuters

(Boulder, CO) John Mark Karr, the suspect in the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, was reportedly a patient at a Bangkok sex change clinic.

Dr. Thep Vechavisit, director and surgeon at the Pratunam Polyclinic, acknowledged that Karr had visited the facility for treatment.

"He was one of my patients," he told the AP, refusing to provide additional details. Another clinic employee, speaking on conditions of anonymity, also verified that Karr had met with Thep.

"Yes, he had treatment here," a representative told the New York Daily News. "He was our patient. He came a number of times. But we cannot give out details on his treatment as we are ethically bound to keep these things private."

Thep VechavisitLeft: Dr.Thep Vechavisit; photo courtesy of Martin Sasse and Aurora Photos

Bangkok has become a major destination for foreigners desiring sex change operations. The Pratunam clinic reportedly charges only $1,625 for a male-to-female operation, which can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars in the United States.


Anonymous said...

There's an interesting story posted at that's an interview with a forensic psychologist/profiler. He talks about his views re the Ramsey case and the suspect.

historymike said...

Thanks, anon. I'll check it out.

historymike said...

Thanks, anon. I'll check it out.

Dariush said...

All the way to Thailand for a sex change op?

Aren't there plenty of clinics in the US that do that sort of thing?

This thing still stinks to high heaven.

PanAsianBiz said...

This whole story just gets more and more lurid with each passing day. I can't way for the DNA results to come back so we can put this to rest one way or the other.

Sergej said...
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Sergej said...

Here in "ye old Europe" the whole story has not such a relevance as (obviously has) in your side of Atlantic, but in this lazy summer some TV channels talk for a few minutes about Karr and his arrest.
As I'm interested in what here we call "cronaca nera" I searched into the net and quickly read something about the facts.
Quite a morbid story, indeed. And in some way, every day more alarming and disturbing.

Sorry for my poor english
(BTW, very interesting site)

Hooda Thunkit said...


It's a slow news days in August, and somebody's 15 minutes are up...