TOPIC: Was John Mark Karr Seeking A Sex Change ~or~ A Disguise?
This morning, FoxNews is reporting,
Hours before Karr's departure, a doctor at a Bangkok clinic specializing in sex-change surgery said Karr had come in for treatment. "He was one of my patients," Dr. Thep Vechavisit of the Pratunam Polyclinic said. He refused to provide further details. Bangkok, where Karr lived on and off for two years, is regarded as a center for sex change operations. The Pratunam clinic advertises sex-change surgery for US$1,625 — a bargain compared to U.S. prices, where male-to-female reassignment surgery can cost tens of thousands of dollars ... Another employee at the clinic, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media, said Karr had talked with the doctor about a sex-change operation. This could not be confirmed by other sources ...Did John Karr really want a sex change OR was he looking to plastic surgery as a means for disguising himself? Another question comes to mind -- Was he seeking a partial sex change in order to continue his pedophilic actions with children? At this point, we don't know the answer to those questions.
Thep has received considerable publicity for his male-to-female operations and the clinic is one of the sponsors of an annual beauty pageant for transsexuals in the seaside resort of Pattaya ...
Karr, once detained on charges of possessing child pornography, in recent years apparently traveled to Europe, Central America and Asia to search for teaching jobs. He taught in at least two Thai schools.
We do know that he was very upset with the fact that Michael Tracey, the professor with whom he corresponded about JonBenet Ramsey, had seen a photo of him. He commented on the matter in a way that sounds as though he was troubled and his tactics of communication might change due to the disclosure.
On a completely different note...
"Reporters" on NBC's Today show (and other media outlets) are making a huge deal of the fact that John Mark Karr was given first-class treatment on his flight from Thailand to the US. Simply put that line of thinking is short-sighted. Getting the guy to relax and enjoy himself may lead to his opening up and talking. Denver attorney Larry Pozner, past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said the royal treatment during Sunday's journey — king prawns, champagne, French wine — was "a brilliant move."
"What the cops want most is this guy to talk. They say he is not under arrest. Then they do not put him in handcuffs on the plane. And they say he is over the age of 21, free to drink," Pozner said. "He is therefore free to talk." If Karr says something incriminating that is challenged in court, Pozner said, the investigator who was sitting next to him simply says he was never in my custody. "There is always a reason when the unusual happens," Pozner said. "He is in nobody's custody. He is free to leave if he can find a way at 38,000 feet." A spokeswoman for Boulder prosecutors, Carolyn French, said Karr was being escorted by immigration and customs officials but wasn't in federal or Boulder County custody on the flight. Hopefully, we'll hear some of what was said on the flight in the days to come.
Last night, Karr didn't sleep in first-class accomodations. Instead, he was booked into the high-security Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles, where he will await an extradition hearing on a request to move him to Boulder, Colorado.
We need to be continually reminded that there is little public evidence linking John Mark Karr to the crime -- prompting some amateur sleuths and several experts to speculate that he is either lying or delusional.
"Many high-publicity crimes have these people coming out of the woodwork," said Elizabeth Loftus, director of the Center for Psychology and Law at the University of California-Irvine. More than 200 people confessed to the 1932 kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son. The 1947 "Black Dahlia" murder — the slaying of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, who was found sliced in half in a vacant Los Angeles lot — also attracted numerous spurious confessions.
Lawyers for the Ramsey family said Friday that a number of people have already confessed to the killing of JonBenet, none of them with enough credibility to attract the attention of law enforcement. Personally, I think John Mark Karr is another freak -- playing the media and the professor, the Boulder DA and everyone else.