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."
Left: 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.