[ 2006年08月21日付 紙面記事 ]
・Pruksan Laser Centreで顔の脱毛も受けていた。
・Pratunam ClinicのDr. Thep Vechavisitのコメント。「かれは何度も通院していた。しかし治療の詳細についてはいえない。」
＞He was a patient at the Pratunam Polyclinic in Bangkok, which specialises in male-to-female sex-change operations. It also sponsors the sex-city's annual World's Most Beautiful Transsexual competition. And right up until his arrest, 41-year-old Karr was also undergoing a series of laser treatments to remove facial hair at the Pruksan Laser Centre, another clinic that helps transsexuals. As Karr left Bangkok, a spokesman for the Pratunam Clinic said: "He was our patient but we cannot give out any details of his treatment. He was treated here." Thai police said Karr seemed to pick the two clinics after a long quest for a sex-change surgeon.
BANGKOK, Thailand — The man who confessed to killing JonBenet Ramsey had another bizarre secret up his sleeve in the months before his arrest: he was visiting a surgical center that specializes in sex-change operations.
Staff at the Pratunam Clinic, Thailand's top transgender center, said Saturday that John Mark Karr, 41, was a patient but wouldn't say how close he was to getting "sexual-reassignment" surgery.
"Yes, he had treatment here," a representative said. "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."
The disclosure came a day after it was discovered that Karr sought cosmetic surgeons' help changing his face in Bangkok. In his nine months there, he made 12 phone calls from his hotel room, nine to plastic surgeons.
Two calls were to the Pratunam Clinic, which specializes in putting men under the knife to become "ladyboys," as they are called locally, and sponsors the annual World's Most Beautiful Transsexual competition. It charges $1,600 for the surgery, which could cost $25,000 in the West.
"He was one of my patients," Dr. Thep Vechavisit of the Pratunam Polyclinic told AP. He refused to provide further details.
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.