Doc says suspect in JonBenet Ramsey murder planned sex-change

Anthony Cuesta | August 22, 2006

John Mark Karr
DENVER — A Bangkok doctor said he was treating JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr with hair removal in preparation for sex-change surgery, reports The Denver Post.

Dr. Setthakarn Attakonpan of Siam Swan Cosmetic Clinic in Bangkok told The Post Monday that Karr came to him in March for hair removal on his face, neck and cheeks.

"The reason he wanted to do hair removal was because he wanted to do a sex change," Attakonpan told The Post. "He told me he was in the process of medical treatment for cutting off his testicles."

According to The Post�s review of the clinic�s medical records, Karr completed four treatments at the clinic, the last on July 24.

"He was concerned most about his sideburns," Attakonpan told The Post.

The news of Karr's hair removal treatments comes as another doctor in Bangkok fielded similar questions from news media amid reports he was also working with Karr on a sex-change operation.

Dr. Thep Vechavisit, who performs sex-change surgery for $1,625, told The Post he doesn't remember Karr and wouldn't say whether he was a patient.

The Associated Press on Sunday reported that Vechavisit said Karr had a consultation at the clinic.

According to the AP article, a clinic staffer (who�s name was withheld) told the news service that Karr had talked with the doctor about sex-change surgery.

Vechavisit denied having the conversation.

"Even if I found his record, I cannot tell you," Vechavisit said of Karr, citing doctor-patient confidentiality, The Post reports. "You will have to ask Mr. Karr."

Karr arrived in Los Angeles on Monday following his arrest in Bangkok last week, reports FOXNEWS.com. He faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault in connection with the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old child beauty queen who was found dead in her basement. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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