Registered: Jun 2003
Local time: 11:43 AM
A doctor in Thailand says JonBenet Ramsey's suspected killer wanted his facial hair permanently removed in advance of a sex-change operation. The dermatologist says John Karr had his sideburns and chin hair removed with lasers to prepare for sex-change surgery.
Another doctor at a Bangkok clinic specializing in sex-change surgery revealed Sunday that Karr was one of his patients.
The Thai capital where Karr lived on and off for two years is a popular center for gender reassignment operations, where such surgery is advertised for as little as $1,700.
A former Boulder, Colo., prosecutor says John Karr enjoyed lavish meals and even alcohol after his deportation from Thailand because he wasn't yet a prisoner. But Trip DeMuth tells CBS, the moment he arrived on U.S. soil, his status changed. And Karr went from sipping champagne in business class to a Los Angeles county jail cell.
Authorities say the one-time school teacher is now alone in a 6x9 room with a bed, a toilet and no windows. And instead of the king prawns served on a Thai Airways flight, Karr is getting what a sheriff's spokesman calls "jail chow."
DeMuth says he's not certain the Boulder DA's office is prepared to bring murder charges yet. An extradition hearing could come this week.