Where K & Swann Intersect – and the Role Ketamine May Have Played
The strange circumstances of Robert Wone’s murder – no defensive wounds, signs of possible suffocation, evidence of possible sexual assault and multiple mysterious puncture wounds on his neck, chest, foot and hand – have led many to wonder whether Robert was chemically incapacitated – drugged with a “date rape” agent. D.C. Medical Examiner Lois Goslinoski was first in this line when she wrote:
“…the medical evidence firmly establishes Mr. Wone was alive, but incapacitated, at the time the stab wounds were inflicted. Indeed, even if he were merely restrained — as opposed to entirely incapacitated/immobilized – he wold likely have indications of defensive wounds…”
As discussed earlier, the list of possible paralytic agents is very long. Many readers have suggested a cross section of possible candidates. But a closer looks suggests one begins to rise to the top of the list: ketamine. Curiously, while the “standard toxicology tests” run on Mr. Wone included PCP, GHB, cocaine, meth and other club drug standards (all were negative), ketamine was not tested for.
Could K explain part of the mystery of that night?
- No defensive wounds. “K” dosing is complicated.Too little and the desired effects wash out; too much and you drop into the k-hole of near or complete loss of motor functions. Playing that line is complicated, and dosing is fairly linear – the more you take the more you trip. Can you take (or be given) enough ketamine to render you effectively helpless? Absolutely.
- Puncture wounds. While generally taken as a powder (dried from its original liquid state for use as an animal tranquilizer) ketamine can be injected, and when done so it is magnitudes more potent. Effects of intra-muscular injections are rapid; apparently intravenous injections are too dangerous as the person may pass outentirely before the injection is complete. Multiple injections are recommended by ketamine enthusiasts for maximum effect. We would need to know more specifics about the puncture wounds, but it isn’t unreasonable that several of those – hand, foot and neck – could have been IV injection sites.
- Effects. Called a “dissociative anesthetic”, K has the medical bonus of disconnecting a person’s mind from his body (hence its use during the Vietnam war as a battlefield painkiller and its now official use as an animal sedative) without slowing basic functions. Respiration and the circulatory system are largely unaffected, save for an occasional rise in heart-rate. This could explain Dr. Goslinoski’s observation that the victim continued to live for a time after the three stab wounds. A person could appear completely immobile (or even dead) while their core vital functions continued, despite being stabbed or suffocated.
- Missed testing. Despite its popularity (or at least as portrayed in some media reports) ketamine apparently is not routinely tested for in medical examinations. Although its effects are short-lived, ketamine can be detected in blood, hair and urine for two to four days after ingestion. However, unless a coroner has a specific reason to go looking for it, ketamine may often evade testing and detection.
By nearly every measure, ketamine presents itself as a prime suspect in the puzzle of what happened to Robert Wone. Dosed up by an assailant, ketamine injected into several sites could render a victim immobile to sexual and physical assault while maintaining basic life processes, potentially wipe a victim’s memory of the experience, and- in the event of death – would likely escape detection by police.
Sadly, this is likely to remain mere – if informed – speculation, as we may never know what if any role K had Robert Wone’s murder.
-posted by Doug