K - Ketamine: Date Rape Drug Discovered in Victim's Body

Ketamine - Date Rape Drug or Recreational Drug?

A to Z Crime Fiction Murder Mystery Update:

Street Names: Special K or Cat Valium


Ketamine is not one of the SAMHSA-5 : Drugs standardly tested for in the basic drug test, nor is it included in the extended drug tests.


Detective Coker received news from the medical examiner's office. While there is no doubt that Martha Clinton died as the result of a single gunshot wound inside of her mouth, a more thorough examination of the body indicates that the victim also suffered some puncture wounds consistent with  an unusual type of knife, with a thin tip. She suffered pin prick type wounds to her head and they were not immediately visible because of the gunshot wound and damage to her face and head area.
The medical examiner has been unable to pinpoint the exact type of knife used and the wounds are superficial enough so to have not been attributable to her death. If not for the gunshot wound, the knife cut or cuts would not have been sufficient to cause her death.
At first glance, the medical examiner believed the victim had possibly been stabbed with an ice pick and an ice pick has not been ruled out.
The medical examiner remained perplexed as to why a healthy young woman who was a triathlon competitor did not or was not able to put up more of a fight. See Preliminary Autopsy Report, paragraph (D) Lack of substantial defensive wounds.

The routine post mortem toxicology screen included the basic drugs normally tested: alcohol, analgesics, antidepressant, antihistamines, anti psychotics, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cardiovascular drugs, cocaine, narcotic analgesics, and stimulants.

Victim's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was well below the legal limit. Heroin was detected, but inconsistent with a known, frequent or habitual user. Her internal organs showed no signs of heroin abuse. The victim had no visible track or needle marks and none could be detected after a protracted search of her body and skin.  Opiate prescription narcotics present. However, none of the limits appeared sufficient to justify lack of defense wounds for a woman brutally raped and shot.

Detective Coker and the medical examiner tossed the idea around a few weeks back and determined that the most likely answer was that the victim had been drugged. They knew that another round of forensic toxicology test had to be conducted. They had already ruled out MDMA (ecstasy) as it was not present in the standard, routine screening. A second screening was ordered: Drugs not routinely screened for in deaths. This included barbiturates. designer drugs such as bath salts, Digoxin, GHB, and LSD. They also checked for several poisons and all came back negative.

They finally decided to have a sample of Martha Clinton's urine and a sample of her blood sent to a national forensic toxicology crime lab to be tested for the presence of Ketamine.

Bingo: Martha Clinton had a substantial amount of Ketamine in her body at the time of her death.

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic for human and veterinary use. The DEA reports that veterinary clinics are routinely being burglarized and the perpetrators are making off with large doses of the animal tranquilizer.

When used for its intended purpose, Ketamine is used in liquid or powder form as a tranquilizer or anesthetic for animals. It can be injected, heated to a liquid and added to a person's drink without their knowledge or consent. It is one of the date rape drugs on the rise in the U.S. It has become a go to rape drug because users experience a detached, out of body effect. This is referred to as "K-Hole." Because of the detached, dream like effect, users find it difficult to move and almost always experience complete amnesia after using the drug or having their drink spiked or laced with the drug. Short and long term effects include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, nausea, vomitting, hallucinations, numbness and complete lack of control over the body, physical incapacitation, loss of physical coordination, paralysis or the feeling of being paralyzed.

Some users report that the experience is similar to PCP or LSD.

Preliminary Forensic Toxicology Report Confirms Presence of Ketamine in Victim's Body 

Today's Clue: Letter K -Kidney


Tomorrow I will hold the second random drawing from the names of people who have left comments. The winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Each time you leave a comment during the week, your name will gain one more entry for the drawing. Our winner, last week was Hilary Melton-Butcher at Positive Letters & Inspirational Stories. Have you visited Hilary's blog during the challenge? I highly recommend that you do.


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15 comments:

  1. Melissa, that is so generous of you to give a gift card every week.

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  2. Great A to Z theme! I write crime fiction so I'll definitely be back to check out your posts! :D

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  3. This mystery is getting better and better! I feel so sorry for the woman being drugged with ketamine and then raped, stabbed, and shot. How horrifying!

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  4. My employer makes all the equipment and assays for testing of all kinds, including the stuff toxicologists and CSI uses. It's fascinating!

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  5. Thanks Alex. I don't know how you manage to visit every blog. Please give me some of your super hero powers

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  6. Great. Another Crime Fiction writer. Thanks for visiting. Hope you come back and try to solve the mystery

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  7. I know, huh. Let's hope she was out of it when all those terrible things happened. One thing I think we can all agree on by now. It was not suicide. I wonder how the gun got in her hand , LOL

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  8. Sounds fascinating. It is to me anyway. I bet you love your job.

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  9. Hi Melissa - thanks so much for the card - and yes I sure wish all the best to everyone for the next draw ..
    Thanks too - for the shout out about my blog .. appreciate that ...


    I bet you found Jay's work interesting ... and yes poor woman - people: I can't believe what goes on in today's world .. or for that matter yesterday's sometime.


    Also all our advances are going to help those with evil intent ... Ketamine presumably affects the kidneys too .. but the K-hole .. yugh .. and then how were the wounds made, and what was on the implement used ... perhaps that was the way the Ketamine was administered ... cheers Hilary

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  10. Another fascinating post. I am so behind, but plan to catch up over the weekend. I am wondering if there is a veterinarian in the story? Time will tell.

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