Claim: E-mail describes a case of three women being slipped Rohypnol by a
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
A friend/client of mine was out with two other girls last weekend. They were meeting up with two more girls at Train Wreck in West Port Plaza. My friend walked in the bar with the two girls she was with, bought a draft beer from the bar and was standing there waiting for a table. She literally had two drinks of her beer and that is all she remembers. She woke up
No word yet on the girls they were meeting up there. No one has heard from them.
From what the police have told her this is a common problem they are having in West Port. They have arrested one bartender from a different restaurant/bar associated with a different case. This bartender was being paid to put the drug into girl’s drinks. I don’t know all the details on this — I just found out this morning — but but my friend was raped and no condom was used. This has to be a group of people doing this. I don’t see how one person could get a group of drugged girls out of the bar without being obvious. I am sending this out as a warning. I know there are a lot of us that used to go to the happy hours over there and stay even later. Apparently the warnings women are given… being in a group of friends, buying your drink yourself, and never leaving your drink unattended isn’t even enough protection anymore.
Origins: We’re inculcated from childhood to learn that “two wrongs don’t make a right,” but unfortunately the warning message reproduced above is an example of piling one wrong atop others, doing more harm than good in the process.
Assailants’ making use of drugs such as Rohypnol (commonly known as “roofies”) to incapacitate women and facilitate sexual assault is a genuine problem. Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) is a potent sedative that is available relatively cheaply, takes effect fairly quickly (about
a bartender (who was being paid by accomplices), raped, and dumped in the parking lots of area hospitals (one at
Police interviewed the author of the
As usual, the end result of this type of false account is to harm persons (and their businesses) who are completely blameless, as Chief
This unsubstantiated email is very harmful to our business community. To the best of our knowledge, Westport Plaza has never had this kind of thing happen. No bartenders or other employees at Trainwreck Saloon have been linked to this alleged incident. This is a safe and responsible establishment. It is terrible to damage the reputation of innocent businesses. Internet rumors spread fear and create undue alarm among people.
Last updated: 25 July 2011
Ratcliffe, Heather. “Police Move to Squelch Fake Rumors.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 6 September 2006. Westhoff, Ben. “Urban Legendary.” Riverfront Times. 13 September 2006. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Police Try to Debunk Rumor About Rapes.” 1 September 2006.