February 14, 2008


What is GHB?

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), is a compound that was initially used by body builders to stimulate muscle growth. In recent years it has become popular as a recreational drug among club kids and partygoers.

GHB is a synthetically produced central nervous system depressant. This “designer” drug is often used in combination with other drugs, particularly ecstasy. GHB is synthesized from a chemical used to clean electrical circuit boards. GHB is often manufactured in homes with recipes and kits found and purchased on the Internet.


What are the normal symptoms of GHB ingestion?

Intoxication, increased energy, happiness, talking, desire to socialize, feeling affectionate and playful, mild disinhibition, sensuality, enhanced sexual experience, muscle relaxation, loss of coordination due to loss of muscle tone, possible nausea, difficulty concentrating, loss of gag reflex, respiratory problems, loss of consciousness, being conscious but unable to move, and death- Especially when combined with alcohol or other drugs.

Effects of large doses:

Disinhibition, sedation, desire to sleep, rambling incoherent speech, giddiness, silliness, difficulty thinking, slurred speech, passing out, and death.



VAN SUSTEREN: Any other conversation with her before you left Carlos 'n Charlie's, remember anything that you guys talked about, said, or anything?

VAN DER SLOOT: Not really. It was more like, no, just your normal, casual talk.


Disinhibition, confusion, increased energy,
happiness, talking, desire to socialize,
feeling affectionate, playful:

It seems plausible that Natalee may have been slipped GHB. She was fine before Joran et al arrived at C&C's and even immediately after they arrive; but then she began to act differently right before the bar closed. She was seen being led out "by the hand" of C&C's, possibly confused and having difficulty making rational decisions, and then getting into a car with strangers--something that Natalee would NEVER do. She was also reported as hanging out Deepak's window screaming, "Aruba!"

Rambling incoherent speech, giddiness, silliness:

VAN DER SLOOT: ...There was one remark she did make like she told me, she asked me if they were my slaves because they were driving around but Deepak and Satish never ended up hearing that...she said in Alabama we consider black people slaves.

VAN DER SLOOT: ...she wanted to go see sharks is what she said and then she came with a strange story that her mom was Hitler's sister or Hitler's sister's daughter and she was sorry to me for that because — because I don't know if she thought I was German or something and I'm like "I'm Dutch, so I don't really care about anything like that." And I asked, "You're joking right?" And she said, "No, no, no, no, I'm serious. I'm serious."


Tremor, Seizures, Loss of Consciousness, Bradycardia (slow heart rate), decreased respiratory effort, respiratory arrest

Joran stated that he had sex with Natalee while she was "slipping in and out of consciousness". Joran also stated during his recent confession after Natalee wouldn't wake, "I was shaking the bitch...she was having convulsions."

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