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June 18, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Santa Monica Superior Court jury convicted twin 41-year-old brothers Wednesday of using the so-called date rape drug Rohypnol to anesthetize five women and sexually assault them. Nearly a dozen women who said they were victims of George "Gino" and Stefan "Julian" Spitzer listened in court, some weeping quietly, as the brothers were found guilty of a combined 15 felony counts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Santa Monica Superior Court jury convicted twin 41-year-old brothers Wednesday of using the so-called date rape drug Rohypnol to anesthetize five women and sexually assault them. Nearly a dozen women who said they were victims of George "Gino" and Stefan "Julian" Spitzer listened in court, some weeping quietly, as the brothers were found guilty of a combined 15 felony counts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1996
A Marina del Rey man pleaded not guilty in Culver City Municipal Court on Friday to charges that he raped and kidnapped a woman to whom he allegedly gave the "date rape" drug Rohypnol. George "Gino" Spitzer, 40, is being held on $2-million bail in connection with a July 9 incident involving a 35-year-old Los Angeles-area woman. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Noel Lainer said Spitzer and the woman went to the World Cafe in Santa Monica, where he drugged her drink.
NEWS
October 18, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pharmaceutical company said it has developed a way for a drug sometimes linked to date-rape assaults to be more visible when placed in a drink. In the new formula, a tablet of the drug dissolves more slowly and releases a blue color so that it can be more easily detected. Even in a dark beverage, particles of the tablet will float. Colorless, odorless Rohypnol is 10 to 20 times more powerful than Valium and can be dropped into unknowing victims' drinks.
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July 5, 1996 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a practiced eye, Arturo, a Tijuana taxi driver in an open-necked, baby-blue silk shirt, sizes up the tourists trudging off the footbridge from the United States. "Taxi, lady? You want pharmacy? I get you good pharmacy," he urges, stepping from a line of beckoning taxi drivers in big belts and straw cowboy hats. "Good prices! No prescriptions!" Soon he is nosing his long yellow Oldsmobile through scruffy streets choked with pharmacies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1996 | MATEA GOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County announced new procedures Wednesday for collecting evidence in sexual assault cases in which the use of disorienting and sometimes lethal "date rape" drugs is suspected. Beginning immediately, hospital caregivers are being asked to collect urine samples from rape victims and police officers are being trained to look for evidence of these potent, invisible drugs when investigating a sexual assault.
NEWS
October 18, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pharmaceutical company said it has developed a way for a drug sometimes linked to date-rape assaults to be more visible when placed in a drink. In the new formula, a tablet of the drug dissolves more slowly and releases a blue color so that it can be more easily detected. Even in a dark beverage, particles of the tablet will float. Colorless, odorless Rohypnol is 10 to 20 times more powerful than Valium and can be dropped into unknowing victims' drinks.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Florida lawmakers voted unanimously to outlaw the so-called date rape drug, saying it has no therapeutic use and is becoming the drug of choice of sexual predators. Rohypnol, has come under fire from law enforcement officials who say sex-crime victims unwittingly ingest it, often becoming incapacitated and losing their memories of the event. The measure sailed through both houses of Florida's Legislature in one day. Gov. Lawton Chiles is expected to sign it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1997 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid an alarming rise in the use of so-called "date rape drugs," Atty. Gen. Janet Reno on Monday helped launch a national effort to warn college students of the dangers of two powerful substances that sexual predators use to knock out their victims before attacking them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities on Friday called for criminal penalties for possession of a powerful sedative being sold on city streets and known as the "date rape" drug. The hypnotic drug Rohypnol, known among users as "roofies," has allegedly been used in a number of rape cases in which women reported that their attacker slipped the small, white pills into their drinks before losing partial memory of the hours that followed. "We are seeing it in Los Angeles, we're seeing lots of it," said Los Angeles Police Det.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1997 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid an alarming rise in the use of so-called "date rape drugs," Atty. Gen. Janet Reno on Monday helped launch a national effort to warn college students of the dangers of two powerful substances that sexual predators use to knock out their victims before attacking them.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Florida lawmakers voted unanimously to outlaw the so-called date rape drug, saying it has no therapeutic use and is becoming the drug of choice of sexual predators. Rohypnol, has come under fire from law enforcement officials who say sex-crime victims unwittingly ingest it, often becoming incapacitated and losing their memories of the event. The measure sailed through both houses of Florida's Legislature in one day. Gov. Lawton Chiles is expected to sign it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1996 | MATEA GOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County announced new procedures Wednesday for collecting evidence in sexual assault cases in which the use of disorienting and sometimes lethal "date rape" drugs is suspected. Beginning immediately, hospital caregivers are being asked to collect urine samples from rape victims and police officers are being trained to look for evidence of these potent, invisible drugs when investigating a sexual assault.
NEWS
October 4, 1996 | From Reuters
A 15-year-old Texas girl was killed by an overdose of the "date rape" drug Rohypnol given to her and a friend by five men who raped the girls at a downtown hotel, police said Thursday. Thelma Rascon and the friend, who was hospitalized but survived, were given the powerful sedative last month at a party. The odorless and tasteless drug, which causes memory loss and unconsciousness, is increasingly being used in sexual attacks and is most commonly slipped into drinks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1996
The twin brother of a Marina del Rey man charged with using the "date rape" drug Rohypnol to rape at least one woman was charged Friday with four felonies stemming from an alleged separate attack. Stefan Julian Spitzer, 39, also of Marina del Rey, was arrested Thursday. He was charged with one count each of penetration by a foreign object by drugging, attempted oral copulation while the victim was drugged, rape by drugging and sodomy by drugging, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary Hanlon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1996
A Marina del Rey man pleaded not guilty in Culver City Municipal Court on Friday to charges that he raped and kidnapped a woman to whom he allegedly gave the "date rape" drug Rohypnol. George "Gino" Spitzer, 40, is being held on $2-million bail in connection with a July 9 incident involving a 35-year-old Los Angeles-area woman. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Noel Lainer said Spitzer and the woman went to the World Cafe in Santa Monica, where he drugged her drink.
NEWS
July 17, 1996 | JOSH GREENBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congress has begun considering legislation to toughen penalties for those found possessing the drug Rohypnol--better known as the "date-rape drug" because of its use by would-be rapists to incapacitate victims. Rohypnol, the brand name for the drug flunitrazepam, is sold legally in 64 countries but has been banned in the United States since March. It can easily be slipped into a drink without changing the drink's taste, odor or color.
NEWS
October 4, 1996 | From Reuters
A 15-year-old Texas girl was killed by an overdose of the "date rape" drug Rohypnol given to her and a friend by five men who raped the girls at a downtown hotel, police said Thursday. Thelma Rascon and the friend, who was hospitalized but survived, were given the powerful sedative last month at a party. The odorless and tasteless drug, which causes memory loss and unconsciousness, is increasingly being used in sexual attacks and is most commonly slipped into drinks.
NEWS
July 17, 1996 | JOSH GREENBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congress has begun considering legislation to toughen penalties for those found possessing the drug Rohypnol--better known as the "date-rape drug" because of its use by would-be rapists to incapacitate victims. Rohypnol, the brand name for the drug flunitrazepam, is sold legally in 64 countries but has been banned in the United States since March. It can easily be slipped into a drink without changing the drink's taste, odor or color.
NEWS
July 5, 1996 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a practiced eye, Arturo, a Tijuana taxi driver in an open-necked, baby-blue silk shirt, sizes up the tourists trudging off the footbridge from the United States. "Taxi, lady? You want pharmacy? I get you good pharmacy," he urges, stepping from a line of beckoning taxi drivers in big belts and straw cowboy hats. "Good prices! No prescriptions!" Soon he is nosing his long yellow Oldsmobile through scruffy streets choked with pharmacies.
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