Rumored to ply the gringo gulch in San Jose, Costa Rica is the Viper Lady. Her appearance is well dressed, she commands a fair degree of English, and frequents the streets, cafes, and even an occasional bus. Victims are selected quickly, disappearing in a taxi as they fall unconscious into a drug induced sleep.
Today’s my birthday and I don’t have anyone to celebrate it with. Would you like to have a drink with me?
The drug of choice is likely rohypnol, the so called date rape drug outlawed in the United States, but obtainable in Costa Rica. The victims are rendered compliant by the drug, and turn over their credit cards, PIN numbers, valuables and cash on hand.
First reports of the Viper Lady in San Jose came to light in 2002, however she quickly retreated into her snake pit and was not seen again until late 2003. On this subsequent outing it was estimated that she had ensnared more the 100 tourists during a period of four months. It was at this time she donned a flight attendant’s blazer and screened tourists from locals by suggesting she had seen them at the airport.
Did I see you at the airport? How long are you here? Where are you staying?
Obvious question is how could one person manage to entrap so many witless victims? It is believed that she works with a team, consisting of at least one taxi driver and one or two thugs who provide backup and surveillance.
Why don’t we go back to my hotel?
A recent report of a tourist having been drugged at a popular pickup bar is the reason we bring this story to light. It’s unlikely that the Viper Lady has returned, and from her known modus operandi we would expect her to surface at Jaco Beach during this time of year.
Perhaps the most surprising element of the Viper Lady is that she is perhaps 30-40 years old. Her appeal comes from an outgoing personality, and the men who fall for it often believe they have some chance of romantic success with a sexy, financially stable, English speaking Tica.
Beware the Viper Lady in San Jose, or at least keep a good eye on your drink in San Jose.