Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Drug-Induced Death of Michael Jackson
By Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist)
Published August 27, 2009

The Drug-Induced Death of Michael Jackson

Demise at the hands of another man

That Michael Jackson died at the hands of another man can be ascertained from the Search Warrant and Affidavit released to the public this past Monday. Shockingly, regarding the dates, times, and drugs Michael Jackson was given, it declares that for about six weeks before Michael was killed (whether accidental or deliberate has yet to be determined by a jury if indeed charges are filed), Dr. Conrad Murray gave him 50mg of the powerful sedative propofol (diluted with lidocaine), “every night via intravenous drip.” That’s only the beginning.

Drug Timeline: On June 22, 2009, three days before Michael died, Dr. Murray gave him a 25mg dosage of propofol, along with ativan and versed. The next night, on June 23, 2009, Murray gave him ativan and versed. And on that fateful mourning of mornings, Dr. Murray gave Michael a 10mg tab of valium at the wee time of 1:30 in the morning. Then, a half hour later (2:00 am), he gave him a 2mg IV of ativan. Then, just an hour later (3:00 am), he gave him a 2mg IV of versed. Another two hours later (5:00 am), he gave him yet another 2mg IV of ativan. Then, two and a half hours later (7:30 am), he gave him still another 2mg IV of versed. Now, you don’t have to be a medical professional to know, as one medical expert said, that this much dosage “is enough to put an elephant down”!

Of course, one could argue that Michael had built up a tolerance to these sedatives. Actually, it’s very unlikely that the system of a frail man who weighed far less than the leg of an elephant could handle such outrageous dosages. It would appear, then, that Michael was in a coma by this time. Nevertheless, “after repeated demands/requests from [an alert, lucid] Jackson” per the warrant, Dr. Murray delivered the final blow with an IV drip of 25mg of propofol, diluted with lidocaine. Yes, after doping him up with enough medication to drop a full-grown bull elephant, a vibrant Michael Jackson had the emotional strength and mental fortitude to actually “demand” more drugs. This is strange even by Hollywood’s standards! And where exactly did Dr. Murray get the deadly dose of propofol? “Detectives,” says the warrant, “also are investigating as to how Dr. Murray obtained and came into possession of the controlled substance propofol, and whether he was assisted by any aiders or abettors.” The deadly, sad, heart-wrenching plot thickens.

Dr. Murray said that ten minutes after giving the propofol he went ‘to the restroom to relieve himself.’ When someone gives more information than is necessary, some see this as a telltale sign of a lie. In other words, Murray could have simply said, “I had to go to the restroom.” We know what one does there.

Anyway, he said after being there for two minutes he returned to discover that Michael wasn’t breathing. He then worked feverishly in performing CPR on Michael (apparently on the bed instead of on the floor!), taking a break only to run down stairs and summon help, then return to working on Michael until the paramedics arrived. Well, here’s what the warrant says: “In his statement, Murray estimated the time that he noticed Jackson was not breathing to be at approximately 1100 hours [on the morning of June 25, 2009]. Murray’s cellular telephone records show Murray on the telephone, with three separate callers for approximately 47 minutes starting at 1118 hours, until 1205 hours.” And guess what? “Murray did not mention this to the interviewing detectives” says the warrant. And the video Dr. Murray released in an apparent attempt to humanize himself was like trying to put fire out with gasoline. It did not help his case at all.

The Nurse: And then there’s Michael’s one-time nurse, Cherilyn Lee. In her appearances on numerous national television shows she stated that Michael “begged” her for drugs. When I challenged her on national TV and finally confronted her on the Nancy Grace show (neither she nor I was aware that we would be appearing together on this CNN program), she backed off her position and said that Michael didn’t beg her after all. Interestingly, according to the warrant she says that Michael simply “asked her [not begged her] if she could get propofol.” Suddenly, though, the plot takes an unexpected turn here. While Lee says she refused Michael’s request, the warrant says that “Jackson stated that Doctor Cherilyn Lee [investigator’s found out that she’s really not a medical doctor] had been giving him a ‘cocktail’ to help him.” It further states, “Murray believed the cocktail to be a propofol (diprivan) mix.”

The Detective: According to the Search Warrant and Affidavit, Detective Orlando Martinez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) was the lead investigator into the events surrounding the death of Michael Joseph Jackson on June 25, 2009. RHD is the elite investigative division of the LAPD. When Dr. Murray refused to sign Michael Jackson’s death certificate a red flag immediately went up and hence Robbery Homicide Division got involved. And although manslaughter is a felony homicide, police entertained (and continue to entertain) the idea that murder may well be involved. Moreover, per the warrant, “Upon arrival at UCLA Medical Center, neither the coroner’s investigators nor detectives could locate Murray to re-interview him. Repeated attempts at contacting and locating Murray were unsuccessful.” Another red flag!

So murder expert RHD Detective Martinez was assigned. He has eight years experience investigating murders such as “murders committed during the commission of robberies, gang related murders, narcotic related murders, domestic dispute murders, murders for hire and other types of felony murders,” according to the warrant. Why, then, is “manslaughter” mentioned in the warrant? According to legal experts, though Murray may in fact be guilty of murder (at least to the second degree), it may be easier for the District Attorney’s office to charge him with manslaughter. It’s easier to prove.

Finally, a word of caution may be in order. Neither I nor the Sentinel in any way, shape, form, or fashion encourage or endorse the actions of anyone taking the law into their own hands by causing any harm to come to either Dr. Conrad Murray, or to nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee. Seriously, that’s not how we roll. Please be clear on this. Let the legal process take its course. In the meantime, stay up. Stay strong. And keep the faith. God bless. Amen. 

Categories: Dr. Firpo W. Carr

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