Michael Jackson’s Death Ruled Homicide

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I have to say that I didn’t believe this was the truth but the death of Michael Jackson has been ruled a homicide and it looks like his personal physician, Dr. Conner Murray, is going to be criminally charged.

While the development is dramatic, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he was murdered intentionally but, rather, means that he died as the result of someone else’s actions.  What is known, however, is that there were lethal amounts of drugs in Jackson’s system, including the highly dangerous anesthetic propofol.  upiphotos920133-Michael-Jackson-pre

So here’s what happened.  Michael Jackson apparently had been suffering from insomnia for years which is something I’m sure a lot of us can relate to.  According to an affidavit that was unsealed yesterday, Murray had been treating the singer for the condition for six weeks by giving him 50 milligrams of propofol every night through an IV.  He claims he tried to wean him down to 25 milligrams a night since he worried he was getting addicted and to help the transition along, he added the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam to the mix.

Um?  What the hell?!  Okay, I’ve had lorazepam and I’ve actually also had propofol.  I can’t imagine someone thinking that mixing those two, outside of a hospital setting, would be a good idea.  From what I’ve heard, there wasn’t even any Narcan in the house to counteract the effects if Jackson had a bad reaction!

Anyway, Murray went on to say that his plan was successful and, on the night before he died, Jackson was able to fall asleep without the propofol, using just the two sedatives.  Then, on that fateful morning, at 1:30am, Murray gave Jackson a 10-milligram tab of Valium.  When that didn’t work, he followed the pill with injections including two milligrams of lorazepam around 2 a.m., two milligrams of midazolam around 3 a.m., and repeats of each at 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.   He claims they didn’t work and I’m seriously wondering what kind of insomnia the King of Pop had because that’s insane.  That’s enough medication to, well, kill someone and this is just crazy to me.  Even the director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System said that “No one will treat an insomniac like this.”

At 10:40am, Murray says that Jackson repeatedly demanded to be given his “milk” (which is what he called propofol) so the doctor gave in and administered 25 milligrams of it.  Again, this doesn’t make sense to me.  Not only is it dangerous but was Jackson really trying to continue sleeping at almost 11am?  Sure, it’s possible but it’s also questionable.

At this point, Murray says he excused himself for just two minutes after Jackson had fallen asleep and when he came back, the singer was no longer breathing.

The Jackson family say that they have “full confidence” in the legal process and are looking “forward to the day that justice can be served.”

image: Newscom

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  • http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com Tom Degan

    We have to give the man his due: Michael Jackson was – beyond a shadow of a doubt – a great artist whose recorded legacy will endure for decades, maybe even a century or more. But an examination of his life is riddled with questions of all that might have been; all that should have been. It is more than likely that this was a severely mentally ill human being who never sought the treatment he so desperately needed; surrounded by fawning sycophants who enabled his sickness by constantly reassuring him that he could do no wrong. As John Lennon once said in the same context about Elvis Presley, another victim of the excesses of fame: “It’s always the courtiers that kill the king”.

    The sad, inescapable truth is that for reasons we will probably never be able to fully understand, his talent and his career were ultimately wasted. Like Charlie Parker, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland and Lenny Bruce before him, his brilliance as an artist would be overshadowed by severe, psychological torment and an unexplainable desire for self-destruction. Therein lies the real, unspeakable tragedy of Michael Jackson.

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    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  • Jeanne Dupuis

    Tom, I think you’ve got a lot of valid points here. I will tell you that after watching what Britney Spears’ family did by forcing their way into her life and taking control when she clearly was unable has given me a whole new perspective on what can be done to help those struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. Of course, we still have to wait to see how it all plays out in the long run but they can, at least, say they tried.

    Thank you very much for your comment :)

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