Michael Jackson’s ‘Murder’: Jacko Died Too Rapidly To Close His Eyes
The front pages:
The Sun: “JACKO LEFT TO DIE”
King of Pop ‘abandoned by his doctor’
Jury shown death pic as trial starts
Daily Mail: “JACKO’S FINAL DRUG BINGE”
Daily Star: “Shock of Jacko’s drug hell”
Daily Mirror: “JACKO: The Trial”
The Times: “Perfect storm of drugs killed Jackson trial is told”
A CHILLING recording of Michael Jackson’s drugged voice was heard by his shocked family yesterday at the start of his doctor’s manslaughter trial. His feeble ramblings were played minutes after Dr Conrad Murray appeared in court charged with killing him with an overdose.
Jacko’s parents Katherine, 81, and Joe, 82, his siblings Janet, 45, La Toya, 55, Tito, 57, Randy, 49, and Jermaine, 56, listened in stunned silence. he singer sounded confused and lost as he mumbled to the medic in a recorded phone call: “We have to be phenomenal.
“When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say: ‘I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go.’” He was talking about 50 concerts at London’s O2 Arena that fans say drove him over the edge before his death at 50, on June 25, 2009. – Daily Star
… When Michael Jackson was frustrated because he could not sleep, frustrated because his doctor refused to give him a drug (propofol) he preferred — he wanted — he did an act without his doctor’s knowledge, without his doctor’s permission, … he did an act that caused his own death,” defense attorney Edward Chernoff said.
“The evidence will show you … that when Dr. Murray left the room, Michael Jackson self-administered a dose of propofol that, with the Lorazepam, created a perfect storm in his body that killed him instantly,” Chernoff said.
“When Dr. Murray came into the room and found Michael Jackson, there was no CPR, there was no doctor, no paramedic, no machine that was going to revive Michael Jackson. He died so rapidly, so instantly, he didn’t even have time to close his eyes.” – SWRNN
Defense attorneys have argued that Murray entered Jackson’s room around midday June 25, 2009, to find him not breathing, but with a faint pulse. Murray’s attempts to revive Jackson by administering CPR didn’t succeed, which prompted him to call for help. Since there was no landline phone available, Murray couldn’t call 911, and he claims that he couldn’t use his cell phone because he did not know the exact address. Murray claims to have run downstairs and yelled for help and asked a chef to get security to Jackson’s room. He claims the security placed the 911 call within 30 minutes of him finding Jackson lying motionless.
Paramedics reached Jackson’s home within five minutes of the 911 call, at 12:26 p.m., and performed CPR for 42 minutes at the house. Murray’s attorney has claimed that Jackson had a pulse when he was being shifted to the hospital. But a Los Angeles Fire Department official has stated that the paramedics found Jackson in “full cardiac arrest.” Doctors’ attempts to resuscitate Jackson, for more than an hour, didn’t succeed, and he was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. – IBTimes
Despite the claim that Murray was trying to wean Jackson off propofol, Walgren told jurors that between April 6 and June 10, 2009, Murray ordered 255 vials of propofol, totaling 4.09 gallons of the “general anesthetic agent.”
Cherchez La Femnme
CONRAD MURRAY spent around 45 minutes on the phone as Michael Jackson lay dying — and made a call to his girlfriend, prosecutors said yesterday. The doctor was speaking to cocktail waitress Sade Anding when he first noticed something was wrong with Jacko.
His first call after dosing Jacko with propofol at his home was at 11.07am, to someone called Stacey Ruggles, jurors heard. Then at 11.13am he made a 32-minute call to his Las Vegas business. At 11.26am, on another phone, he was in contact with friend Bridgette Morgan. There was a call to Robert Russell at 11.49am. Then came a dramatic conversation at 11.51am with Sade, who Murray had met in Houston, Texas.
Five minutes into that call he is said to have found his boss dead. – The Sun
Kenny Ortega – a director who had previously worked on Jackson’s “Dangerous” world tour, was called as the prosecution’s first witness.
Kenny Ortega, manager of the star’s proposed This Is It tour, expressed concern, but Murray allegedly told him that Jackson was “physically and emotionally fine”. Ortega told the court he was so worried about his friend he sent an email to AEG Live president and CEO Randy Phillips.
He warned them that Jackson would be “unable to rise to the occasion” – meaning the tour – and that he should be given an “immediate psychological examination”.
He added: “There is no one caring for him on a regular basis. There were four security guards outside his door yet no one to bring him a cup of hot tea. He is terribly frightened this will all go away. It would shatter him, break his heart if we pulled the plug. He really wants this. He was like a lost boy.”
Ortega said Dr Murray was stern with him next day after he stopped Jacko rehearsing – and accused him of trying to be an amateur doctor or psychologist. “He told me Michael was physically and emotional capable of handling his responsibilities. I was shocked because Michael didn’t seem to me to be stable. Ortega added: “I told Michael I loved him and was concerned for his safety. He said, ‘I’m fine Kenny, I promise you” and gave me a hug and I left.” – Mirror
Nicholas Jackson: The Atlantic: “Just as the circus knows which city is next before it packs up the Big Top, HLN has been quietly preparing for this case.”
When Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering Caylee Anthony, her two-year-old daughter, reported missing three years earlier, was delivered on July 5, HLN knew the ratings were going to go down. For six weeks, since the trial began in late May, Nancy Grace, the legal commentator and television host who describes herself as someone considering issues from a victims’ rights standpoint, had been yelling and screaming and hissing nightly on air: Casey Anthony was guilty. She was convinced. And, whether because they admired her position or were watching for more reason to criticize her, people were tuning in.
“She gave it the full P.T. Barnum treatment,” Robert Thompson, a television professor at Syracuse University, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho. “She was like a circus advance man whipping up the crowds before the elephants arrive.” On the final day of the case, nearly three million people tuned in to Grace’s eponymous show, setting a record for her six years behind the desk. Hundreds of thousands of comments were left on her Facebook page. When all was said and done, HLN, formerly CNN Headline News, tallied the numbers: The third quarter of 2011 was the network’s best ever even though it was already hemorrhaging viewers before the quarter came to a close. In the month of September, long after the trial wrapped, total viewers during primetime fell 15 percent.
On with the show…