Come into my web said the spider to the fly, just thing of Anna Nicole Smith as the spider and those around her were a feast of flies.
Here is the picture enlarged.
Per the L. A. Magazine’s investigative journalist, Steven Mikulan, “Anna Nicole Smith was about Multiple lovers, piles of pills, paternity tests. Take a courtside seat in the eye-popping trial that followed the former Playmate’s fatal overdose.”
“There’d always been something outsize and outlandish about Anna Nicole Smith. She stood nearly six feet tall and at the time of her death in 2007 weighed 178 pounds. Her surgically inflated voluptuousness and ditzy sexuality transformed everything she touched into parody…”
…..but may as well have been created in Andy Warhol’s Factory. Her peripatetic life was a pop fable about the meteoric rise of a mediocre talent: During her 39 years, she’d been a stripper, a Playboy centerfold, a Guess Jeans model, and the star of her own reality-TV show….
…Anna did achieve a genuine homage of sorts to [Marilyn] Monroe, though, by dying of a prescription drug overdose in Hollywood—even if it was Hollywood, Florida. Among the dozen drugs identified in her system was chloral hydrate, a potent sedative that had been discovered in Monroe’s blood, too. In the last years of her life, Anna dined on a buffet of prescription opiates (pain suppressants) and benzodiazepines (tranquilizers). Her medicine cabinet included methadone, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Topamax, Xanax, Ambien, Klonopin, Demerol, Lasix, and Valium. She needed them, Smith said, for pains in her back, head, hands, and from her breast implants—just about everywhere—as well as for restless legs syndrome, insomnia, seizures, and migraine headaches. The ingestion of so many opiates left her severely constipated and beset with stomach cramps. Two doctors who examined Smith found her childlike and distant, uninterested in anything that did not involve her instant pharmaceutical gratification….
…Prosecutors produced paper blizzards of multiple and repetitive prescriptions written for Smith under a variety of names, among them Vickie Marshall, Jane Brown, Michelle Chase, Susie Wong, and Charlene Underwood; the doctors were additionally accused of writing prescriptions for Howard Stern and others that were intended for Smith. A typical charge was for the crime that occurred on November 24, 2006, when Dr. Eroshevich prescribed Valium, Vicodin, and Xanax for “Charlene Underwood,” even though the drugs were sent to Anna in the Bahamas. Eroshevich was also accused in this particular charge of using her former husband’s birth date, instead of Smith’s, to avoid the chance of the prescription being traced to Smith…
…The three were looking at less time after the judge tossed out a few of the charges and handed the case to the jury, which would have to read the minds of the three defendants: Were Anna’s friends fame moths and manipulative hangers-on? Or was Smith some charismatic goddess who attracted disparate personalities eager to do favors for her—like risking their careers writing out Vicodin scrips? For people who weren’t involved in the case, it didn’t matter. Anna Nicole Smith was a diversion, a trifle; even in death she managed to be encircled by calamity whose entertainment value obscured the tragedy of it all. …
Part two will be on Sunday December 26. It will include more of the article as well as my thoughts on how this journalist summarized the life of Smith….”