The three will be talking about Whitney Houston and what their sources are telling them in regards to possible causes of her death.
Dr. Wecht, Dawna Kaufmann, and John J Nazarian will share their opinions on what caused the death of Houston.
John will have something to say about the ex-body guard, Alan Jacobs, who was Houston’s director of security from 1995 until 2002, quit because he said Houston and her now ex-husband Bobby Brown, and those around Houston would not allowed allow him to do his job. Jacobs said that working for the star was like ‘living in the eye of a hurricane’ and added he was ‘constantly trying to fight the swirl of activity that’s around you’. Jacobs had, “eliminated access to her by certain people I thought were negative influences. The reality of it is that you can protect someone from everything but you can’t protect them from themselves.’
Jacobs has said he told Houston, “[I told her,] ‘You hired me to do a job, to protect you … but I cannot protect you from yourself.” Jacob has added that Houston replaced him with family members who would not confront her and dropped the ball on protecting her. He also revealed that one of Brown’s family took over his job – but did not do it properly.
Dr. Wecht and Dawna Kaufmann have both been in touch with their sources within the M. E. office and has reaction and what information they have obtained.
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. – Forensic Pathologist & Attorney
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht is an expert in Forensic Medicine who has frequently appeared on several nationally syndicated programs, national News Magazine shows, and HLN, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. His expertise has been utilized in high profile cases involving the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, the Michael Jackson case, the Daniel Wayne Smith case, the Anna Nicole Smith case and the JonBenet Ramsey cases. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology, in anatomic, clinical, and forensic Pathology, and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Dawna Kaufmann – Author/Investigative Journalist
Dawna Kaufmann is an accomplished true crime journalist. Her new book, “From Crime Scene to Courtroom: Examining the Mysteries Behind Famous Cases,” written with Dr. Cyril Wecht, blasts open the death probes involving Michael Jackson, Casey Anthony and five other criminal cases. Kaufmann has covered hundreds of high-profile homicide and missing person cases for national publications. She is also an award-winning producer and writer, with a multitude of credits in television, including late-night comedy programming and prime-time network variety series.
Comment telephone lines are open to call during the show at 818-572-8030 long distance charges will apply. If you have a question about Houston’s death, there’s a good chance that John or one of his guests, Dr. Cyril Wecht and Dawna Kaufmann, will know the answer or have a good analogy of what they think happened.
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“I made this video for the 5 year anniversary of Anna Nicole Smith’s Death.
What is Anna Nicole Smiths legacy? – Playmate, reality show diva, actress, businesswoman, super model, tragic beauty. These words describe the legacy left behind by Anna Nicole Smith. Above the ditzy blonde bombshell, she embodied more than her infamous Marilyn Monroe …look-a-like status….Whether or not she planned it…she grabbed Hollywood by the horns and took the public for a ride.
The world didn’t adopt a true Anna addiction until those iconic photos from Anna Nicole GUESS ads were posted in every magazine. From the moment her Guess ads appeared on billboards worldwide, we were hooked. Her “gold digging” habits with her 80-year-old oil tycoon husband, J. Howard Marshall, made us take a second look. Her Death a third look. But what made this woman so different from the rest? She was “entertaining the world every day of her waking life”, consciously or unconsciously, and arguably the most beautiful woman to ever live.
Now that she’s passed, we’re still captivated. Her life is the epitome of every soap opera we’ve ever seen rolled into one. Like Marilyn Monroe the world is also still waiting for a cause of Anna’s death. The rumor mill says she died of a drug overdose, but there were no pills found in her blood or stomach. Other rumors are that she choked in her own vomit, she killed herself, or she was murdered. Some of her friends say she died of a broken heart. Even with Anna Nicole’s death, the world wants more of her in any shape possible. The gossip-spreading keeps her alive. As far as the entertainment industry goes, there hasn’t been–and never will be another Anna Nicole Smith. No other celebrity has left such a deep scar in the media because her life was a roller coaster the world couldn’t stop watching.
This GUESS campaign featuring Anna Nicole Smith gives us one of the most classic pictures of Anna from her prime. These GUESS images will become as iconic as those of Marilyn Monroe that are just as tattooed in our minds. Before you laugh remember that people in 1962 had many of the same thoughts of Marilyn that some people have today of Anna. Time and death makes legends out of beautiful blonde women.”
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Straight Talk with John J. Nazarian is not one you want to miss. It is on at 6 PM PST, 7 PM MST, 8 PM CST and 9 PM EST. Nazarian’s guest are famed Dr. Cyril Wecht, he should be able to answer all questions about the two autopsies that Nazarian asked other guests about last week. This is your chance to listen and participate,the call in number is 1-818-572-8030, long distance rates will apply, you can also use Skpye to call in including international callers.
With Dr. Wecht is his co-athur Dawna Kaufmann. Their new book FROM CRIME SCENE TO COURTROOM (245) covers seven high profile deaths from Casey Anthony to Drew Petersen and Michael Jackson. You can buy this book directly from their publisher Prometheus with the quote of;
“The authors provide never-disclosed data on the three autopsies of Jackson’s body, and they deconstruct when and why the singer became addicted including his truly bizarre medico-legal background”.
You can also purchase the book at Amazon as well as most book stores online or in store. A teaser from the book states;
“MICHAEL JACKSON — The King of Pop’s sudden death in June 2009 shocked the world, but didn’t surprise Wecht or Kaufmann. They are among the nation’s top assessors of drug-related celebrity deaths, yet this case has twists, even to their experienced eyes. Dr. Conrad Murray, the cash-strapped cardiologist hired by the music superstar to help ready him for a concert tour, was charged with manslaughter for causing the singer’s death. Jackson died at home from an overdose of propofol, a paralyzing narcotic he had requested for sleep — and there were other pharmaceutical drugs in his system. Los Angeles prosecutors maintain that Murray’s treatment was substandard, including furnishing a drug typically only used in a surgical center and failing to monitor his patient while engaging in phone flirtations with his girlfriends. The doctor’s defense target the decades of drug addiction Jackson hid from Murray, which contributed to his weakened condition, and argue that Jackson administered the fatal drug to himself while Murray was out of the room. This chapter includes never-disclosed data on Jackson’s post-mortems, Michael’s bizarre medicolegal history, and “psychological autopsies” of both Jackson and Murray.
Dr. Cyril Wecht has personally worked or consulted on each of the seven cases, and Kaufmann has independently written about the most prominent investigations. Together they provide exclusive, up-to-the-minute info that combines the scientific evidence, legal strategies, behavioral backgrounds of the victims and perpetrators, and media coverage behind these gripping puzzlers. They offer plain English interpretations of complicated medicolegal matters, with scrupulous research
and detailed sourcing.
Cyril H. Wecht received his M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. degree from the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, and is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the National Association of Medical Examiners. Dr. Wecht was formerly the Chairman of the Department of Pathology and President of the Medical Staff at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh, and is actively involved as a forensic pathologist, medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author and lecturer. He served as the elected Coroner of Allegheny County for a total of 19 years, and the building in which he worked is now named for him.
Dr. Wecht is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health; an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University Schools of Law, Pharmacy, and Health Sciences; Distinguished Professor at Carlow University; and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University School of Law. He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and also as Chairman of both the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. Dr. Wecht is a Charter Diplomate and has served as Vice Chairman of the American Board of Disaster Medicine.
He is the author or co-author of 550 professional publications; an editorial board member of 16 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications; and editor or co-editor of 44 books, including a five-volume set, Forensic Sciences (Matthew Bender Publishing), and two three-volume sets, Handling Soft Tissue Injury Cases and Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases (both published by Michie).
Dr. Wecht has organized and conducted Postgraduate Medical-Legal Seminars in more than 50 countries throughout the world in his capacity as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine. He has personally performed approximately 17,000 autopsies, and has supervised, reviewed or been consulted on approximately 37,000 additional post-mortem examinations, including cases in several foreign countries. Dr. Wecht has testified in more than 1,000 civil, criminal, and workers’ compensation cases in state and federal courts in more than 30 states and several foreign countries.
Dr. Wecht has appeared as a frequent guest on numerous national TV and radio shows, discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific subjects, including medical malpractice; alcohol and drug abuse; assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King; death of Elvis Presley; Sam Sheppard case; O.J. Simpson murder trials; JonBenét Ramsey case; Amador Diallo case; Chandra Levy death investigation; and Laci and Conner Peterson homicides. These cases, as well as those involving Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, Vincent Foster, O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, Anna Nicole and Daniel Smith, and many others are discussed from the perspective of Dr. Wecht’s own professional involvement in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey?, Mortal Evidence, Tales from the Morgue, and most recently, A Question of Murder, co-authored with Dawna Kaufmann.
Dr. Wecht and his wife, Sigrid, have four children and eleven grandchildren, all of whom reside in Allegheny County. He has received numerous awards and honors from various professional, community and governmental organizations, including County Detectives’ Association of Pennsylvania, Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania, Vectors, New York Society of Forensic Sciences, American College of Legal Medicine, National Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion. He has been invited as a Distinguished Professor to lecture in several foreign countries, and is an Honorary Life Member of the National Academies of Legal Medicine of France, Spain, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Dr. Wecht has lectured at numerous medical, law and other graduate schools, as well as many colleges and universities, and numerous professional organizations and governmental agencies, including Harvard Law School, Yale Medical School, the FBI Academy, and the Medical Division of the CIA.
Dawna Kaufmann is an accomplished true crime journalist whose work has been heralded by law enforcement and the media. She’s covered many hundreds of high-profile homicide and missing person cases for national publications, usually from the first hint of a crime through the trial and sentencing phase, and her understanding of forensics and law is striking. Among the in-depth cases she’s covered are Caylee Anthony, JonBenét Ramsey, O.J. Simpson, Natalee Holloway, Laci and Conner Peterson, Phil Spector, and Danielle van Dam. Based in Los Angeles, Dawna’s a leading expert on autopsies of the rich and famous, covering the sudden deaths of celebrities including Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Brittany Murphy, Phil and Bryn Hartman, and John Ritter. She likely has the world’s premier private collection of celebrity autopsy reports, reading them as if they were novels. And as a victims’ advocate, she helps grief-stricken families navigate the media when they are thrown into an unexpected whirlwind of public attention.
Dawna’s great success as co-author with Dr. Cyril Wecht of Prometheus Books’ A Question of Murder came to the fore when members of national and local law enforcement read the chapters on the drug deaths of Anna Nicole and her son, Daniel Smith, before filing criminal charges against Anna’s two doctors and lawyer for maliciously overprescribing medication to the star. Their trial in Los Angeles resulted in reduced charges and acquittals, due to a competing California law, but the problem of overmedicated celebrities flourishes.
Kaufmann is also an award-winning producer and writer, with a multitude of credits in television, including staff writing jobs on Saturday Night Live and Mad TV, and for late-night comics. She has worked on numerous prime-time network variety shows, and continues to craft topical material for well-known performing artists. The two styles of writing—comedy and crime—are perfectly compatible to Kaufmann whose business card reads: “Crime Fighting, Joke Writing.” It’s all based on intense research and her unrelenting mandate to tell the truth.
In 1994, Dawna had finished writing one comedy series and was about to go onto another when she turned on the television and saw double murder suspect O.J. Simpson’s slow-speed Bronco chase through the streets of southern California. Like many Americans, she became transfixed, and days later, realizing how many fascinating angles there were to the case, decided to add crime reporting to her résumé. She contributed to dozens of articles for the National Enquirer, which was leading the media coverage of the case.
In the years since, Dawna has broken countless stories and written for other magazines in the American Media empire, including Globe and Star, because their aggressive coverage always manages to get the story first and best. What Delta Force is to the U.S. Army, the tabloids are to mainstream journalism, she says. Her writing has also appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications, and recently she contributed a chapter about the DNA evidence in the JonBenét Ramsey investigation to the new 10th edition of Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, the country’s foremost textbook on the subject for high schools and universities. Dawna also takes special pride that months of research led to her getting a 2002 admission from W. Mark Felt Sr. that he was indeed the infamous Watergate character known as “Deep Throat,” which was perhaps the greatest scoop of the last century and earned her encomiums from Vanity Fair magazine, among others.
Dawna Kaufmann has appeared as a live guest or phone interviewee on numerous cable TV news shows — and even when she’s not a guest, her print stories have been shown on camera and discussed by panel members. She has also hosted her own talk radio programs and appeared on other radio shows, both national and local, with her quick quips and solid information.
Robert A. Jakucs is a retired Los Angeles Police Department Detective with over 30-years of investigative experience. During his distinguished career with the LAPD he worked such high-profile assignments as Homicide, Hollywood Vice, SWAT, Robberies, Burglaries, Complex Thefts, and gang-related shootings. He was a member of the Night Stalker Task Force that investigated the serial murderer Richard Ramirez.
Robert Jakucs is also a consultant for national television specializing in private and police investigation issues and has appeared on the news shows Nightline, 20/20 and Inside Edition.
Well talk about “the other shoe dropping,” it did for a few people this morning. I am sure that anything to do with the “Supremes” will never be a favorite group for those left behind in the Anna Nicole Smith saga, for that matter they may never mention “Supreme” anything. The cascading and never-ending grief that surrounded Anna Nicole Smith just continued today when the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear, “Get a Job.” There will be no millions and millions and for that matter there will be Zilch, Nada and all those legal fees..ouch! The dreams of all those “Benjamins” stacked neatly in big piles and personal bankers have all turned into nightmares, just like the lives of many involved in the Anna Nicole Smith Saga.
It is my belief that had Anna Nicole Smith lived, life would have been better for some and just awful for one or two. The “Master Plan” would have been in effect and she and her constant companion would have lived happily ever after raising “their child.” Perhaps I think that the U. S. Supreme Court Decision on Anna Nicole Smith Estate (231); U.S. Supreme Court would have maybe been a little more generous had Anna been around. What “The Supremes” thought of this case and the “players” was addressed by Justice Roberts. The comment by Justice Roberts in quoting Charles Dickens novel “Bleak House“ spoke volumes with what he was thinking in reference to this entire matter, again, my opinion.
Someone told me that they thought that they heard someone yell, “Oh my god stop decorating,” we are not sure in what context that was heard, but funny right? All those millions would have been a pain in the ass for someone to have to handle, just terrible. And the lifestyle, Big Houses, Big Pools, Big Lawns, Big Staffs, Big Security, Fancy Cars, First Class travel, Wonderful Fancy Hotels the “Life of Riley.” Who the hell would want such a thing to have to wake up to every morning, knowing that all you had to do was have fun with your kids. And spend money taking “care” of all their little needs each and every one of them. Looking at what money and fame has brought to the life of Anna Nicole Smith, maybe the simple life will be the trick and one of joy and love. Frankly, what the hell, seems like there is not much of a choice at this point…
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What started out as the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith vs. Ford Shelley, Gina Shelley, G. Ben Thompson, Gaither Thompson and Melanie Thompson, or known as the Shelley and Thompson Clan of South Carolina. The people who broke into Horizons in the Bahamas and then allegedly sold a lot of tapes and pictures to TMZ (remember the Methadone refrigerator picture), Splash (including the tasteless picture of Daniel Smith in his casket), tons of videos to Fox News including On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo Rivera Live, and the list goes on and on. Ford was one of the first to holler, Howard K. Stern did something to Daniel and Anna Nicole Smith, and the first at the trial to say Howard never hurt Anna……… so much for credibility. The question is though where is the money that all of that sold for????
Then enters what has become the big fish, Susan M. Brown Esq., Georgia Attorney and the Susan M. Brown Law Office, did this poor woman get left holding the bag and with the O’Quinn law firm dissolved there is no one to hand it off too. Kind of like playing musical chairs and the one left standing alone when the music stops, that would be Susan M. Brown.
Brown has tap danced for two years with the same song just different steps until she finally had a Northern District of Georgia Federal Court say she had waived the attorney client privilege under the crime fraud act…… NOT good for a lawyer’s resume, not to mention the State Bar of Georgia.
Any Objections to Susan M. Brown’s current lawyers, Joseph C. Wilson IV. and Carl E. Pierce II of Pierce, Herns, Sloan & McLeod LLC, has filed to withdraw as counsel for “the Brown Defendants”, stating it would not cause any prejudice because “the discovery concerning the Brown Defendants has not begun”. Do what??? The court ruled a long time ago that because Brown has been present for all of those depositions there would not be that much extra to tidy up the suit and have it ready for trial.
However the big WHAM in the March 2, 2011 filings is asking and filing the Motion to Withdraw with the grounds set out to substantiate the withdrawing should be in a Memorandum in Support filed UNDER SEAL “Counsel is not aware of any other means to communicate the grounds for withdrawal that would protect the confidentiality of the attorney-client relationship and avoid undue prejudice to the Brown Defendants.”
However the case they quote as outweighing the right of the public right to know (I. E. the News media) on its own raises red flags of the potential seriousness of these actions. In the Knight case it states; “we explained that, while a district court has a supervisory power over its own records and may, in its discretion, seal documents if the public’s right of access is outweighed by competing interests, the presumption in such cases favors public access. The public’s right of access to judicial records and documents may be abrogated ONLY IN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Accordingly before a district court may seal any court documents, we held that it must 1) provide public notice of the request to seal and allow interested parties a reasonable opportunity to object. (That date was March 21, 2011 per the South Carolina Federal Court’s Docket). 2) consider less drastic alternatives to sealing the documents, and 3) provide specific reasons and factual findings supporting its decision to seal the documents and for rejecting the alternatives.”
The Motion ends that “Counsel will submit the Memorandum in Support of the Motion to Withdraw to the Court for the Court’s in camera review and shall not file same until further notice from the Court.
Well folks I don’t think there will be any jury selection starting tomorrow, and as of midnight there has been no objections or request for a hearing on the filing being done under seal…
So what do you think Susan M. Brown needs to be protective from “avoid undue prejudice”?
As soon as we have the Court’s decision, and new dates for jury selection will post it, it is noticeable that no lawyer has filed to just transfer the case to them, as new attorney of record, things that make you go Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
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When I look at this picture of Anna Nicole Smith, her son, Daniel Wayne Smith and her lover lawyer Howard K. Stern entering the U. S. Supreme Court five years ago, February 2006, little did anyone know what would happen during the next five years.
Anna Nicole Smith was pregnant with her daughter Dannielynn and the world looked bright, especially in June 2006 when the U. S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Smith had a right to have her appeal sent back to the lower court to decide if she was entitled to any of her deceased husband’s, J. Howard Marshall’s Estate valued over one billion dollars.
Now five years later, once again Howard K. Stern returns to the Supreme Court to hear arguments on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 to address whether Smith’s Estate is entitled to part of the Estate of a deceased husband’s estates which has now been tangled up in court for 15 years. Howard K. Stern returns alone, unless Dannielynn’s father decides to attend with Stern, to see if Smith’s lone heir gets money.
In the last five years, Pierce Marshall has died, Daniel Wayne Smith has died, Anna Nicole Smith has died and John M. O’Quinn died in an accident. Howard K. Stern faced potential career ending charges and a trial to funneling drugs to a “known addict”. Stern was cleared of that on January 6, 2011 by Los Angeles Judge Robert Perry of all charges and his life was given back intact for him to continue to practice law.
On January 10, 2011 Stern filed the Reply to Elaine Marshall’s, Pierce Marshall’s widow, Response dated December 13, 2010, to the Estate of Smith’s Writ of Certiorari filed November 12 2010 with the Supreme Court once again ruling they will hear oral arguments this coming Tuesday and again decide this mega million dollar estate. Any decision by the U. S. Supreme Court will be issued no later than the last Monday of June 2011.
You have to feel a tad sad for Stern to be returning five years later, minus so many important people in his life including the love of his life Smith and her son Daniel.
The attorneys for the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith consists of; Philip W. Boesch Jr. Esq., The Boesch Law Group, Bruce S. Ross, Vivian L. Thoreen, Holland & Knight LLP, Kent L. Richland, Alan Diamond, Edward L. Xanders, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richaland LLP
The attorneys for Elaine Marshall consists of; Roy T. Englert Jr., of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untreiner and Sauber LLP as well as G. Erin Brunstad Jr., Collin O’Connor Undell, and Matthew J. Delude of Deschert LLP
There has been seven Ameicus Briefs filed by interested groups including the U. S. government, some in favor of Smith’s Estate and some in favor of Marshall.
Here is a list of the other papers filed so you can become acquainted with them to discuss prior to the hearing this Tuesday. The U. S. Supreme Court has three cases it is hearing oral arguments on with this one listed as the last of the three to be heard that day.
November 15, 2010 Ameicus Brief byLegal Professors in Support of Howard K. Stern. The legal professors and lawyers listed are Richard AAron, Laura Bartell, Jagdeep S. Bhandari, Susan Block-Lieb, Robert D’Agostino, Jackie Gardina, Ingrid Hillinger, George W. Kuney, Lois Lupica, C. Scott Pryor, Keith Sharfman, Michael D. Sousa, and Robert M. Ziman.
December 2010 Ameicus Brief byLegal Professors in Support of Elaine Marshall. The law professors are; S. Todd Brown, G. Marcus Cole, Ronald D. Rotunda, and Todd J. Zywicki
The Three Points the U. S. Supreme Court has decided to hear oral arguments and issue an Opinion on three questions asked to be addressed by Smith’s Estate:
1. Whether the Ninth Circuit opinion, which renders §157(b)(2)(C) surplusage in
light of §157(b)(2)(B), contravenes Congress’ intent in enacting §157(b)(2)(C).
2. Whether Congress may, under Articles I and III, constitutionally authorize core
jurisdiction over debtors’ compulsory counterclaims to proofs of claim.
3. Whether the Ninth Circuit misapplied Marathon and Katchen and contravened this Court’s post-Marathon precedent, creating a circuit split in the process, by holding that Congress cannot constitutionally authorize non-Article III bankruptcy judges to enter final judgment on all compulsory counterclaims to proofs of claim.
I wonder if the Marshall money, like the Hope Diamond is going to be surrounded of the mystic of tragedy attached to it, what do you think?
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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….”