New Jackson Developments: Another Day, Another Interview, and Another Fraud
Next week is the week that the toxicology reports finally arrive from the autopsy, and also when the DEA will disclose who ordered those vials of Diprovan/Propofol. No doubt then, the L.A.P.D. will start serving arrest warrants. There may be some surprises, too. It may not be just the most bandied about names on ET and on TMZ.com.
Speaking of TMZ, the site is reporting that the guy Joe Jackson so ceremoniously introduced to the world as his Ranch Records partner when his son Michael was only a few days cold is an ex-con, an ex-cop, and an ex-Chi-Lite. Remember them? Remember “Oh, Girl”, and “Have You Seen Her?” Seventies classics.
However, this makes Marshall Thompson just as much as a slickster legend in his own mind as Joe Jackson. It’s only a matter of time which one of them gyps the other.
Marshall Thompson, who Joe famously introduced during a news conference a few days after MJ’s death, served 366 days in federal prison back in 2001 after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion in Illinois.
Thompson — a retired cop — conspired with active duty officers to sell police badges to various businessmen for $1,000 to $2,500 a pop.
According to federal docs, the businessmen bought the badges so they could get the perks of being a cop — carrying a concealed weapon, parking in restricted areas and “receiving discounts for goods and services” … we’re guessing that includes donuts.
Don’t blame TMZ for bringing up eight-year-old sludge. If it was in Jet–and I saw it in Find Articles–you know it was for real.
I also notice Thompson was also wearing a hat just like Joe Jackson, but in white. Must be a club for geezers who wanna be playas and pimps. Thompson was also present during the ABC interview.
Yet another reason for Joe Jackson to crawl back under his rock.
Meanwhile, the reason why the L.A.P.D is so sure of itself that Dr. Conrad Murray is the perp, is that Murray has backed his own ass into a corner. Murray, like O.J. blabbing at his first hearing before Judge Ito after the slow chase, refused to follow the first rule if you ain’t done nothing wrong, to STFU:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Dr. Conrad Murray’s statements to police on the Saturday following Jackson’s death contained incriminating disclosures about his involvement. Some members of law enforcement are surprised he spoke in the first place and surprised at what he volunteered.
As we reported yesterday, the LAPD is already treating Jackson’s death as a homicide and there have been multiple conversations between detectives and the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, although the D.A. has not opened its own formal investigation.
And we’ve learned, although some of the toxicology results are not in yet, important test results already completed point to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of death. Our law enforcement sources say the evidence is clear — Propofol was the primary reason Jackson’s heart stopped beating.
Okay, but the words “homicide” or “criminal investigation” does not necessarily point to conspiracy or murder one, which is what Joe and Latoya Jackson are darkly suggesting, giving the side-eye to the executors and to AEG. The promotion firm does include a few of the people who were around when Michael made Off the Wall and Thriller. Joe Jackson stated that Michael came to distrust these guys, like former manager Frank DiLeo, who during his five-year stint looked to me like a Mafia guy with training wheels. One reason why Joe may be so suspicious–in a way, the pot calling the kettle black–is that it was rumored that DiLeo had ties to the Gambino family through an organization called “The Network.”
The Wall Street Journal reported early this year that DiLeo was again managing Michael.
What the homicide tag simply means that Dr. Murray blew it trying to please his boss by illegal means and not that there was an ulterior motive. The cops would have to find conspiracy, and brother, that is harder to dig up and make stick than you think. Michael wanted Murray, because he knew him from Las Vegas. Moreover:
[Murray] is not board-certified, according to the American Board of Medical Specialties, the national organization that certifies, trains and set standards for medical doctors. His 10-year certification in internal medicine expired in December and he was never certified as a specialist in cardiovascular disease.
Board certification is not a legal requirement to practice medicine but is considered an important credential for physicians and can be required by some health care companies.
I used to work for cardiologists at a university hospital in the Eighties. These guys don’t play games. They want to be on the up and up. They’re fluttering when it’s time to get certified or to present at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) or the AMA meetings. And they don’t want to get sued.
Lastly, Tito Jackson too was paid to talk to a British tab, Rupert Murdoch’s Daily Mirror, over what he thinks what happened to his brother. He discusses Unlike sister LaToya, Tito doesn’t believe Michael was murdered.
Though LaToya claimed that Michael was killed by a group of conspirators trying to get their hands on his money, Tito said he is not convinced of that. “I don’t know whether he was killed or not,” he said. “But I would say that sometimes he had people around him that were not in his best interests. … Whether his death was an accident or whether it was deliberate, something has gone on and we need to get to the bottom of it.”
The former member of the Jackson 5 also countered reports in a new unauthorized biography by Canadian writer Ian Halperin, who said that near the end of his life, Michael was obsessed with fears of his own death.
“Michael was one of those people that was always worried about someone having to take care of him,” Tito said. “He didn’t want to turn into someone who couldn’t make it up the stairs or couldn’t make it to the bathroom. … But I don’t think losing his life at an early age was part of his plan either. … He never talked to me about dying, but most of us are a little in fear of dying.”
We don’t know what exactly was in Michael’s mind in the hours before he died, but from what nurse Cherilyn Lee said, Michael wanted to sleep, and for longer periods of time, as Halperin was reporting. This states to me that his craving was more than just for rest and freedom from pain. He had developed a tolerance to some of those drugs, which meant the more he ate or injected, the more he needed. I think he also craved freedom from the painful and terrible reality that he faced.
Patients given Propofol take less time to regain consciousness than those administered certain other drugs, and they report waking up more clear-headed and refreshed, said University of Chicago psychopharmacologist James Zacny.
It has also been implicated in drug abuse, with people using it to “chill out” or to commit suicide, Zacny said. Accidental deaths linked to abuse have been reported. The powerful drug has a very narrow therapeutic window, meaning it doesn’t take doses much larger than the medically recommended amount to stop a person’s breathing.
I have been under anesthesia before, but I don’t particularly relish coming out of induced sleep because coming out of it also depends on your state of mind, I have found. Once, I hallucinated that I couldn’t breathe, when I really could. Thank goodness there was a nurse there who could and did encourage and calm me down. That’s what bedside manner is, but I felt foolish later. It was simply the after-effect of the drug, and people cannot always help themselves.
I can’t vouch whether induced sleep is “refreshing.” I do remember how I would go under and then come out. The feet would numb first, and then without warning…
There are no dreams when your sleep is induced. The first senses that came to me when I would wake was hearing, and then feeling, and then sight. It’s rather scary too, because the feeling is almost deathlike. I was as cold as ice. You could have four hospital blankets on you as hot as popovers, and the room temperature could be 65 degrees, and you could still be as cold as a corpse. It could last for at least a half-hour to an hour. And since Diprovan/Propofol is used regularly in hospitals, it requires someone who knows what the hell they are doing to bring people back into the living.