Sleeping with the Enemy

Viewpoint of a trial watcher # 3

I am getting increasingly frustrated by the rumors and the so-called fans that are trying to ruin Michael Jackson’s name with all this “drug” talk.   It might be coming to a close, and it might have been a homicide…

Many people are comparing the Michael Jackson tragedy to tragedies of other celebrities, especially Elvis Presley, and we wonder if there were any charges filed against Elvis’ physician “Doctor Nick” or if there were any Elvisreports of foul play?  As it turns out, in 1980, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners suspended the doctor’s license for three months.   Dr George C. Nichopoulos was indicted for “unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously” prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley and other patients; however, he was acquitted of all charges a year later.  He may not have served a prison sentence, but in 1995 the board took away his medical license permanently for over-prescribing narcotics.

It seems to me that Michael Jackson’s Cardiologist, Dr. Conrad Murray should go before the Medical Examiners, at the very least.  Dr. Murray was sleeping in Michael Jackson’s home… where his children lived and he was responsible for getting the drugs for Michael … and the drugs killed Michael – sounds like Michael may have been sleeping with the enemy?

Yesterday, Ken Lee from posted “Report: L.A. Coroner Rules Michael Jackson Death Homicide . Apparently, the autopsy revealed that there were “lethal levels of the anesthetic Propofol in his body, the Los Angeles County Coroner has reportedly ruled the singer’s death a homicide, the Associated Press reports.

What I don’t understand is “why” it is taking so long to get these autopsy results, to review the toxicology and to file charges, if that is what is going to happen.  Apparently, Dr Murray had been concocting some sort of “drug cocktail” that he was preparing for Michael Jackson.  I have said it before, if Michael was in pain, he should have been referred to Pain Management; if the doctor thought that Michael had a “drug problem”, then he should have referred him for therapy; if Michael was having insomnia related to the Systemic Lupus that he was sick with, then he should have been referred to a Rheumatologist who “treats” Lupus… and by all means, there should have been a Primary Care Physician/Family Doctor, to monitor what Dr Murray was doing… something was definitely not right.

“In a related Jackson development, details from a search warrant affidavit unsealed in Houston detailed the singer’s final hours, the Los Angeles Times reports.    According to the search warrant, Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, told LAPD detectives that he had been treating the singer for insomnia for about six weeks, and had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of Propofol every night intravenously. Jackson referred to Propofol, a cloudy white fluid, as his “milk,” according to the affidavit.”

“Dr. Murray told police he was worried Jackson was becoming addicted to the powerful anesthetic and tried to ease him off it. Murray said he reduced the singer’s dosage to 25 mg and added two other sedatives, Lorazepam and Midazolam, the Times reports. On June 23, two days before Jackson’s death, Murray administered those two medications and withheld the Propofol.   On the morning the singer died, Dr. Murray tried to help Jackson sleep without using Propofol, according to the paper. Murray told detectives he gave the singer Valium at 1:30 a.m., and then injected Lorazepam through an IV at 2 a.m. An hour later, when Jackson was still awake, Murray gave him Midazolam, according to the report.”

To make matters worse… what was Dr Murray thinking?  He actually left Michael alone!mjackson

“Over the next few hours, Murray said he gave Jackson various drugs. Then at 10:40 a.m., Murray administered 25 mg  of Propofol after Jackson repeatedly demanded the drug, according to the affidavit.   Murray told detectives that after he administered Jackson’s last dose of Propofol, he stepped away from the singer for only two minutes to use the restroom. When he returned, Murray said, he found Jackson wasn’t breathing and immediately began CPR.”

But, the reports further claim that the detectives reviewed the phone records and learned that Dr Murray was on three calls, he was talking for 47 mins AFTER he found Michael and knew that he was not breathing. Murray did CPR and one of Michael’s staff called EMS 911, and you know the rest.   During the investigation, there were many bottles of Propofol found in the house as well as other narcotic medications.   “Some of the other drugs confiscated in the search included Valium, Tamsulosin, Lorazepam, Temazepam, Clonazepam, Trazodone and Tizanidine, Times reports. They also found Propofol in Murray’s medical bag. However, Murray told police he wasn’t the first doctor to administer Propofol to Jackson. Murray, has denied any wrongdoing.”   If he didn’t do anything wrong… if he really didn’t do anything unethical or harmful to Michael Jackson, then he would have defended these claims by now… it has been two months today…

Do you think Dr Murray was looking out for Michael Jackson, was he his friend?  Or, was Michael sharing his home with Dr Murray because he trusted him to look after his well-being, but was really “sleeping with the enemy”?

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Dr. Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson
Photo by: Houston Chronicle / AP; Globe

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