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LAPD Treating Jackson Death as Homicide

7/15/2009 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ the LAPD is already treating Michael Jackson's death as a homicide, and they are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray.

Law enforcement sources tell us the evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson's death. As we first reported, vials of Propofol were found in Jackson's home after he died.

Law enforcement sources say there is already "plenty of powerful evidence" linking Dr. Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson. The evidence includes various items found in Jackson's house, including the Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank.

Dr. Murray's lawyer would neither confirm nor deny if his client administered the Propofol.

And we've learned the LAPD has had "multiple conversations" with the L.A. County District Attorney's office, although the case has not been formally presented to the D.A.


One Step Closer to Solving Jackson Drug Mystery


 One Step Closer to Solving Jackson Drug MysteryWe've learned the DEA is hot on the trail of finding out who got the powerful anesthesia that may have killed Michael Jackson.

As we first reported, law enforcement sources tell us they believe Propofol was the primary cause of Jackson's death. One of the vials of Propofol found at Jackson's home was manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The DEA contacted Teva to track down the vial in question.

Our sources say Teva looked at the lot number of the vial and found some of the vials in the lot went to AmerisourceBergen -- a distributor of the drug. We're told the DEA contacted AmerisourceBergen a few days ago and asked for all sales records of Propofol over a recent two-month period.

We're told the DEA is looking to match doctors or other health care providers that obtained the drug with doctors who have some connection to Michael Jackson.

MIchael Jackson Drug Pictures

Anesthesia in Jackson Case Tracked


Michael Jackson PropofolWe've learned several pharmaceutical companies have been contacted by the DEA in the Michael Jackson case and we're told authorities are getting closer to identifying which person may have supplied the powerful anesthesia Propofol that appears to have killed the singer.

Sources tell us law enforcement found vials of Propofol in Michael Jackson's house after he died. The vials all have lot numbers. We're told several days ago the DEA contacted Teva Pharmaceuticals -- which manufactured one of the vials found at the house -- to determine who purchased it.

Teva sells Propofol to medical distributors, who then turn around and sell the vials to hospitals and doctors.

And, law enforcement sources say, the DEA also contacted other manufacturers of Propofol from the other vials found in Jackson's home.

Here's the problem. Although every vial has a lot number, the vials are not marked individually. There are thousands of vials in a lot. So the DEA and LAPD are trying to hone in on the culprit but, we're told, it's no easy task.


Rowe's Lawyer -- Debbie Doesn't Want MJ's Money


Debbie Rowe's lawyer just fired off a letter to the New York Post ... demanding a retraction of its story that Rowe has accepted $4 million to walk away from Michael Jackson's two eldest kids.

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The letter -- written by Rowe's lawyer Eric George -- says "Among the several contenders for overzealous and inaccurate sensationalism, the New York Post has now seized top honors."

George says "Ms. Rowe has not accepted -- and will not accept -- any additional financial consideration beyond the spousal support she and Michael Jackson personally agreed to several years ago." This is a very significant statement and we've confirmed it with another Jackson source.

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Jackson's Maid -- He Binged On Drugs


Michael JacksonOne of Michael Jackson's former housekeepers told law enforcement the singer was often in such bad shape from drugs, his eyes would roll back in his head.

We've obtained documents from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department's 1993 investigation into allegations of child molestation. Kristina Fournier told deputies back then ... she saw syringes while she was employed at Neverland. Deputies asked her if she ever saw Jackson inject himself with a hypodermic needle -- she said no.

Fournier told deputies she was aware Jackson was under the influence of drugs and "under a doctor's care." Fournier said she saw doctors "come and go" at Neverland.

And Fournier said, on the subject of Jackson's drug addiction, "I think he had good periods and bad periods, and when he had a bad period, he had a bad period. Then he would get off (referring to drugs) and then it would start again."

Fournier said it was "well-known" among the Neverland staff that Jackson had a drug problem -- "Yes, and people would say, his eyes were rolling in the back of his head and he wouldn't know what he was talking about."

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Debbie Rowe Injected Jackson with Drugs


Debbie RoweDebbie Rowe frequently injected Michael Jackson with drugs while she worked for Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein.

We've obtained law enforcement documents from the 2005 molestation trial. Included in the records is an affidavit from a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputy who served a search warrant on Dr. Klein in 1993 to obtain Jackson's medical records during the first molestation investigation.

In the affidavit, the deputy writes, in August 1993, "...Ms. Rowe observed the back of Jackson's body while she gave him massages to help him sleep. Ms. Rowe also observed Jackson's buttocks on numerous occasions when she gave him injections prior to acne treatments."

The affidavit does not specify the type of drug Rowe administered. As we reported, Jackson sought out anesthesia and other sedatives for even minor procedures, including acne treatment.

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Jackson Doc Did Not Fully Cooperate


Jackson Doc Did Not Fully CooperateThe assistant coroner who just went to Dr. Arnold Klein's office for Michael Jackson's medical records just confirmed our story -- that he went to the office because Dr. Klein was not fully cooperating with their request for documents.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter just told us ... on July 2 his office contacted Dr. Klein's office and requested Jackson's medical records. Klein's lawyer sent partial records and then promised to send the rest later, but never did. Winter told us his office then called Dr. Klein's rep to say they still hadn't received the documents but Klein's people never responded.

And Winter says, that's why he went to Klein's office today. Winter tells us a lawyer for Dr. Klein was in the office and another lawyer was on the phone. Winter says the lawyers promised to ante up the additional files within 24 hours.

We spoke to Ed after he talked to the press outside of Dr. Klein's office today -- when he said Klein had fully cooperated.

Jackson's Docs Allegedly Manipulated Pharmacies


Michael JacksonWe've obtained law enforcement documents from Michael Jackson's 2005 molestation trial -- and the depth of the singer's drug dependency is further surfacing.

As far back as 1993, Jackson was using aliases to score drugs, according to an employee at the Neverland Ranch. Joey Jeszeck, who worked security, told Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies in 1993 that Jackson would ask him "to go to a pharmacy and pick up his prescription for him." Jeszeck said sometimes the scripts were in the name of other people.

The report says: "Sometimes the pharmacy wouldn't release Jackson's medication to him since it was not in Jeszeck's name. Jackson would then call the doctor and have the prescription changed into the name of the person he was sending to pick it up."

Jeszeck said "one of these doctors was Dr. Farshchian in Florida."

Jackson's Knack for Picking Friendly Docs


MIchael JacksonMichael Jackson had a way of picking doctors who became such close friends with him that the doctor-patient distinction became blurred.

Dr. Alex Farshchian
from Miami was "awe-struck" by Jackson, according to former L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Laperruque, who worked security for Jackson. We obtained notes from an interview Laperruque had with detectives during the child molestation investigation in Santa Barbara. Laperruque said Dr. Farshchian was so enamored with Jackson, he invited the singer to stay at his house in Miami. Laperruque says Jackson took the doctor up on his offer and ended up staying in his converted garage. The question -- why would Jackson settle for such accommodations?

Laperruque told detectives "Farshchian may have been over prescribing medication."

Dr. Arnold Klein was Jackson's longtime friend and Beverly Hills dermatologist. Klein bragged on Larry King that he has slept in the same room as Jackson and shared a close bond with him, going on numerous vacations with the singer. One of Jackson's drivers told the coroner Jackson would spend 3 - 4 hours in Klein's office and come out looking disoriented. A former bodyguard said he also saw Jackson leave Klein's office looking out of it. And powerful prescriptions were found at Neverland -- prescribed by Dr. Klein. The prescriptions were written for Frank Tyson, who worked for Jackson. A former bodyguard said Jackson would use Tyson's name to score drugs. Klein has said he prescribed Demerol for Jackson, a drug to which Jackson was addicted.

Dr. Allan Metzger
, who practices in West Hollywood, went on one of Jackson's concert tours and was close to him. He even videotaped the singer's wedding to Debbie Rowe. Dr. Metzger received a public reprimand for prescribing drugs to Janet Jackson under an alias. Dr. Metzger would not tell us whether he ever prescribed drugs to Michael under an alias. He told us he has not been Jackson's doctor for years, but he spoke with him as recently as last April about medical issues and personal matters.

Some medical experts suggest it's a bad idea for doctors to become close to their patients because the doctors must retain the power to say "no" when the patient wants something that is not medically appropriate. Whatever his motives, Michael Jackson had a talent for picking doctors who were more than happy to pick him as a friend.

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91.

Tina    

You are so right. That's because they didn't see the show that came on with the children admitting that they lied about Michael Jackson molesting them. These children reported on national TV that they were forced to lie by their fathers or family members and they apologized for what they did. Shame Michael Jackson will never hear that apology, but at least his family and the public know the truth about that. Will charges be brought upon the families that falsely accused Michael Jackson and won all that money. Definitely!

1835 days ago
92.

Kris    

Lol.. its funny how many have so many negative things to say aboout MJ's death. how he was a child molester. (but yet proven innocent, ) how he was a drug addict (yet never arrested or anything else for this matter) You dumb people believe everything the Media tells you , including TMZ. you were not their, you, so you dont know what happened. The same people that make silly negative comments. are the same people who had a heart attack when Elvis died. and they mourned him for years.. especially with their weird-out Elvis sittings.. They did this although Elvis was a racist. who copied black performers and stole everything from them, and commented "Black people are good for nothing but shinning my shoes".. he married a 14 yr old girl, is that not proof of molestation. lol,, I come on TMZ to get a laugh, job well done!!!

1835 days ago
93.

Toni    

If Michael died from drugs administered by an unethical doctor, then that doctor needs to be prosecuted (and lose his license). Yes, Michael was an addict and paid the ultimate price, however, that does not excuse the actions of any unethical doctor. Doctors need to be accountable. Also, it doesn't matter whether Michael was the biological father of his children. My mom was adopted. All reports so far indicate that Michael was a great father. Let the children love their father. I personally hope that since this is such a high profile case, that more will be done to help the large population in this country that are addicted to prescription meds. It is a very common problem that can happen to anyone once they began using because of chronic or severe pain.Hopefully, something good will come out of this.

1835 days ago
94.

mikel    

I was going to write something profound....then I realized that there is nothing profound to say! Many great unrecognized people die everyday; MJ is just better know. Not necessarily a better person..........just another dead person!

1835 days ago
95.

Louise    

Michael Jackson was a grown man, not an infant. No one forced him to take those drugs. He should have just said, "No!" by seeking help. He wouldn't let anyone else help him. He should have helped himself. He knew exactly what he was doing.

1835 days ago
96.

Buster    

Whats up Doc..............

He who hides in darkness will eventually come out into the light........................

1835 days ago
97.

Dee    

"MEDIA-HYPE"..... For those of you who are so blatantly vicious and so bored with your own lives that you spend your energy up being ANGRY in HATRED and negatively blogging everywhere you can, drug addiction is not uncommon among the rich and famous. Where have you been??? Michael Jackson's situation is no different from the Anna Nicole Smith case. When you are pressured everywhere you go to "perform for the media"- photographers, reporters, on stage. off stage- you don't even have peace to go to the bathroom (for crying out loud). What do you do? You turn to "relief" in whatever form you can. I'm not glorifying anyone's drug use. I'm simply saying..... Glory in America always comes with a price! It just might be through loss of life in pursuit of the "American Dream", which is really just a fantasy. If we would all just learn to LOVE, as Michael Jackson sang and spoke of so honorably, then when you 'look in the mirror' you might just find that you love yourself! Try that and MAKE A CHANGE!!!!! Peace Out

1835 days ago
98.

Lily    

Why do people insist he was a child molestor. I don't believe he was. he had a ton of money and peopel were out to get him all the time because he had money. I hope all the people who killed him go to jail!!!

1835 days ago
99.

bmwlady101    

OMG what is wrong with some of you people?? Those of you who continally go down this path, you are the cause of your problems. I am a WHITE REPUBLICAN and am disgusted with some of the remarks on here, thought we were behind on this crap. To those that CHOOSE TO BELIEVE LIES , before the family accused Michael Jackson of child molestion they also tried to get money out of the Comedian George Lopez, who finally got a restraining order against the family to stay away from hIm, as he knew they were money hungry vultures. Before they set their sights on George or Michael they got JC Penny Cor, the Mother said that two Security Guards groped her in front of her two sons, this was of course after they were thrown out of the store for SHOPLIFTING, due to the BAD PUBLICITY they settle for a payment of 150,000 thousand , the family was going for three million. Now the JC Penny Cor still has the SAME TWO SECURITY GUARDS EMPLOYED WHY ? BECAUSE THEY WERE INNOCENT JUST LIKE MICHAEL, the first boy back in the nineties Jordie Chandler has come forth and said they IT WAS ALL A LIE AND HIS MOTHER MADE HIM LIE, NOT BAD FOR GETTING 15 MILLION. JUST LIKE JC PENNY COR MICHAEL WAS ADVISED TO PAY OUT TO KILL THE STORY AND GO WITH HIS LIFE. tHE SECOND FAMILY USED WHAT HAD HAPPENED IN THE NINETES TO CAPITALIZE THEIR CASE THIONKING OH IF HE WAS ACCUSED ONCE, EVERYONE WILL BELIEVE US, THESE PEOPLE WERE OPPORTUNISTS AND MICHAEL WAS UNFORTUNATELY AN EASY TARGET. PROBLEM IS THE PRESS WILL NOT LET IT GO AND ONLY REPORT THE DIRT WHICH IS WHAT YOU OBVIOUSLY RELISH IN. HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE ENOUGH TO LOOK BEYOND THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN AND SEE THAT THE ONLY VICTIM WAS MICHAEL JACKSON, WHO WAS GUILTY OF BEING NAIVE.. THE MEDIA DESTROYED THE MAN IN LIFE LET HIM REST IN PEACE.

1835 days ago
100.

Woody    

Too many very affluent people are dying from drugs because they live in the "fast lane." Simple living would have probably kept them alive.

1835 days ago
101.

Michael Southard    

TMZ is responsible for his death just as much as anyone else in the ongoing investigation. TMZ might want to employ or have representatives who actually have a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, because everything that their site or their staff consists of are uneducated parasites and people who fabricate and sensationalize stories.

I am starting to wonder if the employees of TMZ are people who have been laid off from Fox News Channel and any of its affiliates, because it is quite obvious that none of them are qualified to report on anything except for things that have been manipulated or fabricated, and they do it proudly for any dollar amount.

1835 days ago
102.

jean    

To Janet. I think you are in denial to. He took those drugs like i said no one put a gun to his head. People loved Elvis and Elvis took drugs to. People with money do stupid things. I know he is gone. But another question lingers in my mind. If the man wasn't a molester why then did he pay off those people. He could have gotten them for slander or had a gag order put on them. He didn't have to pay them. I just think it is sad that his family are in denial of what happened. They are trying to find a scape goat for this. MJ knew what was up. He hung himself as far as i am concerned.

1835 days ago
103.

anthony    

TO #9 AND #11...TO HELL WITH U!!!! U GUYS WILL BE THE ONES BURNING AND ROTTING IN HELL, IF U CANT STAND MJ, THEN DONT POST ANYTHING!! GUESS U DO HAVE SOME INTEREST IN HIM??!! GOOD OR BAD

1835 days ago
104.

PUDDIN0184    

WHAT EVER HAPPENED, BURY THE DUDE SOME WHERE, WHERE THE DOGS CAN'T GET HIM AND
MOVE ON. GET LIVES OF YOUR OWN TO LIVE. AND STOP WALLLERIN AROUND MAKING ASSES OF YOURSELVES OVER SOME ONE WHO KILLED HIMSELF OVER INDULGING IN NARCOTICS THE REST OF US CAN ONLY DREAM OF.

1835 days ago
105.

Wendy Frederick    

It's still the Doctor's responsibility to say "No." If you are a decent doctor, no matter how much someone
bribes you or pays you, you do NOT ever prescribe drugs to someone, unless they are using them for medical
legitimate reasons.

Not only do you risk killing that person, but you risk losing your license to practice medicine! I don't blame
Michael Jackson, but I blame his enablers who constantly supplied him. They should have known better.
I hope they all are brought out in the open. They do not deserve to practice medicine - they are in it to
make lots of money and say they knew Michael, personally. Any decent doctor would have refused him and
said if he wanted drugs, go to someone else!

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