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Cover-Up in Michael Jackson Death?

3/1/2010 4:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson received the fatal dose of Propofol through an IV in his leg, and law enforcement believes Dr. Conrad Murray may have tried covering it up ... this according to law enforcement sources and an anesthesiologist who reviewed the case.

Cover-Up in Michael Jackson Death?

Dr. Murray told cops he administered only a very small amount of Propofol -- 2.5ml shortly before Jackson died. But Dr. John Dombrowski, a noted anesthesiologist and member of the board of the American Society of Anesthesiologists who reviewed the file, tells TMZ that 2.5ml couldn't put Jackson to sleep, much less kill him. Indeed, the Coroner's report notes the level of Propofol found in Jackson's body was equivalent to that found during "general anesthesia for major surgery."

A small, empty, 20ml bottle of Propofol was found in the bedroom, but there was a secret compartment in a nearby closet that could be the key to the prosecution's case. Several days after Jackson's death, law enforcement found numerous bottles of Propofol in that closet, including a large, empty, 100ml bottle with a large tear in the rubber stopper.

The tear could be critical evidence. There are two ways of administering Propofol. The first is sticking a syringe into the rubber stopper, withdrawing a small amount and then injecting it into the tubing. The second way is by using a spike -- which creates a tear in the rubber stop -- and connects the entire bottle of Propofol to the tube.

Dr. Dombrowski says if a spike is used to connect the bottle directly to the IV tube, the doctor must use an infusion pump to regulate the flow of Propofol -- otherwise, the patient could easily OD. There was no infusion pump found in Jackson's home.

Dr. Dombrowski and law enforcement sources believe Dr. Murray may have connected the 100ml bottle of Propofol to the tube, and then either tried regulating the flow by eyeballing it or just letting it flow by itself ... and Dr. Dombrowski calls either scenario "reckless." Remember, Dr. Murray himself told detectives at one point he walked out of Jackson's room to go to the bathroom.

If Dr. Murray did indeed attach the 100ml bottle to the tube and the contents emptied into Jackson's system, that would be 40 times more Propofol than Dr. Murray said he administered.

There is no explanation for the empty bottle of Propofol in the hidden compartment.

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571.

tone    

628. The LA Coroner had no difficulty determining the cause of death: Acute Propofol Intoxication. It's there in the autopsy report. The benzos were hardly detectable, but must have had an amplifying effect on the Propofol. MJ would have died from the Propofol even if the other sedatives had not been given to him during the night. I'll bet Murray did hook up that 100ml bottle, and with nothing to regulate the flow, MJ OD'd on the Propofol. The benzos just made it happen faster.


Danger baby,

I disagree. If Murray had administered 100ml of Propofol I believe he would have gone into cardiac arrest at the time of administration. A single dose typically wears off within minutes. According to wikipedia, The half life of elimination of Propofol has been estimated at 2-24 hours. The duration of clinical effect is much shorter because Propofol is rapidly distributed into the peripheal tissues. Doses are tritrated against patient response in increments of 25-50ml.

It's remarkable that there was any detection of Propofol in the autopsy.

On the contrary, Lorazepam is absorbed relatively slowly causing PROLONGED PEAK EFFECTS. Lorazepam (Antivan) is highly addictive, the 3rd most abused benzodiazepine, easy to build up tolerance and posssibly overdose.

Midazadam is indicated for short term treatment of insomnia. It is short acting and has a fast elimination and probably barely detectable in the autopsy.

1665 days ago
572.

danger baby    

tone -- i think we're saying the same thing, or close to it. i think mj did die soon after the propofol was administered. probably within 20 to 30 minutes. the science tells us murray gave mj way more than what he claims. way more than the small empty bottle found in the room. i still think it was the 100 ml bottle in the closet. murray may have hooked it up and tried to eyeball it, then when everything seem to be going okay, walked away to start making calls on his cell. the 100 ml bottle explains why there would be so much propofol still in mj's system at ucla and at autopsy. though i have read that post mortem, propofol exits the tissues and re-enters the blood, causing an elevation of the drug in the blood (how long the elevation lasts i have no idea). the autopsy was performed the next morning, on the 26th around 10AM, i believe i read.

1665 days ago
573.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

LAPD has 3 not charged yet,WILL THAT HAPPEN

1665 days ago
574.

danger baby    

also, of course murray is not going to administer the entire 100 ml bottle at once. he' s not THAT stupid. however much he gave mj of the 100ml, it was a h*ll of a lot more than what he claims.

1665 days ago
575.

danger baby    

I agree that Murray may have been fed up with not getting paid and possibly getting yelled at by MJ who was demanding his 'milk'. He might have just thought, "Yeah, I'll put you out for a nice long sleep, and then I am getting some rest myself." I don't think he (Murray) fell asleep because the LAPD says phone records show he was on the phone from 11:18 to 12:04. I think he was in over his heard and did not know how dangerous this drug really is. He was not up to the job.

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"With the motivating factor being money. It likely to assume that he may have wanted to get a few hours rest that particular night and thought it may have been okay to inject a little more than usual. Neverthless, to our dismay, he may have overslept and awakened only to find a "deceased" Michael Jackson."

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/03/01/coverup-michael-jackson-death-propofol-dr-conrad-murray-lapd-iv/43#c25907836#ixzz0h5H55Z2q

1665 days ago
576.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

the TAPE has a pic THAT WILL SHOCK YOU,a pic from the LAPD found on 6-25-09 ""ALWAYS TAKE THE HARD DRIVE"" KISS ME FOOL

1665 days ago
577.

Donna Evans    

The Plot thickens!!! heheheheheheh....Michael I love you!!

1664 days ago
578.

fan    

The issue was why Murray was hired. MJ always had an excuse for everything wrong in his life.

His idea of having a valuable mentor was just living in a fantasyworld with pals like Liz Taylor.
He thought just because his family told him to do concerts, it was ok to do it, no matter how much he suffered. Emotional intelligence wasn't important but child-like destructive behavior was ok to him

Either he allowed someone to hurt him, then everyone ignored the bad results (failing to see how plastic surgery disaster destroyed him, or doing concerts
with illness/injury)....
and/or he rejected any conversation when he failed at something or refused to accept that trusting people, his religious beliefs & taking drugs were bad for his family (stupid kids at Neverland, not checking the background of doctors, not caring what happened to his own children).

1664 days ago
579.

Cate    

@Maya - 25mg IS 2.5ml

1664 days ago
580.

tone    

Posted at 4:50PM on Mar 3rd 2010 by danger baby


Your post an eloquent analysis! Well said.

1664 days ago
581.

tone    

Posted at 9:47PM on Mar 2nd 2010 by VAK

Wikipedia has "Michael Jackson death" info. It states that Dr. Murray first arrived at the house in the afternoon when he found MJ in his bed with a weak pulse. Wikipedia is only as reliable as the source yet they most have confirmed this with the witnesses.

There is so gossip on the internet it is difficult to sort out. I still don't believe the propofol story. If the inner circle knew that MJ was in his final days because of a terminal illness, than that would be a logical reason for using propofol. There are so many wonderful sleep drugs that will knock you out quite effectively. The books written before 2009 never mentioned MJ using propofol but went into great length about the demerol and morphine.

1664 days ago
582.

danger baby    

nice. i've enjoyed your lucid posts as well. murray's next court date is april 5th at which time the judge will set the date for the preliminary hearing. that's when it gets good, as the prelim will be a virtual mini-trial. we'll get to see what the prosecution plans to use from its grab bag of evidence to nail this quack.

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You post an eloquent analysis! Well said.

Posted at 9:19PM on Mar 3rd 2010 by tone

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/03/01/coverup-michael-jackson-death-propofol-dr-conrad-murray-lapd-iv/43#comments#ixzz0hAkKh3N7

1664 days ago
583.

danger baby    

I read that (Wikipedia article). Someone needs to review and edit that, as it's wrong.

Also, I've been saying Murray injected MJ at 10:40AM, but several reports I've read since say 10:50AM (if so, I stand corrected). Since Murray is now changing his story, we'll have to wait and see what timeline he settles on. He may say he was off by an hour, and that he injected at 11:50, not 10:50. That way, it won't look as though he left his patient unattended while he wandered off to make telephone calls.

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"Wikipedia has "Michael Jackson death" info. It states that Dr. Murray first arrived at the house in the afternoon when he found MJ in his bed with a weak pulse. Wikipedia is only as reliable as the source yet they most have confirmed this with the witnesses."

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/03/01/coverup-michael-jackson-death-propofol-dr-conrad-murray-lapd-iv/44#comments#ixzz0hAqnNcMv

1664 days ago
584.

Cher    

Break of Dawn - Pt. 1...
Ch'mon! Looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel after all. Lots of action on this one which is a good thing. Some outsiders appear to be dumbfounded as to why after 8 mos. some of us are still following Michael's case. They say we need to move on with our lives and quit beating a dead horse on our keypads. Problem is, they have no clue the level of magnificence this man had--if they did, they would not only enjoy the parade, but also join in. This, after all is about Michael Jackson and he, his work and life are all about L.O.V.E.
Anyhoo, here's what's rockin' with me tonight:
1. #17,28,et.al.--Call for Propofol: Here's the thing about the Prop, we only have Dr. Murder's word that Michael asked for the Prop and that he was weaning him off of it as someone stated earlier. Clearly, the whole "weaning" story was hatched by Dr. Murder and co. to bail him out as it turned out he had only been treating Michael for 1 week not 6 so there wasn't time to wean him off anything. Also, the fact that he lied and said he only administered 25 mg of Prop when the Coroner found acute levels of it in Michael's system--enough for a major operation tells us he knew he was in deep and decided to cover-up.
Now here's a thought: What if the whole Propofol scenario was a ruse? A story concocted by whoever's behind all of this? After all, who wouldn't believe it? Michael had acquired a rep for being "out there" and most of the known world will swear he's the biggest drug addict known to man--which means they would also believe he OD'ed on something which explains why all of the script bottles were all over his room. Another key to add to the theory of hard-core drug addict is the multiple alias idea--conveniently using a mixture of names associated with Michael. Then a "doctor" was hired to work exclusively for Michael. Question is, who hired him? Remember soon after Michael passed, AEG's Randy Phillips was on every news program around informing us that Michael was healthy and doing great--he even passed an Insurance Medical and had his own personal doctor who he stated MICHAEL hired NOT THEM...of course, Michael is conveniently unable to refute this. I became suspicious as soon as Phillips made these statements denying they had any knowledge of Murray other than the fact that Michael insisted on hiring him against their wishes. Another person who has to know more than he's saying is the choreographer/assistant Travis--no way he didn't see that things were off in all that time he was working with MIchael at his house and at rehearsals. In TII, he was at Michael's side the whole time--one of the few things that irked me about the film...it was almost as if someone felt he had to keep Michael on a string--or in check...which begs the question, was Travis a part of this plan, too?
Then, in walks Nurse Cherilyn out of the blue. as someone stated, it's a little strange that Michael would decide to work with someone of her calibre for nutrition. Michael had a habit of finding people who are considered to be top in their field--once he heard about them, he would seek them out and hire them. This is why I have a hard time buiying that he wanted Murray and Nurse Cherilyn to work for him. Neither had any kind of track record or name for themselves prior to this which is very fishy. With Cherilyn, she is either totally legit in stepping forward about the Prop, or she was hired to do it by the same people who hired her in the first place. Remember 2 things about her: The affidavit says they found prescriptions she wrote for Michael under an alias, and Murray told LAPD that she gave Michael Prop herself...
Bottom line, there are way too many unanswered questions and way too many people out there who are not getting their moment on the hot seat. Someone stated that they believe another doctor introduced Michael to the Prop, that there was no way he thought of it on his own and I have to say that's brilliant. Whichever doctor it was would have to be someone Michael trusted and had a long relationship with...someone he even exposed his children to...Metzger accused Arnie Klein of being that doctor and I think he's right. There were reports that Debbie Rowe stated that Klein was the one who got Michael hooked on Demerol and other pain meds and I believe it.
2. #117--The one about Suicide: This was a popular theory in the beginning and probably one that the culprits wanted people to buy into. Michael was 'desperate' because he knew he couldn't live up to expectations for the 50 concerts so rather than let his family and fans down, he decided to take another way out by killing himself. This last statement is exactly why I don't buy the suicide or the hoax theory either for that matter. Michael spent most of his life onstage and he knew how to work around it if there were days where he wasn't up to par. Furthermore, I don't think h

1664 days ago
585.

cookie    

Murray is just trying to cover his ass. Why should that come as a surprise? He's not the most honest doctor to start with.

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