June 3, 2011, - 7:34 pm

G-d Does “Assisted Suicide” on World’s Most Macabre Artist, Killer

By Debbie Schlussel

As you know, Jack Kevorkian a/k/a “Dr. Death” died today in the comfort of a hospital, after fighting to stay alive amidst liver cancer and other maladies of old age.  Yup, old age . . . something not all of his victims got to experience because he murdered them.  I passed by the hospital where he died, this morning, and I noted how the place, Beaumont Hospital, is much nicer than the cramped, dark spaces where many of Kevorkian’s victims drew their last breaths before premature death.    It’s funny how the same crowd of situational ethics liberals, who are always decrying “back alley abortions,” have no prob with back alley–and back-of-rotting-VW-van–murders.  I don’t need to say much more on Kevorkian, who was not a licensed physician (his license was yanked long ago).  I said it all, last year, when HBO glorified him in the Al Pacino vehicle, “You Don’t Know Jack.”

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Kevorkian Art . . .

Not all of Kevorkian’s victims were of sound mind or legitimately at death’s door or in extreme pain and suffering.  In fact, some died under suspicious circumstances and health that wasn’t exactly failing.  One of them was allegedly pushed into it by her husband, Franklin Curren, who reportedly improperly prescribed drugs to his wife and was arrested for assaulting her just weeks before she played the starring role in Kevorkian’s live human snuff-out.  These problems and many others are fleshed out in Michael Betzold’s “Appointment with Doctor Death,” probably the most thorough and detailed account of the real Jack Kevorkian story.

A word of full disclosure:  my personal lawyer and good friend, Michael Alan Schwartz, a brilliant former prosecutor, was one of Kevorkian’s lawyers for many years.  In fact, as the partner of Geoffrey Fieger, who had little criminal defense experience, Michael was the brains behind the successful Kevorkian legal defense at nearly all of his trials for assisted suicide.  Michael knows I opposed the “work” of Jack Kevorkian and that I am pro-life, so we agree to disagree on that.  In my view, Kevorkian is a glorified murderer.

And he was also probably the world’s most macabre “artist.” His paintings and other depictions–with a few exceptions–are mostly repulsive.  See his most famous painting above, which also seems to liken crosses and Jewish stars with bullets.  But he did get it right on the similarities between and joint operations and intersections of the Nazis and Muslims.  He was, after all, a proud Armenian and made the painting above on the Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust and the Armenian Holocaust perpetrated by Turkish Muslims.  Hey, a broken clock . . . you know, two times per day.

To me, the biggest and most regrettable thing about Kevorkian, other than the lives he took, is the fact that he made stars out of scumbags and the ethically challenged, whether they were his supporters or his opponents.

We all know about trial lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, who, today, held the tackiest press conference ever.  Fieger talked about how, in every life, a wave comes which–if ridden correctly–can lead to huge success and stardom in a person’s life.  Fieger said his wave was Jack Kevorkian . . . and boy, did he ride that guy.  Hey, at least, he’s honest about it.

Then, there is Jack Lessenberry.  The sleazy writer covered the Kevorkian legal troubles for the New York Times .  .  . at the same time that he was ghostwriting articles for Kevorkian’s attorney Fieger.  Incredibly, Lessenberry teaches college courses in journalistic ethics, for which the course title can only be, “Do As I Say, NOT As I Do.”

And in the opposing corner, there is the sleazy Robert Thompson.  Unlike Kevorkian, he’s embarrassed by his Armenian heritage and changed his name from Thomasian long ago.  Thompson was the Oakland County Prosecutor, who spent gazillions in taxpayer money repeatedly going after Kevorkian . . . and he lost each time.  He was defeated in his re-election bid because he’s incompetent and a horrible lawyer.  Now, he heads the Thomas More Law Center, where he loses most of his cases, but isn’t in it to win.  He’s in it to raise money to pay his anti-Semitic lawyers, like Emily Zanotti, the nutjob who–while she “worked” for him–spent all day long blogging in praise of Holocaust-denial and death, rape, and torture threats sent to me, my parents, and my Holocaust survivor  grandparents.  Thompson defended Zanotti’s praise of these Muslim anti-Semitic death, rape, and torture threats.  Too bad Dr. Death didn’t work his magic on the both of them.

Then, there is the man who finally put Kevorkian behind bars, David Gorcyca, who ran on the platform that we should stop spending money prosecuting this murderer, Kevorkian.  Then, he spent money prosecuting Kevorkian and got a jury to convict Dr. Death.  Gorcyca, who didn’t run for re-election, recently cost Michigan taxpayers over $200,000 to defend him for defaming a wrongly-accused teacher on Detroit’s radio airwaves, an ethical no-no which tainted the entire jury pool.  The teacher was never convicted, and his family spent everything they had on at least two trials.  Gorcyca spent nothing on his defense before the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.  His former constituents bought him the best defense money can buy.

So, for me–and anyone else paying attention, Jack Kevorkian’s damage spanned beyond the lives he took before it was time.  He created a few nominal stars whose infamy lives beyond  his death.  If only all of them were hooked up to his contraption at the back of the VW van.

They knew Jack. But they “didn’t do Jack.”

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43 Responses

Debbie

I agree w/ you on most other things, but like Michael Alan Schwarz, I disagree w/ you on this one on simple principle – if someone wants to die for whatever reason, s/he has a right to – whether it’s by suicide, or by doctor assisted. Yeah, if one wants to separate such a profession from your usual medical profession, by all means, go ahead. But I hate pro-Lifers trying to force people who don’t want to stay alive, to stay alive. W/ abortion, there is at least the argument that the fetus doesn’t have a vote, but that’s not even the case here.

I’ll grant you this much – I’m not for Jack Kevorkian breaking the law, but I will say that this law (banning assisted suicide, or even suicide) has about as much morality behind it as does your average law on taxation.

Infidel on June 4, 2011 at 12:40 am

    We disagree. For me, the value of a human life is absolute.

    Dr. Death was a hypocrite. He happily snuffed out innocent human lives but he lived to a ripe old age, dying of natural causes.

    He was a murderer, pure and simple. Claiming anything else is an insult to people’s intelligence.

    NormanF on June 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I have to comment to Infidel’s comment on June 4.

    That is the stupidest thing I have ever read. I am now dumber for having seen it., along with anyone else who read it.

    Who makes the decision about what the victim wanted? The doctor,nope. The gangster who claims his victim “was asking for it”. The guy with road rage that shoots and kills another with the explanation ‘He was trying to kill himself, the way he was driving.”

    DNR is alive and well (no pun intended). Suicide is more legal than almost any action. At least to my knowledge nobody has been tried for suicide and then convicted. Please let me know the case law, if you know of one. It will make a great movie…even without a sequel.

    I might agree to pulling the plug on brain dead writer that respond on blogs. By that I mean pulling the plug on the computer, so they can’t injure the intellect of others.

    William on June 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

On all the other activities, including his associations w/ Geoffrey Feiger, et al and his paintings, I certainly didn’t/don’t think much of him

Infidel on June 4, 2011 at 12:43 am

Interesting article Debbie. You sure know a great deal about many topics.

Karen on June 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

An old labourer, bent double with age and toil, was gathering sticks in a forest. At last he grew so tired and hopeless that he threw down the bundle of sticks, and cried out: “I cannot bear this life any longer. Ah, I wish Death would only come and take me!”
As he spoke, Death, a grisly skeleton, appeared and said to him: “What wouldst thou, Mortal? I heard thee call me.”
“Please, sir,” replied the woodcutter, “would you kindly help me to lift this faggot of sticks on to my shoulder?”
…We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Imagine you had a button you could push anytime to end your life. How many people have wished for that at one time or another only to be gratefull minutes later for another chance.
Kevorkian found people at the lowest moment of their life and instead of helping them up he helped them dig their grave. A sick pathethic useless man.
Cowards commit suicide, the strong hang on despite, or fear of, the pain.

theShadow on June 4, 2011 at 3:08 am

Dr. Death was an almost silent “poster boy” for the insurance industry, introducing the concept of “total loss” for human life. As is with this kind of person, one needs to look into his personal history, wearing the cap of say…Sigmund Freud to gather a more complete picture of who he really was.

Even at the German death camps there were Jews to greet the new arrivals, knowing full well that only death awaited for most who were forced through their gates.

Rep. Wiener is now facing a problem arising from his sexual energies, those forces of life which often drive us into decisions that at times amazes.

Dr. Death would counsel Rep. Wiener how? Dead meat is what, after all is said and done?

RJ on June 4, 2011 at 4:58 am

The guy was a psychopath dressed up as a doctor.

I don’t miss Dr. Death and his questionable services to humanity.

Good riddance!

NormanF on June 4, 2011 at 5:09 am

Kevorkian was one thing and one thing only…A EUGENICIST! AND I HOPE HE IS ENJOYING HIS RIDE ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv24N8H1KyI

Bob Porrazzo on June 4, 2011 at 6:40 am

Another great, insightful post, Debbie. I was on the fence about Kevorkian, but not so much, now.

DS_ROCKS! on June 4, 2011 at 7:06 am

Although Kevorkian was imprisoned, his legacy has been taken over by the Government, on a bipartisan basis. No one with honesty doubts that the new health care bill will penalize most seniors, and shorten their lives, in some cases significantly.

Republicans too, support this, although they symbolically opposed Obamacare. Romney with his plan in Massachusetts, with much of the Republican bureaucracy nevertheless supporting him, shows that their opposition to Obamacare was symbolic.

There are unsubstantiated or vague claims about how much money, nationally, was spent on seniors’ last year of life — the implication clearly being that this money would better be unspent on this. Aside from shortening peoples’ lives for up to a year, do we always know in advance that someone is in their last year of life? If we cut availability to those health services, and assume that someone is in their last year of life, we will inevitably kill many who would have had more than a year of life remaining.

Old people are being sacrificed for the illegal immigrants, the elite and those on welfare, an uncredited expansion and routinization of Kevorkianism.

Little Al on June 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Little Al, I agree with you. Plus we have a government that supports (not condones) the taking of life via abortion… terminating a life because the child is considered “unwanted”. How many “unwanted” children were born and make a major impression on history? I am still looking in the Constitution which grants abortion. Perhaps the liberal justices needed some type of excuse to justify the deaths of millions. Liberalism truly is a sick and demented religion.

    pats on June 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

And I do think his paintings are better than a lot of the modern trash currently in museums. At least he didn’t draw a crucifix in a jar of urine.

Little Al on June 4, 2011 at 7:27 am

Just one thing to think about. Would you give a loaded pistol to someone in a severe depression who says they do not want to live? Terminally ill people go through PERIODS of severe depression and despair when they want to die – any hospice worker can tell you this. And many go on from utter despair to make peace with themselves and others and to die with a dignity that transcends the degradation of physical suffering.

dan on June 4, 2011 at 9:26 am

Oregon now has legal assisted suicide, thankfully. I wonder if the medical establishment was against Dr Kevorkian because he was losing them profits? Is the main reason Doctors don’t want you to die because they can’t make money off dead people?

Truth on June 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

My mother is in a nursing home and there are many elderly people there that are just waiting to die. They will not be cured. They have no visitors and their savings are just being milked until they run out of money. While I am there they constantly mistake me for someone that works there and are crying out for pain medication or they messed themselves in bed. This is not the way life was intended to be. I will not end my life in some nursing home wearing a diaper and be fed through a tube. I would get my finances in order, have a final talk with my kids and then would tell my kids to give me a premade “cocktail” that will take care of business and I can end my life on my own terms.

Mike on June 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Elderly people are capable of taking care of themselves. Where in the world did we get the idea the aged have nothing to contribute to society except to die?

    We treat them like we are embarrassed by them. Youth is highly overrated.

    NormanF on June 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I knew,that if he was ever sick and dying, he wouldn’t Lead By Example,if you know what I mean….

Phineas on June 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

He didn’t lead by example.

Its kind of ironic the hero of the “voluntary human self-extinction” project was a complete fraud.

He could have ended his own life to spare himself suffering and he fought to live to the very end.

Kevorkian never offered his victims that same choice he took for himself.

NormanF on June 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    You keep repeating this like a parrot but not everyone who’s dying from cancer suffers from pain. I knew a case of liver cancer when a woman just lost all her energy, felt sleepy and passed away quietly w/o ever feeling any pain. I knew a case when a woman having lung cancer decided to kill herself by starving, and she did. I knew a man who died of stomach cancer, two weeks after he was diagnozed, again w/o any suffering. In fact, when he died his doc has not told him the bad news yet. Maybe Dr Death did not suffer much and/or died suddenly, much before he expected. Or maybe he did but decided to last long enough to see another grandchild born, or maybe he hoped to watch this season’s Stanley’s cup finals. In any case, why is this any of your business?

    Begletz on June 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I never understood how “doctors” who undertook the Hippocratic Oath to do their best to save life could interpret that as taking life.

That SOB died a much more humane death than the inhumane and slow death from starvation and thirst like Terri Schiavo was forced to do as the Schindlers had no choice but to watch their daughter die.

Obama doesn’t know when life begins as it was above his pay grade. When asked during the forum at Saddleback Church, Obama said last month (2008) “that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.”

If O is indeed Christian, wonder how we would answer the following question:
“As a Christian, do you believe that Jesus had the right to life from conception?”

I may be one of the few left to prefer a violent death protecting others rather than going quietly into the night from old age. Quoting the Warrior Song “Lord Make Me Dead Before You Make Me Old.”

Ms. Schlussel – Keep up the great work Ma’am.

Jew Lover on June 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Kevorkian was a PATHOLOGIST. He chose to minister to the dead his whole career. I doubt that he related to living patients.

Smudge on June 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I don’t know what Kervorkian had in mind with his creepy art, but without anyone explaining that to me, I took them to have an anti war message. Christians, Moslems, Jews, communists, nazis, capitalists and a host of other “ists” amd “isms” have been slaughtering each other ever since shortly after Adam and Eve got their asses booted out of the garden of eden.

RT on June 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

He was one of those guys who I never really much thought about one way or the other. I suppose that whether or not he was doing the right or wrong thing would depend entirely on the level of unrelievable pain his er, um, “client” was in. There are a few issues like this, that arouse vehement passions on both sides of the isle, that I am completely ambivalent about. Like gay marriage and flag burning.

The reason I don’t care one way or the other about gay marriage is because not only does it not affect my life in any way shape or form, but as far as I can see, it would barely even have an effect on the lives of gay people. The reason I don’t really care about flag burning is simply because it’s something that nobody does any more…at least not on American soil. I defy anyone to find any film footage of an American flag being burned from the last 30 years other than in foreign (mostly Islamic) countries, where it is a daily occurrence.

I believe the fact that his “profession” was a chosen one, meaning that he actually must have enjoyed doing it on some level, was even weirder than the act itself…But then, one can also easily say the same thing about proctologists.

Irving on June 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Its got me thinking… the one thing both the Left and Islam revere deeply is a love of death.

That’s a common thread that unites them more than people think.

And its why they both hate religious Jews and Christians for emphasizing the sanctity of human life.

NormanF on June 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

True ‘NormanF’ the left have no respect for the sanctity of life except their own where they are little gods onto themselves. Sad joke but true, “only the people already born support abortion”. Why are they more important?

And ‘Little Al’ I agree that “his paintings are better than a lot of the modern trash currently in museums.” The ‘artist’ was better than the ‘man’.
The same can be said for Adolph Hitler. And Stalin had the makings of a very good poet. It’s like they all took the ‘left’ turn on the fork in the road.

theShadow on June 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

Great article, as usual, Debbie.

Off Topic, but I wish all the religious Jews on this website a happy Shavuout.

Miranda Rose Smith on June 5, 2011 at 7:32 am

Dr. Kevorkian never accepted any money from any of the suicides. He also confessed that the love shown by the family members present at the suicides made him cry on many occasions. It’s freedom of choice to me. If you want to go out that way, it’s our choice.

Truth on June 5, 2011 at 8:51 am

Kevorkian was a mass murderer who hid behind the debate on assisted suicide to commit his crimes. One need only look at the statistics and facts behind the deaths to figure this out. Most of the people he “helped” were women, most were not terminally ill, and most were emotionally vulnerable to manipulation. These people were not capable of making a rational end of life choice. On top of that, Kevorkian often did not follow his own “guidelines,” failing to consult with psychiatrists, pain specialists, and sometimes even the patient (a telephone call and a suicide meeting is not a consultation). Contrary to popular imagery, his killings were cheap and dirty affairs, sometimes taking multiple attempts and sometimes involving pain. What finally got him convicted was his own video showing him personally putting a needle into someone to kill them, which he then gave to 60 Minutes for airing. This guy was a mass murderer; it’s impossible to see his behavior any other way.

Anthony on June 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

Hospitals now get paid to do exactly what Jack Kevorkian did on his own. It is known as Palliative Care. As opposed to “hospice” Palliative Care promotes ending the life of patients. In some hospitals “Palliative Care” is the leading profit making department. Little is said about this service but hospital administrators love it.

Tim on June 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

“Palliative” – look it up; it’s not assisted suicide, dimwit.

DS_ROCKS! on June 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Jack was like a serial killer who somehow went mainstream. I am sure Ted Bundy is laughing in Hell over all of this. Dr. Kevorkian found the right gimmick, and only his sloppiness caught him up in the end.

Worry01 on June 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Its illegal to have anyone assist your with your death. Its called murder.

Morons should look it up.

NormanF on June 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

A rose by any other name is still assisted suicide.

Tim on June 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

In other words, Tim didn’t bother to look up the definition or take the time to understand what it means, because it’s not assisted suicide.

Anthony on June 6, 2011 at 1:07 am

Okay. So Tim and the rest of the “Low-Q Crew” are against palliative care. Good thinking, fellas!

DS_ROCKS! on June 6, 2011 at 3:12 am

I am reminded of the prostitute who tells the researcher “I discovered as a young girl I really, really loved sex!” She then goes on to say; “why not make money doing something I loved?” Finishing with, “You have no idea how many men I’ve helped learn to enjoy something that is so natural and beautiful!”

Hey, that’s good enough for me, why not you? Could it be some nagging thought that lurks in the back of your mind?

Did this prostitute leave out the story of the very young girl who had the “relative who played games with me” or something along that line?

Dr. Death seemed just a bit too eager to help and perhaps too happy in answering those questions put to him,in my opinion.

Bring in the shrink for a closer look and a deeper search for those facts we’ve may not have considered

RJ on June 6, 2011 at 8:49 am

I agree with you on this one Debbie.

Jack Kevorkian was nothing more than a murderer, And he got away with cold blooded murder several times.

What amazes me is that they actually let him out of prison.

“The strangeness of this life cannot be measured”.

Ron. on June 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

I am happy that Oregon lets the person chose how and when they want too die. There is no need to keep somebody hooked to a machine or pumped full of expensive drugs if they do not want it.

Time Wave on June 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I thought I was the only one who noticed Jack Lessenberry’s utterly improper role as advocate/journalist on behalf of Kevorkian. It continues to color my reaction to his quasi-hysterical columns in the Metro Slimes.

Great article. I had forgotten that Dr. K’s license had been pulled.

Denise on June 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

To my knowledge Dr. K. never promoted his services or did it for the money. People who greatly suffered flocked to him in order to end their lives in dignity. Walk a mile in their shoes.

Peter Z on June 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

The funniest thing is, how the pro-life people like to bomb countries they can hardly find on a map, taking lives of 10^5-10^6 times more innocents than JK did.

Begletz on June 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I got the impression Keverokian was a creep. IIRC, even Jack Lessenberry said as much.

I didn’t read much about him, but it seemed as pathological pathologist (ha-ha), he was far more interested in the study of death than “helping people end their pain”.

His death leaves Kim Kardashian as the number one Armenian-American Celebrity! And I thought Jack was a media whore…

JK DOA on June 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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