Most of us remember Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the advocate of assisted suicide who made a living helping people commit suicide. His nickname was “Dr. Death” and is credited with assisting more than one hundred thirty suicides. It may have been more but these are all that he admitted to.
He died in the hospital in Michigan after being hospitalized for a couple of weeks with heart and kidney problems.
Dr. Kevorkian was a pathologist who was had a fixation with death and dying. He crisscrossed Michigan in a Volkswagen van that held stuff that helped suffering people who end their life. He has been thought of as both a hero and a cold blooded murderer,. Most of the clients that he assisted with suicide were middle age women.
When he did his first assisted suicide in 1990 he was arrested and charged with 1st degree murder but the charges were dropped. He would often drop the people he assisted with suicide off at the hospital or in the motel room where they died.
After four times beating the Michigan prosecutors he was finally convicted in 1999 for 2nd degree murder. This happened after a news program showed a clip of him giving lethal medicine to a man in an assisted suicide. He was given an eight year prison sentence being paroled in 2007. When he was paroled he promised to not participate in assisted suicides.
Kevorkian helped states pass assisted-suicide laws
MLive.com, on Sun, 05 Jun 2011 05:25:04 -0700
By AP For Oregon and Washington advocates pressing for a physician-assisted suicide law in the 1990s, the attention-seeking behavior of Dr. Jack Kevorkian provided a model for many doctors and activists — of what not to do. …
Dispatch of Suicide Hobbyist “Dr. Death” Kevorkian Offers Questions on Meaning …
Canada Free Press, on Sun, 05 Jun 2011 04:09:20 -0700
So maybe this is who we really are, deep down—a Kevorkian Nation, unified together in the name of convenience? This is the topic of today’s essay. Doctor Jack Kevorkian claimed the worst day of his life was that of his birth. …
Kevorkian antics helped, hurt other activists
TheNewsTribune.com, on Sun, 05 Jun 2011 06:35:40 -0700
For Oregon and Washington advocates pressing for a physician-assisted suicide law in the 1990s, the attention-seeking behavior of Dr. Jack Kevorkian provided a model for many doctors and activists – of what not to do. TAMI ABDOLLAH; The Associated …
State law part of Kevorkian’s legacy
Bend Bulletin, on Sun, 05 Jun 2011 06:29:40 -0700
Dr. Jack Kevorkian shows his “suicide machine” in 1991. For Oregon and Washington advocates pressing for a physician-assisted suicide law in the 1990s, the attention-seeking antics of Kevorkian provided the model for many doctors and activists of what …