Reckless caregiving; The Michael Jackson saga

This week we all watched the drama of Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray get rung through the ringer wherein he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. CBS Detroit states:

“Jackson’s doctor was convicted after a trial that painted him as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star in 2009.”

I don’t know about you, but I was not in the room when all this happened. To me, you can present all the evidence you want but I don’t suppose we’ll ever really know the truth. Did his doctor let him die or was Michael an addict or perhaps was he tired and ready to end it all. I know, that sounds heartless.

Somehow, this all seems vaguely familiar and reminds me of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Which reminds me of an earlier post I wrote titled “If You Think I Want To Be Kept Alive – You Don’t Know Jack!

Maybe Jackson was depressed and tired of all the hooplah and decided to bring his doctor and friend in to help him end it.

If I was him and I had gone through all he had been through and dealt with I can’t say that I wouldn’t be wanting a way out.

This of course, is speculation on my part. We must go with the evidence and the decision of the jury. Looks like ole doc could be spending a few years behind bars for this. I’m sure he’ll be popular in the big house – he’ll get out in about four years. Then he’ll come out with a best-selling novel and make a million bucks.

One good thing came out of it – Latoya was able to be in on the drama therefore, boosting her career and twitter following.

What’s your take on this whole scene?

About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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4 Responses to Reckless caregiving; The Michael Jackson saga

  1. Lyn Hoyt says:

    My belief is that Michael Jackson was a powerful persuader. It was his way or the highway. Michael was the prescriber and Murray delivered, just doing what he was told. Nobody could tell Michael no. Even if it was not in his best interest, nobody says no Michael. The man-slaughter was justified. Murray was no longer using his judgement as a doctor. He was star-struck in a web of Jackson money, employed personally to get around prescription laws so Michael could have whatever he wanted when he wanted. No, Murray is not dangerous. The only thing he is really guilty of is a lack of spine.


  2. Susan Avello says:

    It was totally sad to see them handcuff him and take him away like that. I watched his interview where he said Michael told him “He was his only friend”…………We’ll never know what happened.


  3. Chris says:

    Wow…well its sad on both ends. I think the friendship blurred his judgement. As a Doctor he should have exercised better judgement. Said to see him handcuffed though, I don’t think he is that dangerous. He made a fatal error in judgement.


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