The Sad Saga of Michael Jackson


THUNDER BAY – In a verdict that should not surprise anyone, Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Simply put that Dr. Murray used the powerful anesthetic propofol, to help his patient sleep is just wrong on so many levels. The treatment for insomnia of in effect putting the patient under an anesthetic is outside of any normal treatment protocol, but by not having any needed equipment to monitor Jackson, demonstrated to the jury that Dr. Murray, acted without proper care for his patient.

The bizarre treatment protocol that Dr. Murray used in treating his star patient is almost as bizarre as some of the stories that have spread across the media on Jackson over the past twenty years. From his serious injuries during a Pepsi commercial when his scalp was seriously burnt, to all the ‘Wacko Jacko’ stories that ran across the media for all these years the story has seemingly never ended.

It is unlikely it will end with today’s verdict, Murray who will be stripped of his licence to practice medicine as well as face possible jail time is likely to appeal.

If there is a conviction, it is quite possible that there will be a civil suit filed.

What it really comes down to is a sad situation where two children are left without a parent, and a system that seems to have cared more about cranking dollars out of a rapidly wearing out Michael Jackson that no one stopped to think that their actions were wrong. That sadly, is likely to be the real legacy left behind in the entire Michael Jackson saga.

A man with enormous talent, who was used up along the path of life’s journey, often by people who cared, it seems, more for themselves and the mighty dollar than they did for the man himself.

Sad. Really sad.

James Murray

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