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were assisted by means of a device which employed a needle and delivered the euthanizing drugs mechanically through an IV. Kevorkian called it a "Thanatron" (death machine). Other patients were assisted by a device which employed a gas mask fed by a canister of carbon monoxide which was called "Mercitron" (mercy machine). This became necessary because Kevorkian's medical license had been revoked after the first two deaths, and he could no longer get the substances required for "Thanatron".
 
 
On the November 24, 1998 broadcast of 60 Minutes, Kevorkian allowed the airing of a videotape he had made on September 17, 1998, which featured the voluntary euthanasia of Thomas Youk, an adult male with full decisional capacity who was in the final stages of ALS. After Youk provided his fully-informed consent on September 17, 1998, Kevorkian administered a lethal injection. This was novel to other patients as Kevorkian administered the injection himself as opposed to having Youk complete the process. This incited the district attorney to bring murder charges against him, claiming that Kevorkian single-handedly caused the death. Kevorkian filmed the procedure and the death and submitted it for broadcast on "60 Minutes."
 
 
During much of this period, Kevorkian was represented by attorney Geoffrey Fieger.
 
 
 
==Artwork==
 
Kevorkian was in an adult education oil painting course in Pontiac, Michigan in the 1960s. His art combines his knowledge of human anatomy with his fascination with death [2]. Michael Betzold described the 18 canvases he created in this course as "bold and strident, as critical and unforgiving, as pointed and dramatic as Kevorkian's own fighting words. They are strikingly well executed — stark and surreal — and frightening, demented and/or hilarious, depending on one's point of view".
 
 
Although the 18 original canvases have been lost, Kevorkian returned to his art in the 1990s to finance his crusade for assisted-suicide.
 
 
His art frequently returns to themes of hypocrisy, pain, war, death, self-destruction, suicide, despair and criticisms of contemporary culture and Christianity.
 
 
One of his paintings was used on the cover of Acid Bath's album Paegan Terrorism Tactics.
 
 
Kevorkian also released a jazz album entitled "A Very Still Life" on which he plays the flute.
 
 
==Parody & Spoofs==
 
*In post production at the moment, the film "Cold Side of the Pillow" has actor Paul David Richter portray Dr. Jack Kevorkian.  Directed by Attila Kállai, produced by Atka Films, Sillycod Prod, Cineworks, UBCP, and associate produced by Legacy Entertainment. love u
 
 
==References==
 
* Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying by Derek Humphry. ISBN 0-385-33653-5.
 
* Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (For and Against) by Gerald Dworkin, R. G. Frey (Series Editor), Sissela Bok, 1998: ISBN 0-521-58789-1.
 
* Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue by Arthur Gordon Svenson and Susan M. Behuniak. ISBN 0-7425-1725-X.
 
* Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics by Barry Rosenfeld PhD, 2004 ISBN 1-59147-102-8.
 
* Forced Exit : The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder by Wesley J. Smith, 1997. ISBN 0-8129-2790-7.
 
* "A View to a Kill" by Wesley J. Smith, National Review Online, December 14, 2005, retrieved December 14, 2005.
 
* Appointment With Dr. Death by Michael Betzold
 
 
 
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Friends start 'Free Dr. Jack' letter campaign
 
 
The Oakland Press (Oakland County, Michigan)
 
Sunday, April 11, 2004
 
 
By TRACY WARD of The Oakland Press
 
 
On this day, they're at Marinelli's restaurant in Troy, talking over
 
hamburgers and coffee, passing "Free Dr. Jack" bumper stickers up and
 
down the long table.
 
 
"We've been quiet because we didn't want to interrupt the legal end of
 
it," said Zorob "Zip" Kabodian, 78, a retired aircraft mechanic who
 
lives in Rochester Hills. "And now we can't do any harm. We're going to
 
let people know we care. Jack will know we care."
 
 
The group, which still meets weekly after all these years, has great
 
memories of Kevorkian. The Pontiac neighborhood where they grew up, near
 
Franklin and Harrison streets, was mixed with new immigrants. It was the
 
1930s and everybody, thanks to the Depression, was broke, but everybody
 
was in the same boat.
 
 
"We didn't have bicycles," Sally Kabodian said. "I can remember a
 
neighbor did, and the kids would get up early and line up at her house
 
for a chance to ride it."
 
 
They were the children of Armenians who came to America after the
 
[[Armenian Genocide]] of 1915, when 1.5 million people were killed by
 
Ottoman Turks.
 
 
As children, most of them didn't speak English when they started at
 
Wilson and Bagley Elementary schools - buildings that were torn down
 
long ago.
 
 
Kids played "Kick-the-Can" in the street. They remember the time Jack
 
Kevorkian tried to make a waterwheel in the creek at Pontiac's Dodge
 
Park or worked on an electrical bicycle.
 
 
"I remember walking - six of us walking down the streets of Pontiac at
 
night, talking about philosophy, life, everything," said Vanig
 
Godoshian, 71, a retired communications engineer from Sylvan Lake.
 
"Everybody looked up to Jack."
 
 
"He was so smart, so smart," said Sally Kabodian.
 
 
Other friends remember Kevorkian as warm-hearted but a loner.
 
 
Some group members are more zealous than others. The members - faithful
 
Catholic or Armenian Orthodox who are proud, as many Armenians are, that
 
their country was the first to adopt Christianity in 301 - even have
 
different views on assisted suicide.
 
 
If he is released, would they want him involved in more assisted
 
suicides, something Kevorkian has said he wouldn't do?
 
 
"Jack keeps his word," said one group member. "He would never disappoint
 
his friends."
 
 
"I wouldn't want him to," said Zoe Dakesian, 81, whose late husband,
 
Walter, grew up with Kevorkian in Pontiac.
 
 
Martin Krikorian, 78, a retired Oakland County mechanic, said he's
 
willing to help.
 
 
"Well, he's Armenian," he said, giving a little shrug. "I believe in his
 
work."
 
 
Kabodian said Kevorkian has paid his debt to society.
 
 
"He's paid his price. It's time for him to be released, to have a little
 
peace and quiet in his later years," he said.
 
 
"He shouldn't have tried to be his own lawyer," said another friend,
 
shaking his head.
 
 
"He's doing the right thing," said Nick Markarian, 73, of Warren. "If
 
people are sick, why are they going to suffer? The patient asks him to
 
save him so they don't suffer no more."
 
 
"There are worse crimes now," Zoe Dakesian said.
 
 
Godoshian said his friends asked Kevorkian not to push so hard, but he's
 
hard-headed and once he makes up his mind, he's immovable.
 
 
The Kabodians said the group will mail letters to family and friends, to
 
people on their Christmas lists, asking for support.
 
 
Zip Kabodian holds up an envelope. On it, he has sketched a
 
jack-in-the-box with the words "Free Dr. Jack" written underneath.
 
 
"He puts that on every letter, every bill we send out," said his wife,
 
with a smile.
 
 
"He's warm-hearted, compassionate and wants to help people," Kabodian
 
said. "It's time for him to be released."
 
 
 
PHOTO CAPTION: Archie Hovsepian, 81, of Waterford Township (from left);
 
John Kouzoujian, 77, of Troy; and Martin Krikorian, 78, of Troy (far
 
right) ~K friends and supporters of Jack Kevorkian ~K meet at Marinelli's
 
of Troy to discuss a campaign to free their old friend. -- The Daily
 
Oakland Press / GARY MALERBA
 
 
Click here to read story:
 
http://theoaklandpress.com/stories/041104/loc_20040411074.shtml
 
 
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===Dr. Death Movie===
 
'Dr. Death' coming to big screen
 
By Tatiana Siegel
 
 
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
 
Friday, October 28, 2005
 
 
An unpublished biography of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the incarcerated
 
proponent of physician-assisted suicide, is being turned into a movie
 
by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple.
 
 
"You Don't Know Jack" will be based on the book of the same name,
 
written by Kevorkian's assistant of 25 years, Neal Nicol, and the
 
doctor's neighbor and lifelong friend, Harry Wylie. The project marks
 
the first time the 77-year-old physician, nicknamed Dr. Death, has
 
fully authorized anyone to tell his story.
 
 
"The film will examine the fascinating life of man who is a household
 
name, yet no one knows his actual story," said the film's producer,
 
Steve Jones. "It's not a film about euthanasia but instead a look
 
at a passionate man who spent his entire life fighting for rights he
 
believes that every human should have."
 
 
Kevorkian is serving the seventh year of a 15- to 25-year prison
 
sentence.
 
 
Barbara Turner will write the script. Her credits include "Pollock,"
 
which garnered a best supporting actress Academy Award for Marcia
 
Gay Harden. Kopple won her Oscars for "Harlan County, USA" and
 
"American Dream."
 
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051028/people_nm/kevorkian_dc_1
 
 
Film to tell story of suicide doctor
 
 
United Press International
 
October 27, 2005
 
 
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A film adaptation is being made of the
 
book "You Don't Know Jack," the story of Michigan suicide doctor,
 
Jack Kevorkian.
 
 
Barbara Turner is adapting Hollywood's version of "Dr. Death," who
 
ran afoul of the law by building a suicide machine to help terminally
 
ill people end their own lives, the Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.
 
 
The drama is being directed by Barbara Kopple for Bee Holder
 
Productions.
 
 
Bee Holder's Steve Jones owns the exclusive rights to the unpublished
 
yet authorized book by Neal Nicol -- who assisted Kevorkian for 25
 
years -- and Kevorkian's lifelong friend, Harry Wylie.
 
 
Kevorkian, 77, was convicted of murder in 1999 and sentenced to
 
10-to-25 years in prison.
 
 
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20051027-075707-6666r
 
 
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Parole board denies ailing Kevorkian
 
 
Associated Press
 
12-22-2005
 
 
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state parole board rejected a request
 
to pardon assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian or commute his
 
sentence, despite warnings that he is in grave condition.
 
 
The 77-year-old former doctor is serving a 10- to 25-year prison
 
sentence for murder for giving a fatal injection of drugs in 1998 to
 
a man with Lou Gehrig's disease. Kevorkian is not eligible for parole
 
until 2007.
 
 
His lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, warned last month that Kevorkian was in
 
"dire shape" and might not live that long. Kevorkian suffers from high
 
blood pressure, arthritis, cataracts, osteoporosis and Hepatitis C,
 
the lawyer said.
 
 
But the parole board, in a 7-2 vote, recommended the governor deny
 
the application, according to documents released Thursday.
 
 
Gov. Jennifer Granholm will follow the recommendation, as she has
 
done with similar recommendations on Kevorkian in 2003 and 2004,
 
spokeswoman Liz Boyd said.
 
 
"He did what was right for the people. They came to him. He didnt go around forcing people to let him kill them. But he does put a Bad name for the Armenians" --iveta
 
 
"I think the parole board is acting irresponsibly and outrageously,"
 
Morganroth said. "The doctor in the prison keeps telling us, 'What
 
can I do to get him out? He shouldn't be in here.'"
 
 
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-12-22-kevorkian-denial_x.htm
 
 
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DEATH BECOMES HIM: KEVORKIAN'S ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT ARMENIAN LIBRARY
 
David Gordon
 
 
Daily News Tribune
 
Oct 05, 2008 @ 10:47 PM
 
MA
 
 
Dr. Jack Kevorkian speaks to a large crowd at the Armenian Library
 
yesterday about his art exhibit of paintings, which he is showing
 
across the country.
 
 
WATERTOWN -- The dying Jack Kevorkian is trying to get his point
 
across.
 
 
The man known in the 20th century as Dr. Death, marked the opening
 
of his painting exhibition "The Doctor is Out," at Armenian Library
 
and Museum of America in Watertown by speaking largely about his run
 
for Congress in his home state in Michigan.
 
 
Greeted like a rock star yesterday afternoon, the 80-year-old
 
Kevorkian, who fought and went to jail in his crusade for euthanasia,
 
brushed the standing ovations, the crowd and the encomia aside.
 
 
"There's too much praise for someone doing their duty," Kevorkian
 
said. "Courage is knowing what's right and doing it."
 
 
Diagnosed with a terminal case of Hepatitis C, Kevorkian knows he
 
has limited time to get his message across.
 
 
"It scares me. I'm afraid it curtails my life," he said. "Dying in
 
prison is a vacuous death. It's meaningless."
 
 
Charged with second-degree murder in 1999, he was released from prison
 
last year.
 
 
Kevorkian is waging a campaign to bring his philosophy to the people,
 
by discussing his paintings and run for office.
 
 
But don't call his pieces art.
 
 
Art takes training, Kevorkian told an audience of upwards of 300
 
people, packing the museum's lobby.
 
 
"It really isn't art. Its main mission is conveying a philosophic
 
point. An abstract point," he said. "I call it pictorial philosophy."
 
 
By all accounts, that philosophy is indelibly linked to Kevorkian's
 
years of suicide assistance, but not in the way one might think.
 
 
Several of his paintings are grim, depicting strong images. The piece
 
representing Kevorkian's statement on war features a decapitated man
 
with Ares, the Greek god of war, over one shoulder and his own head
 
on a plate in front of him, apple in mouth.
 
 
To depict death, Kevorkian painted a man screaming as he falls to a
 
black pit full of ghosts, his fingers clutching to cliffsides with
 
such ferocity as to have rent the flesh from their tips.
 
 
Simultaneously political and philosophical, Kevorkian's basic
 
perspective is unified by one idea: A rejection of fear and a powerful
 
individual freedom.
 
 
"We have relinquished our rights because we've been trained to think
 
that way," Kevorkian said.
 
 
American politics is ruled by fear, he said, and American people,
 
and people of the world, are taught to be afraid of death.
 
 
"I think it carries a message," Kevorkian said of his art, "which is
 
all I wanted."
 
 
That message?
 
 
"When death is approaching naturally, nature prepares you for it. You
 
actually welcome it," Kevorkian said. "We'll go to any length to avoid
 
 
it. Screaming, terrified, we'll go to any lengths to avoid it. Because
 
it. Screaming, terrified, we'll go to any lengths to avoid it. Because
 
we're taught that. Remember religion says it's our greatest enemy? Can
 
we're taught that. Remember religion says it's our greatest enemy? Can
 
you imagine that?"
 
you imagine that?"
  
Kevorkian said he had to be taken to prison to get his message out,
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to die as they would see fit, and they are infringing on many other
 
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He wants to educate people about the value of the Ninth Amendment of the Constitution, which says the Constitution cannot infringe upon people's freedoms.

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people," it reads.

"That's where all the rights are for the people," Kevorkian said. " That's why it hasn't been used ... And that's one reason why I'm running: to educate the people more on the Constitutional right we have, of rights. We had it. We lost it. Can we get it back? Hard to say."

Kevorkian was trailed by documentary filmmakers, working on "Kevorkian," about his run for Congress he started after getting out of prison in 2007.

Producer Steve Jones said of Kevorkian, seemingly in awe, "he's fearless. Absolutely fearless."

Even if you don't agree with him, Jones said, you admire Kevorkian.

"No matter how controversial he is, he's so logical. It's very hard to refute him."

Nobody among the crowd tried to refute him. Perhaps the most famous Armenian American alive today, Kevorkian was greeted at the museum like a hero.

"He's among friends," Jones said. "He's one of their own."

Kevorkian, son of two immigrant survivors of the Armenian Genocide, turned to painting as a hobby, and produced 16 canvases over time. He donated all of them to the museum.

"He's a man of great integrity," said Brigham Moberly, who came from out of state to see Kevorkian, whom he admired for his political views. "He knows it's time for the revolution to begin."

Artist Katherine Keogh, who traveled with Moberly, said Kevorkian's art spoke to her.

"His artwork is amazingly poignant," she said. "He really, really strikes a chord with his paintings."


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