Kevorkian, Jack

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Jack Kevorkian
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Name
Kevorkian, Jack Gender: M
born on 26 May 1928
Place Pontiac MI, USA, 42n38, 83w17
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 05°10' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif



Biography

American physician who devoutly believes in euthanasia, "the good death" for the terminally ill who wish to opt for that choice. Since his first assisted suicide in 1990 in an old Volkswagen van, a 54-year-old Alzheimer's patient, he has by his own count assisted more than 130 sick patients to self-terminate. Continually pushing the limits of legality, Kevorkian has been charged with murder six times and acquitted each time.

On 9/17/1998 he injected Thomas Youk with enough sedative to kill him, and was charged - and convicted - of second-degree murder in a Michigan court on 3/26/1999. He had crossed the line from providing the means to active participation and videotaped the procedure. He was given 10-25 years prison sentence on 4/13/1999. His earliest possible release date is in May 2007.

Kevorkian was the only son of Armenian refugees. His mother’s death from cancer was long and painful, but not the catalyst for her son’s interest in assisted suicide. Early in his career as a pathologist, he argued for anesthetizing death-row inmates before execution, if they consented, for the purposes of organ harvesting and medical experiments. During the Vietnam War he suggested pumping blood directly from the dead into wounded soldiers who needed transfusions. As a pathology resident, he earned the nickname "Dr. Death" for experiments in which he photographed the eyes of dying patients. He's also a painter, depicting gruesome death scenes and sometimes using his own blood as a medium.

Dr. Kevorkian was released from prison after eight years of internment on June 1, 2007.

Early in the day on June 3, 2011, he died from kidney and heart problems in a Royal Oak, MI hospital where he had been admitted two weeks prior.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • other associate with Curren, Judith (born 25 June 1954). Notes: Death assisted

Events

  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 13 April 1999 (Given 10-25 years prison)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 26 March 1999 (Trial for murder)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 1990 (First euthenasia assist)
  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 17 September 1998 (Fatal injection of Thomas Youk)
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 1 June 2007 (Released from prison)
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  • Death by Disease 3 June 2011 (Age 83, from kidney and heart problems)
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Source Notes

Joanna Shannon quotes NY Times for date and place; time unknown. LMR quotes a letter from him, "My attorney suggests that I not give personal interviews."

Categories

  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Crusader for euthenasia)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Given 10-25 years)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (Euthanasia assistance for 130)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
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