July 29, 2009
Posted: 08:28 PM ET
Celebrity chef Kai Chase was Michael Jackson's personal chef at the time of his death. She was working in his home the day he died. Below are her chilling memories of the events that day. Kai will be Larry's guest Thursday night.
The Jackson home was a very loving environment. I worked there on and off since March as Mr. Jackson's personal chef. In that time, I got to know the kids well. We bonded immediately. They are wonderful children - loving, giving, caring and very close as siblings go. You would never know their dad was one of the most famous people on Earth.
Mr. Jackson was a great father. He was lenient in the evenings. He loved to let them stay up late, watch movies, and eat popcorn at night; but the days were fairly regimented. There was time set aside for study, theater and dance. The house was always filled with games, laughter and music. This makes what happened on June 25th all the more difficult.
The day of Mr. Jackson's death, I didn't see him. But his room was upstairs, so that wasn't unusual. Dr. Conrad Murray had been coming over daily since I returned to the Jackson house in the beginning of June. He would normally arrive around 9 a.m. and leave shortly after lunch. I didn't really know him well, but everyone in the house was friendly with each other, and he was no exception.
Dr. Murray usually came down to the kitchen around 10 a.m. to get Mr. Jackson something to eat or drink, but on June 25th he didn't come downstairs. Again, this didn't strike me as that unusual - I thought maybe Mr. Jackson's rehearsal time had been pushed back and he was sleeping late.
I went on with my daily routine, and started preparing lunch. Mr. Jackson and the kids would usually have lunch around 12:30, but that was flexible depending on what was going on that day. Much has been made of Mr. Jackson's eating habits and weight prior to his death. He seemed to have normal eating habits to me.
At noon on June 25th, I remember looking at my cell phone to check the time. About 5 or 10 minutes after I did that, Dr. Murray came running halfway down the stairs that led to the kitchen, screaming "Hurry, get Prince, get security." Clearly, something was very wrong.
I instantly felt the energy in the house change. It was normally a warm, happy home. In an instant that feeling was gone. The mood became very unsettling. I tried to continue with my lunch preparations, but the house became chaotic. Security guards were rushing by, the housekeepers were crying, Paris was screaming "Daddy, Daddy." The children knew something was very wrong. This was their father - the only person they have in the world. We weren't told what was going on, but you could feel things were very bad. We eventually gathered everyone together in a circle - the three kids, all the staff - and we prayed. "God, please let everything be O.K. with Mr. Jackson."
Around 1:15 or 1:30p.m security told all the employees to leave the house. We asked if Mr. Jackson was all right, and were just told he had been taken to the hospital. We still didn't know what was happening, but the sight of a stretcher in the foyer of the house earlier told me things were not good. Still, I didn't learn of Mr. Jackson's death until later that day on the radio.
It was a devastating day, and one I will never forget.
To learn more about Kai Chase, go to kaichase.com
Filed under: LKL Web Exclusive Michael Jackson
Posted: 06:41 PM ET
Gates Vs. Crowley
Anger & outrage continue to grow over Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates' controversial arrest! We've got a great panel to dissect and debate. Who's at fault, and does Pres. Obama need to use cans instead of bottles tomorrow?
Latest on Michael Jackson
Dr. Conrad Murray continues to be the target of investigation. Is he in a world of trouble? Our legal experts will debate it. Plus, Deepak Chopra talks about his personal experiences with Michael and Diprivan.
And we want to hear from you:
Will Dr. Murray be charged in connection with the death of Michael Jackson?
Filed under: Larry King Live
Posted: 02:19 PM ET
"The Daily Beast" columnist and OJ Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark will be a guest on LKL tonight.
The timing is amazing. No sooner did California Attorney General Jerry Brown bring down the hammer on prescription-pad pushers in the case involving Anna Nicole Smith, than a star with a million times the wattage, Michael Jackson, died of a drug cocktail seemingly administered by his recently hired live-in doctor, Conrad Murray. The Golden State’s crackdown on doctor-enablers could not be timelier had Brown owned a crystal ball.
Until now, prescription-drug abuse hasn’t been a particularly sexy issue, news-wise, Rush Limbaugh’s laughably hypocritical OxyContin busts—yes, multiple—notwithstanding. Jackson changed that, drawing attention to an issue that, more than crystal meth or medical marijuana or the return of heroin, is the drug story our time—prescription narcotics have become America’s favored adult high, the cocaine of the new millennium.
And standing right in the middle of the bulls' eye is one Conrad Murray. I can’t say I’m surprised. As the last of a conga line of doctors administering to Jackson, he is the most logical loser of smoking gun musical chairs. And the fact that his lawyer has refused to say whether he gave Jackson the dangerous anesthesia Propofol—even as reports emerge that he administered it on the night of Jacko's death—hasn’t been lost on anyone, nor has the suspected use of Diprivan. I’ve watched as the focus of the search warrants went from the outer rings, tracing drug lot numbers and pharmacies, to each successively closer inner ring, until they finally aimed straight at the 10-ring: Murray himself.
Filed under: Michael Jackson
Posted: 01:48 PM ET
(CNN) - Dr. Conrad Murray was suffering financially with nearly $435,000 in judgments and liens against him over the past two years, according to court documents. Then he decided to leave his practice and work for Michael Jackson, getting paid $150,000 a month.
Before working with the King of Pop, Murray spent most of his time operating clinics in both Nevada and Texas after graduating from Meharry Medical College, a historically black school in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1989. He spent his internship and residency years in California.
At the clinics in Houston, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada, his patients had been surprised to learn that he would be leaving his private practice to work with Jackson.
Many told news outlets they support their former physician as he faces scrutiny by authorities investigating Jackson's death.
"I don't care what nobody says. He's a damn good doctor," Mary Webb, a former patient, told CNN affiliate KTNV-TV.
Filed under: Michael Jackson
Posted: 10:32 AM ET
Posted: 08:17 AM ET
Bernard Madoff, the financier convicted for Wall Street's biggest investment fraud, was surprised his $65 billion Ponzi scheme was not uncovered sooner, he said in his first interview since entering prison.
Madoff, the disgraced 71-year-old Wall Streeter who drew 150 years' prison time for the fraud, expressed remorse and talked candidly to a pair of lawyers suing him on behalf of investors, according to news reports of their jailhouse meeting on Tuesday.
San Francisco attorneys Joseph Cotchett and Nancy Fineman met with Madoff at the North Carolina prison where he was taken two weeks ago after pleading guilty, the Associated Press and ABC News reported on Tuesday. "There were several times that I met with the SEC and thought 'they got me,'" Madoff told Cotchett and Fineman, according to abc news.com. The Securities and Exchange Commission is now conducting an in-depth review of how they missed the fraud, drawing intense criticism. The results of their investigation are expected to be released in weeks.
Filed under: Bernard Madoff Finance
Posted: 07:47 AM ET
By Daria Roithmayr & Guy-Uriel Charles. Roithmayr is a law professor at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where she teaches on race and law. She worked for Sen. Edward Kennedy as special counsel on the Clarence Thomas and David Souter confirmation hearings. Guy-Uriel Charles is a law professor at Duke Law School where he is the founding director of the Center on Law, Race, and Politics.
No one was surprised when the subject of race dominated the public conversation during Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings. What was surprising was how unwilling both sides of the aisle were to talk about race openly.
Republicans tried to argue that race should be completely separated from judicial decision-making.
For their part, Democrats tried to minimize the importance of her race to her decision-making by focusing on her record, to show that her race had played no role in her decisions.
Judge Sotomayor herself suggested that life experiences are an important part of the process of judging, but then sought to minimize the difference that those experiences might have made to a particular result.
Most people understand that life experiences and racial identity do affect the decision-making process. But is this something to be lamented or celebrated? We think the latter.
Filed under: Politics Supreme Court
July 28, 2009
Posted: 05:33 PM ET
Sean Michaels via Guardian.co.uk
More than 15,000 people have signed petitions proposing Michael Jackson for the Nobel peace prize. Fans have taken to the web, hoping to encourage people to nominate the King of Pop for a posthumous award.
The first of the petitions was started by Norwegian fan Ola Hunnestad. Launched in April 2007, the petition has gained considerable momentum since Jackson's death on 25 June. Thousands more have backed the initiative of Los Angeles student Anneliese Nichole Brown, who two weeks ago drafted a letter to the Nobel prize committee.
"Michael's message for humankind has always been rooted in compassion and kindness," Brown wrote. "He has succeeded in a lifelong dedication to the well-being of humanity. Moving beyond all political, social and economic borders, Michael Jackson consistently spread a positive message of global unity, healing and love."
Filed under: Larry King Live Michael Jackson
Posted: 04:01 PM ET
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Investigators began searching the Las Vegas home and office of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, on Tuesday morning, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman said.
Los Angeles police and DEA agents, carrying search warrants, were "looking for a lot of things," said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike Flanagan.
Aerial cameras showed Las Vegas police cars were parked outside Murray's home and the residential street was closed. A CNN producer saw a police detective and a DEA agent enter Murray's medical office.
The searches come a day after a source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed to CNN that Murray administered a powerful drug that authorities believe killed the singer.
Filed under: Michael Jackson
Posted: 03:57 PM ET