“Dr Death” convinced he will die in prison, has few regrets
LAPEER, Michigan (AP) – Assisted suicide advocate Jack
Kevorkian, behind bars for the videotaped lethal injection of a man
in 1998, says he expects to die in prison, but has few regrets.
In a telephone interview with The Daily Oakland Press of Pontiac
published Sunday, the 75-year-old retired pathologist said he does
not see his work as a failure.
“There’s no doubt I expect to die in prison,” said Kevorkian.
“All the big powers, they’ve silenced me. … So much for free
speech and choice on this fundamental human right.”
Kevorkian is serving 10 to 25 years for second-degree murder in
the 1998 videotaped poisoning of Thomas Youk, who had Lou Gehrig’s
disease and was shown on CBS’ “60 Minutes” receiving a lethal
dose of potassium chloride.
Kevorkian said there has been no outcry over his imprisonment
because his supporters are “frightened.”
“The American people are sheep. They’re comfortable, rich,
working. It’s like the Romans, they’re happy with bread and their
spectator sports,” he said. “The Super Bowl means more to them
than any right.”
Kevorkian has said he assisted in at least 130 deaths, but has
promised he will not assist in any more suicides if he is released
from prison. He said in the interview that he stands by that
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