Excerpt: Kevorkian on First Assisted Suicide in 1990

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the high-profile advocate for physician-assisted euthanasia, died at a Michigan hospital at age 83. In this excerpt from a June 1990 NewsHour interview, Kevorkian explains and defends his actions in his first assisted suicide case, which involved Janet Adkins, a Portland woman with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kevorkian said he helped more than 130 terminally ill people end their lives between 1990 and 1998. Authorities tried repeatedly to prosecute Kevorkian before he was finally convicted in 1999 after allowing “60 Minutes” to broadcast the lethal injection of a patient.

For more on Kevorkian, Frontline produced an in-depth documentary on the “suicide doctor” in 1996.

Jack Kevorkian’s Art Is Full of Skulls, Duh

The notorious serial killer and/or suicide rights case worker — depending on your outlook — has recently died from kidney problems and pneumonia complications at 83. According to his obit in The New York Times, Dr. Death took up euthanasia in ’80s “after an undistinguished career in medicine and an unsuccessful try at a career in the arts.”

The artist’s comment on For He is Raised, the one with the macabre rabbits and ACID BATH - Paegan Terrorism cover art:

The annual resurrection by dumb bunnies of a pathetic, despairing, almost scorned image of purported divinity is hardly noticeable amid the garish paraphernalia of irresistible paganism at its vernal orgy. It is a spectacle badly conceived, poorly manipulated and superbly desecrated by the disciples of Mammon, who, with armfuls of brilliant multi-colored eggs and with gleeful joy, framed in parade-stopping millinery, might, in a rare pseudo-pious mood briefly condescend to acknowledge some sort of disquieting mystery pervading it all. Such is the perfunctory Easter of modern western society that seems to have lost appreciation for anachronisms like rods and staffs and angels and lambs.

What is war? Is it a soldier dying, or guns, or bombs, or crosses, or weeping mothers, or sport, or patriotism, or valor, or high paying jobs? What is war? Not hell. For that is merely evil. War is worse than evil. It is mind-boggling suicide –mass suicide– with humankind devouring or trying to devour itself…How long will we persist in this lethal nonsense?
—  Dr. Jack Kevorkian