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ABC News Asks What Killed Anna Nicole, Exclusively

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Again, how does a question qualify as an “exclusive”?

Nonetheless, here’s one “exclusive” question examined by Dr. Michael Welner:

Is murder a realistic possibility?

It is a possibility that should at least be explored. The mere notion that Anna Nicole Smith had “problems,” lost a son and was battling legal messes does not resolve the potential for her homicide. Marilyn Monroe was also an emotional tinderbox who died in what came to be known as a suicide but without fully resolved questions. What compounds the questions here is the death of Smith’s son months earlier, under suspicious circumstances. True, her son died from an apparent combination of antidepressants and opiates. But someone with a homicidal agenda could certainly overdose him. Such was the controversy in the death of Las Vegas hotel magnate Ted Binion. Even if tampering with a medicine or drug dose were too difficult to arrange, it is far easier to poison someone and to avoid discovery with what one is already taking than to ply someone with a foreign substance that would clearly show itself on autopsy as lethal.

  • EXCLUSIVE: What Killed Anna Nicole Smith? [ABCNews.com]
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    Anna Nicole Smith’s Death is a Tabloid Moment for ABC News

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    ABC News is pumping out the “news” stories the way Oscar Meyer makes hotdogs and from the same sort of materials.

    Forensic pyschiatrist, Michael Welner, takes some wild guesses with a story headlined:
    EXCLUSIVE: What Killed Anna Nicole Smith?
    and then works through a list of questions that all seem to be answered by the phrase

    accident, suicide or homicide

    He also drags in Marilyn Monroe and Ted Binion but leaves out serial dieter Elvis Presley (and with that hair, he must be a fan). And being a well-trained network television expert, he answers the question:

    Is it relevant to know about her psychiatric history? Or is that just old news?

    Very relevant, according to Dr. Welner, thus leaving the door wide open to further speculations that add to ABC News’ slide into tabloid journalism. Maybe Amanda Congdon can dress up in some Guess jeans and act out some “re-creations” of Smith’s life.