Olsen Twin Wants Immunity in DEA Probe of Heath Ledger’s Death

August 4, 2008


Federal investigators want to question Mary-Kate Olsen about how Heath Ledger got two powerful painkillers that contributed to his accidental overdose death, but she’s refusing to talk without immunity, a law enforcement official said Monday.

Olsen’s lawyer has twice refused requests for her to speak with investigators, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The lawyer, Michael C. Miller, said the “Full House” actress has nothing to do with the drugs, and has already told the government everything she knows.

“We have provided the government with relevant information including facts in the chronology of events surrounding Mr. Ledger’s death,” Miller said in a statement Monday, “and the fact that Ms. Olsen does not know the source of the drugs Mr. Ledger consumed.”

The official confirmed a report that Olsen wants a promise of immunity from prosecution before speaking to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Olsen was a close friend of Ledger’s, and was the first person called by a masseuse who found the 28-year-old “Dark Knight” actor’s lifeless body in his Manhattan apartment.

Authorities have obtained a subpoena that could force Olsen to appear before a grand jury if negotiations with her lawyer fail, the official said. Other potential witnesses all have answered questions voluntarily, including doctors, Ledger’s ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams and anyone who was in his apartment around the time of his death, the official added.

DEA investigators suspect the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone found in Ledger’s system were obtained with phony prescriptions or other illegal means, the official said. Oxycodone is sold as OxyContin; and hydrocodone as Vicodin.

The other drugs, including anti-anxiety medication and sleeping pills, were prescribed legally by doctors in California and Texas, the official said.

The medical examiner’s office wouldn’t say what concentrations of each drug was found, but made clear he was killed by the combination — not an excess of any one drug in particular. It’s common for the DEA to investigate an overdose death with so many different drugs involved, spokesman Garrison Courtney said last month.

The DEA’s New York office declined comment on the stalemate with Olsen, which was first reported Monday by the New York Post. There was no immediate response to a message left with a spokeswoman for Olsen.

The masseuse discovered Ledger’s body on Jan. 22. Police say she spent nine minutes making three calls to Olsen before dialing 911 for help, then called the actress a fourth time after paramedics arrived. At some point during the flurry of frantic calls, Olsen, who was in California, summoned her personal security guards to the apartment to help, police said.

Shortly after the Australian-born actor’s death, Olsen issued a statement that read: “Heath was a friend. His death is a tragic loss.”

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Another Taser Death at the Hands of Canadian Police

June 24, 2008


Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is looking into the death of a man who collapsed after a confrontation in which police officers used a Taser on him after they responded to a call about a man causing a disturbance in southwestern Ontario’s Norfolk County.

According to a statement from John Yoannou, the spokesman for the Special Investigations Unit, the officers were confronted by Jeffrey Mark Marreel, who seem combative.

In order to subdue Marreel and take him into custody, a taser was used. He was then transported to the Simcoe, Ontario provincial Police Station. Upon his arrival at the station, Marreel collapsed and was pronounced dead sometime later at Norfolk General Hospital. Marreel was 36 years old.

Yoannou said an autopsy will be conducted Tuesday.

The incident occurred only days after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced it would restrict Taser use significantly.

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Harry Potter Actor’s Murderer Charged

May 27, 2008


The British police charged a 21 year old man accused of stabbing the British actor Rob Knox, whose next role was in the not yet released Harry Potter film. Rob Knox was attacked when he tried to protect his younger brother in a bar in south London Saturday night. The charges include injurying five other people. Here is a startling figure: violent stabbings in London are frequent, and this was the 14th teenager to die due to violent stabbings.

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Civil War Cannonball Kills Man

May 3, 2008

Sam White, a Civil War artifact collector, was in his home in Chester, Virginia cleaning his Civil War era cannonball. He was happy and content doing so, having been a collector of Civil War relics his entire childhood and adult life. While cleaning the 140-year old cannonball, it exploded. White was killed by flying shrapnel from the exploding cannonball. Experts on old artillery said that this defies great odds. White died at the age of 53. On the day he died, White had 18 cannonballs lined up and ready to be restored. This was nothing new to him. As previously stated, this was against the odds.

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Death at Disneyland

May 2, 2008

At Disneyland today, a man jumped to his death from the 14th floor of the Disneyland Hotel.

Anaheim Police spokesperson Rick Martinez said the male victim was between 30-40 years old and was in Anaheim on business. The room was shared with one other male colleague. Although investigations are being conducted, it appears the jump from the balcony was a suicide.

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