Magazine article Newsweek

'Dr. Death' Raises the Stakes-On TV

Magazine article Newsweek

'Dr. Death' Raises the Stakes-On TV

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Even for the man known as Dr. Death, it was a surprisingly grim turn. First, Jack Kevorkian filmed himself helping a 52-year-old man to die, flouting a new Michigan law that bans assisted suicide. Then he arranged to send the tape to Mike Wallace so that the world could watch his handiwork on "60 Minutes." But there was another twist: this time, rather than just arrange for his patient to take his own life, as he claims to have done some 120 times before, Kevorkian had actually administered the drugs himself. By stepping up to euthanasia, Kevorkian had again raised the stakes in his battle to give death a good name. But did we really need to watch it on TV? CBS insisted its decision to air the tape last Sunday had nothing to do with "sweeps week" ratings. Wallace said he was moved by the tape, adding, "It's an extraordinary news story."

Kevorkian apparently helped Thomas Youk die in Youk's suburban Detroit home in September. …

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