June 3rd, 2011
10:41 PM ET

Criminal case against Jack Kevorkian began with 1998 video

Jack Kevorkian, who died Friday at 83, began his crusade to give people the option of choosing to end their life rather than continuing to seek medical treatment in 1989.

During the next nine years, at least 130 people used Kevorkian’s "suicide machine" to take their own lives. With the push of a button, patients were able to give themselves a lethal dose of chemicals.

One patient, however, was unable to use the machine. Thomas Youk suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Instead of just helping Youk, Kevorkian administered the drugs himself. Kevorkian also videotaped the procedure and sent the tape to CBS’ "60 Minutes."

In the recording, Kevorkian repeatedly asked Youk, “Tom, do you want to do this? Are you sure you want to go ahead?"

Youk says yes and nods his head. Kevorkian delivers the drugs and Youk soon died soon thereafter. “60 Minutes” aired Youk’s death.

Michigan prosecutors would later use the tape to help convict Kevorkian of second-degree murder in 1999. Kevorkian spent eight years in prison before being paroled in 2007.

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  1. me

    The man's dead anything you say now is moot and useless. .move on to something else

    June 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jinx


    June 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Micah

    Its anything but moot and useless, we learn from our pasts experiences in order to make the right decisions in future endeavors.

    June 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jinx

    Micah: Explain. The meaning of your post is unclear to me.

    June 4, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Isotta-Fraschini

    The people who prosecuted Kevorkian are Idiots with a capital "i."
    In the future, intelligent humans will get laws against medically assisted suicide removed, even in the USA.

    June 4, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Future

    It will be pefectly legal for you to marry your dog in the future. What of it?

    June 4, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Isotta-Fraschini

    I'd rather marry my dog than a stupid woman.
    Or man.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Isotta-Fraschini

    Any future wedding to my dog will be by a JP, not a tax-dodging preacher.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Isotta-Fraschini

    Citizens of the USA should have a right to build churches and hire preachers, but that business enterprise should pay taxes.
    If the church wants to marry dog-man couples, that's OK.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. funkybunch

    Ending life rather then spending money on medical treatment. It will soon be part of our new health care package.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Isotta-Fraschini

    School superintendents should be able to invite preachers to pray at public HS graduations, as long as my dog can come onto the stage and bark.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Minnie Wilhemena Muckleraff

    I want to marry an effeminate pit bull.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Engleberthumperdink€¥

    1998, Such a long time ago.

    June 4, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Isotta-Fraschini

    You can't, Minnie, dear. The one you've been dating isn't Saved.
    He doesn't even obey the Old Testament Ten Commandments.
    AND–he eats pork and wears different kinds of cloth together!

    June 4, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Engleberthumperdink€¥

    Look! A stupid troll, trolling Isotta-Fraschini. He's so blog-tarded that he thinks people don't know. Stupid! Dumb troll.

    June 4, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
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