Doctor pleads not guilty to murder, drug charges
Dr. Death shops book on his life
Associated Press September 27, 2004
Dr. James Bischoff of Ennis entered the pleas before District Judge Loren Tucker during a brief court appearance, at which Tucker agreed to lower Bischoff's bail from over $1 million to $150,000.
Madison County authorities last month charged Bischoff with murder, saying he gave 85-year-old Kathryn Dvarishkis the drugs that ended her life in 2000. The woman had suffered a heart attack and had been hospitalized in Ennis for about a week before her death.
Authorities say the Dvarishkis case surfaced as investigators began looking into allegations Bischoff fraudulently obtained large quantities of controlled drugs such as Adderall, which can be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Bischoff, whose medical license was suspended Aug. 5, pleaded not guilty Monday to three separate drug charges — fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal distribution.
According to a prosecutor's affidavit, Bischoff gave Dvarishkis two doses of fentanyl and Versed within a 10-minute period on July 16, 2000. Moments later, she died.
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September 13, 2004
Dr. Jack Kevorkian is shopping a book to New York publishers about his life and the euthanasia controversy he sparked in the early 1990s, when he began helping terminally ill patients commit suicide.
The Life of Dr. Death, which Dr. Kevorkian would write with two associates, is also generating movie interest. According to the Vigliano Agency, which is handling the proposal, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple has agreed to direct.
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