Sunday October 18,2009
By Mike Parker POLICE investigating the death of Michael Jackson believe a phone call made minutes after the singer’s heart stopped beating could hold a vital clue.
They say Dr Conrad Murray made three calls during the 47 minutes between Jackson’s cardiac arrest on June 25 and a call to summon an ambulance.
He told detectives he had been trying to resuscitate Jackson but mobile phone records have revealed he also found time to call his lawyer’s office and Jackson’s dermatologist Dr Arnold Klein.
The third was to a number police have been unable to trace, leading them to believe the owner was using a pay-as-you-go phone bought for cash.
A senior Los Angeles police source told the Sunday Express: “We are extremely anxious to trace this person. He or she could hold key evidence to a homicide investigation.
“It could also be possible they will face charges if he or she is found to have withheld important information.”
Some Jackson family members remain convinced that the Thriller star was the victim of a murder conspiracy and the person Dr Murray called went to great lengths to cover their tracks.
Jackson’s elder sister La Toya, 53, claimed in an American television interview: “There was a definite plot to kill Michael.
“I believe a number of people, to whom he was worth more dead than alive, were acting together.”
A source close to the family added: “This view is held by Michael’s parents as well as his other sisters and brothers. At the end, he was surrounded by some very creepy characters who, without doubt, did not have his best interests at heart. This was a calculated murder and a lot of facts are yet to emerge.”
Dr Murray, 55, has admitted to police that he administered the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol to Jackson but his lawyer Edward Chernoff has insisted: “He was not the only physician to prescribe or administer this drug.”