Jack Kevorkian, known as “Dr. Death” will be released from prison on June 1st. Kevorkian was the former pathologist responsible for creating a “suicide” machine and he is linked with approximately 130 deaths.
Kevorkian’s lawyer says his client has already received offers from several groups willing to pay anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 to hear Kevorkian speak. Dr. Death’s lawyer did not name the groups.
Kevorkian was imprisoned for helping a patient with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) commit suicide. He has been imprisoned for more than eight years for that act. When Kevorkian is released from prison, he will be on parole for two years and part of his parole will include a prohibition against assisting in any other suicides.
Kevorkian has claimed health problems in at least two attempts at early releases. He will turn 79 a few days before his release from prison.
Kevorkian’s lawyer was quoted as saying, “He’s not real keen on (giving speeches), but there are bills to be paid.” His lawyer said that making the speeches would not violate the conditions of Kevorkian’s parole.
After Kevorkian speaks to the “several groups” that are willing to pay him these tremendous fees, I don’t think he’ll be able to continue to command these high rates. Not many groups have that kind of financial power nor are there hundreds of groups with this kind of financial strength who are also in agreement with him.
Usually speakers with such high rates can hit the motivational speaking circuit where corporations have the wherewithal to hire them. But I have a hard time believing that a major corporation such as IBM or GE would bring him on as a speaker.