commentary on the recently deceased Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Kevorkian was the hero of the recent hagiographic film You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino as the thanatologist license-revoked doctor.
Douthat describes Kevorkian's media reception following his release from prison:
After his release from prison in 2007, he was treated like a civil rights revolutionary — with fawning interviews on “60 Minutes,” $50,000 speaking engagements, and an HBO biopic starring Al Pacino.
Kevorkian's inexplicable groupies submitted to the charms of a serial killer who, immediately after one of his 130 murders, pulled up the man's shirt and cut out his kidneys.
Douthat resists Kevorkian's charms:
Kevorkian was obsessed with human experimentation, and pined for a day when both assisted suicides and executions could be accompanied by vivisection.
Douthat's essay is aptly titled;
"Kevorkian a Killer, not Civil RIghts Hero"
Douthat knows Jack.
Cross-posted at Evolution News and Views