Anna Nicole Smith first became famous as the 1993 Playboy Playmate of the Year. She later married octogenarian billionaire J. Howard Marshall, 63 years her senior. When he died without naming her in his will, Smith sued to inherit, alleging Marshall had promised her half his fortune, or $800 million. From then on her life was lived out in the tabloids as the public followed her court cases, wildly fluctuating weight, and all-too-obvious substance abuse. Marshall's family fought her claim. In a complex series of legal twists and turns, the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which in May 2006 affirmed Smith's right to sue.
A little over six months later, Smith died of an overdose of prescription drugs, shortly after her 21-year-old son Daniel died under similarly mysterious circumstances. Only Smith's infant daughter survives. The televised inquest into Smith's death enthralled millions.
In The Killing of Anna Nicole Smith, his first book, retired judge Larry Seidlin unveils the truth behind one of the most-watched courtroom proceedings in television history. Based on eyewitness accounts, trial transcripts, and confidential files, his three-year, in-depth investigation reveals what really happened to Anna Nicole Smith.
Anna Nicole Smith was known as much for her sometimes-turbulent life off-camera as she was for her tabloid celebrity.
Judge Seidlin provides hard factual never-before-seen evidence on the circumstances and mysteries surrounding her death.
These new revelations come from a man who personally witnessed and participated in this tragic story, and whose legal decisions sought to bring justice.
"You'll find unable to put this book down without wondering what happens next. It's a story you only think you know." Jim Moret, Inside edition.
About the Author
Retired Judge Larry Seidlin is a man of perseverance devoted to serving justice. In 1978, at the age of 28, he became the youngest person elected as a judge. He won professional awards including Judge of the Year Crime stoppers. Judge Seidlin is a popular lecturer in many U.S. colleges and offers his judicial knowledge and opinions on many TV shows.
On March 18, 2008, Howard K. Stern faces the Bahamian inquest. At the offset, when he is asked by chief examiner Brathwaite where he currently resided, Stern answered "Where do I live at present? I live in Los Angeles, CA, in (a) suburb called Sherman Oaks."
This line by Howard K. Stern disappoints me. Anna Nicole and Danny are alone in the Bahamas. He wasted no time in relocating to Los Angeles. This further convinces me that Anna Nicole and Stern going to the Bahamas was just a rouge, was an effort to avoid all the issues concerning the paternity of Dannielynn. Not her intent to live in the Bahamas permanently. Is fame and fortune calling everyone away from the Bahamas? Wouldn't this call be heard by Anna if she was alive? It's obvious that her intent was to return to Hollywood. She was born to be a star and there is no way in hell she would have avoided the limelight for an extended period. No wonder the ghosts keep knocking at my door.