HE was said to have been known as 'Dr Kevorkian' – the euthanasia proponent dubbed Dr Death – among the homeless community in LA.

And now Democrat donor Ed Buck's twisted world can finally be unveiled after his conviction for injecting two male victims with fatal meth overdoses at his California apartment.


Jurors heard how vulnerable gay men were plied with drugs as part of his bizarre sexual rituals and sick fetishes.

That included "role playing and fantasy to inject people with methamphetamine", prosecutors said.

Buck, 66, was found guilty of nine felony counts, including two of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death, on Tuesday.

Jurors heard men – including victims Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean – were lured to Buck's home for so called "party and play."

Moore, 26, was found dead of an overdose while lying naked on a mattress on the living floor of Buck’s apartment in West Hollywood on July 2017.

Dean, 55, was found dead two years later at his home.

'ENJOYED INJECTING VICTIMS'

Assistant US Attorney Chelsea Norell told jurors: "The party is the drugs, the play is the sex. If they didn’t party, he wasn’t interested.”

Prosecutors claimed that Buck, 66, would pay men experiencing homelessness to come back to his apartment, use drugs, and engage in sexual acts.

They also claim that the former model, actor, businessman and political activist enjoyed injecting the men he brought over with drugs.

"Buck's preference was to personally inject victims, and he pressured or incentivized victims to let him do so, sometimes offering large cash bonuses to coerce a victim to agree to an injection or additional injections," prosecutors said in court papers.

"Other times, Buck simply injected victims while they were unconscious."

'THIS MAN IS CRAZY'

Millionaire Buck – known for giving large amounts of money to Democratic causes and candidates – was charged in 2019 with three counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

In April 2020, he was then charged with four more counts, including, of enticing another man to travel with the intent of engaging in prostitution and two counts of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death.

LaTisha Nixon, the mother of Buck's victim Gemmel Moore, spoke after the verdict was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

"Thank you to everybody who believed us," Nixon said, "This is my baby, my son, a human being. He's loved by a lot of people.

"We got victory today. So, I'm grateful, and I'm happy."

Her son is said to have kept a diary about his time with Buck.

In one journal entry, Moore reportedly wrote: “I honestly don't know what to do. I've become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that. Ed Buck is the one to thank.

“He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy.

“My life is at an all-time high right now & I mean that from all ways. I ended up back at Buck house again and got manipulated into slamming again.

“I even went to the point where I was forced to doing 4 within a 2day period. This man is crazy and it's sad. Will I ever get help?”

DRUG USE

Moore was found dead in Buck’s apartment surrounded by two dozen syringes, five glass pipes, meth and sex toys.

In December 2016, before he died, Moore reportedly wrote: “If it didn't hurt so bad, I'd kill myself, but I'll let Ed Buck do it for now.”

A lawyer for Buck told the Times in September last year that Moore’s apparent journal entries are “unverified writing.”

Former friends of Buck’s also spoke to the Times Magazine about Buck’s love for black men.

Someone known as M said that Buck told M’s former husband: “That's a nice-looking black man you've got on your arm.”

M said that when Moore died of a drug overdose at Buck’s apartment, he “genuinely thought it was an accident.”

But when the second man, Dean, died in January 2019, M said he recalled that Buck’s love of black men had a “dehumanizing quality to it.”

M said he once joked to Buck, while they were out in public, about a black man nearby, and said: “Ed, that’s your type.”

“Yeah, but I like ’em stupid,” M claimed Buck said.

Buck, according to former pal Charlie Harrison said, “always had a penchant for black guys.”

“There was one guy he spent a lot of time with, but back then it was, as Buck said, mostly ‘meaningful relationships by the hour.’”

METH HABIT

John Duran, the former mayor of West Hollywood, told the Times that Buck’s personality changed when he started using drugs.

“Ed's story is one I've seen happen to many individuals in West Hollywood, gay men who end up making the attachment of sex to meth, and then meth takes over and consumes their lives,” he said.

“When you saw Ed after 2013, he was agitated, losing weight, being angry and amplified at council meetings. Missing appointments or not showing up.

“These are all the symptoms of somebody under the influence of meth,” Duran said.

Buck had maintained his defense that the deaths stemmed from underlying medical conditions and not the narcotics he had supplied the men but was found guilty on all nine counts anyway.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled yet but Buck faces up to life in prison as two charges carry 20-year mandatory minimums.

Each of the charges for the distribution of drugs resulting in death carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.



    Source: Read Full Article