Was Brittany Murphy poisoned?

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11.19.13 22 Comments

Brittany Murphy

There’s a lot more to the Brittany Murphy story than drugged-out chick drugs herself to death, if you believe the recent stories going around. So back in 2009, the 32-year-old Murphy and her 40-year-old husband, Simon Monjack, died five months apart, which seems a little fishy in and of itself, she officially of “multiple drug intoxication, pneumonia and iron deficiency anemia,” he of pneumonia and anemia.

Last year, Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, sued the LA Police and Coroner’s Offices to get further toxicology reports. That lawsuit was eventually dismissed, but Bertolotti did secure hair, blood, and tissue samples, which allowed him to get them tested independently. He sent the samples to the Carlson Company in Colorado. Now the results of those tests, according to Bertolotti, raise the possibility of poisoning.

“Since the autopsy narrative recorded a number of symptoms synonymous with poisoning, I requested testing for heavy metals/toxins,” Bertolotti wrote in an email to The Huffington Post Monday. “My suspicions were confirmed. Ten heavy metals were found in abnormally high quantities (as much as 9 times over the ‘high’ limit designated by the World Health Organization). These types of heavy metals/toxic elements are commonly found in rat poison, pesticides, insecticides, etc. Since neither Brittany nor Simon would have willingly consumed any such substances, the lab concluded that they may have been introduced by a third party with criminal intent.”

A woman named Julia Davis echoes Bertolotti’s sentiment in a widely-cited piece for Examiner:

Heavy metals can be commonly found in rodenticides (chemicals that kill mice or rats) and insecticides. Symptoms of acute heavy metal poisoning in humans can include headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, or dermal symptoms such as abdominal cramps, tremors, tachycardia, sweating, disorientation, coughing, wheezing, congestion, and pneumonia. Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack exhibited all of these symptoms prior to their untimely deaths. The levels of heavy metals detected in Brittany Murphy’s hair were from 2 to over 9 times higher than the levels set as “high” by The World Health Organization.

It’s hard to say whether Davis is impartial, as she’s the writer of a new documentary, Top Priority: The Terror Within, which alleges that Murphy and her husband were murdered by the Department of Homeland Security as part of a conspiracy to discredit Davis.

The film reveals that:

  • Murphy and Monjack were on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watch list;
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were trying to kick her screenwriter husband out of the country;
  • Monjack was arrested over an expired visa – a ruthless tactic to intimidate Murphy after she spoke out in defence of Julia Davis, a former Customs and Border Protection agent.

‘Britt and her husband Simon didn’t deserve to be terrorized by the Department of Homeland Security for standing up to defend me,’ says Davis.

Davis, meanwhile, sounds like some kind of conspiracy nut:

But let’s go back to the beginning, to the moment in 2004 when Homeland Security branded Davis a ‘domestic terrorist’ because she accused government officials of breaching national security.

Davis had discovered that 23 foreigners from terrorist countries [‘terrorist countries?’ -Ed] had been allowed onto U.S. soil, the same day Osama Bin Laden had planned terrorist attacks on America.

After Julia Davis highlighted the security breach in a report to her supervisors, the film claims Homeland Security took ‘hostile action’ against Davis, her family and friends.

This included a staggering 54 investigations leading to two malicious prosecutions, two false imprisonments, and a Black Hawk helicopter raid on her home that involved 27 DHS agents and one U.S. Marshal.

Shockingly, the film says the hush-hush tactics and the attack on Julia Davis, her family and Hollywood friends took more military manpower than the assassination of Bin Laden.

Luckily for Davis, she was finally cleared of all accusations in 2010. But not content, she decided to tell her story by writing and producing the film, that made sure ‘these monsters’ didn’t get away with their crimes.

The film’s director Asif Akbar says that when he first met BJ and Julia Davis he knew the ‘incredible true story had to be told.’ The filmmaker found it shocking that so many government officials and citizens, ‘were willing to accept corruption as the norm of life.’

Akbar now claims he and his family are being targeted by Homeland Security. He says officials have ‘raided their business’ after Top Priority premiered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on May 16 this year.

Remarkably, Julia Davis is still under surveillance by the government, saying that her bank accounts are levied ‘on special dates.’ But her film won’t be the only project to shed some light on the mysterious life of Brittany Murphy.

Akbar and Davis have teamed up again, along with the actress’s father, to write and produce a biopic, called Britt. The director says the film will cover everything during Brittany’s rise to fame including ‘her romances, lifestyle, career and her untimely death.’

Considering the subject matter and heavy accusations it is unsurprising that reviews of the documentary have not been kind, with the New York Times describing Top Priority as serving ‘neither the viewer nor its embattled subject.’

Hmmm, so the theory is that the government murdered Brittany Murphy and her husband because they defended this whistleblower, Julia Davis? Who is still alive and cleared of all charges? Yeah… sounds a little suspect as of yet.

The LA County Coroner responded to The Huffington Post’s request for comment with an email Monday evening.

“The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has no plans to reopen our inquiry into the deaths. We stand by our original reports,” Chief Coroner Investigator Craig R. Harvey said. “We have not been presented any [third] party lab test results for analysis, so we are unable to comment on publicized reports of private lab tests.” [HuffPo]

The new lab reports sound interesting, but we should probably wait until someone who’s not trying to produce a biopic sees them before we pass judgment.

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