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Miura's death likely murder, says pathologist hired by lawyer

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No doubts about it: Colonel Mustard did it in the library with the lead pipe.

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well, it's only fair that his death should create as much attention as his wife's

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someone is gathering material for a book!!!

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Not sure this Geragos bloke is a reliable lawyer and it will be interesting to check the background of the pathologist that he hired. But there again, I wouldn't put it past the LAPD to beat someone to death either.

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Just wait, the medieval mob that were here laughing at this man's suicide will be here applauding his murder. So before they do, shame on you.

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Seems funny that after many uneventful months in a Saipan prison, he suddenly tops himself in LA. Either he missed the 'Saipanda" or he only got his shirt back in LA? Murder sounds like a sinister cause somehow.

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I have no doubt this Japanese man committed suicide. I reckon he did it straight after the last rounds check by the guards, figuring he'll be gone before anyone has time to stop him venturing off into the void of nothing. I reckon the LA coppers would have loved to see him go to trial where they had a good chance of putting him back behind bars and at the same time let everyone know yep we're just waiting for people to make mistakes, like going to Saipan where warrants are standing, we're waiting for people like you to slip up. Yeah.

He (Mark Geragosalso) said a hematoma on Miura’s larynx could have come from a forced choking. He said the pathologist concluded the injury could not have been caused by a self-inflicted hanging.

Could have been choked. Could not have self-hung. Blah blah blah give the man some more money.

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Doesn't sound funny at all. In Saipan he figured he could fight the case so he didn't off himself, when everything went against him and he was transferred to LA, he probably thought long and good on the plane ride over, and decided to of himself in LA, once again trying to cause a stir even in death.

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I concur with the badge.

My question concerns the hat he was wearing on the flight over - was it just another case of a Japanese having no idea of the English he was wearing (Peace Pot Microdot), or was it a subtle sayonara?

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This is getting boring. When they originally found Miura strung up like the washing, I said as a joke "Anyone for conspiracies?" I didn't think anyone would bite. Seeing as you cannot be prosecuted for defaming the dead, it is time to put in my 2 cents worth.

On the balance of probability, Mr. Miura (tne deceased) was at least an accessory before the murder of his wife (setting somebody up to do it) and at worst the person who planned it. Moreover, Mr. Muira (the deceased) had an extremely poor understand of geography, in believing that Saipan was not part of the US.

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What does the "Microdot" mean on the hat? About Garagos, he can and does talk his head off forever and a day. Everything he says is "absolutely right". Wasn't he in on the OJ trial, at least for part of it or was it just the Michael Jackson trial? Nancy, a blond lawyer on TV in US always has it out with him, and they always fight different angles of the case, with equal vigor. No way to get a word in edge wise.

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call in dr. henry lee. he always gets to the truth. greagos just wants his pocket change after all the work - or work his firm did.

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YangYong-shame on you for using the death of this man to spread your beliefs. He is dead, it is over. I am with tomorborder, this is getting boring.

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we`ll have to wait for more info on this but my bet is he offed himself as he cudnt imagine life behind bars in the US, he didnt off himself in Saipan because there was still a chance he wudnt be flown to LA, once he was on the plane it was a whole new ball game so to speak.

But if someone did put the squeeze on him while in custody it cud get interesting & thats all this amounts to is interesting, I doubt many if any are feeling any sorrow for this guy

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some people have to live with the thought that everyone is trying to get away with something or their own pathetic life wouldnt be without excitment...

Get over it..

Why would police who had nothing to do with him (and dont say to solve the case he was already convicted of murder, and LA has tons of unsolved ones) because his crime was 27 years ago do anything to him??

He figured he was going to be bubbas girl so he offed himself, dont give him any power by making him news again...

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If the man was murdered, which most of us doubt, oh well. The person who supposedly killed him will get theirs. Most people know Geragos is just trying to make more money and trying to get people on it. Spread the wealth on a dead man, we all know who will pay in the end.

YangYong-I knew you would bite. Just seeing how long it would take.

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a quick google on 'peace pot microdot' turns up this from the urban dictionary:

Peace. Pot. Micro-Dot.

A time-honored farewell, wishing other stoners and hippies a happy and high goodbye.

Didn't know he was a stoner. Maybe the LA thing was a drug deal gone bad.

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Talk about kicking a dead horse! Leave it alone already! Case closed! Tax payers money saved! Enough is enough! Scum is as scum does! etc. etc.

S

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mmmm! Micro-dot! Flash back to the eighties! Anyway, this guy may or may not have offed himself and the LAPD may have had a hand in his demise, but clearly the lawyer is only after notoriety and cash, and as someone else stated, a book. If the LAPD did have a hand in his demise it will be impossible to prove because there is only one group of people thicker than thieves and that is the cops.

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This Hollywood lawyer is just pissed because he got choked out of years of legal fees and now he wants to sue somebody! This is one story that can die tomorrow and nobody will miss it.

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I don't think the LAPD would be creating an international incident for themselves

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I don't think the LAPD would be creating an international incident for themselves

Agreed. Sensible post.

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I think it that if it was murder it was one of his fellow inmates. Problaby something was said that lead to his murder ... IF it was murder.

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I think it that if it was murder it was one of his fellow inmates. Problaby something was said that lead to his murder ... IF it was murder.

Two words: he was in solitary confinement.

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Murder, lol. His lawyer who wants legal fees and headlines, hires a guy to say its murder... Yeah, I don't think so.

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"Two words: he was in solitary confinement".

Really? I must be blind as I can't see that in the article.

P.S. "... he was in solitary confinement", is more than 2 words :)

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I must be blind as I can't see that in the article.

It was in another article last week or something.

P.S. "... he was in solitary confinement", is more than 2 words :)

Yes, I know :)

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Interesting theory but when given the choice between believing Garagos or the LAPD well, neither one is particularily credible. The only way I can believe that it wasn't suicide is if one of LA's finest beat the crap out of Miura for some reason and went a little too far. Cover up is the LA way but this seems a little far fetched.

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For what reason, he wasn't even on trial yet, and despite what is portrayed in the news media from time to time about the LAPD, I highly doubt that the LAPD would beat up a high profile case like Miura, first off, they have no reason to, and the media was covering it like crazy. Why would they (the LAPD and prosecutors) go through all that trouble to get the guy, have international coverage, only to bring him over to whack him off even before the trail started, makes absolutely no sense at all. He was probably given a special holding area because of the high profile case of it. The most highly likely scenario was, on the plane ride over, he figured he was screwed and did the Japanese thing and offed himself.

The injuries he had could of been anything or nothing, I mean the guy is a pathologies hired by the defense, if you got a high profile attorney like Gerogos you can pretty much hire a witness that says the sky isn't blue but yellow.

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romulus thinks that Miura took a beating and then killed himself.

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Why would the LAPD want to kill this guy, or even beat him? Makes no sense at all. I'm with badge on this one.

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Geragos trying to get some money for his services.... seeing that his client Miura's isn't going to be paying up anytime soon....

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Lawyers will come up with anything, to promote their reputation. As the officer said the he went only away for 20-30 minutes, so who else was around at that time? They should call 'Boston Legal,' they will come up with some better ideas. Miura was his own executioner to hide his crime. He did perhaps rub his back against the wall before he hung himself.

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Of course, his lawyer wants to make something of it. This would have been a high profile case that would have got him a lot of money and publicity.

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I think Soldave's got it right. This weasel's high profile client offs himself so....no trial, no press. So he makes up this crap to keep his name in the papers and his mug on TV and his rates in the stratosphere.

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Here's the grand question for Geragos and anyone else who cares:

Who is benefiting most from Miura's death?

The answer is NOBODY.

Really, when one thinks about it, there really isn't anyone who is really getting anything from Miura's death, except for maybe the hired killer whom Miura paid to off his wife...but with twenty-lus years gone by, and the shooter/hitman/hired killer never surfacing, and Miura never mentioning a name, such a person could have easily and quietly disappeared to some country and is probably living quite handsomely off of Miura's pay-off to kill the wife. Nobody is really benefiting from this death, save Mark Geragos (he's trying to, anyway) and Miura's second wife (again, trying to: murder charge = insurance payout).

From the facts I've gathered from this case, and from the fact that Miura fought extradition every step of the way (figuring he could get off, thanks to the fact that freed criminals tend to get an attitude of invincibility, which could explain Miura going to Saipan in the firstp lace, seeing how there were US Warrants outstanding for his arrest; really, I have a hard time believing that Miura could have just been incredibly stupid and/or ignorant enough of the extension of US Law to her territories and protectorates), claiming time and time again the Japanese Supreme Court's finding him innocent, then turning about to hire Geragos in LA. The fact that he was evasive, elusive, and squeamish when it came to going to the USA for trial tells me that he was guilty, and running from trial (if one is truly innocent, what does one have to fear from trial?), and his suicide in prison just furthers to confirm his guilt. Instead of besmirching his family name with a guilty verdict in the USA, he chose the "honorable way" (in Japanese culture and point-of-view) to end things, and, when given the chance to do so, did it.

As far as these findings by Geragos' medical man, they are dubious at best. Anyone can come away from anything with "evidence" to support their cause; all it takes is a little tweaking and tinkering with the real facts to "create" a smoking gun. After all, wasn't Geragos' able to take the "smoking gun" evidence found at O.J.'s house, and make it look like someone was setting him up for his wife's and Ron Goldman's murder? No surprises from geragos in this. He, too, wants his payday.

Finally, the LAPD had nothing -- NOTHNING -- to gain from a murder of Miura. The fact that they are being raked over the coals, threatened with investigation, charged with negligence, accused of unprofessionalism, and having Geragos and others finger them for murdering Miura is enough for them to realize that the man's death would bring only trouble. The LAPD learned their lesson after Rodney King. They had nada to gain from Miura's death, and have had naught but trouble since...

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Geragos said at the time of Miura’s death that it made no sense because Miura had not expressed any suicidal inclination and had seemed anxious to fight his case in court.

It makes even less sense that the LAPD would have anything to gain by murdering him.

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My guess is this. Knowing from expierence, the LA County Detention Centers, or otherwise know as the Twin Towers, are extremely over booked with criminals. I bet some unsuspecting guard stuck another prisoner in with Muira for temp holding and that prisoner killed Muira. The guards tried to cover up the mistake by making it look as if Muira killed himself. Sounds like a good theroy anyway to me.

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Yes, a good theory, well, if you're an idiot anyway. Come on, you have to really be willing to believe anything, to buy into a murder theory on this for even a second. If you buy this, I have some great real-estate to sell you in Florida. Bargain basement prices too...

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Underworld accomplices killed Miura's wife. They've killed him to put a lid on the case. Will ferment blow this lid off?

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that miura dude had guilty, and smug, written all over his face in life. In death....good riddence to bad rubbish.

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