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Today we know no more than two years ago how or where superstar Prince got the deadly fentanyl that killed him in an accidental opioid overdose. But now we can scroll through 10 gigabytes of documents, pictures and videos collected by the police in their futile investigative efforts to find out.
Once authorities at his home in Carver County, Minnesota, announced Thursday that no charges would be levied against anyone connected with the prince's death on April 21, 2016, all the records of her indecisive investigation were published and posted online on the Carver's website County Sheriff's Office published.
There are pages and pages of transcriptions from long interviews with various people in Prince's life, such as his young and new assistant Meron Bekure, his longtime best friend, bodyguard and Paisley Park Estate Administrator Kirk Johnson, and his personal chef, Ray Roberts.
There are extensive police reports written in cop speech and dense with details about every single thing that cops said or did or photographed at Prince's Paisley Park home / studio connection on the day he was found dead in an elevator there.
There are details about all the things they have found inside, including dozens of bottles of pills and thousands of dollars lying in cash or in drawers or boxes.
There are several videos inside parts of Paisley Park, some of which are anything but comfortable and more like the lobby of a large office building.
There are videos and pictures of Prince's corpse and where it was found. There are videos from inside a local pharmacy where Prince Buddy Johnson made a prescription the night before Prince died. There are audio files on the recording of various statements.
Here are some of the intriguing details we have found so far:
The Death Scene :
There are five videos with close-ups of Prince's corpse spread out on a Persian rug at the entrance to the elevator in Paisley Park.
He was light on his left side, his left arm on the floor, his right arm in his middle. His left arm and right ankle had ECG cable patches made of life-saving techniques by paramedics. His right wrist was wrapped in blue tape. He was without shoes, wore black and gray training clothes with black socks, and a black knit cap covered his head and hair.
Prinzens Laptop :
A report by Sgt. DeWitt Meier described what he saw and did when he arrived to help investigate the scene on the day Prince's body was found. On April 21, 2016, Meier saw an Apple laptop sitting in Prince's bedroom on the dresser, but he did not search or reach for him. He did not see any cell phones.
The next day, Meier says, after numerous pill bottles were found in Paisley Park, he learned that Prince and his associates were communicating only by phone or e-mail, not cell phones
"I did not regret it Computer at the bedside, as I believe the conversation between his staff and (Prince) might have involved medication, "Meier wrote.
Only then did he instruct someone to get a search warrant for the then-existing laptop in a locked office. When the search warrant was finally executed five days after Prince's death, a locksmith had to be summoned to open and retrieve the door.
Prince had no cellphone and no cell phone, authorities said, and that was one of the reasons for it. It was difficult to find evidence of how he had received fake vicodin with fentanyl. If there were such evidence on Prinzen's laptop, it could have been manipulated before it was finally confiscated.
Princes half sister, Sharon Nelson, tweeted her consternation over how the laptop was handled.
"There is so much about Prince's death and this investigation that worries me and millions of # Prince fans around the world," she tweeted on Friday.
Interview with Kirk Johnson:
He was Prince's friend from the eighties, a drummer for him, the best man of his first wedding, bodyguard and estate manager. But he even told the investigators that he did not always know what was going on with Prince.
"He really is, he was always private and I mean, even from me he would keep me at a distance of
that respects his privacy," he said in his interview with Det. Chris Wagner.
Not until shortly before his death did Johnson realize how ill Prince was. "He just looked a bit fragile, but I just know, you know … he always goes up and down," he said.
Then, on his way home from Atlanta, a week before his death, Prince became unconscious in his private plane, Johnson said. The plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., Prince received doses of the drug for the treatment of an overdose of narcotics and he was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and discharged.
Was Prince Addicted to Painkillers, Johnson Was Asked
"He never told me that, but that's what I find out," Johnson said. "I mean, and I just found out that after this time we had to land the plane, that it is … it started to make sense through its behavior and mood … That's why I took the initiative and "Let's go to my doctor because you have not been to the doctor yet, let's check it all out."
The day before his death, Johnson brought Prince to his longtime local doctor Michael Todd Schulenberg, who was also interviewed investigator On this day, Schulenberg saw Prince and did some tests and prescribed other medications.A urinalysis was positive for Opioide.
Schulenberg ordered Prince on April 14, 2016, the opioid analgesic oxycodone, but named it Johnson Years later, on Thursday, Schulenberg was guilty of paying $ 30,000 to settle a federal civil claim, knowingly writing a prescription in a foreign name that won the Cont injured rolled Substances Act.
Interviews with Meron Berkure, Prince's personal assistant:
The transcripts of her interviews show that she is reluctant to talk to the investigators and repeatedly says that she and all of Prince's employees have "confidentiality agreements" Condition for employment signed. At some point she said she wanted a lawyer.
"As his personal assistant, who is white (private), I want to keep his privacy," she told Det. Pat Murray
Murray tried to reassure her that she had no trouble investigators were trying to find out more about it to find out how Prince was dead. He said the investigators had already gathered information that Prince was struggling with chemical dependence, and as his personal assistant, she noticed whether he was normal or "out of thing" the day before his death.
Berkure did not know it, just saw him from a "distant distance". She said he had gone to the doctor the day before to do an "examination." In another interview with another detective and sheriff Jim Olson, she said that Prince had been unusually quiet.
"He normally email us and likes the whole day, but because he's not feeling well, you know …" she said.
She said he had canceled the "flu" and a performance. But she said she did not see any symptoms of the flu. "Unless he shared it with the doctor, he did not tell me," she said.
She also had about $ 3,000 in cash in her purse, which was sought. She said, "I do a lot of tour book sales and things like that."
Interview with Ray Roberts
Prince's personal chef since 2013, Roberts also owns a local restaurant, Peoples Organic, and delivered Prince, a vegan, with a daily supper of appetizer, Entre and dessert, and refilled his fridge. On the night before Prince's death, Roberts arrived with a meal: roasted peppers, a salad, and a smoothie. Roberts thought Prince did not look good, which usually meant he wanted his privacy.
"Roberts explained that Prince did not look good that night, Roberts explained that Prince looked desperate, but Roberts explained Prince looked like he was not feeling well." The log reads.
(In fact, dinner was not eaten; Roberts said it was still in his fridge during Prince Memorial lunch.)
Roberts said Prince's behavior was "up and down" and that people around him were talking about his health "a lot." Roberts noticed weight loss.
"Roberts explained that last month he noticed that Prince lost weight and Roberts said he felt that Prince ate less and did not drink water," the transcript reads.
Roberts told investigators that Prince was "happy and energetic, and then he would sleep or not feel well," the transcript reads. "Roberts explained that Prince's health problem was associated with stress from his job."
Roberts said his job was to make sure that Prince "eats properly and drinks enough liquid". If Prince Roberts reported complaints (such as a sore throat), Roberts would prepare food accordingly.