Conrad Murray interviewed on CNN, sings about Santa Claus from his jail cell

In his first interview since being convicted of involuntary manslaughter... Michael Jackson's former physician maintains his innocence, criticizes the Jackson family, and serenades a bewildered Anderson Cooper

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician serving four years for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, maintained his innocence and broke into song during an interview with Anderson Cooper on Tuesday (April 2).

Speaking by phone on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Murray said when his sentence is up, he wants to “continue to do selfless acts” and to “motivate” people.

Shortly after, he began singing “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot,” to Cooper’s visible confusion. Murray said the song, popularized by Nat King Cole and others, exemplifies his life story.

Lyrics include: “He’s a little boy that Santa Claus forgot, and goodness knows he did not want a lot/ He wrote a note to Santa for some crayons and a toy, it broke his little heart when he found Santa hadn’t come... I’m so sorry for that laddie who hasn’t got a Daddy.”

“I had no Christmases, I had no toys, I had nothing,” Murray told Cooper. “But as I grew up my heart has been whole. My heart says to help. And all I do is to give.”

Murray also maintained his innocence in Jackson’s death and called it “overwhelming.”

“I must tell you, I am extremely sorry that Michael has passed on. It’s a tremendous loss for me. It’s a burden I’ve been carrying for the longest while,” he said. “It’s a burden I will carry for an indefinite period of time.”

He went on to say he and Jackson were close, and the late singer used him as a sounding board for bad things that had happened in his past.

“[Michael] had some real pains and I have had some stories of Michael that he has shared with me that I have not shared with the world,” Murray said. “We both experienced pain.”

Murray complained about being using as a “scapegoat” and taking the “brunt of the storm for the entire life of a man.”

“It is in terms so humongous that for 50 years of pain that [Michael] has lived and I did not do him for all of that [sic],” he said. “All of the mishaps that [Michael] has encountered in life seem to trickle down on me and I think that is the definition of a scapegoat.

“Nobody has taken any responsibilities for anything that they may have done to this man, but because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, then here I am.”

Cooper asked how Murray could in good conscious could give Jackson propofol, the powerful anesthetic which contributed to his death.

“As you know, it's supposed to be administered in a hospital. It's a sedative used for surgery,” Cooper said. “As a doctor who swore to do no harm, I still don't understand how you could give this clearly troubled person this powerful sedative in a non-hospital setting?”

The physician admitted to ordering it for Jackson, but said he was trying to wean the pop star off the drug. (Uh, might I point out that propofol is not known to be addictive or cause withdrawals, etc. It's anesthesia, not a benzo. o_O )

However, Murray's shipment records revealed that the former-cardiologist was stockpiling propofol, ordering more than four gallons of the anesthetic between April and June 2009.

Prosecuting attorney David Walgren said that the massive propofol shipments -- along with Murray's request to AEG for medical equipment to be provided throughout the “This Is It” tour -- prove that that Murray did not intend to stop treating Jackson with the dangerous drug.

(ABOVE: Murray breaks out into song during his interview on CNN. Anderson Cooper blinks, head-tilts, and side-eyes appropriately.)

During the jail-house phone interview, Cooper also asked Murray about the events leading up to Michael Jackson's death on the morning of June 25, 2009.

The former cardiologist still maintains he only gave Jackson a small “25 milligram slow injection” of propofol -- not an intravenous drip of an entire bottle of the sedative. Murray and his attorneys claim that Jackson self-administered the fatal dose of propofol when his doctor left the room for a two-minute bathroom break. (Jackson was found dead with 40 times more propofol in his body than Murray admits to giving.)

However, the proposed self-administration scenario does not hold up under scrutiny.

It was revealed during Murray's 2011 trial that Michael Jackson's fingerprints were not found on any syringes, drug vials, or other medical evidence taken from his mansion after his death, according to lab results. Technicians found only a single fingerprint, matching Murray's index finger, on a vial of the anesthetic removed from an intravenous stand at Jackson's bedside.

Columbia professor and propofol expert Dr. Steven Shafer also testified about how it would have been physically impossible for Jackson to self-administer the anesthetic. “It's a crazy scenario,” he said.

The 2011 trial's jurors were told that even if they believed the defense's self-administration theory, Murray would still be criminally liable. “He is responsible for every drop of propofol in that room,” said Dr. Shafer.

But Murray himself sees things differently and maintains that he is an innocent man.

“I did nothing wrong and all I tried to do was to help a friend who I encountered in a devastated state,” he said. “I could've had a heart attack in my effort [to help], but I did the best I can.”

“But it was your patient who had the heart attack,” Cooper replied.

Cooper then asked the former doctor if he felt guilty for leaving his patient unattended and unmonitored under anesthesia. Murray said that there had been no need to monitor Jackson, as he was only on a “normal saline drip which is plain salt water.” (Give up the self-administration theory alreadyyyy.)

“[Michael] was sedated [on the 25 milligram slow injection], he went to sleep. ... I was able to speak on the phone, accept calls. He was fine. Everything was great. When I left his bedside, I was absolutely comfortable that propofol was no longer a factor. Done.”

However, during his trial, Murray's abandonment of his patient was listed as one of the 17 “egregious" violations of the standard of care he committed in treating Jackson.

(ABOVE: Former MJ defense attorney Thomas Mesereau speaks critically about the AEG trial & Conrad Murray's new interview.)

“When you monitor a patient, you never leave his side, especially after giving propofol,” said Dr. Alon Steinberg. “It's like leaving a baby sleeping on your kitchen counter-top. You would never do it because there is a chance the baby could wake up and fall off or grab a knife or something. You just don't do it.”

UCLA sleep expert Dr. Nader Kamangar similarly stated that Murray leaving the room without an assistant watching Jackson violated the “fundamental basics of the Hippocratic oath.”

During his CNN interview, Murray also claimed that Michael Jackson was addicted to Demerol, causing his insomnia in the first place. (Oh yeah, that was another one of Murray's defense's old theories. They said he was actually using anesthesia as a rapid detox for MJ or something. HA.)

Murray accused dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein of providing Jackson with “humongous” amounts of the drug, stating that he, Murray, did not know his patient had also been seeing Klein in 2009.

However, medical records provided to police showed that Klein used “stiff” but acceptable doses of Demerol on Jackson during various cosmetic procedures in 2009, including Botox and Restylane facial fillers. Dr. Steven Shafer previously testified during Murray's trial that Klein's records did not substantiate an addiction to Demerol. Rather, Jackson simply "liked" the drug for painful, invasive procedures, Shafer said.

Dealing another blow to Murray's claims, there was no evidence of Demerol, or it's long-living metabolite, in Jackson's blood at the time of his death.
There was also no evidence of Demerol in two urine samples, which toxicologist Daniel Anderson said would show if the drug had passed through someone's body. The average life-span of the longest Demerol metabolite is roughly a week.

As the exclusive AC360 interview wound down, Murray then commented on the Jackson family's $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, which charges the concert promoter with negligence in the singer's death by employing Murray to be his doctor. (Jury selection started Tuesday, April 2.)

“It is a sad thing when I look at what's going on in television, because if Michael was alive he would be absolutely upset, he would be so unhappy with what is happening,” said Murray. “Michael said to me, 'I no longer want to be a bank for my family.' But all you see is the continuation of that.”

He added: “I wish that one day I get a chance to tell all Michael's fans, people who really, really love him, what happened to Michael. They would really want to know. If they do find out, their heart would cringe [for him] and they would be in blatant pain.”

But despite his bold words, the former cardiologist said he “is not interested in giving testimony” in the up-coming AEG trial, and if subpoenaed, he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself.

In November 2011, Murray was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

He is scheduled to be released on October 28, 2013 if he serves his full sentence. Murray is currently appealing his verdict.

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PLUS: RadarOnline Editor Says Conrad Murray Is Penning Book About MJ

Shortly after Conrad Murray was pronounced "guilty" of involuntary manslaughter in Nov. 2011... Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, officially withdrew her request for restitution, in order to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

For those who didn't know, restitution is a mechanism that helps prevent offenders from profiting from criminal acts. And ever since the Jackson family cut Murray some slack in that area... it appears he's been lining up a few money-making schemes involving his most famous (and deceased) patient.

According to Jen Heger, RadarOnline's assistant managing editor, Murray has been writing a book about the King of Pop ever since he went to jail two years ago. He is reportedly looking for a publisher.

Heger recently took to Twitter to blast the convicted doctor in a series of scathing comments:


(Well, Murray did hint around in his interview, saying things like, "MJ told me so many things about his past that I have not yet revealed~" Blah blah blah. He'll say whatever sells, in order to crawl out of his deep debt. =_= )