Poison: The Doctor's Dilemma

Did Johnson and Johnson Bribe

Illinois Tylenol Task Force Officials in 1982?

By: James Wm. Lewis

James Wn. Lewis

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show

I was watching the Daily Show.

Jon Stewart was blasting Johnson and Johnson for paying bribes and commiting other

criminal acts in the November 2013 Risperdal settlement.

J&J knowingly bribed doctors to give useless drugs to old people, the disabled and to babies,”
a stunned Jon Stewart said on December 4, 2013.

“You’re not even allowed to do that in ‘Grand Theft Auto.’”

When Jon Stewart said that, I doubled over in laughter. Finally, even this great humane comedian,
Jon Stewart, realized that J&J was a corporate thug and a predator. He was suggesting that J&J
was more   depraved than a petty car thief. Plus, Jon Stewart focused on the fact that J&J bribed
doctors, and other folks, to get what it wanted.

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show
Crazy Rich: The Johnson and Johnson Family

Crazy Rich. Power & scandle are important ingredients in J&J’s history. J &J
is a storehouse of the secrets only one of the largest drug companys in
America has the billions in spare change to bankroll.

Bribes corrupt people, buy their morals, and motivate them to commit crimes
by proxy, to line the pockets of someone else, in this case Johnson and Johnson.
A briber is typically a coward, who hires someone else to commit crimes,
anything from fixing parking tickets, selling dope, confidence games, maybe
even murder, while the briber reaps the benefits.

I mulled over Jon Stewart’s words for a while.

Then, I calmed down, sipped some eggnog, and began thinking about what
happened 1982, after seven people died after ingesting Extra Strength
Tylenol capsules full of cyanide.

What happened AFTER those murders is a more intriguing mystery than the actual Tylenol murders.

That post-murder mystery involves the massive destruction of Tylenol evidence.

Uniforms usually preserve all  evidence at crime scenes to convict the perpetrators. Not this time.
Seldom will you ever see so many suits destroy so much critical evidence.

In October 1982, I remembered reading in New York how Illinois police drove down streets one day or so after the Tylenol
murders with squad car bullhorns blaring.

Cops were doing the unthinkable. The police were ordering the public to destroy the most precious evidence in  this mass
murder case, the Tylenol capsules.

They were telling people that Extra Strength Tylenol had been poisoned. Issuing warnings was good. But
destroying the evidence was bad.

The police were urging Tylenol customers to flush all their capsules down their crappers, and that was simply stupid.

Attorney General Tyrone Fahner gave that order to destroy evidence over television, radio and in newpapers.

Destroying the Tylenol evidence, also destroyed fingerprints, DNA and cyanide, evidence which could have
identified the killer.

The police were simply following orders, the command from the highest ranking state cop in the Illinois, their
nominal boss, Attorney General Fahner.

Jon Stewart’s vitriolic words were still resonating in my head.

Then, in a flash of intuition, after replaying Stewart’s remarks, I connected the dots which had eluded me for over
three decades.

Bribing. They did it by bribing.

How could I have been so stupid?

Thank you Jon Stewart.

Money and Pills

J&J has a Credo, which sounds something like Biblical Commandments. The Credo is a list of do’s and don’ts which J&J
employees must follow, to protect and serve the public and guard J&J’s reputation.

Here is the first sentence of J&J’s Credo:

Our Credo


“We believe our first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses and patients, to mothers and

fathers and all others who use our products and services…”

Exactly how does bribery and lying to the FDA, doctors and patients meet the standards set forth in
Johnson & Johnson's Credo?

I keep asking myself that question, when I read how J&J bribed doctors and pharmacists to prescribe
Risperdal and several other drugs, without FDA approval, to vulnerable, helpless old people, disabled
folks and babies, as J&J raked in billions of dollars in profits.

Clearly, J&J’s Credo is a smooth scam, to trick customers into believing that J&J is honest and good,
while it fleeces them with snake oil and bribed doctors.

Al Capone sold booze containing lead, strychnine, and antifreeze, and a few people who swallowed it
died. Likewise, J&J sold contaminated Tylenol and baby products made in a factory in Fort Washington,
Pennsylvania, and a few people who swallowed those products died. Who was worst, Chicago’s
Al Capone or Chicago’s J&J?

Old Woman Swallowing a pill

Internal Emails: J&J Knew of Bribery "Black Hole" for Years

But J&J's internal emails, plus the U.K. Serious Fraud Office's records, indicate that J&J management knew as early as 1999 that it was making improper payments to Greek sales agents, and that money was disappearing into what it called a "black hole" in Europe.

Yet J&J later acquired the company which operated that "black hole" in order to maintain its illegal sales
relationships in Greece, according to the SEC's complaint. And although the SEC praised J&J's cooperation in its probe, J&J took eight years to initially inform the SEC of its problems.

The FDA forced J&J to close and cleanup the Fort Washington factory in 2010.

Must have been a real mess, requiring lots more than just Windex and Spic & Span. As of November 30, 2013,
the Fort Washington facility is still closed.


J&J is a cash cow, a money machine. J&J hoards billions of dollars in profits procured by bribes and other criminal acts, then stashes the cash in banks around the world. According to the US Supreme Court, a corporation is a person. Yeah, this corporation is a jungle savage, a carnivore which preys on helpless humans to exist. Whether a human person, or a corporate person, once that person crosses the line, and starts bribing officials, corrupting them to commit crimes which benefit the briber, the bribing practice seems to become as addictive as heroin and that addiction seems to snowball. Bribing becomes their default way of doing business.

This bribing culture runs deep and wide in J&J, as the Justice Department indicates, in multiple court cases.

I started digging in J&J’s garbage. Their rap sheet is huge, dwarfing the rap sheets of the worst human convicts ever committed to any American penitentiary. The rap sheets of Al Capone, Charles Manson or John Wayne Gacy’s are pale and puny in comparison to J&J’s book length rap sheets.

or 35 years, J&J and the U.S. FDA have Tussled Over Tylenol and Liver Damage.

In court cases, I discovered that J&J drafted sham contracts, and paid bribes and kickbacks to officials and doctors in Greece, Iraq, Poland and Romania, according to law enforcement authorities. J&J also paid reduced fines to the US Justice Department for throwing other drug companies under the bus, accusing them of engaging in some of the same crimes J&J was committing.

J&J subsidiaries, employees and agents used slush funds, plus sham civil contracts with doctors, and off-shore companies in the Isle of Man to carry out the bribery.

I searched for "J&J Court Case List", and Google returned 1,100,000 hits in .44 seconds!

TYLENOL IS KILLING AMERICANS!: Health Impact News has published stats on Tylenol deaths in the past, and other reports actually put the death toll much higher than the stats ProPublica used from the CDC. A 2004 published study took statistics from poison control centers around the U.S. and found “458 deaths due to acute liver failure each year.

I discovered that Acetaminophen, the ingredient in Tylenol, caused more than 1,500 accidental deaths during the
last decade, yet no one at J&J was ever been charged with murder with the use of Tylenol. Those 1,500 deaths makes
J&J one of the U.S's most prolific mass killers of all time. In fact, no one working at J&J has ever been held accountable
for those deaths.

Let me guess: when you are J&J, you are free to kill as many people as you want, and American prosecutors won’t lift a finger.

Inadvertent poisoning from Tylenol sends 78,000 Americans to the emergency room each year, federal data shows.
In the Risperdal related cases, J&J paid bribes in several states to doctors, pharmacists and to nursing home administrators…
…and the practice was routinely institutionalized by both sides, the bribe giver and the bribe takers. J&J’s extensive bribes
motivated doctors to commit crimes, including doping defenseless people with useless, possibly deadly drugs and then
covering up those crimes.

FDA Bottle

So…if J&J were paying bribes, I asked myself, when did this corrupting practice begin? Did J&J bribe anyone in Illinois in 1982? Illinois has a colorful history of politicians and judges taking or giving bribes, or committing other crimes.

They were perfect mates...a marriage made in Heaven...or Illinois.

Illinois has long legacy of public corruption.  On 12/09/2008, an article discussed this topic on NBCNews.com. According to that NBC piece, from 1972 until 2008, 79 elected officials in Illinois were convicted of wrongdoing.

Here are just three recently convicted gentlemen:

Governor Atto Kerner

Otto Kerner 

Attorney General William J. Scott

William Scott 

Governor Rod Blagojevich

Rob Blagojevich 

And here is former Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner,

spokesman and commander for The Tylenol Task Force in 1982.

Tyrone Fahner 

Acting Attorney General Fahner was the highest ranking state lawman in Illinois at the times of the Tylenol killings in 1982. He was only
acting AG. The Governor appointed him to serve out the remaining term of AG William J. Scott, who was removed from office, after a
federal income tax conviction. Fahner tried to conduct an election for the office he held while heading the The Tylenol Task Force.

Fahner is a former assistant US Attorney, and thus a former federal  prosecutor.

Mr. Fahner knew that a public official, especially a prosecutor, has the duty to preserve all evidence of any crime, especially evidence of any homicide. At the very least, that evidence might be exculpatory to anyone who might be indicted for such a crime. AG Fahner also knew that J&J made the Tylenol containing the lethal cyanide, thus making J&J an important party in any future murder trial.

The elephant in the room is the following question:

Specifically, did Johnson & Johnson bribe Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner in 1982, to get him to urge the public to flush criminal evidence of Tylenol mass murder down their crappers?

We now know that J&J has a long criminal history of paying bribes.

If the corporation, J&J, is a person, perhaps it is reasonable to treat J&J as any other person who has committed crimes. By that I mean, a convict, like J&J, must have come from bad seed, spawn of a criminal nature, long before the Tylenol murders. Are we to believe that J&J, suddenly became honest, after finding that its main commercial product, Extra Strength Tylenol, contained cyanide, in Illinois, a state famous for having corrupt officials, and that J&J did NOT continue their practice of bribing public officials?

This is a fair question to ask. J&J benefited more than any person from this flushing of Tylenol evidence. J&J had a motive to bribe someone influential. J&J might have been considered paying juice "just good business," or "the price of doing business."

In fact, knowing J&J’s history of paying bribes, one is absolutely obligated to ask if J&J bribed Attorney General Fahner into asking the public to help J&J by flushing criminal evidence of theTylenol mass murders down the crappers?

Fahner’s actions were neither rational nor legal. Fahner’s evidence destroying conduct was both bizarre and illegal. Why? Alarms go off, when we look at Fahner's actions in context.

Focusing on the "preponderance of the evidence standard" from jurisprudence, how many attorneys and professors of jurisprudence think that I have enumerated sufficient evidence to alledge that Tyrone Fahner should be considered a Prime Suspect in receiving an actual bribe (pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/33-1, CH. 38, par. 33-1, Bribery) from J&J in 1982 to aid and abet J&J in the destruction of Tylenol criminal and civil evidence found subsequent to the 1982 Chicago area cyanide-laced Tylenol murders?  Should my reciprocity apply the "preponderance of evidence standard" to J&J also, as the putative briber, as a matter of logical consistency?  Does the circumstantial evidence infer such a conclusion?

As for the expiration of the Statute of Limitations...isn't that what some folks are fond of labeling a "technicality?"

Trashing evidence doesn’t seem like a Constitutionally sanctioned, official duty of an Attorney General.

Panic and hysteria about additional innocent people being killed does NOT explain Fahner’s peculiar, destructive rampage. He could have protected the public just as well by asking them to stop taking ALL Tylenol, stash it in a safe place to protect family members, and then call the police to come pick up the Tylenol. All that precious evidence would have been preserved for forensic testing and trial, while protecting the public from poisoning.

But Fahner didn’t preserve the Tylenol. Not a first. Not until AFTER millions of Tylenol capsules swirled down Illinois toilets, destroying the capsules, fingerprints, DNA and cyanide, all of it forever gone.

Chaos on Bullshit Mountain 

Chaos on Bullshit Mountain

Again, who else could have benefited by the evidence flushing, except J&J?

Destroying Tylenol evidence, protected J&J from large civil suits as well as criminal prosecution.

If those Tylenol capsules contained criminal evidence which implicated J&J, then J&J had a powerful motive to destroy all that Tylenol as soon as possible. We now know J&J has long history bribing government officials. Bribing A. G. Fahner would just be one more bribe, among many.

The evidence suggests that poisoning the Tylenol in 1982, was an inside job, committed inside one of J&J's own repackaging facilities.
Johnson and Johnson then
delivered the Tylenol laced with cyanide to Chicago area stores in their own vehicles.










Remember, in the recent Risperdal decision, J&J  was handing out bribes like Al Capone handed out candy at Christmas.

Want to learn more? Read The Tylenol Mafia, Marketng, Murder and Johnson and Johnson, by Scott Bartz,

Tylenol Exposť Hits J&J, Media, PRSA  Inside news of Public Relation and Marketing Communications.

And just like, Big Al, Big Pharma J & J wanted something…a dominate share of the pain reliever business, and no problems with the constabulary.

Babies! The Elderly! And disabled people!

I can’t keep from saying, “J&J is a vicious predator.” Yes, J & J recently got busted for bribing doctors and pharmacies to prescribe Risperdal and other useless medications in several states, to defenseless babies, the elderly and to disabled people, all without FDA approval.

Ekderly People

Yes, J&J is predatory. J&J picked defenseless people for its victims, and was using private

insurance companies and the government Medicare program to pay for its predatory criminal

acts, according to the US Attorney General, Eric J. Holder.

In November, 2013, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil probes into the marketing of Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug, and other medicines. This is one of the largest U.S. health-fraud penalties.

In a separate November 2013 court case, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) agreed to pay more than $4 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits over its recalled hip implants in the largest settlement of U.S. legal claims for a medical device."

 "These (J&J) companies lined their pockets at the expense of the American taxpayers,
patients and the private insurance industry," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at
a news conference in Washington. J&J "recklessly put at risk the health of some of
the most vulnerable members of our society -- including young children, the elderly,
and the disabled."


J&J Officials May Have Intentionally Destroyed Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Documents


Officials at Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division are currently facing serious allegations that they intentionally destroyed important documents that had been ordered to be preserved as evidence for thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits. Specifically, plaintiffs’ attorneys in the bellwether vaginal mesh lawsuit that is scheduled to get underway on February 10, 2014 are alleging that Ethicon’s employees purposefully destroyed or lost various documents related to the development and FDA approval of the company’s Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh (In Re Ethicon Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 12-MD-02327, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston).


 .Eric H.  Holder, US Attorney General
US Attorney General
Eric H. Holder, Jr.


The margin for error is very narrow. The recommended Tylenol dosage is very close to the amount which will destroy a person’s liver and kill them.
Tylenol Death Statistics.

When J&J and the FDA. FBI and state authorities first realized this in the 1970’s, they all knew a deadly product was on the market when the corpses were counted. So…the authorities allowed J&J to go another year, make more Tylenol and watched the body count roll in, again.

Did J&J bribe government officials to allow J&J to continue selling a deadly defective drug?

The first year deaths might, with a stretch, have been considered an accident. By the beginning of the second year, though, J&J and the authorities were now all aware of their deadly a drug problem, and could have stopped the killings by taking Tylenol off the market.

And no penalties were assessed to J&J for those killings it caused with narrow window Tylenol.

So, J&J kept their narrow window Tylenol on the market. And more people died the following year from accidental overdoses of Tylenol.

J&J left Tylenol on the market, knowing that Tylenol was a death trap, set to destroy the livers of anyone who accidently overdosed themselves with Tylenol, while experiencing blinding pain from severe migraine headaches, ache all over flu symptoms, swollen and inflamed arthritic joints, or may even cancer.

Tylenol users may NOT be doctors, nurses or chemists. They may be ordinary non-technical people experiencing pain.

J&J targeted people suffering pain with a drug that was lethal if the pain sufferer swallowed only a couple too many capsules. People suffering pain can be desperate people, like someone being flogged or someone being tortured by pulling out their nails, or being tortured with electricity through wires wrapped around their genitals. Pain, whatever its source, demands relief. When pain reaches excruciating levels, some people will do anything to make it stop.

People suffering pain may be so desperate to stop their pain that they literally can NOT read the maximum dosage instructions on the Tylenol label. They pop a few too many Tylenol, their liver disintegrates and they die.

J&J marketed Tylenol to these pain sufferers, as passionately as Al Capone’s knucle busters promised relief. All they had to do to relief their pains was to help Capone gain control of a business.

Obviously, being a pain expert, J&J knew this.

J&J marketed Tylenol to these pain sufferers, as passionately as Al Capone’s knucle busters promised relief. All Capone's victims had to do to relieve their pains was to help Capone gain control of a business.

The 1982 Chicago Tylenol Murders
Let’s revisit the 1982 Chicago area cyanide-laced Tylenol murders. Those seven murders remain unsolved in 2013. Ever wonder why?

J&J wasn’t content with the public flushing all the Tylenol in their homes down their crappers.

J&J wanted to destroy even more Tylenol.

Two days after the first Tylenol murders, J&J received permission from the authorities to seize control of the crime scenes and collect all tainted
Extra Strength Tylenol from stores and from consumers. J&J then burned all of those Tylenol capsules, thus destroying the capsules, bottles, and boxes, plus any fingerprints or DNA a killer may have left behind.

That destruction of Tylenol evidence was so bizarre and so unusual, that it has to be questioned, and probed deeply. Was someone bribed?

Those Tylenol capsules were legally evidence in one of the most notorious mass murders of all time. Anyone of those Tylenol capsules may have contained clues that could have identified the Tylenol murderer, fingerprints, DNA, saliva from a sneeze, a hair, a bit of dandruff.

Only two days after the Tylenol murders J&J, who made the Tylenol, should still have been treated like any other suspect. Clearing individual suspects required several days, sometimes weeks. J & J had a few thousand workers who manufactured, handled and packaged Tylenol, and J & J and its entire work force were cleared in just two days? Who absolved J&J of all responsibility for the Tylenol murders on Day 2?

Were they bribed?

Solve the mystery of who cleared J&J to seize control the the crime scenes and cart off and burn all the Tylenol evidence, and you will solve the Tylenol murders.

During the first few days, everything was in chaois. All the Tylenol Task Force members hadn’t even gotten acquainted with each other yet. At that point, no one on the Tylenol Task force had conducted a thorough investigation of J&J. How could the smartest person on earth, after only two days, possibly know whether or not the Tylenol had been poisoned by someone working inside one of J&J’s facilities? They couldn’t have.

Was someone bribed? Who bribed them? How big was the bribe?

This entire episode defies common sense. No bureaucracy, whether corporate or governmental, could have thoroughly investigated all of those J&J employees in just two days.

So? What is the most obvious question, in light of J&J’s reputation?

We now know J&J is a briber, a serial briber, a binge briber. Sometimes, one has to wonder, “If J&J’s drugs are any good, why do they need to bribe doctors, pharmacists and government officials to shove their dope down patient’s throats?” If their drugs worked, wouldn’t health professionals automatically prescribe them? Wouldn’t patients simply ask for their drugs by name, without being tricked or urged by their bribed doctor? We know that J&J has experience in bribing doctors, pharmacists and government officials, here in the US and in foreign countries. It’s all official in public court documents.

How can anyone avoid asking this question, now that we know that bribing people is a standard feature in J&J’s business plan?

When did J&J start bribing folks? How much has J&J doled out in bribes over the years? Who offered the bribes? Who paid the bribes? Did J&J bribe some authority to let them haul off and burn all those Tylenol capsules around Chicago in 1982? Did J&J bribe the FDA to hide official documents which showed that Tylenol overdoses were killing patients? How about Tylenol overdoses pre-1982? Who decided that killing hundreds of people with Tylenol was okay?

In 1977, an expert panel put together by the FDA issued an urgent recommendation to put a warning on the Tylenol drug’s label that it could cause “severe liver damage.” The FDA refused to recommend the warning label on Tylenol in 1977.

Why? Was someone bribed by J&J, who has a history of paying bribes?

In 1977, did J&J bribe someone in the FDA to stay silent about the connection between Tylenol and liver problems? Who? How much?

After much debate, the FDA finally added the warning in 2009 — and that was 32 years, and a few thousand corpses later.

J&J Destroys MORE Evidence: 550 Million Tylenol Capsules!
Enlisting the public to flush Tylenol down toilets was not enough. J&J wanted to destroy even more Extra Strength Tylenol capsules.

Did J & J simply bribe Attorney General Tyrone Fahner, the head of the Tylenol Task Force? Let’s  reinterate. Fahner was a former federal prosecutor, and assistant US Attorney. As a prosecutor, Fahner knew to preserve all evidence. It just might be exculpatory to anyone they eventually charge, including J&J.

Did J&J bribe Attorney General Tyrone Fahner, the head of the Tylenol Task Force, so that Fahner would ask all the residents of the Chicago area by television, radio and newpaper to flush all the Extra Strength Tylenol down their crappers?  Did Fahner then follow up by allowing J&J to seize control of the crime scenes, grab even more Tylenol, truck it away and burn it so that it couldn't be tested in government laboratories?

What does it look like to you? The Tylenol got flushed and burned. That is indisputable fact. It was in the  news. All that precious, damming evidence went down the drain or up in smoke, gone forever. J&J executives must have been dancing for joy.

Now that we know that J&J is a briber, and an evidence destroyer. This knowledge alone raises lots of legitimate questions.

How would you motivate an Illinois Attorney General to flush all the evidence of a mass murder down the crapper or burn it?

Would a massive bribe get his juices flowing and his peepers a popping? With billions in its war chest, J&J could have easily afforded to pay Attorney General Fahner a massive bribe, what ever his price.

Would Fahner have accepted such a bribe? I don't know.

J&J had bank accounts around the globe into and from which hefty amounts of cash could flow.

There was opportunity, because Fahner was in Chicago at the time, and there were huge mutual motivations for both parties, and one of those parties had lots of cash, and has been known to pay bribes for much lessor reasons.

I do know Fahner's collusion in the destruction of Tylenol evidence, relevant to mass murders, was mighty pecular. He caused evidence to be destroyed, contrary to law and in violation of his oath the defend the constitution.

Attorney General Tyrone Fahner probably would not have authorized destruction of the Tylenol evidence without a substantial reason.

Tylenol Crisis of 1982 & 1986: THE LIES

The sad reality of both the 1982 and 1986 Tylenol poisoning, is that the investigation was flawed from the very start. Johnson & Johnson, as well as other players within the distribution system failed to give important information to investigators, and they failed to correct the faulty beliefs held by the investigators. The investigation focused on finding some person who fit the "profile of a killer", when it should have focused on finding the repackaging facility that bottled the Tylenol Extra Strength capsules.
There are thousands of repackaging facilities in the United states.

That was as true in 1982 as it is today. In the past 25 years, much of the repackaging has been consolidated into massive repack facilities owned by the Big 3 Distributors; McKesson, Cardinal, and AmerisourceBergen.