Casey Kasem's family claims that he was killed in '48 hours & # 39;

adminNovember 20, 2018


The vicious family feud of legendary DJ Casey Kasem now includes accusations of murder and elder abuse, and is the focus of Saturday's "48 hours" (10 p.m. on CBS)

The ongoing battle confronts Jeannie Kasem, Kasem's second wife, against her three children (Kerri, Julie and Michael) from her first marriage. Everything is revealed by the correspondent Peter Van Sant in the episode on Saturday.

"I've never seen so much hate in a family," says Van Sant. "Both sides tell credible and powerful stories, both proclaim their love for Casey and both blame the other and accuse the other of killing Casey, and both use the word & # 39; murder & # 39;".

Kasem died in June 2014 (on Father's Day) at the age of 82 years of a Parkinson's disease, leaving behind a heritage valued between $ 80 and $ 100 million that he accumulated when founding (and expressing) the radio "American Top 40 "transmitted internationally. Show and its various iterations. He also played notably with the disheveled teen Shaggy Rogers in the cartoon series "Scooby-Doo Where Are You!" On Saturday mornings of 1970 (Shaggy was known for his slogan "Zoinks!")

Jeannie claims that Kasem's three eldest children conspired in 2007 to trick Casey into signing the power of attorney, giving them control over his medical decisions (which eventually killed him).

"It was always about money," he tells Van Sant. They, in turn, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jeannie alleging elder abuse when she moved from a rehabilitation center in Santa Monica, California, to a friend's house in Washington state. "Jean killed my father," Kerri Kasem tells Van Sant … "The only thing she always wanted from my father is money."

Jeannie and Casey Kasem in 2004.
Jeannie and Casey Kasem in 2004Alamy

Jeannie countered the children for forcing Casey to return to a hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington, where he eventually died. "Jeannie states that once they had control of [Casey] and his medical decisions, he told his doctors to disengage their nutrition, hydration and medicine, and let him die, "says Van Sant. "She says they wanted their part of their life insurance policy."

Van Sant will also release the "48 hours" on Saturday that the Gig Harbor police initiated an investigation into the death of Casey, after a private detective hired by Jeannie concluded that he was a victim of homicide.

In a new twist, Kasem's body rests in an unmarked grave in Oslo, Norway. "After he died, his body was moved to Montreal and kept on ice there for a few weeks, then he was transferred to Oslo," says Van Sant. "As you can see … there is a Swedish woman named Anki who visits her grave once a month and decorates it." Van Sant says that Jeannie will not say why the grave is not marked, but that Casey always expressed interest in Norway, although he had never been there.

"The children say it was done completely even though they can not visit the grave," he says. "Both parties swear they will take this to court and they will fight, and both say they will prevail."

The Kasems in a photo without a date (from left to right): Michael, Julie, Casey and Kerri.
The Kasems in an undated photo (from left to right): Michael, Julie, Casey and KerriCBS

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