American Notes

CRIME Invitation to a Dangerous Dance

More than three years after Comedian John Belushi died of an overdose in a Hollywood hotel, Cathy Evelyn Smith, the woman who has admitted that she injected Belushi with the fatal drugs, was ordered to stand trial last week for second-degree murder in Los Angeles. Municipal Court Judge James Nelson rejected arguments that Smith was merely a hireling who carried out Belushi's wishes. Said he: "Surely, Mr. Belushi issued the invitation to the dance. But it was an inherently dangerous dance."

A former backup singer, Smith, 38, was charged under provisions of California law that...

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