The Breitbart Coroner Book

To mark the eight years since Andrew Breitbart died, The Breitbart Coroner is releasing March 1, 2020. Breitbart died mysteriously on the same day he was to release videos on President Obama showcasing his radical roots. On March 4, 2012, a Los Angeles Coroner’s Tech, Michael Cormier, along with Dr. David Posey performed a private autopsy on Breitbart.

Michael Cormier died six weeks later from the digestion of inorganic arsenic, on the same day Breitbart’s prelim autopsy report was released. Cormier and Breitbart automatically became connected. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office released statements denying that Michael worked on Breitbart’s autopsy. Michael’s stomach contents, before they could be tested for point-of-origin, were destroyed by the very office he had worked for.

The book is the follow-up to our original three articles on the case.

I’m Press Graye, an investigative writer and filmmaker. The Breitbart Coroner is a true crime investigation that examines my journey into a Los Angeles County Coroner’s Technician, Michael Cormier, and his unsolved death by arsenic poisoning.

Confidential sources, eyewitnesses, a retired F.B.I. agent and family members of Michael Cormier provide testimony and physical evidence to prove that Michael performed a private autopsy on conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart. They believe Michael’s death is a cover-up that resulted in evidence destroyed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

What happens when a conspiracy theory becomes a conspiracy fact? I found out first-hand.

“Everything you are about to read has been checked and rechecked for accuracy. Mike’s story is not over. There are still many answers that need to come. I believe that there are still chapters to be added to this book, and as the truth unfolds, they will be. The entire Cormier family and I wish to thank Press Graye for all that you have put into this and for not giving up on our brother when so many others have. You will hold a special place forever in our hearts.” – Ed Cormier





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Shawn Lucas PART III: (D.C. Evidence – DNC-Process Server Shawn Lucas and evidence provided by his girlfriend at-the-time)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Shawn Lucas PART III: (D.C. Evidence – DNC-Process Server Shawn Lucas and evidence provided by his girlfriend at-the-time)

We now release the last of the Savannah King interview. Savannah dated Shawn Lucas at-the-time of his mysterious death.

You can read Part I and Part II of the interview.


EXIT 9 INVESTIGATIONS asked Savannah King about any suspicious details she noticed concerning Shawn’s body and the crime scene.  EXIT 9 INVESTIGATIONS present her statement, in-full.

When I went to identify his body at the coroner’s facility with his family, I noticed a second scratch on his left upper cheek, and his upper lip was bruised and puffy. As if something of someone punched him in his mouth. 

That same day I came back to our apartment with his brother, and when walking into the bathroom for the first time since his passing, I found his front tooth on the ground lying on our bathmat. That raised even more suspicions to his brother and me. Also, we searched for any signs of struggle, for example, was the shower curtain tugged or mangled? Were there any marks or dings on the walls? Or if anything seemed out of place? We found nothing like that, though. 

I question the fact that if he fell and hit his head how the gash would be on the top middle of his head? How could something so hard knock out his tooth? Where did these marks on his cheeks come from? An even bigger question, why were his keys, phone, and wallet just sitting in our sink? I ask this to myself because he 100% of the time hangs up his keys next to our front door, and places his wallet on our front entrance table.



The autopsy report stated that his drug report showed a combination of 3 drugs, including fentanyl, kratom, and a muscle relaxer. The muscle relaxers he was prescribed. That showing up in his system wasn’t a surprise to me. The fentanyl and kratom have my mind blown and confused. So the cause was considered “combined adverse effects of drugs.” The report did not make any note at any point about the suspicious marks on several parts of his body though.
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A detailed and thorough report stating and going thru each area of his body that all was in perfect condition. I have reasons to believe the autopsy report was tampered with and false. I, unfortunately, I was not able to get further information about it since Shawn and I were not married, and me only being a girlfriend, I couldn’t dig further into this case surrounding his death. I begged his mother to do some research more on his death, but she refused to believe it was anything more than an overdose.”


Shawn Lucas and his girlfriend Savannah King lived in the Dupont Circle district of Washington D.C. This is two miles from the Bloomingdale district where DNC-Employee Seth Rich was murdered.



According to Savannah, Detective Greene, badge #02-1515 and D.C. Metro Officer Fitzgerald #7673 laughed at her when she made a comment about Shawn’s death possibly being connected to Seth Rich’s murder.

The police state that his death was all due to an accidental overdose. They deemed it unrelated to any political retaliation. In fact, laughed in my face when I brought that up to them. Given Seth Rich, who got shot minutes away from our neighborhood just days prior. My gut tells me they know something and aren’t telling the public, keeping dirty secrets that they know would get the public fuming.


  • The police didn’t question any neighbors nor Savannah King.
  • The police examined the crime scene in the apartment for five-six hours.
  • The police left-behind Shawn’s tooth.  A vital piece of evidence.
  • The police didn’t find the keys and wallet in the sink suspicious.
  • The police treated Shawn’s death as a “natural death”.
  • The police found no trace of drugs in the apartment. No Fentanyl and no Kratom.
  • The D.C. Medical Examiner tested for Fentanyl and Kratom – results were positive.


We asked Savannah King what type of person Shawn Lucas was.

Shawn was, without a doubt, the friend that you would be super grateful to have. He’d drop anything to make sure his loved ones and friends were taken care of, and he helped in ways unimaginable, going above and beyond. He had the biggest heart and brought out the best in everyone.

He was the life of the party and did a kick-ass job spreading positivity everywhere he went. He was a hard worker, dedicated to anything he did in life, chased his dreams, and succeeded. He made such an impact on the lives of so many people, he was a true legend in the DC area, and people looked up to him; he was the greatest mentor and sweetest soul. I could write novels more on who he was, but words can’t even describe the type of amazing man he was.

EXIT 9 Investigations is producing a docu-series based on our cases.  Shawn Lucas will be featured, as we are showing a reenactment, providing new evidence, and eyewitness statements.

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Shawn Lucas PART II: (D.C. Connections – DNC-Employee Seth Rich & DNC Process Server Shawn Lucas)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Shawn Lucas PART II:(D.C. Death Connections – Seth Rich)

Savannah King’s statement to EXIT 9 Investigations:

“The police state that his death was all due to an accidental overdose. They deemed it unrelated to any political retaliation. In fact, they laughed in my face when I brought that up to them.  Given Seth Rich had got shot in broad daylight minutes away from our neighborhood just weeks prior.”

What is the connection between Shawn Lucas and Seth Rich?  They lived near each other, both were politically involved but they never met in-person.  The real link is the timing of their deaths.  Shawn Lucas was discussed in Part I.

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016


On July 10 of 2016, DNC-Staffer Seth Rich was shot twice in the back while walking to his residence in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington DC.  The initial motive was believed to be related to a botched robbery, although no items were taken from Seth’s possession.

According to D.C. Metro Police:

At approximately 4:19 am, members of the Fifth District were patrolling the area when they heard gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male victim conscious and breathing and suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

During 2016, there were 301 homicides and 205 shootings in D.C. that resulted in homicides.  Seth Rich was the only homicide in 2016 of a white male within the vicinity of the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

(2016 D.C. homicides)


The other victims were:

Otis Byrd (Unsolved)

44 years, male, black


Omar Lindsay (Unsolved)

42 years, male, black


Eric Garrett

23 years, male, black


Jamar Morris (Unsolved)

28 years, male, black


The last caucasian to be murdered near the area was in 2005.

Diana Ngbokoto

30 years, female, white

Beating and/or trauma

The theories that surround Seth’s death and the possibility of a planned murder line-up with the history of the area’s crime rate demographic.  Due to Seth’s connection to the DNC and possibly WikiLeaks – it’s hard to overlook the lingering holes in the investigation.  Robberies in Washington D.C. are not uncommon, but usually, items are taken from the victim; Seth Rich had all his belongings intact.

In 2015 a trail of robberies took place in the D.C. area; it spanned through Capitol Hill, 13th street and several other locations including Chevy Cha Village.  The assailants ordered the victims to their knees, demanded the authorization codes to any devices and their wallets/jewelry.  One of the victims spoke to the Washington Post about the incident.

I heard a couple of quick steps, then felt a gun in my back,” he said. They took his phone and wallet but left without the code to his accounts. “I was so frazzled by the whole thing,”

According to the Daily Mail, the police believe Seth’s murder to be a product of a botched robbery:  “The Bloomingdale area that Rich had been walking in at the time of his murder had been terrorized by a recent string of armed robberies. In fact, [Daily Mail reporter Alana] Goodman found that Rich’s murder occurred at a street corner where two other robberies occurred. Goodman described the corner as “a desolate-looking residential block shielded by new construction sites and notably absent of surveillance cameras. 

Wikileaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on Seth Rich’s murder.

Assange’s cryptic statement.

There’s a 27-year-old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back, murdered, just two weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington… I am suggesting that our sources, take risks and they, they become concerned to see things occurring like that

Seth Rich was alive when cops arrived on the scene.  Did the body cameras capture any evidence related to the murder?

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(first responders on the scene of Seth Rich shooting)



The lawyers involved in the DNC lawsuit Jared and Elizabeth Beck were suspicious of Shawn Lucas’s death, along with Seth Rich’s “botched robbery.”  Shawn and Seth were potential witnesses in the DNC Fraud Lawsuit.

Statement from website Zero Hedge:

”Jared Beck told Disobedient Media that Lucas would have served as a witness in order to rebut the defendant’s contention that process was incorrectly served. This would have included a sworn declaration from Lucas; Beck stated that footage of Lucas serving process had been introduced as evidence in the case in his stead, due to the unexpected death.”




According to America First Media Group; a private security firm known as Crowdstrike received payments from the DNC that correlates to Shawn Lucas and Seth Rich’s dates of deaths.


Savannah King also stated to EXIT 9 Investigations about Shawn Lucas:

“When I went to identify his body at the coroner’s facility with his family, I noticed a second scratch on his left upper cheek and his upper lip was bruised and puffy. As if something of someone punched him in his mouth.”

When asked about Shawn’s demeanor after serving the DNC lawsuit, she said:

“Shawn wasn’t nervous if anything filled with excitement knowing he accomplished something he was passionate about politically.  No death threats were received just your typical hate comments on the viral video.  However, I myself received death threats following the time of his death, on several occasions I’m guessing it was surrounded by the fact that I was his long-time partner.”

Want to know more about the case?  What other details surround Shawn’s death?  What was found in the bathroom sink?  Did the cops find any traces of drugs in the apartment that matched what was in his system?

Part III reveals.

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Shawn Lucas: (D.C. Suspicions – The Death of a DNC Process Server)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Shawn Lucas:(D.C. Suspicions – The Death of a DNC Process Server)

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Exit 9 Investigations interviewed Shawn Lucas’ girlfriend at-the-time of his death, Savannah King.  We’ve been in communication since 2016 but she is finally ready to speak about the investigation.

This is an exclusive look at the case from a first-hand perspective.

38-year-old Process Server Shawn Lucas rose to fame through a video live-streamed of himself accompanied by a cameraman entering the DNC headquarters on July 1, 2016, to serve a lawsuit related to the misconduct of then DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman.  The video went viral and provided insight into Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC’s agenda into suppressing the platform and votes of the Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

The revelation of the lawsuit took place less than three weeks before the July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks/DNC dump of emails that would prove the allegations against the DNC to be true; Debbie Wasserman resigned from her position after the revelations.

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

Shawn Lucas was asked by friend Brandon Yoshimura if he wanted to take a one-time job as a process server for One Source Process. Shawn Lucas was an avid Bernie Sanders supporter and jumped at the chance to serve a lawsuit to the Democratic National Committee and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The lawsuit ‘Carol Wilding v. DNC Services Corporation‘ claimed that the DNC Charter was rigged in favor of candidate Hillary Clinton over her opponent Bernie Sanders. It was spearheaded by lawyers Jared Beck and Elizabeth Beck.

Shawn appeared at the DNC headquarters in Washington D.C. with camera operator Ricardo O. Villalba. The lawsuit was served to DNC special assistant, Rebeca Herries.


Shawn and Savannah were to attend a three-day festival in Pennsylvania. Bad weather postponed the trip.


Since they were stuck-in town; Shawn decided to accept a bartending job he’d been offered. The bar was a 15-minute walk from his apartment in Dupont.

He worked from 11 am until 2 pm.  Savannah was working an 8am-6pm shift.

Shawn texted Savannah at 2:30 pm but never responded after that.

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Below is Savannah King’s full statement about discovering Shawn Lucas’ body.

Every day that I arrived home from work, the minute I walk thru the front door I’m greeted by him instantly.  However, this day was way different. We lived in a 3 bedroom apartment and typically hung out in the room closest to the front door, which we turned into a living room area. This is where he’d typically be whenever I got home. So when I walked inside that day not hearing a ‘Hey babe’ was strange to me. I checked the front room the TV and lights were on, he wasn’t there.

I made my way down our unusually long hallway, passing our bedroom not seeing any sign of him there either. Then checked the bathroom, to see him on the floor face down on his stomach.  I immediately called 911 and it took them a while to arrive.  It being DC traffic I can understand why.  His skin was patchy blue and pale, due to what I assumed was livor mortis of his skin, and his skin was cold to the touch. 

He had a pretty noticeable round gash on the top center of his head as well as what looked like a large deep scratch down his right cheek.  However, there wasn’t an excessive amount of blood anywhere, just a tiny bit on the bathmat. Our bathroom was rather small.  The space between the wall and bathtub very narrow, which was where his body was positioned. With him being a heavier guy, it was nearly impossible for me to flip him onto his back to give him CPR.  Especially given the little to no space for me to even attempt to roll him onto his back. 

Once police/ambulance arrived there was nothing they could do, he’d been considered deceased by the coroner immediately upon arrival.  The police officers had me wait in the living room and one officer was told to keep watch on me while they proceeded to go around our home taking pictures and investigating for a total of 5 hours.

From 7pm-12am, which I find totally suspicious to this day.  They forced me to remain seated on our couch while they continued on.  I wasn’t even allowed to go to my own kitchen for water, as I was breaking down.  I got a very strange vibe from the entire crew in our apartment that night.  I don’t know what they were either looking for or using those pictures for.  Nobody answered a single question I asked and instead, ignored my existence.  Another thing I find sketchy is how the detective never questioned me about anything except for the exact time I found him.  He didn’t bother asking neighbors either. Shawn was far from a drug user, in fact, he despised drugs considering the number of friends he’s lost.  He was a healthy man, with zero health issues.

(Shawn Lucas Incident Report)



The Office of D.C. Chief Medical Examiner relayed Shawn’s death as an accident due to a mixture of drugs.

His autopsy showed several drugs in his system.

Fentanyl – Synethic opioid

Cyclobenzaprine – Muscle relaxer

Mitragynine – Kratom; a natural herb

Savannah doesn’t have a copy of Shawn’s autopsy as D.C.’s medical privacy laws dictate the release of that information only to immediate family members.

Savannah King stated to EXIT 9 Investigations:

The muscle relaxers he was prescribed. That showing up in his system wasn’t a surprise to me. The fentanyl and kratom have me mind blown and confused.  So the cause was considered ‘combined adverse effects of drugs.’  The report did not make any note at any point about the suspicious marks on several parts of his body though.

A detailed and thorough report stating and going through each area of his body, that all was in perfect condition.  I have reasons to believe the autopsy report was tampered with and false.  I, unfortunately, was not able to get further information about it since Shawn and I were not married, and me only being a girlfriend I couldn’t dig further into this case surrounding his death.

Want to know everything we know about the investigation into Shawn Lucas?  Part II reveals more of the Savannah King interview and provides the links between Shawn Lucas and Seth Rich.



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– Press Graye


William Colby – The Death of a CIA Director (QUICK CASE 9)

Quick Case 9 summarizes mysterious cases in the same fashion as our Exit 9I Series.

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Willam Colby was the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from 1973 to 1976, serving under President Nixon and President Ford.  Colby was an essential part of the release of the Family Jewels, which revealed illegal activities and misconduct that took place between the 1950s-1970s during the CIA’S developmental stages.  Two of the most significant illicit programs were Project Mockingbird, a propaganda platform that infiltrated mainstream media with false stories and Operation Phoenix – an assassination detail during the Vietnam War with a body count that exceeds 40,000.

Not only was William Colby a different type of CIA Director; he also exhibited traces of revealing more truth through his work after leaving the CIA.  Following the Cold War, Colby insisted that half of the Pentagons budget be redirected to social and education programs, of course, this never manifested.  Colby’s CIA position became a casualty of President Ford’s cabinet overhaul (Halloween Massacre) along with National Security Adviser, Henry Kissinger and Secretary of Defense, James Schlesinger.  Colby was replaced with George H.W. Bush due to his straightforward persona and connection to the release of the Family Jewels.

He established a law firm Colby, Miller & Hanes, which focused on legislative issues for the public; Colby’s experience within international affairs became a valued asset.  William Colby was married to his first wife Barbara from 1945-1984 and married Sally Shelton, an American diplomat in 1984 – staying together until his death in 1996.  Colby retired to Rock Point, Maryland and settled into a two-bedroom cottage; his house was surrounded by water on three sides of the property.  He maintained a simple lifestyle; there were no cameras or extra security measures at his home.





76-year-old William Colby went on a solo canoe trip on the Wicomico River, located a quarter mile or so from his cottage.  He took no life jacket and left his house as if he was returning soon.  The police report states he left the cabin around 8 p.m. and traveled in the darkness down the river.  Colby’s neighbors Clyde and Alice Stokes stated they saw him through their window around 7:15 pm.  Colby’s lawn caretaker, Carroll Wise also arrived around 7:15 pm and was the last individual to speak to him.

The purple indicates the area around Rock Point/Colby’s house and the connection to the Wicomico River to the left of the island.


SUNDAY: APRIL 28, 1996

Around noon on April 28, 29-year-old Kevin Akers located Colby’s canoe near where Neale Sound runs into the Wicomico River.  The canoe was tilted on its side and was filled with white sand.  According to Akers, it had not been there the day before.  Kevin Akers lived in the area and was a local handyman who had no prior connection to William Colby.  Colby’s neighbor, Alice Stokes called the police Sunday afternoon when she noticed Colby hadn’t returned yet.

(Colby’s canoe: credit Zalin Grant)


MONDAY: APRIL 29, 1996

A search began for William Colby, aided by Navy divers, local police and volunteers.  Statements from his friends and neighbors confirmed Colby always took a life jacket with him.  He brought a life jacket on his trip but didn’t wear it; the jacket has never been found.

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MONDAY: MAY 6, 1996

William Colby’s remains were recovered 40 meters from where the canoe had been found.

The official autopsy report listed his cause of death as drowning and hypothermia.

(Associated Press: 1996)




Mark Davis – Witnessed Colby at the marina from 11 to 5:30 pm.

Joseph “Carroll” Wise – Caretaker of Colby’s property.  Last person to talk to Colby.

Clyde and Alice Stokes – Colby’s neighbors; they witnessed the last conversation between Carroll Wise and Colby.  Alice is the one who called the police regarding Colby’s disappearance.

Kevin Akers – He was the first to witness the crime scene and found Colby’ canoe.



Zalin Grant’s theory and evidence presented in his article “William E. Colby: A Highly Suspicious Death” is the best information on Colby’s death.  He stated multiple flaws in the investigation and demonstrated how Colby was killed.

The newest project on William Colby’s life is by Colby’s son, Carl.  “The Man, Nobody, Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby” explored his father’s life in the CIA and beyond.

This is an official EXIT9I article.

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Michael Cormier – The Breitbart Toe Tag: (The Connection of Michael Cormier and Andrew Breitbart)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Michael Cormier – The Breitbart Toe Tag: Connection of Michael Cormier & Andrew Breitbart)


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In our original case files, we presented our theory that Michael Cormier was in the room at-the-time of an autopsy performed on Andrew Breitbart.  EXIT 9 has since uncovered new evidence and eyewitness accounts in the cases of Michael Cormier and Andrew Breitbart.

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March 1, 2012, is a date etched into the political spectrum and the lives of the Cormier family.  On this day, Michael Cormier enjoyed the sunny California weather at his brother’s house, Gary, along with their brother, Ed, and a couple other family members who were in town for a few weeks.  Gary was battling an aggressive form of cancer but that didn’t tamper the mood.  Laughs, memories, and Paul McCartney’s Blackbird filled the atmosphere; lyrics of the song now symbolize a different journey for Michael’s family.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life,
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

The moment of freedom arrived too soon and represented a shift in American politics that hadn’t been witnessed in the 21st century.  Andrew Breitbart, a media proprietor, and a political icon dead at age 43; sending a firestorm of conspiracy theories across the internet and changing the course of the 2012 U.S. Presidential election.  As the story unfolded — Michael, Ed and Gary caught a glimpse of the news report on the television, prompting Ed to say “turn it up.”


Global uncertainties of the 1940s brought together families in a fashion unseen since the fight for America’s independence.  World War II dominated news headlines and affected the social spectrum daily; with the end of the war, the reestablishment of the American dream became the new mission.  Returning soldiers created what we know as the baby boom, and a new generation was born. 

One of these individuals had a destiny that manifested on June 7th, 1950; born to a Charlene and Arthur Cormier.  They named their child Michael — he was the first of eight children, next was Ed, Gary, Tim, Regina, Andy, Mary Ann, and Martha.  The Cormier family settled in Maine when Michael started grade school.  He demonstrated a shy and fainthearted demeanor as a boy; a pacifist who admired his surroundings with extensive detail.  An altercation with a bully from across the street would change his perspective. 

Michael encountered the boy while on his way from school one evening; the bully teased and hit Michael in the eye, knocking him to the ground.  Once at home, Michael’s father immediately noticed something was wrong and told him: “At times, we all have to defend ourselves, even if we get the worst of it. I want you to go back and face him and do the best you can.”  Michael fought the kid, and they eventually became close friends.

Michael attended a Catholic seminary located in Garrison, New York, for high school.  He loved all types of music, ranging from The Beatles, Wil Ackerman, Eric Clapton, and Kenny Logins.  Michael kept a transistor radio under his pillow and listened to 1640 am on WPTR; known for their Top 40 Playlist of the mid-1960s.

At sixteen Michael joined a band called The Corvells.  Michael performed rhythm guitar and keyboard, Jim Murphy rocked the drums, Tony Belskis was lead guitar, and Gerald Arsenault strummed the bass; each member also provided vocals.  They won the regional competition in 1967 at VOX Battle of the bands in Michael’s hometown of Rumford, Maine, at the Rumford Armory to a crowd of 1,500.  The group scheduled more performances and gained state-wide exposure.  In 1968 the Vietnam war had other plans for Michael; he volunteered for the war and became a USMC Field Radio Operator.


(1968 – Promo Picture for the band The Corvells Tony (left), Gerald (middle), Michael (right), and Jim (back)


(1970 – Michael Cormier – USMC)

He married his then-girlfriend Sharon Cormier on August 23, 1970, and started to settle down.  After a General discharge from the Marines, Michael attended California College of Mortuary just down the street from the Los Angeles County Coroners Office, graduating in 1975.  Michael was hired directly out of college at a mortuary in the Los Angeles area and found himself immersed and emotionally involved with brutal cases, children especially. 

Michael gravitated to a different mindset and got a job with Georgia Pacific Lumber Company, where he drove trucks around Los Angeles making deliveries to movie studios and musical events.  He later became a certified forklift operator and received second place in a local competition.  Often exhibiting the qualities of a philosopher, Michael found himself at odds with his current situation and future ambitions.  He once told his brother Ed “I want to be the best at whatever I do. Be it a forklift operator or a coroners tech.”

Ed recalled: “Mike told me even before he got the job that back when he was in mortuary college he’d walk by the Coroner’s office and say to himself that,” “I’d like to have a job here someday.”

After years in the lumber business, Michael was informed by a friend that there was an opening at the LA Coroner’s Office in 2003.  He applied, and his dream finally flourished into the perfect job.  Michael Cormier assisted on the autopsies of  Hollywood elites and provided insight into investigations regularly while rising to the rank of Coroner Technician II; performing the duties of corpse transportation, photographic evidence for autopsies, and much more.



Andrew Breitbart was an activist with a resume that spans the political landscape from news outlets to blogospheres.  His spitfire agenda sparked the Tea Party movement to national fame, and his University lectures influenced many journalists across the United States.  Andrew Breitbart co-created two diverse and political websites; the liberal-minded Huffington Post with Arianna Huffington and the conservative-based Breitbart News Network with friend Larry Solov

Breitbart entered the political wave of controversies in 2009 when undercover videos of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) were published to his BigGovernmentNow website, the 2010 firing of Public Official Shirley Sherrod and in 2011 for exposing then-married New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his correspondence of nude photos to several women.  Andrew Breitbart (wedding crashers style) interrupted Rep. Weiner’s press conference and instantly became a household name.  The left has far less to say about the man.  Breitbart was simply Breitbart.

In 2011, when Donald Trump was contemplating running for President as a Republican, stating “He will be the White House’s worst nightmare, and that Obama does not want to run against him,” Andrew Breitbart eerily called Trump “Not a conservative” and predicted a celebrity such as Trump would eventually win the Presidency, suggesting that it may be the only way to beat the Obama Administration/Democrats.  

During a February 10, 2012, CPAC speech, Breitbart made a remark about President Obama that sent his right-wing fan base into a frenzy:

I’ve got video from his college days that show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change were sold in 2008… the videos are going to come out.” 

The footage eventually became available after Breitbart’s death.  The video showed Obama embracing Harvard Professor Derrick Bell at a speech; Professor Bell was best known for his lectures on Critical Race Theory and founder of the theory itself.  Conspiracy Theorists and his loyal followers believe Breitbart possessed more material on Obama that would’ve swayed the 2012 election.


(1990 – Obama and Professor Derrick Bell)

Before his death, Andrew Breitbart conversed via telephone with Sheriff Arpaio regarding Obama’s birth certificate and had been working on the concept/new format for his BigGovernment/Breitbart platform – including the strategic release of the Obama video(s).


On the night of February 29th, 2012, Breitbart arrived at a Los Angeles hotspot called the Brentwood.  He mostly kept to himself, tweeting back at other Twitter users and sipping on red wine.  A random conversation sparked with marketing executive Arthur Sando about the current state of politics; Andrew left soon after.  He suffered an apparent heart attack and dropped dead in the same neighborhood the bar is located within around 11:30 p.m.  He was pronounced dead on March 1 at age 43. 


An eyewitness (Christopher Lasseter) to the death of Andrew Breitbart described the scene to investigative journalist Paul Huebl and was published on WND.


(Christopher Lasseter)

There was a thick white band around his forehead all the way around his hairline, bright red face, thick, thick white band – made me make a double-take.



Deputy Medical Examiner Juan M Carrillo of The LA Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on Andrew Breitbart.


March 4, 2012, Michael received a phone call to assist on a private autopsy for a celebrity case.  MAC Autopsy Services was a small business LLC Michael organized for work outside of the Coroner’s office; this enabled him to take side jobs for extra cash.  The private autopsy was conducted by a Dr. David Posey of Glen Oaks Pathology GroupOn his website, Dr. Posey is described as “having personally conducted greater than 3,000 autopsies.  He has been sought out for expert forensic consultation for Discovery Channel documentaries and Unsolved Mysteries.”  Michael had worked with for Glen Oaks Pathology Group many times before, often performing the entire autopsy while Dr. Posey observed, and this case was to be no different. 

Michael arrived back and gave a souvenir of sorts to Ed before his flight back with the family to New Hampshire.


Look who I worked on” Michael said, pulling out a security crypt toe tag with BREITBART, ANDREW written on it — along with a case number. 


Michael made an off-hand comment that Breitbart’s heart was enlarged and that was the end of the discussion with Ed.  Michael made another statement to a family member who wishes to remain anonymous. They recalled Michael saying, “Breitbart’s family was suspicious of the death and wanted a second opinion.”



(Ed and Michael Cormier)


Michael’s brother Gary passed away on March 29, 2012.  Gary’s Funeral arraignments were made to have his ashes transported near his hometown in Maine.  The funeral was to take place in June. Michael had already bought his plane ticket, he had talked to his sister Gina on the telephone and sounded in good spirits despite the situation.  Michael really wanted to take a trip down memory lane while walking the streets he frequented growing up. 


The official Breitbart toxicology report performed by Supervising Criminalist II Dan Anderson (pictured below) is finished but not released.


(Dan Anderson)


FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

April 13, Michael started to feel sick.  He experienced severe diarrhea and vomiting.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

Michael attended the Palmdale Cancer Walk event on April 15.  He became sick; a friend suggested that he eat a small snack, and Michael started to feel better for a while.


(Michael @ Palmdale Cancer Walk)


Michael tried to enjoy a night out to dinner with friends and couldn’t finish his meal.  Michael went to Kaiser hospital and was admitted for observation due to complaints of chest pains but was released the next day with medication.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

In the early morning hours of April 20, paramedics were called to his home, and he was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  Ed found out Michael was in the hospital and called to check on his status; he suggested they test for poison due to Michael’s profession.  The doctors found heavy metals in Michael’s blood, later confirmed to be arsenic. 

Arsenic has often been a choice of spiteful housewives and murderers who want to leave no trace.  In the 1800’s it became readily available as an effective pesticide against rodents.  A doctor usually can’t determine if arsenic poisoning is involved without tests – this is because the symptoms resemble those of diarrhea & vomiting, which can be mistaken for a virus.  In a methodical approach, arsenic can be used in small batches to prolong death and mimic a genetic illness.

Assistant LA Coroner Chief Ed Winter arrived first on scene at the hospital along with two unidentified LA Coroner employees.  Two police officers Anatole (Badge #36969) and Ruiv (Badge #36956) were called by Ed Winter to file an injury report in regards to the poisoning. 

Michael Cormier died in the hospital (aged 61).

KTLA TV reporter Elizabeth Espinosa first reported the Michael Cormier death.

Andrew Breitbart’s preliminary autopsy results were published by LA Coroner’s Office Chief of Operations Craig Harvey.  


Andrew Breitbart’s death was officially contributed to natural causes due to the onset of heart failure.


Detective Steve Castro of North Hollywood Homicide is the lead investigator on the case. He didn’t receive word from Burbank Police Department about Michael’s death until April 24.  The lapse of communication between the departments is a major flaw in the case.  Detective Steve Castro told Ed Cormier that if he had not called the hospital about the possibility of poisoning, then the arsenic wouldn’t have been found.

Conspiracy theories led by blogs, papers like National Examiner, and Infowars’ Alex Jones claimed that Michael Cormier conducted the Andrew Breitbart autopsy and was murdered for it. This led to two different officials, LAPD Homicide Supervisor Det. Rich Wheeler and LA Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter to release statements shortly after Michael’s death to debunk his connection to the Breitbart case. 


MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012


Ed Winter stated to news agencies that Michael Cormier never assisted on the Andrew Breitbart autopsy because “Only doctors had ever worked on the case because foul play was never suspected.” and thatMr. Cormier was not the attendant on Mr. Breitbart’s case, nor did he do any of the handling nor any of the investigation.”


LAPD Detective Rich Wheeler relayed a similar statement to the —  “He (Cormier) had nothing to do with the autopsy or anything to do with the case … That story is based on rumor and innuendo.”


The LA Coroner’s Office released the official Andrew Breitbart autopsy report.  The full report also confirms that Andrew Breitbart’s death was officially contributed to natural causes due to the onset of heart failure.


The number located on the Breitbart autopsy report matches the security crypt toe tag given to Ed Cormier.



Not only have we established Andrew Breitbart’s family were “suspicious of his death” enough that they paid for a private autopsy; they also requested a comprehensive toxicology test from the LA Coroner’s Office to check for cyanide (proving suspicion of foul play), and Michael Cormier did indeed work on a Breitbart autopsy (confirming Ed Winter’s statement to be false).


Cyanide was not found in the tests administrated by Dan Anderson (Supervising Criminalist II).




Two different doctors from the LA Coroners Office – Dr. Ortiz (Coroner who performed Michael’s autopsy) and Dr. Rangan (Toxicologist) were informed that advanced testing couldn’t be performed on Michael Cormier’s stomach contents.

Dr. Ortiz – Michael Cormier Autopsy Report Form 12, page 8:

Opinion: “The demise of this 61-year-old is the result of acute intoxication by arsenic.  Arsenic is a metalloid element, whose effects are produced by blockage of the intracellular metabolic pathways with resultant cessation of cellular activity and death.  The symptoms of acute arsenic intoxication are nonspecific and mainly are gastrointestinal (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) such as manifested in this case, which slowly progressed to multiorgan failure and death.  Arsenic can present as the salt of the element (inorganic) or compounded with organic molecules (so-called organic). The most toxic is the inorganic variety.  In this case, the source of the arsenic remains unknown in spite of multiple attempts to characterize it.


 Cyrus Rangan M.D./Medical Toxicologist states to Chief Medical Examiner Lakshmanan in the Forensic Consultant’s Report Form 13:

Upon initial review of this case, I had inquired as to whether the arsenic levels could be speciated, to determine the relative contributions of trivalent and pentavalent arsenic to his total arsenic level.  In addition, I had acquired as to whether the stomach contents could be further tested to determine the form of arsenic salt that was detected.  These inquiries were an effort to characterize the decedent’s exposure specifically, with the prospect that a potential source of arsenic might be determinable.  I was informed that these advanced tests would not be possible.  Therefore, my conclusion based on available data is that the decedent died from severe acute arsenic poisoning of unknown origin.  The clinical presentation and the level of arsenic detected in the blood and stomach are consistent with a large, recent intentional exposure.”



Ed Cormier and Dr. Ortiz conducted a conversation about the case.  We have provided two minutes of an audio recording and a transcript.  This snippet contains Ed inquiring about why Michael’s blood and stomach contents had not been tested.

Ed Cormier: “I’m just wondering Dr. Ortiz, you mention the word the lab was inefficient…. (stutters) I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying here.”

Dr. Ortiz: “Well, I’m saying the lab, they either didn’t have the resources, or they didn’t want to do it. Uhh, so in that sense — the lab was not efficient, they were not able to answer our question. It was all, it answered the questions that already the laboratory from the hospital had asked.”

Ed Cormier: “We’re puzzled by the fact. That, umm, there was enough arsenic in Mike’s stomach still, that, uh, we felt that there should’ve been some test that could be performed to determine if this is a inorganic arsenic or an organic arsenic. That would narrow down the search immensely. Are there still samples available from Michael that can be tested or retested?”

Dr. Ortiz: “I have to check, Mr. Cormier. I can give you a call back on Monday. I have to check if we have something. Uhh.”

Ed Cormier: “I only have a couple more questions. One is, and it actually has to do with Dr. Rangan, so this might not be a fair question to you, and you could tell me if I need to speak with Dr. Rangan or if I could about it. But Dr. Rangan said that he inquired if whether the arsenic levels could be speciated in order to determine the relevant contributions of trivalent and pentavalent arsenic to his total arsenic level. Now he said he inquired, but then after he gives this statement, he never gives an answer as to…”

Dr. Ortiz:He inquired. He got the same answer I got, we can’t do it. We cannot do it. There’s no way we can do it”.

Ed Cormier:Yes. Yeah, because in the last sentence of this paragraph he says “I was informed that these advanced tests would not be possible” And my question is, who told him these advanced tests would not be possible, and why? Why were these advanced tests not possible?”

Dr. Ortiz: Well, Mr. Cormier; I don’t know exactly which person from the lab told Dr. Rangan that statement, but that’s… uhh that’s what we were told. Him and myself… by the laboratory supervisor… Mr. Dan Anderson… Anderson was the one who told him he could not find anyone who could do that, and sorry we can’t do that.


Ed Cormier never received the phone call from Dr. Ortiz or anyone associated with the LA Coroner’s Office.  After a year of waiting – Ed Cormier is told by Interim Chief Dan Anderson via email that there was no stomach contents to be tested “since his stomach was pumped at the hospital.

Ed emailed back and corrected him, indicating that in Anderson’s lab report, the stomach contained 2300ppm of arsenic Dan Anderson replied that the stomach contents were discarded “per retention policy,” on March 25th, 2013, however, other samples were not disposed of.


Dan Anderson: “As of today, Labs is in possession of HB, Fbx3, Vit, EDTA, Hosp bldx1, Hosp serumx2.  The ST, Liv, Bile, Urine Skeletal muscle, Fat, and Msentin fat were discarded on 3-25-13 per retention policy.  If I recall correctly, he spent several days in the hospital—therefore, testing of the stomach would not be so relevant as they may have already pumped his stomach.

Ed Cormier: “Thanks, Dan, However, your recollection is not correct.  Mike did not spend several days in the hospital, only several hours.  His stomach was not pumped.  Submitted stomach contents contained 2300ppm of arsenic according to a lap report emailed to you 5/9/2012.  We need the stomach contents. Do you have it, Dan?

Dan Anderson: “Stomach contents?  My apologies about my recollection. As stated, the specimens (as stated) were discarded.



Lab tests were finally conducted on Michael Cormier’s blood by recommendation of Ed Cormier who did a simple Google search to find “Laboratory of the Applied and Special Consulting.”  Michael’s blood samples showed the arsenic to be of inorganic origin — which means it was more than likely created in a private lab or corporation.


Michael died from arsenic poisoning, and LA Coroner’s Office published the PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY REPORT on Andrew Breitbart – not a mere coincidence any more when you add the evidence of the toe tag.  Did Michael find something during the private autopsy of Breitbart that contradicted the LA Coroner’s results?  Family and friends stated to EXIT 9I that Michael always carried a small blue journal that included poetry, and notes from cases.  The notebook has not been recovered and was not included in the personal belongings given to Michael’s wife. 

The LA Coroner’s Office answers to the Mayor of Los Angeles. At the time of Andrew Breitbart’s and Michael Cormier’s death, Antonio Villaraigosa served as the Mayor for Los Angeles (2005-2013) and was a member of President Obama’s 2008 Economic Advisory Board and the Chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  Antonio Villaraigosa has beaten or paid fines related to ethics violations — he is currently a Democratic candidate for the Governor of California.


(Antonio Villaraigosa)

Detective Castro interviewed Michael’s wife, and she was cleared of any connection to the investigation; in a statement to, he said:

She was cooperative. She didn’t admit to doing anything. She was stunned to find out he had arsenic poisoning in his system.

No arsenic was found at Michael’s residence, nor at the LA Coroner’s Office. All attempts to locate a manufacturer that had sold arsenic to Michael were dead ends.

Ed Winter quoted to the regarding the arsenic:

He had a history of heart problems, but it was the arsenic that killed him.”

We don’t know if it was given to him or self-ingested,”

We can’t prove he took it himself, or we can’t prove someone gave it to him.”

Detective Castro’s quote to the

Back in the day, they sold straight arsenic to kill insects. Now it is monitored so closely you can’t basically get it. … The puzzling thing is where the arsenic came from.”

If Michael’s stomach contents were preserved, the exact origin of the arsenic could’ve been traced.  Dan Anderson emailed Ed that he couldn’t find a lab to perform the tests needed on the blood.  Michael ingested enough arsenic in the last 24/48 hours of his life that it crystallized in his stomach.  The stomach contents were never sent to a private lab nor tested within the LA Coroner’s Office.  Why?  And why did the blood tests take over two years to perform?  EXIT 9I found a company that could’ve completed the tests; the Google search took ten seconds to find a suitable lab. 

Stomach contents, especially in arsenic cases, are essential to the investigation in more than one-way.  In the 1800s stomach contents were thrown into a fire, if they emitted a sense of garlic, the corpse was suspected of dying from arsenic.  We now possess technological advances in the testing of stomach contents, which is a crucial piece of evidence in almost every homicide case.

As stated by – In most autopsies, the contents of the stomach are an important piece of evidence, which can sometimes prove to be the difference between accidental death and foul play.”

The LA Coroner’s Office performs over 10,000 autopsies a-year, with a volume that high, no one expects them to keep stomach contents from every case… but this was “one of their own,” and they went out-of-there-way to not test critical evidence in an unsolved case.  Backlogs and financial restraints have plagued the LA Coroner’s office, leaving many employees no choice but to leave for better jobs.  Michael Cormier didn’t go on his own terms.

*We have LOADS of more evidence; we couldn’t include it all in one article–

 What’s the connection of cyanide to Andrew Breitbart’s death?  What are the effects of cyanide?  These questions are answered in Part II.

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  • October 23rd, 1981 – Rain
  • October 24th – Clear
  • October 25th – Clear
  • October 26th – Fog was dense
  • October 27th – Fog was thick
  • DATE OF BODY FOUND: October, 28th, 1981.
  • This was a NEW MOON phase. The weather was clear and had a temp of 54 degrees. 

(From the Duplex to the ravine where Kurt was found is 926ft)


(View of the side street that runs beside the warehouse and ravine)


(Kurt’s old house which is located 2 miles from the duplex where he attended the party; it’s a 30/40 minute walk)


(Close-up picture of the duplex)



Project Astral has obtained new information from an UNKNOWN SOURCE that has been posting on the Unsolved Mysteries forum.  Their information has checked-out, and we are now posting those findings.  

Here is the original statement:


May 22, 2017, at 4:46 AM

“December 6, 1981 …. Craig H. Franko was killed Thursday as he worked at a downtown service station.”

“That is most likely the “Franco” Kurt got int the van with. There are more apparent connections to Kurt and Eugene’s deaths around the same time period, not to mention that 2 of the Newburgh Heights investigating officers were fired for corruption, and 3 others were killed in a car crash while the driver, another officer survived but jumped bond and disappeared. 35 years have passed, and while I was only involved after the fact (I am one of the three boys that found Kurt) I still think about the case and all the loose ends that no one ever followed up on, even though much was reported in 81, then again during the filming of the UM segment.”  – UNKNOWN SOURCE

We researched Craig H. Franko (20) and found this information: Craig Franko was shot while working at a local gas station in Cuyahoga County (which is about a 10-minute drive from where Kurt was found dead.)



(1950’s picture of an SOHIO gas station in Cleveland)


Sohio offers reward Associated Press CLEVELAND The Standard Oil Co. of Ohio has posted a $10,-000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of a Sohio employee in Cleveland. Craig H. Franko was killed Thursday as he worked at a downtown service station.” – Akron Beacon Journal

Who is Chief James F. Lukas?  Is there any other details on him and Robert Carras?  Why did the police investigation fail at catching the killer(s) of Kurt Sova and Eugene Kvet?  We answer these questions in Part III.

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