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“La Toya has been telling pals she can name the mysterious people Michael’s doctor was working with when Michael died,” a source told the National Enquirer.
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updated 10/21/2009 10:16:26 PM ET 2009-10-22T02:16:26

The untimely death of “The King of Pop” could lead to another loss of life, according to Jackson family conspiracy theorist, La Toya Jackson.

Just two weeks after Michael Jackson’s June 25 death, La Toya Jackson shared her belief that unidentified people were responsible for “murdering” her brother. Now a report in the National Enquirer reveals the less famous sibling fears she could be next on their hit list.

“La Toya is convinced someone paid Michael’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, to kill him because they stood to gain up to $1 billion from his death,” an insider explained. “La Toya has been telling pals she can name the mysterious people Michael’s doctor was working with when Michael died.”

It’s that alleged ability to name names that has the far less lucrative La Toya Jackson concerned those mystery men might take aim at her.

“She is convinced they killed her brother and wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to kill her as well,” the insider continued. “She says too many people have got too much to lose if the truth gets out. She fears for her life.”

Bale channeled Cruise for ‘Psycho’ role
Slideshow: Christian Bale’s career When Christian Bale brought remorseless killer Patrick Bateman to the big screen in “American Psycho,” he needed just the right inspiration for the smarmy, smiling villain. In an interview with Black Book Magazine, director Mary Harron explained how Bale found his hook in fellow actor Tom Cruise.

“(Christian and I) talked about how… (Bateman) was looking at the world like somebody from another planet, watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave,” Harron said. “And then one day he called me and he had been watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy.”

Bill Murray: ‘McG deserves to die’
Director McG’s recent claim that funnyman Bill Murray headbutted him on the set of “Charlie’s Angels” came under fire from the actor himself. According to the Murray, he employed a strictly hands-off approach with McG — not that the lack of violence was due to shortage of ill-will.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings “(The headbutt accusation is) bulls---! That’s complete crap!” the actor told The Times of London. “I don’t know why he made that story up. He has a very active imagination.”

Then, in what McG might hope was simply Murray’s brand of straight faced humor, the “Angels’” star added, “No! He deserves to die. He should be pierced with a lance, not headbutted.”

Dish on the fly
Long before he was breaking the hearts of “American Idol” hopefuls, Simon Cowell sharpened his verbal barbs on his own mother. “Simon was a determined and often difficult child,” Julie Cowell revealed to Yours magazine. “When he was very small I bought a new hat and asked him if I looked nice in it.” The would-be talent show titan’s reply? “You look like a poodle.” … Despite a report to the contrary, author Salmon Rushdie insists he’s completely over ex-wife Padma Lakshmi. Earlier this week, Rushdie’s former girlfriend, actress Pia Glenn, claimed he was “obsessed” with the “Top Chef” host, but Rushdie set the record straight in an angry rebuttal delivered to Page Six. "It is hard even to list the untruths in her article,” Rushdie said. “What most distresses me, however, is her statement that I am still 'obsessed' with my ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi. When my marriage to Padma ended I was saddened and hurt, that's true, but that was two and a half years ago, and, like any adult, I have accepted the world as it is.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled twice weekly by Ree Hines.

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