The flamboyant judge brought to fame in the fight over Anna Nicole Smith's remains says he believes someone is guilty of manslaughter in the starlet's death and second-guesses his own decision over where she is buried in a book to be released Tuesday.
Larry Seidlin, the former Fort Lauderdale judge, is harshly critical of Smith's lawyer-turned-companion Howard K. Stern, and of the police investigations into the deaths of the Playboy Playmate and her son.
But as provocatively titled as "The Killing of Anna Nicole Smith" is, Seidlin offers no evidence either death was anything more than the accidental drug overdoses they were deemed.
"I think enablers should be punished," Seidlin writes, referring to Stern. "How about keeping her off drugs while she was alive? He was with her every day; how about saying no, and if she kicks your ass out, then goodbye and good luck."
Then, the judge says, "we won't have all this celebrity blood on our hands."
Larry Seidlin will be on TODAY Wednesday morning to talk about his new book and his claims about Smith and Stern.
Seidlin presided over the six-day televised hearing into the fate of Smith's body, shortly after her February 2007 death. His jurisdiction was limited to control of Smith's body; Florida never charged anyone in connection with her death. A California court is determining whether she was illegally given drugs.
"I'm not going to talk about this case ever again," he promised at its close. But, of course, he did and he remained in the news. He even tried to parlay his fame into a TV show. Now he has his book, from Canada-based Transit Publishing, which specializes in celebrity biographies.
Meanwhile, Stern and two of Smith's doctors are scheduled to go on trial Aug. 4 on charges that they illegally funneled sedatives and opiates to the model. They have pleaded not guilty and are not charged with causing Smith's death.
Seidlin says Stern "exercised a great amount of control over Anna Nicole by maintaining and reviewing her drug desires and addiction." He calls for reopening investigations into the death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, in September 2006 and of the model five months later, noting Stern was present at both. He says police bungled the original investigations.
Stern's attorney, Steve Sadow, had no immediate comment on the book.