A free man: Dr. Kevorkian (blue cardigan) holds fast to his belief that the terminally ill have the right to choose when to die.
After spending eight years in the slammer on a second-degree murder conviction, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a.k.a. “Dr. Death,” is once again a free man—and he hasn’t changed his belief that terminally ill patients have the right to die.
A smiling Kevorkian said the release was “one of the high points of life” as he paused near a white van that was waiting for him. He was accompanied by “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace and wore a blue sweater, striped shirt, striped tie, gray slacks, white socks and black shoes.
Throughout the 1990s, Kevorkian challenged authorities to make his actions legal—or try to stop him. He burned state orders against him and showed up at court in costume.