The late, legendary national TV star and DJ Casey Kasem‘s daughter Kerri Kasem and family members staged a press conference at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles Friday to urge the Los Angeles Police Department to arrest Mr. Kasem’s widow Jean Kasem.
Jean Kasem removed Mr. Kasem, along with his surgically implanted feeding tube, from a Santa Monica hospital on May 7 and took him to the Seattle area, where he died June 15, 2014. Then she took his body to Montreal and Oslo, where it sat in a freezer for months until he was buried in an unmarked grave shortly before Christmas. “If this isn’t a case of elder abuse, I don’t know what is,” said Kerri Kasem attorney Martha Patterson. “It’s equivalent to taking a baby out of an incubator.”
Kerri Kasem added, “We’ve started a foundation, Kasem Cares, and we’re behind Assemblyman Mike Gatto‘s bill AB 2034. It would allow a judge to rule on visitation [when a spouse forbids family members to see a loved one], instead of forcing family members to apply for conservatorship, which could put you in the hole for $300-400,000 and cause delays of up to a year, and by that time your loved one could be dead. It’s a gap in the law, and it’s going to be filled.”
Between the two battling sides, Kerri Kasem and Jean Kasem (who reportedly hired 13 sets of lawyers) spent over $650,000 in legal fees, and are now fighting in court over who should pay court costs.
If LAPD does not arrest Jean Kasem, Kerri Kasem vows to take her campaign national.
“LAPD is just sitting on it, but we will continue to fight,” she said. “She did take him across state lines, and we can go to the Feds, we can go to Washington.” Said Clarke, “I’m talking to the FBI. LAPD wants Kerri to go quietly into the night, and it ain’t gonna happen.” Added Kerri Kasem, “We are not going to stop. I’m gonna get her.”