The Breitbart Coroner (Michael Cormier) Part I – The Toe Tag


In our original articles “Breitbart & Michael Cormier (Death still remains an open case)& “Michael Cormier (Breitbart’s Coroner) talks about Demonic Possession;” we presented our theory that Michael Cormier was in the room at-the-time of the autopsy performed on Andrew Breitbart.  We showcased a statement by the LAPD & Deputy Chief Coroner Ed Winter that first appeared on  This states Michael Cormier didn’t partake in any autopsy of Andrew Breitbart and that “Only doctors ever worked on Breitbart, because foul play was not suspected from the beginning.”  Our investigation proves that statement to be false.


March 1st, 2012

Michael and our Source were watching TV when the announcement of Andrew Breitbart’s death interrupted.  Our Source stated to him the nature of the celebrity status surrounding the case and recent Obama revelations Breitbart had spoken of.  Michael didn’t react with much interest since politics didn’t hold a place in his life.  Michael’s life revolved around his loved ones and his admiration for music.

The information we’ve obtained from this Source close to Michael Cormier provides a link between Michael & Andrew Breitbart through a private autopsy that was performed 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 and given expert testimony in 50 criminal, civil and military trials and given over 70 depositions.  He has been sought out for expert forensic consultation for Discovery Channel documentaries on Unsolved Mysteries.  Dr. Posey has been involved in landmark research, resulting, publications concerning sudden unexpected death and sickle cell trait.”

MAC Autopsy Services was a small business LLC Michael organized for extra work outside of the Coroner’s office; this enabled him to take side jobs and conduct private autopsies alongside Dr. Posey.  They often worked out of state, including a trip to Kentucky. 

Andrew Breitbart’s family requested a private autopsy from Dr. Posey on March 4th.  Posey contacted Michael Cormier for his assistance on the private session.  Michael had no upfront knowledge that he would be assisting on the same case he had heard about a few days earlier.  At the scene of the autopsy, Michael retrieved the toe tag as a form of “identification” to our Source that he had worked on the case.  He presented the toe tag a few days later to the Source.  Dr. Posey didn’t return our call for an inquiry.  The private autopsy likely had a confidentiality agreement as most do with celebrity cases.  The number located on the Breitbart autopsy report matches the security crypt tag.




Andrew Breitbart was a conservative and political icon 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.  The left has far less to say about the man.  Breitbart was simply Breitbart.

During a 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.” 

He proclaimed to Sinclair News:

Wait til they see what happens March 1st.”  

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.


On the night of February 29th, 2012, Breitbart arrived at a Los Angeles hotspot called the Brentwood.  After enjoying conversation and a glass of red wine, he exited the bar.  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, 1st.  A nearby witness (Christopher Lasseter) approached Breitbart and saw what appeared to be a whitening of the skin along the hairline, and that Breitbart’s face was of a red tint.

Along comes Michael Cormier, the typical family man and a dedicated technician at the LA Coroner’s office.  A man who enjoyed life while having to deal with the grueling work zone known as Los Angeles.  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 leave on his own terms.

The following information is taken from Dr. Ortiz’s (Michael’s dear friend and Deputy Medical Examiner/Coroner for his autopsy) note on the face sheet of Form 12, August 7, 2012, and the medical records from Kaiser Permanente with an admission date of April 18, 2012.

On April 13, 2012, the decedent experienced nausea and vomiting believed to have been due to food poisoning.  With the persistence of his symptoms, the decedent presented himself to Kaiser Permanente on April 18, 2012, with chief complaints of palpations and chest pain.  Mention was made of nausea, epigastric discomfort recently, but no vomiting.  Vital signs were BP 148/68, pulse 112, respiration 16, and temperature 98.7 F.  Neurologic examination was reportedly negative EKG on April 18, 2012, showed sinus tachycardia.  He was discharged on the day after admission.

In the early morning of April 20, 2012, paramedics were called to his home because of the same complaints, and the decedent was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center with complaints of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  He is found to be in severe metabolic acidosis.  His mental state at the time is not clear from the records.  His condition gradually declined, and after several cardiopulmonary arrests and resuscitation, he was pronounced hours after admission.”

Dr. Ortiz 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.”


Dr. Ortiz found a flaky substance in Cormier’s stomach that he thought could be arsenic; he sent it to the forensics lab to be tested.  The lab was “inefficient” and would not conduct the advance testing required to determine the type of arsenic from the stomach contents.  The LA Coroner’s office didn’t have the “resources” to test the arsenic or they simply didn’t feel the case was important to their “resources.”

September 6, 2012

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

The treating physician considered the possibility of arsenic poisoning and ordered an arsenic level.  On autopsy, arsenic was also examined.  Arsenic was examined from 2 forensic heart blood samples, one that revealed a result of 720 mcg/L from a sample sent to NMS, and another that revealed a result of 1800 mcg/L from a sample sent to UC Davis.  These two results are discrepant; however, it is important to note that both results are extremely high.  The sample sent from the hospital is consistent with the result sent to UC Davis.  Given that lives samples are generally regarded as more accurate than forensic samples when determining blood levels of chemicals, we can acknowledge that his arsenic blood level near the time of death was in the range of 1800 mcg/L. Stomach level revealed 177 mg of arsenic.

The progression of signs and symptoms for this decedent is consistent with acute arsenic poisoning.  Given that the decedent was discharged from one medical center in apparently stable condition, and presented to another Center with worsening symptoms, it is possible that he had an additional exposure to arsenic in between these two hospitalizations.

Upon initial review of this case, I had inquired as to whether the arsenic levels could be speciated, in order 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.”


Dr. Randan has the same conclusion as Ortiz. He was told the advanced tests for the stomach contents would not be possible.  Who informed Dr. Rangan and Ortiz the advance tests were not available?


April 11, 2013

An inquiry to one of the doctors at LA Coroner’s Office from our Source regarding the “stomach contents.”

Source: “I’m wondering what attempts were used to characterize the type of arsenic?”

LA Coroner’s Office: “The lab was not efficient.  At this time we do not know what type of arsenic this is, organic or inorganic.”

Source: “I’m wondering, Doctor, you mention the lab was inefficient… I’m not sure If I understand what you’re saying here.”

LA Coroner’s Office: “I’m saying the lab either didn’t have the resources, or they didn’t want to do it.  In that sense the lab was inefficient.  I will try to resuscitate the issue again. I will take it to the authorities and see what we can come up with.  I have same questions you have and cannot get an answer, and it bothers me.”

Source: “Are there samples still available from Michael that could be tested again or retested?”

LA Coroner’s Office: “I’ll have to check the lab and see if we have something and I can get back to you on Monday.”

Source: “I only have a few more questions.  Dr. Rangan said he 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.” now he says he inquired… but after he gives the statement never gets an answer.”

LA Coroner’s Office: “He inquired but got the same answer I got. We can’t do it. There’s no way we can do it.”

Source: “My question is who told him the advance tests were not possible and why?”

LA Coroner’s Office: “I don’t know who exactly from the lab told Dr. Rangan that statement, but that’s what we were told him and myself. Our supervisor… told by Dan Andersen (Lab tech) we can not find anyone who can handle that.”

The LA Coroner’s Office never contacted the following Monday.  Project Astral found several labs in the U.S. that could conduct the testing if the resources at LA Coroner’s Office were not up to par. One of these labs, “Laboratory of the Applied and Special Consulting, LLC,” ended up performing the advanced tests on the blood in 2014.


After a year of waiting… our source is told by Interim Chief Dan Anderson that the stomach contents were discarded “per retention policy,” on March 25th, 2013, however, other samples were not disposed of.  In the lab report, the stomach contained 2300ppm of arsenic.  Why was a key piece of evidence in an open investigation destroyed before it could be tested?

Blood samples eventually made their way to a private lab in Washington. Dr. Ortiz reestablished communication with our source regarding the blood results.

Dr. Ortiz


Speciation of the Arsenic, found in this case was done on July 23, 2014, at the Laboratory of the Applied and Special Consulting, LLC.

The analysis revealed that most of the Arsenic present in the blood samples taken at autopsy is the INORGANIC TYPE (AS III).

As per opinion of the laboratory that did the speciation; the presence of this type of arsenic eliminates arsenical pesticides as the source since those are predominantly monomethyl arsonic acid (which is considered ORGANIC Arsenic).  Rat poison is ruled out as the source since most of the pesticidal compounds available now in the market are made of anticoagulants and not arsenic.

The type of arsenic found in this case in their opinion is most probably laboratory or industrial grade type, which is not commonly marketed to the public.

This analysis did not reveal additional information as to the origin of the arsenic. The source of the Arsenic in this case still remains uncertain, in spite of this information.  Since the analysis did not clarify the problem, the manner of death could not be determined still.”


Tests show arsenic contents from the blood to be of the INORGANIC nature.  The analysis of the stomach contents would’ve mostly narrowed down the origin of the INORGANIC arsenic and whether Michael self-administered it/had access to it or if it was given to him unexpectedly.  This arsenic was made in a LABORATORY… but which one?


  • Michael passed away on the same day the Breitbart autopsy results were released. 4/20/12.
  • The case is still open.  Suicide is not ruled out in the investigation nor is foul play.

  • No arsenic was found missing from the LA Coroner’s Office, and no known substances were found at his residence.

  • Based on a tip received to St Joesph’s that Michael could have been poisoned, Officer’s Anatole and Ruiv traveled to the hospital and issued an injury report.

  • Detective Castro of North Hollywood PD is Lead Investigator on the case.

  • Ed Winter (Assistant Chief at LA Coroner’s Office) called Burbank PD on the night of Michael’s death.  Detective Castro states that he was not made aware of Michael’s death until the following Tuesday which would have been April 24, 2012.  A four-day delay in communication could be the primary factor in the unsolved case of Cormier.

  • A former FBI-Agent has stated Cormier was more than likely administered a dose of arsenic during the last few hours he was alive. Did someone slip it to him in an IV?  No one but hospital staff and family had access to his room.

  • Dan Anderson is Supervising Criminalist II

  • Chief Medical Examiner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran retired in 2013.

  • New Chief Medical Examiner Mark Fajardo, resigned due to the backlog problem in 2016.

  • Michael Cormier kept a journal.  This journal has not been found.

Michael at Palmdale Cancer Walk – 5 days before death

He complained to his friends of stomach pains.  He had a meal and started to feel better for a short while.




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