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Woman found dead in home of August Busch IV

A 27-year-old woman was found dead Sunday at a home owned by former Anheuser-Busch chief executive August Busch IV in Huntleigh, the Post-Dispatch has learned.

Adrienne N. Martin, of St. Charles, was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m., according to Suzanne McCune, administrator of the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office. The home is in the 2800 block of South Lindbergh Blvd.

McCune declined to release a cause of death. Toxicology and other tests could take a few weeks.

%E2%80%9CThere will be some tests that take some time to get results and nothing is finalized,%E2%80%9D McCune said.

A law enforcement source told the Post-Dispatch that the death was initially being investigated as a possible overdose.

Friends of Martin told the Post-Dispatch that she and Busch had been dating for the last several months. It's not immediately clear if Busch was at the residence at the time of Martin's death.

After questions from the Post-Dispatch, Frontenac police, who cover Huntleigh, issued a statement this afternoon saying they received a 911 call at 1:15 p.m. Sunday about an "unresponsive person" at the home. Paramedics and police officers found a 27-year-old woman deceased and "with no apparent signs of trauma or other indications of cause of death," the release said.

Frontenac Police Chief Tom Becker said the department is waiting for the medical examiner's results. Asked why information about the death was not publicized earlier, Becker said the department released information as soon as it received media inquiries and after approval by the city attorney.

Local attorney Art Margulis, who is a lawyer for Busch, told the Post-Dispatch: "I can tell you there is absolutely nothing suspicious about her passing, and it's a tragic and untimely death of a young person. A very kind young person, by the way."

Martin was divorced earlier this year from a 45-year-old man whom she married in 2002. They had been separated since February 2009, according to their divorce file. They had an 8-year-old son together and had joint custody of him.

Martin's ex-mother-in-law Fran Jerman, of Vandalia, Mo., said Martin was between jobs and talked of going back to school. Jerman said she had not had much contact with Martin recently and that the 8-year-old boy is in the care of his father.

Martin a few years ago posted photos and a bio of herself on a modeling website called istudio.com. She wrote that she was studying to be an art therapist and hoped to help children. She also wrote that she had been in pageants for several years and wanted to become a model. She wrote: "I really would like to do beer advertising! Since I have only just begun I can't wait for my exciting times ahead!"

Busch, 46, took over as CEO of the brewing giant in 2006, but his tenure ended with the sale of A-B to InBev. Since the buyout, Busch has faded from public view.

The Post-Dispatch reported in 2009 that Busch had not been spotted at beer industry events, trade meetings or conferences. In January of 2009, he was granted a divorce from his wife of 2 1/2 years. After that, he was splitting time between a home near the Lake of the Ozarks and his home in Huntleigh.

In 1984, Busch avoided criminal charges after a car crash in Arizona that killed a 22-year-old woman.

The crash occurred on Nov. 13, 1983, outside Tucson, Ariz. Busch, 20 at the time and a student at the University of Arizona, left a bar with the woman and, shortly after, crashed his black Corvette, police said. The woman, Michele Frederick, was thrown from the car. Busch was found six hours later at his home, dazed and bloodied. He had suffered a fractured skull and claimed he had amnesia. Authorities later said his blood alcohol level at the estimated time of the accident had been below the legal level for intoxication in Arizona.

The investigation took seven months, after which authorities declined to press criminal charges, saying there wasn't adequate evidence to do so. They said the investigation took so long because of the "high profile" of the Busch family and because family lawyers had fought the taking of hair and fiber samples from Busch.

by Anonymousreply 8804/23/2011

When E.G. Marshall hosted the "CBS Radio Mystery Theatre" he pronouned the company name correctly, ON-hoyser Bush.

by Anonymousreply 112/23/2010

Perhaps Budweiser will make a commercial to capitalize on this story.

"Budweiser is the public's preferred beer. And you don't even want to know what was found in the home of our competitors..."

by Anonymousreply 212/23/2010

Drug-addled gold-digger.%0D %0D Next!

by Anonymousreply 312/23/2010

R2 here. Budweiser is apparently from the Anheuser-Busch company. Damn, I thought I had a good joke there!

But I still say that they go with my idea and run the commercial criticizing themselves.

by Anonymousreply 412/23/2010

Head for the mountains!

by Anonymousreply 512/23/2010

Isn't this the second young woman to die mysteriously around him?

by Anonymousreply 612/23/2010

Maybe she drank some Bud Light & Clamato?

by Anonymousreply 712/23/2010

Please, St. Louis people! ...someone must know something about the nefarious goings-on at the Busch mansion.%0D %0D Myabe this could be the next reality show.

by Anonymousreply 812/23/2010

R6 is right.

[quote]His passenger, a local waitress, flew through the sunroof, and was killed in the accident. Busch walked or crawled from the scene of the accident without informing the police. Police found him at his Tucson townhouse over four miles away by River and Campbell, eight hours later with blood still on his body. Manslaughter charges against Busch were eventually dropped after evidence (blood and urine taken from Busch the day of the accident) was lost or damaged

Rich scumbags play by different rules.

by Anonymousreply 912/23/2010

R6 skimmed, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 1012/23/2010

[quote]Busch was arrested again in 1985 after leading police on a high-speed car chase. He was accused of intentionally trying to run over two officers with his Mercedes

by Anonymousreply 1112/23/2010

Total fucking sleazebag. He used to have Busch employees go out to bars with him and round up coeds and other young skanks for private parties back at his hotel. Typical this dead chick was a waitress type.

And it was made clear to him that he had to get married in order to be appointed CEO. Older family members wanted another heir in the line of succession, so he married some younger woman of appropriate background, then went back to whoring around. The marriage barely lasted a year, but they didn't announce it for a while.

Interesting that his attorney, Art Margulis, is best known as a criminal defense attorney, best known for defending wife-killer Dennis Bulloch, among others.

by Anonymousreply 1212/24/2010

Is this him. He looks like an absolute sleaze.

by Anonymousreply 1312/24/2010

"Busch walked or crawled from the scene of the accident without informing the police."%0D %0D So a girl was killed in a car accident caused by him and he left the scene... so what's the big deal?

by Anonymousreply 1412/24/2010

This is what happens when you have way too much money. Busch and his father are totally useless assholes who sold the family business for big bucks because they wanted fast money and were too damn lazy to work anymore. The investment bankers working on the AB/InBev deal characterized III as an indecisive boob, and IV was just a total incompetent moron.%0D %0D III and IV couldn't hold a candle to their father/grandfather, who was a major civic mover and shaker during his time. %0D %0D And one of the Buschs "accidentally" killed a friend of his with a gun. It went to trial and of course, he was found innocent. I always though there was some gay undercurrent in this affair.

by Anonymousreply 1512/24/2010

I'll stick with Schmitts Gay.

by Anonymousreply 1612/24/2010

Who lives in St. Louis? Ick!

by Anonymousreply 1712/24/2010

III was a real piece of work too. He travelled with security that was on par with the Secret Service, and there was a fully staffed ambulance in the parking lot whenever he gave a speech or did a tradeshow.

The whole family was long on money and short on sense.

by Anonymousreply 1812/24/2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, R17.

by Anonymousreply 1912/24/2010

God, it's times like these that I wish Dominick Dunne was still alive...

by Anonymousreply 2012/24/2010

Just got more scoop from my mom, who still lives in St. Louis and knows people.

The IV's marriage was strictly for convenience because he was never going to get appointed CEO of the brewery unless he gave the appearance of settling down. The wife was supposed to provide an heir but she discovered he had herpes, among other things, and called that off. She was rarely seen in St. Louis and basically vanished without a trace, but by that time, he had gotten promoted.

The woman found dead had been married to a much-older man and was known as a "party girl." So, basically, sold to the highest bidder.

I don't remember all the details of the young man who was shot and killed at Grant's Farm back in the '70s, but supposedly, one of AB Jr.'s sons (III's step-brother) "threw the gun down on the bed and it went off," killing his friend. I think the friend might have been the heir to a potato chip fortune. Interestingly enough, greeting the police at the gate was Al Fleischman, well-known P.R. man, who was the first of many calls the family made that night before dialing 911. It was thought that there was a gay angle to it, but that particular son went on to have 8 or 9 kids. Overcompensating? You tell me.

Another of Jr.'s young sons knocked up some trailer trash, who had a daughter and named her Scarlett. She already had another bastard child named Ashley. This would have been entirely unnoteworthy except for the fact that the little girl was the spitting image of the father's younger sister, who had been killed in a car accident at age 8, so Jr. had his son fight for custody, which I think went on forever and might have even gotten to the Supreme Court.

Harry Caray, late announcer for the Chicago Cubs, used to serve in that same capacity for the baseball Cardinals, which were owned for a long time by the brewery. He lost that gig when he was in a car accident on Kingshighway late one night and it was discovered that his passenger was Susie Busch, III's first wife.

I know people that have had dealings with the III. Not one has ever described him as "indecisive." He was known for being a ruthless businessman and pretty much forced his father into retirement. He also sold the Cardinals as soon after the old man's death as it was feasible. He was freaky about his security, though, which wasn't surprising because he had been abducted as a boy. He always had to have the same drivers in every city he visited and if ever there was somebody new, he would refuse to get in the car.

by Anonymousreply 2112/24/2010

Her name was Adrienne Nicole Martin; she had been married to a doctor, actually a D.O. (osteopath) who practices in Cape Girardeau, a small town southeast of StL. All the local stations are showing the same photo of her, which is a glamor shot type photo with an unfortunate orangey red background that makes it look like she's in hell. %0D %0D They are now saying that this actually occurred on SATURDAY, not Sunday...! Frontenac cops made a clerical error, oops! Frontenac is a ritzy suburb of StL with a small police dept. Local media didn't even get WIND of it till Tuesday.%0D %0D Now much love for III and IV in this town. August "Gussie" Busch Jr. was a revered figure in this town for years, owned the baseball Cardinals. A-B was a powerhouse company with its world headquarters located here in St. Louis, a preeminent employer known for its classy ways. Its employees were incredibly proud and loyal---that is, until these dunderheads blew it all, selling out to a bunch of Brazilians. %0D %0D But he does have MAJOR money. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

by Anonymousreply 2212/24/2010

Trash or not, you gotta admit that the whole "II" "III" "IV" thing is pretty fucking cool.

by Anonymousreply 2312/24/2010

Oops...I meant NOT much love!

by Anonymousreply 2412/24/2010

Am I correct in thinking that as soon as the check cleared on the brewery sale the Busch family had nothing more to do with the company?

They must not be all that popular in St. Louis these days, right? I wonder why they stick around?

by Anonymousreply 2512/24/2010

You're absolutely right, R25. And I think they stick around St. Louis because they are very big fish in a small pond. The family owns a huge baronial castle on the grounds of Grant's Farm here in St. Louis. The little enclave, Huntleigh Woods, where he lives, is a totally private isolated area with multimillion dollar mansions. His millions go a lot further in a town like St Louis than they would anywhere else. Plus it's the kind of town where his influence still carries a lot of weight. %0D %0D Let's face it, if this had happened on either coast, it would be front page news. They're trying to spin it now to say that he wasn't even HOME!

by Anonymousreply 2612/24/2010

I can't wait for the lifetime movie about this.

by Anonymousreply 2712/24/2010

I appreciate all the local gossip. This family is awful. They've killed people%0D %0D %0D %0D On the NY Daily News website some supposed friend of the victim replied in the comments%0D %0D %0D %0D 1. Adrienne Martin's sister is my best friend, so I know the inside of the whole thing. 2. Adrienne had a sever cold and had barely slept in days. The likelihood of her accidentally overdosing on cold medicine is pretty high. 3. She loved him and he loved her, as well as her son. 4. I agree, that with the "facts" presented in this article it could look a little sketchy, but it's the media...since when are they NOT biased and only including the "facts" that further the agends they're pushing. 5. Think about family members that come across these comments. A few days ago, Adrienne was my friend's sister. Think about her and her family and please refrain from ignorant comments. We'd all appreciate it.%0D

by Anonymousreply 2812/24/2010

it made the cnn home page...some of the comments are interesting.

by Anonymousreply 2912/24/2010

Be sure to share or at least click articles on this dick and on CNN's page you can "like" the more salacious comments. The cops won't do anything to this asshole but maybe if we act interested in the story the media will assassinate his character.

by Anonymousreply 3012/24/2010

Obvious serial killer, not unlike Richard Mellon Scaife.%0D

by Anonymousreply 3112/24/2010

Of course on DL some idiot calls her a "gold digging hussy" because there is a reflexive toadying to the rich here.%0D

by Anonymousreply 3212/24/2010

He reminds me of Dubya. Both born into privilege. Both dumb as a box of rocks. After retiring, neither takes an active interest in their office or industry.

by Anonymousreply 3312/25/2010

[quote]Harry Caray, late announcer for the Chicago Cubs, used to serve in that same capacity for the baseball Cardinals, which were owned for a long time by the brewery. He lost that gig when he was in a car accident on Kingshighway late one night and it was discovered that his passenger was Susie Busch, III's first wife.

Thank you for this. My dad was a huge Harry Caray fan, and when Caray was fired my parents lived just outside of St. Louis. They both groused about him being unceremoniously fired for years after he left St. Louis, but neither would explain to me what had happened, although they did say they had heard some rumors. Now I know.

by Anonymousreply 3412/25/2010

I can't believe you didn't know that, R34. Even though it was never mentioned in "polite" society, everybody knew the real deal, and I was a kid at the time it happened. %0D %0D But it was a brilliant career move for Harry. He went from the 10th largest media market (at the time) to the second (at the time), gaining more fame and fortune with the Cubbies than he could have ever hoped for in STL.

by Anonymousreply 3512/25/2010

[quote]Adrienne had a sever cold and had barely slept in days. The likelihood of her accidentally overdosing on cold medicine is pretty high.%0D %0D Does this soung odd to anyone else? Who ODs on cold medicine?

by Anonymousreply 3612/25/2010

I seem to dimly recall another rumor that Mr. Busch wasn't the only rich married woman Harry Caray was screwing. Didn't he get in trouble another time with someone almost as powerful?

by Anonymousreply 3712/25/2010

R32, considering how absolutely repulsive he seems to be, what other conclusion would there be for a woman to be with him?

by Anonymousreply 3812/25/2010

"Now much love for III and IV in this town. August "Gussie" Busch Jr. was a revered figure in this town for years, owned the baseball Cardinals. A-B was a powerhouse company with its world headquarters located here in St. Louis, a preeminent employer known for its classy ways. Its employees were incredibly proud and loyal---that is, until these dunderheads blew it all, selling out to a bunch of Brazilians. "

They should be frogmarched out of town. So many loyal employees lost their jobs. So many charities lost their budgets in a city that's been hanging on a string for decades. Our country lost a company that is very much a part of pop culture Americana. Selfish fuckers.

by Anonymousreply 3912/25/2010

That comment from the Daily News at R28 reeks of paid damage control. I guess if she took enough cold medicine containing tylenol she could die but it would take days and days and she'd noticed that she wasn't pissing at all due to her kidneys shutting down and she'd be bright yellow from jaundice as her liver slowly died. What a creepy asshole this guy is.

by Anonymousreply 4012/25/2010

umm, yea she totally looks like she was a model....along with all those other 5'5" supermodels%0D %0D was that picture taken for Star Search 1983?

by Anonymousreply 4112/25/2010

Sold it to Belgians, not Brazilians. It's even WORSE!%0D

by Anonymousreply 4212/25/2010

Honestly, if you were a straight billionaire (anyway, richer than all Hell), couldn't you do better than a divorcee from St. Charles?

I'd go the Charlie Sheen route, and just hire an endless stream of high class escorts instead mining the local bar circuit.

by Anonymousreply 4312/25/2010

In the fourth generation back old man Anheiser had a barrel factory and old man Busch had a beer company. They arranged to have their children marry and thus, Anheiser-Busch. This latest lout was gay in his 20's thus the push to get him married because we all know if he gets pussy a lot it will turn him hetero. Did not work completely. He just likes sex and it doesn't matter which sex. This is natural selection working. One more generation and they will have no money and will be on their way out. Next!

by Anonymousreply 4412/25/2010

[quote]Honestly, if you were a straight billionaire (anyway, richer than all Hell), couldn't you do better than a divorcee from St. Charles?

Well yeah, but rich men, gay or straight, have a thing for slumming it sexually. Gay men have words for it ("trade", etc...) but it isn't limited to gay men.

There's plenty of stories out there of men who marry rich, but want a touch of the trashy.

by Anonymousreply 4512/25/2010

Now might be a good time to remind everyone that Cindy McCain's family fortune comes from the Budweiser Distributing operation the family ran in Arizona, and that machine financed John McCain's political ambitions.

by Anonymousreply 4612/25/2010

In today's StL paper the ex husband is stating he did an EKG on her back when they were married and diagnosed her with something called "long QT syndrome" which he claims could lead to fatal arrhythmias. He says he told her to consult a cardiologist but she refused. And adds that they BOTH "thought the world of August." %0D %0D I can just see Art Margulis, St. Louis' answer to Johnnie Cochran, rubbing his hands in glee over this turn of events. Thank you, ex husband!

by Anonymousreply 4712/25/2010

Geeze, how much does it take to buy off the ex-husband to the point where he helps with your alibi? I'm thinking mid 6 figures, even in St. Louis.

by Anonymousreply 4812/25/2010

R48: Season tickets and a case of Bud Light.

by Anonymousreply 4912/25/2010

[quote]Even though it was never mentioned in "polite" society, everybody knew the real deal, and I was a kid at the time it happened.

I wasn't born after he was fired, and we moved away from the St Louis area when I was a toddler. Despite my mom's side of the family living near St Louis to this day and loathing the Busch family, they've never talked about the more scandalous things. I guess they're prudes.

by Anonymousreply 5012/26/2010

Here is the link to R47's info%0D %0D %0D %0D Long QT Syndrome is dangerous. This has caused the deaths in a lot of the younger professional athletes. in I can't believe her ex-husband (A Doctor) didn't pursuade her to get treatment.%0D %0D %0D %0D August IV waited 40 minutes after finding her dead to call 911.

by Anonymousreply 5112/26/2010

It's always a bummer when they find a deader in your house.

by Anonymousreply 5212/26/2010

[quote]Sold it to Belgians, not Brazilians. It's even WORSE!

You're both right. It's a coin toss whether the company is Brazilian or Belgian these days.

[quote}Interbrew was a large Belgium-based brewing company which owned many internationally known beers, as well as some smaller local beers. In 2004 Interbrew merged with Brazilian brewer AmBev to form InBev, which is the now largest brewer in the world by volume, with a 13% global market share (as of 2004) now named Anheuser-Busch InBev

Remember the howling from IV and the gang when the offer got made? They were screaming about how important it was to keep the company American owned, and they were running ads, doing online petitions, and even trying to get Congress to hold hearings.

Then InBev upped the offer a few dollars per share and the Busch Family couldn't cash the check fast enough. Fuckers.

by Anonymousreply 5312/26/2010

Anyone see this Busch guy in person? From the pics they are showing on the news he looks pretty hot.

by Anonymousreply 5412/27/2010

R47, I'm sure that Art Margulis himself arranged for the ex-husband to make those statements. Why in the world would the guy, on his own, say he and his dead ex-wife both "thought the world of" August the IV? What a bizarre thing to say unless you're being scripted by someone doing early damage control.

There have always been hints of August IV being involved in some wild sexual scenes. I do know for a fact that he would have hot young guys in the AB marketing department pimp for him with women down at the Lake of the Ozarks. I went to high school with one of the guys, a very athletic soccer player who was a total stud. Some people speculated Auggie liked to watch these guys get it on with the women they picked up for him.

by Anonymousreply 5512/27/2010

I at first misread the title and thought what the hell is a real woman doing dying in the home of a drag queen?

by Anonymousreply 5612/27/2010

R55, there are a lot of things about him that are on the internet%0D %0D %0D %0D Heard the One About August Busch IV Getting Spanked in a Toledo Hotel Room?

by Anonymousreply 5712/29/2010

Here are some comments from the articles about him %0D %0D %0D %0D -'Cover Up' is Art Margulis specialty don't ya know that??? That his job, he's a criminal defense attorney, too bad he has such scummy clients: pedophile priests, child murders, crooked politicians and the like%0D %0D %0D %0D - AB IV had the cops at his Huntleigh home last summer while he was having a breakdown or threatening suicide or something - THAT never made the news%0D %0D %0D %0D - This just adds credentials to the very well kept secret that AB was sold due to InBev about to out August Busch for his drug problem. Dude is an addict and when InBev held it against Anheuser Busch that they were going public if they don't sell........well, the board chose to sell and pocket millions to keep it quiet. If you don't believe this, ask someone who worked there%0D %0D %0D %0D - Remember of the Busch family who tried to outrun undercover narcotics detectives from the St. Louis City Police in a high-speed chase through the Central West End? And the officers had to shoot the tires of his car to stop him? And when he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving (for endangering the lives of pedestrians and residents of the CWE) in his defense he claimed that he thought the narcotics detectives were potential kidnappers?%0D %0D %0D %0D -He is an embarrassment (as he speeds around Huntleigh in his Lamborghini) to the Busch name. Talk to contractors. Did you know that you aren't allowed to speak directly to the IV? Even if he is in nearby, you talk thru his "people"

by Anonymousreply 5812/29/2010

Whatever happened to Generic Beer?

by Anonymousreply 5912/29/2010

So, according to that article he got 91 million for the sale of the company. One would assume he had most of this assets in Busch stock.

91 million isn't all that impressive. It'll be fun to see how long it takes him to piss it away.

by Anonymousreply 6012/29/2010

bump

by Anonymousreply 6101/25/2011

bump

by Anonymousreply 6202/09/2011

Well, since we're bumped, this might be a good time to report that a couple of days ago the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that toxicology reports showed both cocaine and oxycodone in her blood. Everyone is shocked...SHOCKED! The ex husband says she was "so anti drugs"--he's shocked! Art Margulis is already spinning it to say that even though drugs were found in her system, there is no proof that THAT'S WHAT KILLED HER. %0D Busch can be charged if it can be shown that he supplied the drugs that killed her. Good luck making that happen!%0D %0D P.S. Oxycodone is of course OxyContin, aka "Hillbilly Heroin"...just the thing an otherwise healthy 27 year old mom needs!%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 6302/09/2011

Man, I really hope he fries.

by Anonymousreply 6402/09/2011

Yeah, he'll get away with it. Even though we all know he supplied her with the drugs.

by Anonymousreply 6502/09/2011

[quote] Oxycodone is of course OxyContin, aka "Hillbilly Heroin"...%0D %0D No it isn't. Oxycontin is the time-released, long-lasting version of Oxycodone, so there are far more mgs in Oxycontin than in oxycodone. Oxycodone with added tylenol (acetaminophen) is Percocet. %0D %0D The reason why Oxycontin is known as "hillybilly heroin" is because they crush the tablets (which again, carry many more mg than oxycodone) so that the coating which makes the tablet time-released is destroyed, and you get the larger number of mg all at once.%0D %0D OxyContin is made up of oxycodone, but oxycodone [italic] is not [/italic] oxycontin.

by Anonymousreply 6602/09/2011

"91 million isn't all that impressive. It'll be fun to see how long it takes him to piss it away."%0D %0D Beats having to schlepp down to 7th and Pestalozzi Streets everyday and run a formidable business, especially when you're coked out of your mind. And I've heard the news guys at InBev are real task master workaholics. %0D

by Anonymousreply 6702/09/2011

Today in St. Louis they cut into Judge Joe Brown at 2 in the afternoon to show a news conference from the StL County prosecuting attorney. They verify that the woman did not have a prescription for oxycodone. She had high enough levels of both oxy and coke such that either one could have killed her, however our medical examiner has indicated it was the oxy. Pill containers found at bedside contained trace amts of both. And get this--she had ingested cocaine an HOUR before she was found dead, or around 12 noon--he found her at 1:15 in the afternoon, shortly after he got up. %0D %0D He states flat out that Busch is "refusing to cooperate" and no charges can be brought. Art Margulis has indicated that if Busch is questioned he will invoke the 5th. So he is going. to. walk.

by Anonymousreply 6802/10/2011

Whoa, that is seriously fucked up. He's a criminal. Doesn't he also have a gay past? And a woman murdering past?

by Anonymousreply 6902/10/2011

He'll probably beat it, but it'll take a pretty good bite out of that $91 million.

by Anonymousreply 7002/10/2011

My Uncle Heinie was a contemporary of Gussie Busch (the grandfather) and was his master of the hounds for fox hunts. He always said that the old man was a hard worker but no one else in the family was ever going to be worth anything - all entitlement and confusion and not very bright. August III isn't dumb, though, and he knew there was no hope for the family business with only August IV sitting there.

Of course the family is married into every other family of means around town, but with the collapse of the old guard and loss of the old corporations that doesn't mean much anymore. People are ready to go Busch hunting. But in this case, unless a staffer opens his mouth - which seems unlikely - he'll get away with it. By that I mean I imagine people are wondering who her supplier was.

The 94 million isn't the whole story. He still gets an annual cut, holds loads of stock, and sits on a pile of family money/holdings apart from his take on the sale. Just for the record, the Busch family at the time of the brewery sale owned $3.5 billion in company stock (1/4 of that was August IV's father's), and that's just a part of what they sit on. Them with their pug eyes and jack-o-lantern mouths.

by Anonymousreply 7102/10/2011

another rich dude will get away with murder.

by Anonymousreply 7202/10/2011

Why is he a murderer? I am assuming that she willingly took the drugs. Even if he supplied them, she did not have to take them.

by Anonymousreply 7302/10/2011

That may be true, R73, however if this was Joe Trailer Park we were dealing with, I have a feeling the prosecuting attorney would have a little bit more discussion than he had with Busch. He spoke to the Frontenac police "briefly" on the day of the incident, and that's it. No inquiries about possession of cocaine, no legal prescription for either of them, and of course no samples or testing from him. No pursuit of a possible delay in reporting or cover up...local media didn't even find out about this until a day and a half later. %0D %0D The rich are different from you and me.

by Anonymousreply 7402/11/2011

[quote]My Uncle Heinie was a contemporary of Gussie Busch (the grandfather) and was his master of the hounds for fox hunts.

That's fascinating. Was that a paid position? Was it a full time job?

by Anonymousreply 7502/11/2011

And her family is suing him now. I'll bet they wish they never spoke out and told the media how great they thought he was a few days after she was found dead

by Anonymousreply 7604/01/2011

Upon seeing the GoDaddy CEO happily slay an ELEPHANT, I wondered to myself, "what's to stop these rich fucks from hunting HUMANS for thrills?"

I mean, capitalism is amoral. What would be the argument against some rich fuck from buying a homeless drug addict and killing him for sport? Rich Fuck would have enough money to defend himself legally (and pay off the corrupt).

It'd make an interesting movie, no?

If they can travel the world to fuck children, I'm sure there's a market for hunting humans.

by Anonymousreply 7704/01/2011

The woman was lucky. She could have spent the rest of her life in one of the most miserable shitholes on the planet. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 7804/01/2011

R75, yes, he worked full time and was paid. The Master of Fox Hounds position was rather exalted, symbolically and in practice. He spent most of his time with kennel concerns, but knew his horses so supported there, too. He also served as huntsman, usually. In other clubs Mr. Busch would have been M.F.H. as the biggest financial supporter but he was too busy and didn't have the personality - he preferred to pay someone and everyone knew who really was running things anyway.

My uncle's greatest day was the day he himself was personally responsible for an unprecedented capture of both the intended quarry of a red fox, and a surprise gray fox. An unmatched achievement.

And it sounds bizarre, silly and barbaric outside the culture, doesn't it?

Yes, R78, we're sure Soulard and the Great River Road north from Alton and ballgames and jazz and blues and a walk through Tower Grove and fun people around can't make up for what's missing in your life. Sorry, but most places look bad from certain perspectives, and only Paris is Paris.

by Anonymousreply 7904/01/2011

Keep deluding yourself, R79, just like every other St. Louisan sticking their head in the sand and pretending everything is just fine. %0D %0D Once again, St. Louis has lost population. As a percentage, it's lost more of its population than any other large American city, including Detroit. And the rest of the area failed to grow at a rate anywhere near the national average. But growth is just a pipe dream when all of north St. Louis County lost population and is rapidly becoming one huge, post WWII Section 8 slum, much like its counterpart in the city. You might want to contemplate these facts while sitting in your filthy, half empty airport waiting for a flight to take you somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 8004/02/2011

August Busch IV has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit over his girlfriend's accidental drug overdose death, Busch's lawyer said Wednesday.%0D %0D "We believe the settlement is very fair and even generous, but in an effort to ensure Blake's future, we are hopeful the court will approve," Busch's attorney, Art Margulis, said.%0D %0D Adrienne Martin, 27, a one-time aspiring model, died Dec. 19 at Busch's sprawling estate in suburban St. Louis. An autopsy concluded she overdosed on oxycodone and also had a significant amount of cocaine in her system.%0D %0D Dr. Kevin Martin of Cape Girardeau, her ex-husband, filed the lawsuit last month on behalf of the couple's 8-year-old son, Blake Martin.%0D %0D John Heisserer, the attorney for Kevin Martin, said, "A settlement has been reached and we're pleased that the case has been resolved."%0D %0D Syler must determine if the agreement is in the best interest of the child. The judge could also direct some of the proceeds to Adrienne Martin's parents. Adrienne Martin's father, George "Larry" Eby, is seeking to join the suit.%0D %0D Maurice Graham, another attorney for Busch, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the settlement is not an admission of negligence.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 8104/20/2011

Damn

by Anonymousreply 8204/20/2011

Hopefully he'll pull a Karen Quinlan but be more aware and in more pain. What a dick.

by Anonymousreply 8304/20/2011

Life is cheaper in Missouri than California.

by Anonymousreply 8404/20/2011

Why is it his fault that she overdosed?

by Anonymousreply 8504/20/2011

The Big Payoff was not just the name of a TV show.

by Anonymousreply 8604/23/2011

Has her condition changed?

by Anonymousreply 8704/23/2011

Her ex-husband's bank account has improved.

by Anonymousreply 8804/23/2011
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