Out of Hand

Michael Glyn Brown was recently acquitted of assaulting his wife. But that's only the latest allegation against the violent, drug-abusing doctor, long a fixture of Houston TV commercials and society.

McKeon was one of three former employees who were prepared to testify on Jaramillo's behalf during the divorce proceedings. All three accused Brown or his underlings of trying to bully them into not testifying. In a deposition, Brown explained his belief that it was all a vast conspiracy concocted by Jaramillo and her divorce lawyer.

Their affidavits were part of two civil suits filed against Brown, one from a former Hand Center surgeon who believed Brown owed him money, the other from an unlicensed attorney who maybe-sorta did legal work for Brown and who said he was wrongfully terminated. Both plaintiffs appear to have had flimsy cases; it's mostly the peripheral filings that point to Brown's emerging malevolence.

McKeon testified that Brown sent an especially vivid warning in 1994, by poisoning his Great Dane. McKeon's veterinarian swore in an affidavit that the dog had clearly ingested a combination of prescription drugs, and that "it was highly unlikely that someone without medical knowledge would have known that using drugs to reduce blood pressure can cause a quick death by cardiac arrest." (Fifteen years later, a lawyer in another case against Brown would also claim that his dog had been poisoned; Brown also wrote in personal papers about attempting to euthanize his own beloved dog, Cocoa, with an overdose of pills.)

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McKeon also swore in an affidavit that he believed Brown's brother-in-law (another potential witness in the divorce case) had been "harassed and threatened" by Brown and his sister, Jeanne Jeffcoat. McKeon said Brown filed two "retaliatory" civil suits against his brother-in-law, and Jeffcoat "filed criminal rape charges" against him,"for a rape which allegedly occurred more than two years prior to the filing of the charge." (Citing lack of physical evidence and the time elapsed since the alleged incident, which Jeffcoat said occurred at Brown's home, the Montgomery County District Attorney declined to press charges.)

"Brown is worth millions of dollars," McKeon swore in his affidavit. "Because of the divorce suit which is now pending, and other numerous lawsuits against him, it is my opinion that without the intervention of this court, Brown will do whatever he can, both legal and illegal, to avoid judgments being taken against him."

McKeon's roommate, Dudley Eppes, another ex-Brown employee, swore in an affidavit that Brown told him that if McKeon testified, Brown would kill him with a shotgun and then commit suicide.

Pamela Jo Campbell, a former medical assistant, accused Jaramillo of calling in straw-scripts of the pain reliever Lortab for McKeon, which were actually meant for Brown. She also said that Brown's bookkeeper called her in April 1993 and warned her that she knew who Campbell saw and spoke to, and to be careful. The bookkeeper allegedly called a few months later and "further stated that I'd better watch out. She said that I don't know what might happen to me or my son...." Campbell's son was seven years old at the time. "In my mind, it is clear a threat had been made on my life and that of my child's."

McKeon also swore in his affidavit that Jaramillo had found "small black boxes, later determined to be tracking devices, attached to each of her three cars."

Curiously, after his initial affidavit, McKeon recanted. Brown's attorney, Rob Todd, who would later become a Houston City Councilman, cited this recanting as evidence that McKeon and others were just disgruntled ex-employees. Unfortunately, Todd couldn't rely on that for very long, because McKeon subsequently recanted his recantation, accusing Todd of coercing him into signing a false statement.

Quite simply, Brown was not going to stand by while lesser men questioned his character.

He was the greatest hand surgeon in the world, a genius who revolutionized the practice by inventing one of the greatest medical devices in the history of modern medicine. He made tons of money for hospitals that granted him surgical privileges, such as Houston Northwest Medical Center, whose halls he stalked in scrubs and a lion's paw dangling from a thick gold chain. He demanded first-class treatment and settled for nothing less, which is why he threatened to pull patients from Houston Northwest if the administration did not give him a prime parking spot. His instructions to office staff were written on papers headlined "Proclamation," denoting his royalty.

Never mind the fact that the patented "Brown Technique" was merely a tweaking of existing technology, or the fact that Brown faced quite a few malpractice claims in the years before his license was probated and then revoked. (These were disputed claims in which Brown denied being negligent or otherwise reckless in his treatment of the patients, and were settled or dismissed with prejudice.)

Never mind that, although Brown liked to point to his "landmark study" of the Brown technique in one medical journal, his few articles were rarely cited among his peers, or the fact that a man whose idea of hunting as a "conservation tool" included taking down elephants and even a giraffe.

He was a man who once tried to reap a million-dollar fee for testifying as an expert witness, and then threatened to testify for the other side if he didn't get paid.

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GUEST
GUEST

No one need to think that people in his past have not tried to stop him, they have and they paid the price for crossing him. He has plenty of money and knows plenty of people to carry through on his threats! The almighty dollar has kept him from paying the consequences that any other person would have to pay. When will it be enough and when will he get what he deserves???? Will it be enough when he takes the lives of innocent people and then his own?? Unfortunately, I believe that will be the only "stop" to him and his "reign of terror"!!!

az
az

Mr. DeGuerin is an amazing lawyer. But, it stops there. His associate, Sean Buckley, has repeatedly made sexual advancements toward me. I informed Mr. DeGuerin but Mr. Buckley was not fired after I provided numerous sexually explicit text messages from Mr. Buckley in September 2011. Now, Mr. Buckley is again trying to make dates me with, buying me gifts and the firm still represents me. Mr. Buckley has put his sexual desires before his legal representation....clearly violated the Texas Bar Ethics Rules. Why has he not been fired?

Guest
Guest

Mr. DeGuerin is an amazing lawyer. But, it stops there. His associate, Sean Buckley, has repeatedly made sexual advancements toward me. I informed Mr. DeGuerin but Mr. Buckley was not fired after I provided numerous sexually explicit text messages from Mr. Buckley in September 2011. Now, Mr. Buckley is again trying to make dates me with, buying me gifts and the firm still represents me. Mr. Buckley has put his sexual desires before his legal representation....clearly violated the Texas Bar Ethics Rules. Why has he not been fired?

Vila
Vila

Everytime I saw the ad with Sophie saying "Daddy's baby girl", it gave me the creeps...he reminds me of a pedophile.

EMME
EMME

Sounds like my ex-husband. Having lived it (for 8 very long months), I can say, you pegged it perfectly, what it's like to live with a narcissist. Very well done, Craig.

Fatima Foust
Fatima Foust

Reading this article made me want to throw up. I would like to know what possessed the jurors to acquit a man such as Michael Brown. Oh wait, that's right, we acquit celebrity murderers and psychotic moms. Seriously, what were they thinking? This man is evil and calculating. Whether or not his latest wife was a gold digger doesn not or should not even be a factor in the fact that he beat her and abused her. Your article was nicely done! Too bad it's such a sad story...

Count Chimerical
Count Chimerical

I've always been a big Houston Press (even though you refuse to consider any of my blogs) but when credit is due credit is due. This piece was not only riveting to read but also one of the best bits of journalistic reporting I've read in a long long time from any source. Nice job Craig.

Amy N
Amy N

I had foot surgery by an affiliate of the hand surgical place. You should see this place! there are huge marble "Roman Gladiator" busts (statues) in Brown's image. They were creepy, like his commercials, and like the vibe you get from just looking at him.

BD
BD

Great article, more people need to be the voice of those of us without the big bucks.

ShitThrowingMonkey
ShitThrowingMonkey

Of course it's biased genius! You, Michael Brown and Casey Anthony can go get your freak on in a pasture.

Michellerenee68
Michellerenee68

The guy needs to be locked up! he is a nutty as a shit house rat!

MadMac
MadMac

This is like reading a psychiatric train wreck.

azinn
azinn

Mr. DeGuerin is an amazing lawyer. But, it stops there. His associate, Sean Buckley, has repeatedly made sexual advancements toward me. I informed Mr. DeGuerin but Mr. Buckley was not fired after I provided numerous sexually explicit text messages from Mr. Buckley in September 2011. Now, Mr. Buckley is again trying to make dates me with, buying me gifts and the firm still represents me. Mr. Buckley has put his sexual desires before his legal representation....clearly violated the Texas Bar Ethics Rules. Why has he not been fired?

Wyatt
Wyatt

Holy shit, did /b/ just invade the Houston Press comments?

p.s. I second the advice

 
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