According to Bloomberg, August Busch IV, the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch and current media-dodging playboy of a recently deceased girlfriend, will join the ranks of the unemployed after he leaves his seat on the AB InBev board of directors after a April 26th shareholder vote to bring in two new members.
The news is not surprising, but it’s gotta be tough to give up that sweet gig, but it’s not clear if this means he will also be losing his 100k+/month salary from AB Inbev as a special consultant, product taster and official “makes sure the couch doesn’t float away” guy, which was negotiated during the buyout.
One less pseudo job means he’ll have even more time to date ladies! We’d say to make sure you have really good insurance if you dare date him, but let’s be honest, after the first date no one’s going to cover you with all the risk involved.
via Bloomberg (and our tipster!)
Over the weekend we had a chance to go over the Adrienne Martin case files that were released on Friday and so kindly uploaded by the RFT’s Chad Garrison, who as also done his own summary. Most of this is either unsurprising or just more of the same, but there are a few details in here worth pointing out, so lets run though them.
We mentioned this little fact when the details of this report linked, but seriously, Adrienne Martin did drugs and it killed her. Here’s the official finding: She died of Oxycodone overdose, but also had cocaine in her system. Not that this should have to be said, but just because someone says they’re “anti-drug” it doesn’t mean they really are…actually it probably means they definitely aren’t. Who the hell calls themselves “anti-drug” other than people that are boring a hole in their septum with the old columbian powder drill.
You know the big difference between this dead August Busch IV girlfriend and the other two? Busch really helped the police with any information they needed…oh wait…there were some lies in there about how did didn’t know about her drug use…oh and then he told the cops that that those lies and the basic description of the events where all he was going to tell them. Really helpful. Yup, completely innocent bystander in all of this, and definitely not just out to help himself when his girlfriend shows up dead…for the third time. That is how we would describe August Busch IV. Great hair though.
Oh and one more thing, Busch has maybe the worst signature ever.
Seriously. What is that? You’re looking at a less than sign, followed by a dash and then a little sketch of a penis, and that somehow translates to “August Busch”. Wait. Maybe that does kinda make sense when you say it like that. Maybe it’s a great signature, it just happens to be in hieroglyphics.
“Aspiring Beer Model” = Boob job. No surprise there.
One witness’ report describes Busch’s messy bathroom and in the process describes Busch’s pooping attack defense plan:
So he has a little toilet room in his bathroom, which is awesome because those little “poopn’ closets” are seriously great, and here’s what’s in it according to the witness report: One toilet…not sure why that had to be put in the report…one loaded shot gun…now we’re getting somewhere! …and a loaded Glock pistol hanging on a hook. Security cameras all over the place, a large number of paid house attendants and guns in the bathroom. Did August Busch think he was the Scarface of beer or something?
You know how when you were little and your parents said to clean your room and all you could think about was growing up, getting rich, never cleaning your room and basically sleeping on a pile of shit every night? Well most of us got older and realized that isn’t really as cool as it sounded. Not little Auggie Busch though! Living. The. Dream.
Remember the how Busch himself said the night went down: He went to bed at 6pm, she stayed up until 3am and then came to bed. Busch woke up, went to make two energy shakes and came back to realized Martin had died. He claims he moved nothing from that moment on. So that means the dude probably slept in the bed all night with the following things in the bed with him: Martin, a laptop, a pair of scissors, a flashlight, a magazine, and a box of miscellaneous iPod gear. Sure, his bed is probably huge, but who sleeps with a Best Buy tucked in next to him other than a 12 year old with a stolen credit card number?!
We’ve said this before, but what the hell: This case can’t get any more bizzarre can it?
So it’s come to this August Busch IV…now you’re waxing philosophical to STLToday’s Deb Peterson? Jesus dude, our number is pretty easy to remember: 314-266-TIPS We’re a great freaking shoulder to cry on! We’ll hit you with the highlights anyway.
Regardless it appears that Busch isn’t dealing with the stress of losing his girlfriend, Adrienne Martin, well, especially after the takeover of his company. A takeover that was, and apparently still is, very difficult to deal with.
The death of Martin, 27, comes in the wake of the sale of Anheuser-Busch, which he led as chief executive, to Belgian brewer InBev — a move that threw him into the depression with which he still struggles.
“I would have given up my life to save the company,” Busch said, “but I couldn’t do anything.”
According to Busch, things were going well in his relationship with Martin. The two were on a date the day before that Busch describes with a little dramatic flair:
On the day before Martin died, Busch said, he took Adrienne Martin “for her first and her last helicopter ride.”
Jesus dude. “Her first and last helicopter ride”? Who talks like that? Who goes on helicopter rides?!
The ride on Dec. 18 was “just for fun because she had never been in a helicopter before. I just bought a helicopter because I’m going to start flying helicopters again.”
Oh. Well if you are going to start flying helicopters again…
The death of his girlfriend seems particularly hard since he admits that this is the first girl he didn’t want to treat like crap.
“She was the only girl I’ve ever been with that I didn’t want to have someone on the side,” Busch said. “You know, I’m this notorious bachelor who always wanted someone on the side, but I didn’t with Adrienne.”
Busch disputes the claim of a 42 minute gap between finding her body and calling 911. He describes the incident as…
“Probably about 11 (a.m.), I got up. Both of us, I thought, were sleeping,” he said. “I went to the kitchen to make her a special shake. I came back and tried to wake her up, and I couldn’t. I checked for a pulse, and then I called Mike (Jung) and he checked, too.”
As we’ve talked about before, Martin’s ex-husband is a medical doctor and has postulated that her death could have been because of a heart condition called “Long QT Syndrome”. Busch’s admission that Martin was taking the sleeping medication Trazodone was a shock to him:
[Dr. Kevin Martin] said that it was Busch who told him Adrienne was taking the Trazodone, and that he “was surprised” because he discovered she had a heart condition — Long QT syndrome — in a test he administered in 2002. The syndrome can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats.
Kevin Martin said when someone has a heart condition, “you can’t take Trazodone.”
Lastly, what of Busch IV’s perma-strained relationship with Busch III?
“Dad and I are talking, which is good,” he said, referring to August Busch III, with whom he has long had strained relations. “I love you, that’s what I told him. I love you from the bottom of my heart.”
When asked what his father’s response had been, Busch said his dad told him, “I love you, too.”
You know, and this is just us spit-balling here, but if we were getting in to yet another batch of horrible PR in the middle of my third, and probably worst, “girlfriend issue,” I wouldn’t want to talk to a straight up beat reporter that’s going to really grill me. I’d go with the local paper’s gossip columnist. Seems like the safer move and a chance to work in “I love you Dad.” quotes.
Just an observation.
CBS’s Russ Mitchell talks with the author of “Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, An American Icon” Julie Macintosh about her thoughts on the mysterious death of Busch’s girlfriend, Adrienne Nicole Martin. (We would have embedded it here, but CBS sucks and disabled embedding…and probably touches new born puppies in bad places.)
Interesting stuff about a case that so far, has netted very little int the way of details aside from a 911 tape that was as boring as they come despite all the media outlets trying to make it interesting. Oh god! The guy said “It’s dark in here!” No way! Someone must have been trying to hide the body by…turning out the lights?! If you have nothing interesting to report, just say “Nothing yet but we’re looking.” or just don’t say anything at all.
Here’s what’s out there just so we’re all clear:
– August Busch IV’s girlfriend was found dead in his house by a house staff member.
– Busch and “others” were home at the time.
– There were a reported 42 minutes between the body being found and the 911 call being placed.
– Cops aren’t publicly concerned with Busch IV or that any foul play was involved, suspecting an overdose but awaiting toxic screening results.
– The body was cremated.
– The family of the deceased has claimed that she wasn’t in to drugs, but she was a Hooters waitress and “aspiring model” dating a rich playboy beer baron, so…you know…we’ll see.
– We’ve also learned that pretty much any chick we a decent rack and photos online can be called an “aspiring model.”
Nothing more to report no matter how big the headlines are or how “shocking” one of the local stations anchors says their broadcast will be tonight (after sports and the weather).
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re aspiring to go eat a sandwich.
August Busch IV, St. Louis’ bad boy playboy millionaire, who’s family beer-making business was sold to InBev a few years ago, had yet another run in with Johnny Law recently when a dead woman was found last Sunday in his South Lindbergh mansion. The woman, 27 year old Adrienne Nicole Martin, was a former girlfriend of Busch. Pretty suspicious that a woman was found dead in a mansion and the mansion was owned by her boyfriend, and the boyfriend has had a few issues with the law in his past right…and that all day Sunday my trick knee was aching which usually means there’s been a disturbance in the Hooters waitress force?
No, says Busch’s lawyer:
Art Margulis, a lawyer for Busch, said Busch and others were at the mansion when her death was discovered Sunday. Martin, a former Hooters waitress and aspiring beer advertising model, and Busch had been dating for a year, he said. Margulis said there was “absolutely nothing suspicious about her passing, and it’s a tragic and untimely death of a young person.
Though initial autopsy reports show now trauma to her body, and a full toxicology report isn’t due for nearly six weeks, Martin’s family believes that the causes were natural:
Dr. Kevin J. Martin, 45, who is a medical doctor who now lives in Cape Girardeau, Mo., said in an interview Friday that he does not know his ex-wife’s cause of death but said that she had a heart condition called Long QT syndrome. The heart rhythm disorder can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats that can, in some cases, cause sudden death.
Sounds plausible, but if her condition was really something that had a decent chance of dropping her at a moment’s notice, wouldn’t you think her medical doctor husband would have been a little more forceful about getting that fully checked out? Seems like a long shot to us. Well if the toxicology report comes back inconclusive then they can take a look at the body again and figure out this mystery!
Meanwhile, a memorial service for Martin, whose body has been cremated, will be held Dec. 30 in Springfield.
…ok, scratch that! Seems like cremation was a little hasty being as no one has the faintest idea as to why she died. Also, despite the lack of initial foul play evidence, you can’t overlook August Busch IV’s criminal past which includes the car wreck that turned fatal for his passenger, an Arizona waitress, which Busch himself tried to leave the scene only to be busted and then let go after the evidence was lost. Then, in 1985, just two years later, Busch lead a high-speed chase and drew criminal charges that included the attempt to run over two officiers. He escaped the charges though by claiming he thought it was a kidnapping attempt. …Apparently he thought he was at a strip club in Bogata, Columbia not Sauget, Illinois.
It will be interesting to see what conclusion comes from all of this, if any. The police are thinking overdose, the family is poo-pooing on the overdose idea (but who’s family ever says to the press “Oh yeah. That was it! Totally overdose. My little darling loved her some nose-candy!”) and August Busch IV is still trying to figure out a way to distance himself from the whole thing. Turns out it’s a little harder to walk away from a dead body when the dead body is in your third, second floor atrium.
You’d think that all these stories would eventually put a damper on Busch’s dating, but you know what? When you’re pulling in $120,000 a month from InBev to do exactly dick, chicks tend to overlook little things like dead girlfriends or being the zenith of all rich kid who’s a douche stories.