[Ibogaine] Ilah Passed @ 2PM...
dana at phantom.com
Sat Sep 22 16:58:06 EDT 2007
...roughly. I got to hospital about 3:30. Since the body had
jaundice, it looked like she'd been dead a lot longer. Howard is
arranging the funeral in Staten Island... I'll let you know details.
She is significant because she's one of the first to be treated with
ibo-- for coke-- after ibo use resumed again in the '80's. It was
later when she was living with anarchists who were kind of into
heroin chic --or at least the equivalency of heroin with weed-- that
she got into smack. They were perfectly content to live on her income
from turning tricks (she was always a sex worker, but not street--
very highly paid) and one of them whose name eludes me right now
drove her so crazy that she jumped out a 3rd story window in S.F. and
busted both her knees. So she had aluminum or titanium in her legs.
She still looked really great when I pushed her in a wheelchair from
Boston to NYC in a protest for medical marijuana & ibogaine access in
'97. She's been in and out of the hospital for past couple years,
though. I would still see her because she cleaned house for Sisko
once a week until she went into the hospital. At the beginning of the
summer I saw her and she still looked pretty good, and I told her how
sorry I was that I let the anarchists take her away from Dennis
Peron's house during the DEMCON in '84 instead of taking her back to
New York myself. She came by the cafe at the beginning of August and
I was shocked to see how she's aged. But when I saw her last weekend
she told me how happy she was that I'd told her that.
I blame Ralph who married her in early '81 and jealously had a bomb
placed in front of 9 Bleecker st on St. Paddy's day of that year,
which went off and injured a cop. (He was seriously coked out). Ralph
had been a hero to us because he was in the Brotherhood, and dodged
the feds for 11 years on a multi-million tab acid conspiracy. The
main fallout from the bombing was that he was caught and did 4 1/2
years, even though the actual bombing case is still an open case. For
many years I thought it was another guy, who was caught with an
actual bomb factory in '95; but Ilah convinced me otherwise. It
didn't matter. Both Hank the crank (see Ibogaine story) and Ralph's
scene at Sunset Studios (where Johnny Thunders and Annie Liebowitz
used to sit on the couch doing smack) were connected to the Mudd Club/
Soho News/heroin chic nexus.
Everybody got AIDS. Especially if they hung out with Bruce Brown.
Walking back from the hospital I ran into Alex Carrolle of the AIDS
Brigade and we talked about people who deliberately give other people
the virus so they can take as many people with them as they are able.
Which is what happened to Ilah. It's just that the retro-virals keep
people alive for 20 years, so it took a long time.
I sure would like to legalize ibo for treatment of hep C, though. Hep
C was what gave her liver cancer.
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