HE HAS a tailor-made death machine which will lethally gas you with carbon monoxide, but for just $85 online you can buy his killing manual and do it at home like Sydney father Fernando Manrique did.
Right-to-die campaigner Philip Nitschke appeared to admit, then denied, that he gave advice to Mr Manrique before the Davidson father rigged up his home as a death chamber for his family of four.
Mr Nitschke, who is nicknamed Dr Death, said a person with the surname “Manrique” had contacted his pro-Euthanasia group Exit International, which sells an online manual translated into four languages.
The bodies of Mr Manrique, 44, his wife Maria Lutz, 43, and their autistic children, Elisa, 11, and Martin, 10, and the family’s dog were found in the family’s Davidson home on Sydney’s northern beaches on Monday.
Police expect toxicology reports will reveal they died of carbon monoxide poisoning after Mr Manrique set up an elaborate gassing system via the roof of the family home.
On Thursday, Mr Nitschke clarified his comment, telling Radio 2UE that a person named Manrique who had ordered his manual “had a different Christian name” to that of the Davidson father.
Mr Nitschke’s manual clearly sets out how to die by various methods, including gassing with carbon monoxide.
Banned in Australia, the manual, called The Peaceful Pill Handbook, is easily available online.
It comes in the online edition, a black and white edition, and a full colour hardback “coffee table” edition printed in a large font.
The Exit International blurb on this “unique” book says it is “beautifully produced in full colour on high quality gloss paper … as delightful to look at and hold, as it is informative”.
The online version has more than 50 videos and all versions have 22 chapters on different death methods.
Mr Nitschke has developed two death machines, one called the “Deliverance Machine” and his more recent device, dubbed “Destiny”.
The Deliverance machine helped end the lives of four terminally people in the 1990s using intravenous drugs.
Last year, Mr Nitschke demonstrated the Destiny machine at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Mr Nitschke, who lost his licence to practise medicine in Australia after he allegedly counselled a depressed man to kill himself, now lives in Holland.
He won an appeal against the suspension of his licence in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, but the Medical Board of Australia continued to refuse to reinstate him.
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Doctor Philip Nitschke demonstrates the use of his suicide machine to cancer sufferer Cath Ringwood while in Tasmania for the euthanasia debate in parliament.