Cocaine Straw Found Near Adrienne Martin; August Busch IV's Home Loaded and Messy

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August Busch IV had straw with cocaine in bedroom and pill bottles with illegal drug residue in bathroom.
Update: At a news conference this afternoon, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said that August Busch IV "refused" to cooperate with its investigation, and it could not file charges against the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch because it appears Martin took the drugs voluntarily.

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The Frontenac police today released their entire investigation and the medical examination into the death of August Busch IV's girlfriend, Adrienne Martin.

Read the entire 55-page report at the end of this post. Meanwhile, here are some of the highlights:

  • Adrienne Martin, 27, was found lying on top of the covers of Busch's bed around 12:30 p.m. December 19. She was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, t-shirt, spandex pants and one sock.
  • Authorities on the scene gave conflicting reports on what happened the previous night. A medicolegal investigator reports that the two had been drinking until 3:30 a.m. and then fell asleep on the bed. A Frontenac police officer reports that the 46-year-old Busch had gone to bed at around 6 p.m. with Martin staying up much later.
  • The medicolegal investigator reports finding a straw with white residue in the pocket of her hoodie. Police report finding another straw with white residue under the mattress that later was determined to contain cocaine.
  • Pill bottles with oxycodone residue and cocaine were found in Busch IV's bathroom. (The medical examiner determined that oxycodone is what officially killed Martin, though she also had cocaine in her system.)
  • Judging from the "chronic perforation" of the distal septum of Martin's nose, she was likely a "chronic" abuser of cocaine, according to the medical examiner.
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    Adrienne Nicole Martin poses for a modeling shot.
    Martin kept it clean: "The genitalia is unremarkable. The pubic hair, for the most part, has been shaved," wrote the medical examiner.
  • Authorities found Busch IV's bedroom in complete disarray, though could find no evidence of struggle. Among the items scattered around the bedroom: "electronic devices, powercords, televisions, remote controls, gatorade bottles, two cups of brown liquid (described as energy shakes), weapons, ammunition, radios, speakers, shoes, a watch, tools, flashlight and a blanket."
  • On the foot board of Busch's bed were mounted two flat-panel televisions.
  • In the bathroom, police found two more flat-paneled television, a loaded shotgun behind the door, and a loaded Glock with an extended magazine on a hook next to the toilet paper dispenser.
  • Police investigated a report that days after Martin's death, someone may have broken into her apartment in St. Charles at 4 a.m. An inspection of the apartment showed no obvious sign of entry.
  • Medical examiners could find no evidence that Martin suffered a heart condition called Long QT Syndrome that her former husband, a medical doctor named Kevin Martin, says he diagnosed in her years ago. Kevin Martin could provide no documentation to back up his claims that he'd given her an EKG test that showed she had the condition. Likewise, no hospitals or other doctor offices could produce such a test.  
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    sommergrrrl
    sommergrrrl

    So people are getting their panties in a bunch of the description of the nether-regions and feeling this story is sensationalized. Wow, really? I'm more pissed that Busch IV isn't cooperating with the investigation any more. That's shady.

    Peter Busch
    Peter Busch

    Since cocaine is ILLEGAL and possession of ANY amount is a CRIME, why wasn't he charged with cocaine possession? Most likely, because his name is Busch. Had you Chad Garrison, been pulled over and the police found a straw with cocaine in it, your family or friends would be bailing you out of jail. The people have HAD IT with this crap of a double standard of so-called justice.

    nick
    nick

    I thought the summary was just fine, pubic hair or not. I do think there are a couple holes in this story though. Martin's apartment owner said there were 'no signs of forced entry' but there were two unlocked windows in the apartment. Possibly a cleanup crew because incriminating items were in the apartment? Also, 6 small blood stains on blanket appearing to have been wiped off. Honestly, that's unremarkable but I am intrigued as to who's blood it is. My conclusion is that between Busch's testimony regarding the previous night, and Martin's ex's interview, the evidence of her behavior that night and in recent weeks was typical of a cocaine user getting out of control. She probably was coked out and took some oxy and/or a trazodone to get to sleep, the combination can easily kill you. Also worth noting is that Busch told lady's ex that he felt he was 'being punished for that girl in Arizona'. That implies that this incident was probably an accident, but shows Busch feels responsible for the Arizona death. Which he essentially was though he never got charged for dwi, fleeing the scene, manslaughter, nada. Just a little content to distract you guys from the bickering.

    dads
    dads

    Stupid woman and rich idiot spell death

    King Rex
    King Rex

    Artie is getting paid by the post. Possibly also by the outrage. What a tool.

    Jealousblues
    Jealousblues

    thank god we finally know what the state of her pubic hair was...

    Artie
    Artie

    Common decency is now equated with extremism. That is what the world has come to!!

    Drherbieversmells
    Drherbieversmells

    She's a coke whore, he's a coke head, she died, who cares? Artie has gay love for Augie, Chad writes sensationalistic articles. If we start trying to off everyone that falls into any of these categories we'll be busy til the day we die. Hopefully, not of an accidental overdoes.

    Zack
    Zack

    "My name's Artie. I'm here to party."

    strange powers
    strange powers

    Who knew that so many members of the Busch family know could use a computer?

    Neiljones111
    Neiljones111

    Ignore these guys, Chad. As a regular RFT reader, I DO enjoy reading about the genital grooming habits of dead coke-head golddigging "aspiring beer models."

    And for those worried about sullying her reputation, pretty sure she took care of that herself.

    Auggie999
    Auggie999

    Kept it clean? Come on, Chad. You're better than that.

    Chris
    Chris

    I have no love for Mr. Busch for sure. However, I would agree with this being a pretty tasteless article. I've read RFT since I moved to STL, but the description of a dead woman's genitals is pretty low brow. A Freudian slip has a place is conversation, not journalism.

    Artie
    Artie

    This is not New York City.Tabloid journalism doesn't really fly around here. Whoever wrote this story is a grade A dirt bag!! Just because someone dies from an OD doesn't mean they are less of a person and therefore should be disrespected.This was a human being who died.She was very young,and she was a mother. Is nothing sacred anymore? Have we really fallen this far? I for one hope not. This reporter(if thats really what you are) is a prime example of the dumbing down of society. Just reading this crap makes me want to take a shower. YOU MAKE ME ILL!!!

    T. Alessandro
    T. Alessandro

    If it were a crackhouse, as opposed to a Buschhaus, the males present probably would have been carted off to jail. A dead body is a dead body, God rest this poor woman's soul. But being very rich, white, a scion of one of Saint Louis's most prominent families, and living in a wealthy suburban town all mean that justice doesn't apply to you. From the town, the County, the State, the Feds, no one.

    RIP, Ms. Martin.

    Douche McGee
    Douche McGee

    If they didn't find any cocaine in the house they can't charge him, even if it's found in his system.

    T. Alessandro
    T. Alessandro

    "Whose blood."

    Who's = who is.

    Use an apostrophe for contractions, otherwise use the correct pronoun.

    Return to the chatter at hand.

    Bob
    Bob

    Artie isn't that bad, wow.

    Artie
    Artie

    Yeah I'm the tool here.Its perfectly alright to make crude comments in a news story about the deceased.Hey lets all make a fart joke now,and then we can pull on some pony tails. It will great fun. Last one to hell is a rotten egg! Is that better? I'll just bury my head,dumb down with the rest of you,and make light of the fact that tabloid journalism is creeping into the mainstream. But you're right,I'm a tool. Not you, me!! OK

    anonymous
    anonymous

    hahahaha

    gay love!

    high five!

    the chad garrison fan club!

    Artie
    Artie

    You make all my points clearly. Thank You!! BTW I don't even know "Augie" I do however know real journalism when I see it!!

    T. Alessandro
    T. Alessandro

    "Don't be Artie for the party,Oooooh ooooohDon't be Artie for the party,Oooooh oooooh" etc.

    cf. Kim "Gold Digga" Z

    Neiljones111
    Neiljones111

    I'd be willing to bet it's friends/family of the dearly departed, not of Auggie. He's kind of the black sheep of the family, what with his continued Ted Kennedy impersonations. They'll keep him out of jail as need be, but they're not going to waste their time blogging in his defense.

    Bob
    Bob

    Best reply by far ! Thanks for the laugh.

    anonymous
    anonymous

    artie is a moron unfortunately but you are a disgusting piece of shit and you should be fired

    seriously, fuck you. your wife must have no self-respect at all.

    Heather
    Heather

    Chad, I was on your side a BIT in that that info was in the autopsy report so anyone could have found it if they had just read the report, even though I did think it was a bit distasteful and disrespectful for you to specifically point it out (ie "keeping it clean") (though in all fairness I do recall TMZ describing Anna Nicole Smith's "unremarkable anus..." in their summary of the autopsy. jeesh!). However, I think you do yourself a disservice by "liking" such a thoughtless and mysoginistic comment as that one by Neiljones111. I mean, just because a young girl dates a man who has money it does not make her a "dead coke head golddigging 'aspiring beer model." I mean, really--? Are we all perfect here? She is dead. This is humiliating. It was an accident. She made poor choices. She was in her 20's. She got married and had a kid way too young. She had her ears pinned back as a child and was likely gangly and insecure for most of her life and then "the" bachelor comes along and sweeps her off of her feet. Can you blame her? I dated August and was hardly a golddigger and did not do drugs with him. I now have two law degrees and broke up with him b/c (among other reasons) I wanted to return to college and could not keep up the jet setting lifestyle and remain in school. I think it is a mistake to generalize about the people who date celebrities or the wealthy. He treated me great (for the first 10 months or so), we both worked out, he loves animals, he was funny and fun...aren't those normal reasons for dating someone? Sure, our age difference was not as great as theirs (I was 22-23 and he 33-34), but some women are just attracted to older men. This does not mean she was a "coke-head golddigging aspiring beer model." She was a person with many layers and if pointing out her "keeping it clean" was not completely offensive, you "liking" this horrid remark, especially as a reporter, very much is.

    Artie
    Artie

    How about this guy Chode sullying the reputation of real journalist everywhere? By the way, nice way to get your kicks. On the backs of the deceased! Get a life!!

    Bob
    Bob

    no he isn't , cooch.

    Artie
    Artie

    No he is not!! He is a low life! Help me in getting rid of trash like him!! Call the RFT and demand his dismissal.

    Interested
    Interested

    Okay she was not a mother!! A "mother" doesn't live with low life scum (whether it is in a mansion or not)A mother doesn't send her son to her parents in Springfield at Christmas so she can party and snort coke with her low life scum boyfriend! A mother takes care of her child first and foremost and would not expose them to a house full of loaded weapons where the residents are doing drugs!!! If she had been in U City instead of the Huntleigh Mansion you can bet Family Services would have removed this child! She is a vehicle who gave birth not a mother. She was self involved and cared about promoting and selling herself! She wasn't living for the best interest and welfare of her son and I know this because I am a mother!!

    billstreeter
    billstreeter

    Oh yes indeed. Tabloid journalism is so against St. Louis culture, but obviously any kind of abusive snark and name calling is just fine in the comments. Just ask the PD.

    Artie
    Artie

    The reporter for this story is named Chad Garrison. He is a dirt-bag! If you are tired of the low-brow,east coast type of journalism that he puts out then please help me in getting rid of him. Call the RFT and tell them just what you think of this type of journalism. He needs to be taught a lesson. You don't speak ill of the dead. Thats just WRONG!! Maybe if the RFT doesn't want to listen to us. Maybe, just maybe they will listen to their advertisers. Something to think about.

    Bob
    Bob

    Accepting that you are a tool is half the battle. Good luck in your recovery from toolism, godspeed Artie.

    careleast
    careleast

    Shaved doesn't necessarily mean it tastes "better," just easier to lick. I'm welling to bet that at least 85% of the women under thirty have waxed off the pubes. I include "landing strips" in that percent.

    Handsome Jimmy
    Handsome Jimmy

    Well Artie if you are looking for real journalism then what the fuck are you doing reading the RFT blog? None of this shit is earth shattering hard-scrabble journalism, it's mostly dick jokes and dumb stuff. We seem to like it, you're the one that is whining loudly, brah.

    Bob Busch, love child
    Bob Busch, love child

    The hell we are'nt , personally, my fingers are tired. Dear brother Augie, you are on your own.

    Artie
    Artie

    I am just someone who is tired of society going down hill. If we start to accept this kind of journalism then we are all doomed. Are we all so stupid as to just allow this drivel to be written about a dead girl? Is there no decency left in the world ? This is not the way educated people speak. I hope there are more people who feel as I do. If so please let the editors of this and any publication you may read know that we will not tolerate this kind of journalism. I really can't believe we have become so jaded and dumbed down that this is how we get our news.

    anonymous
    anonymous

    i mean garrison

    absolutely the guy who made the muslim-grade sexist comments is scum, too--but that's the crowd fratboy chad plays to

    he belongs at maxim with the rest of the 13 year-olds

    Neiljones111
    Neiljones111

    Heather

    1) She is dead. That is not in dispute.2) She's a coke head. The M.E. found that her nasal septum was perferated, indicating a history of cocaine abuse. That makes her a coke-head.3) She was an aspiring beer model. Most of the articles about her make reference to that. Her modeling website states that that was her goal.

    So is she a gold-digger? Do I know for sure? No. I'm making an educated guess based on the portrait that the news reports have painted for me. She was 28, doing coke with one of the richest playboys in the country at his mansion, while she pawned off her son on her family so she could do drugs. This was after she got herself knocked up by a doctor who was also twice her age.

    Maaaaaybe it's coincidence she kept finding herself with well-off older men. Could be, I don't know. Maybe it had nothing to do with the money. I'm just playing the odds here. I think we all can make a safe assumption she wouldn't have been with him if he lived in a 3 bedroom bungalo in Shrewsbury.

    And I'm glad you weren't a gold digger, Heather, really I am. I'm glad you enjoyed Auggie's well-funded jet-set lifestyle, but that wasn't your motivation for dating him, and you would have loved him just the same if he made $20/hour driving a truck. Kudos to you!

    Bob
    Bob

    The real question that readers want to know is, Do you also "keep it clean"? Your cooch that is .

    Heather
    Heather

    **misogynistic, that is.

    garrett
    garrett

    artie, are you for real??? i think you should start a blog to let us all know where real journalism is....thanks

    Bob
    Bob

    But she had a shaved coochie.

    Norelco salesman.
    Norelco salesman.

    Artie, don't forget to mention that she had a shaved cooch, it is after all an integral part of the story.

    anonymous
    anonymous

    yeah the new york and the east coast are lowbrow compared to the midwest

    sure thing

    Artie
    Artie

    Well Handsome Jimmy,since you asked,I got this story last night on my twitter account. I read it and almost puked. But maybe you're right. I should aim a little higher. Though it does seem strange to me that you're the only one defending this trash-journalism.Which leads me to believe you may be the author of this crap. I think you might be a little embarrassed so now your responding with a different name. Whatever the case may be my point is valid to grown-ups!!

    Handsome Jimmy
    Handsome Jimmy

    I bet that Artie's outrage meter is always pegged on 11. Sorta like Donald Wildmon's group down in Mississippi.

    Bob
    Bob

    Muslims, research has concluded , have no areas on their bodies that are kept "clean". They are perfect as they are and are all already "Allah meetin' clean" so heres hoping they all meet him real soon.

    Heather
    Heather

    You seem to have really made up your mind, Neiljones111, and nothing a woman says will change it (certainly not a woman who has dated someone wealthy like ABIV!). I actually understand your point, however. It is so easy to judge people from afar, and project our disdain for certain stereotypes onto people (I'm actually not being sarcastic and am sure that I have done this myself). I just feel like I didn't even know myself at 27, so how could someone take a moment in time (we all go through stages) and "know" me? In other words, luckily I never got into drugs but I've certainly made stupid mistakes and wow how humiliating if during one of those stupid stages I had (publicly) died and that ended up being who I "was, " yet it wasn't at all...does this make sense? We have no idea what kind of mother she was. By all accounts she was a good mother, and I think it's wrong to once again jump to conclusions about details of her life that are so speculative. And I understand she did cocaine, etc. for approx. a few months to a year prior to her death (what the medical examiner said), but that doesn't make her a "coke head"... She very well could have been going through a stage of life caused by inner turmoil of some sort. Who are we to judge?! Look, I dated August...but I have also dated a broke musician (who couldn't pay his electricity bill) because he was so funny and talented. I never, ever accepted money from August. He wanted to pay my rent and I refused and moved back with my parents and kept my job so I could date this man who was smart and older and worldly. Obviously you were being sarcastic and insinuating that I dated August for money and jet setting. I'd be lying if I said that being swept off my feet at 23 by going to meet Dale Earnhardt in the pits of NASCAR on our first date wasn't exciting, but I think you should give me credit for walking away from this lifestyle so that I could go back to school for ten years straight and not infer that I wouldn't have liked August regardless of his position in life (bc believe me I've dated the richest but also the poorest!), and I believe that Adrienne could have been like that, as well...had she not been gone so soon in life. She was getting her masters degree to help children in art therapy. Certainly she was deeper than some girl who just wanted a man's money bc she had a great relationship with her ex (if she was a gold digger wouldn't he have hated her?!), and got her education after marrying a doctor. Anyway, I don't hope to actually get through to you and no doubt you will write something insulting in response, but I just think more understanding and less judgment would do everyone a lot of good (including her son who will no doubt read these things when he's old enough).

    Heather
    Heather

    Oh, and I believe her ex husband's name was Kevin Martin (not Kent).

    Artie
    Artie

    Garrett, Is it too much to expect more from a journalist? This story is a joke. The person who wrote is a joke. It's called sensationalism. there really is no difference between Fox News trying to scare everyone and this low brow form of journalism.We need to demand that the editors of all publication raise the bar.If you can't see something terribly wrong with the way we get our news then you sir may really need someone to tell you what to read and where to look for real journalism.And for that I'm a little sickend.

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