Audio files extracted from Dr. Conrad Murray’s iPhone that were played in court this week reveal the voice of a heavily drugged Michael Jackson. His voice is almost unrecognizable and it’s difficult to understand what he’s saying, but it’s clear that he’s tortured by the fact that he had no childhood, having had to work from a very young age. J. Randy Taraborelli, who knew Michael for 40 years, said on The Early Show: “While many people over the years may have felt that Michael was exaggerating this narrative of a lost childhood for maybe the purposes of publicity or career advancement, I think that we see now that, even in this highly intoxicated state, it really was the main focus of his life — the pain and the hurt that he felt at not having a childhood.”
On the tape, Michael is heard telling Murray he wants to build a hospital for children with the money from his upcoming concert series, saying, “I love them. I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt…I hurt, you know, I hurt.” The tape is believed to have been recorded six weeks before Jackson’s death. Taraborelli voiced his concerns about the audio recording, saying, “Any thinking person, you know, who is a friend of Michael’s, who had heard him in this condition would have immediately rushed this man to a hospital for treatment. And I find it very disturbing personally that Conrad Murray was listening to Michael Jackson in this state and instead of, you know, throwing him in the back seat of his car and taking him to a hospital, he is tape-recording the conversation. I just don’t know what to make of that.” Dr. Murray’s manslaughter trial is scheduled to continue for five more weeks.