The last minutes of Michael Jackson’s tragic life – book review

83 Minutes Book CoverIf you asked me two weeks ago if I thought Michael Jackson was a pedophile, I would’ve answered unequivocally: Yes. But now, as of this very moment, I’m not so sure. This change of heart comes after reading the biography/parable/murder mystery 83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson, written by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne.

83 Minutes is a painstakingly comprehensive account of the last days of Michael Jackson’s life, specifically the unaccounted 83 minutes before the 911 call that sent him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was eventually pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. on June 25, 2009.

The book delves into Jackson’s twisted childhood with The Jackson 5, his meteoric rise to fame with the Thriller album, and his spectacular fall from grace — molestation scandals, plastic surgeries, catastrophic financial decisions and, most importantly, his prescription drug addiction. A drug addiction that would directly contribute to his death at age 50.

But there’s another contributing factor that led to Jackson’s demise. Or rather, who led to his demise — a Grenada-born cardiologist by the name of Dr. Conrad Murray. A man whose name is now inextricably linked to Jackson’s. The book explores this enigmatic man’s life — his myriad infidelities, his familial and financial troubles. It also uncovers how these two very different men came to know each other, and how exactly Dr. Murray would become the last person to see Michael Jackson alive.

Richards and Langthorne expertly researched almost every detail of Jackson’s 50 short years of life, and every key player who loved, enabled, used and abused him. I was enlightened to a lot of things about Jackson’s life that I never knew. Or perhaps, never took the time to find out.

The authors have clear opinions on what they believe happened that June morning in Jackson’s Los Angeles home, but remain completely objective when presenting the facts of what actually did happen. And, boy, there are some interesting facts. No spoilers, but it’s all pretty graphic. And it’s obvious that Richards and Langthorne sympathize with Jackson. But, to their credit, Dr Murray is not painted as the cut-and-dry villain to Jackson’s helpless victim. I didn’t come out of this thinking “Dr. Murray is an evil man who murdered a poor, naive Michael Jackson.” And that’s a testament to not just good writing, but good journalism. Jackson was just as much a victim of his life’s circumstances and his own foibles as he was of the misguided doctors who supplied him with the drug — namely Propofol — that killed him. And when all is said and done, we still don’t 100 percent know what happened in that bedroom. I’m not sure we ever will.

But Jackson’s death was not the most fascinating part of him — it was his unique perspective on music, manhood, children and the world. The authors do a remarkable job of tying in every stage that led to who Jackson became, as an artist and as a person. And how almost every one of those stages pointed towards doom.

I said before that this book has changed my mind on a pretty significant portion of Jackson’s life. I was set in my belief that he molested those children. The justification was that he always settled out of court. What innocent man in his right mind would do that? But that’s just the thing — Jackson was never in his right mind.

I can’t say he wasn’t inappropriate with children and I can’t say that nothing suspicious ever happened at the Neverland ranch. But was he a classic pedophile with malicious intent to sexually abuse children? There’s no longer a doubt in my mind that he was not. And that’s another mark of a successful book — forcing your reader to consider their preconceived notions and maybe even change them altogether.

Jackson suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father Joe, and spent most of his childhood performing at the hands of a dictator. Success came quickly and easily because of his once-in-a-generation talent. But with money and fame comes leeches. A series of blood-sucking “Yes” men who used Jackson for their own personal gain. There was no way for Jackson to differentiate between the reality of adulthood and the cushioned world in which he was allowed to remain a child forever. And, naturally, surrounding himself with children was the key to that world.

More than anything else I feel like I understand Jackson now. He wasn’t a man. He was never given the opportunity to be. And almost seven years after his death, the question of whether or not he was murdered by Dr. Murray or a larger, more sinister entity is almost irrelevant. It’s who he was and the music he left behind that should, and will remain.

There are certainly problems with this mostly stellar work of non-fiction. It tends to meander, oftentimes diluting the intrigue with just too much detail and too many facts. They easily could’ve trimmed at least 50 to 75 pages of names, numbers, dates, drugs and other repetitive information. When the authors start to examine Jackson’s astonishing financial problems and the revolving door of characters involved, I found my attention wandering.

But, despite this, I kept reading. Not because I had to, but because I was already all in, utterly consumed by the fable that is the King of Pop’s life.

Each chapter of 83 Minutes begins with a quote from the J.M. Barrie classic Peter Pan, a tale that eerily mirrors one ageless existence with another. It’s perhaps the first chapter that best summarizes the tragic life of Michael Jackson:

“All children, except one, grow up.”

~Shelby Morton

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  1. Luke • April 4, 2016 @ 3:53 PM

    This article is pointless from start to finish. You believed he was a pedophile even though he was found not guilty by a court. They ripped his house apart numerous times and no evidence was found.

  2. Anne • April 4, 2016 @ 6:22 PM

    If you don’t believe he was a pedophile, check out the mjfacts website. The stuff on there will make your hair curl and leave you in no doubt http://www.mjfacts.com/michael-jacksons-dangerous-liaisons/ Look at that first pic!!

  3. Steve • April 4, 2016 @ 6:36 PM

    Good review. I am a fan of Michael Jackson, not a super uber fan, but enjoyed his talent, skill, high intelligence and at times genius for creativity. I never saw him as a child molester because so many people throw themselves or their children at celebrities to leech off of them. II know a celebrity personally who that witch set up her son with to meet saying, wish to meet as child had cancer. He said F. U. when she tried to extort him and threatened a bank of studio and talent agency lawyers on her. Clint Eastwood was approached by this same woman with same scam. He said no at the start. It is cheaper to pay off liars and leeches then lose tens of thousands more in court time. And then when innocent people hold on to the disbelief in an innocent verdict. It is legendary. But I like the review. Will read the book and am glad it is not a slash and burn of the celebrity book. Takes all the love for music, art, acting and more areas when someone’s goes after a celebrity with venom and a predisposition to take them down. Took me years to get over a hatchet book on John and Yoko. It tainted my ability to even listen to his music for 2 years. Time stolen from me by a vulturous bird of prey author who would only see the worst in anyone. Choose wisely, friends. And remember we are co-responsible for creating the cult of Fame and Celebrity. An unknown actor is called a STR off the show even if it only makes 1/2 season. Words are very powerful and can ruin lives of people who are actors, who just happen to be well known. Personal Assistant. Never had a bad boss. Never violated confidentiality. And a couple still a decade later write or stay in touch. Trust proven is a bond we should all cultivate with everyone in our lives.

  4. artemis • April 4, 2016 @ 6:50 PM

    If you still think something inappropriate happened in Neverland or anywhere else where MJ was with kids you simply don’t know all the evidence.

    When you say he ALWAYS settled out of court you are telling a big fat lie.
    In fact the very reason why he was accused in the first place was that he refused to pay off Evan Chandler who demanded 20 million from him on Aug 4 1993 and then told him through his lawyer that he would be willing to shut up for just 1 million.
    So the question you should ask: what guilty person would not grab the opportunity to silence his accusers with money that would be chump change for him?

    MJ didn’t pay because he was innocent and believed that justice would prevail.
    However what followed during the next 6 months pretty much ensured that justice would not prevail: the media was as biased as it could be, even offering money to anyone willing to accuse MJ. Sneddon was a mad dog who wanted to ruin MJ no matter what and even after seeing that Chandler didn’t have a clue how MJ’s body really looked refused to close the criminal investigation and kept lying to the press that the photos matched the description never explaining if so why he didn’t arrest and charge MJ for molesting Chandler.

    The Chandlers meanwhile did their very best to avoid a criminal trial and admitted in their book that all they wanted was a “highly profitable settlement” in other words money. Unfortunately the judge sided with the Chandlers and allowed the civil case go before the criminal case, an absolutely disgusting decision which deprived MJ of a fair criminal trial. This was the main reason for the settlement and it’s very telling that it was MJ not the Chandlers who wanted the criminal case go first. A guilty person wouldn’t have done that.

    When MJ died his autopsy revealed that he was not circumcised. But Chandler said that he was circumcised. And that medical fact alone proves that what Chandler said was simply impossible: he claimed he not only saw MJ naked repeatedly but
    he also masturbated him 10 times! No way anyone could miss the foreskin while doing it and Chandler is Jewish, he knew exactly what circumcision was.

    The timeline of events leading up to the public accusations also shows that it was Evan Chandler who made up the whole molestation story and it was him who had a plan to ruin MJ this way unless he got what he wanted which was screenwriting contracts worth of 20 million dollars. Jordan Chandler was in Evan Chandler’s custody for more than a month during which he was coached. The Chandler’s book itself reveals that
    Evan Chandler imagined various sex acts which later ended up in Jordan’s story.
    Evan Chandler’s phone conversation with Dave Schwarz on July 8 1993 also includes
    statements which were almost verbatim repeated by Jordan Chandler during his interview with Dr. Gardner on Oct 6 1993.

    There were numerous contradictions in Jordan’s interview and he was unable to emotionally connect to the whole “molestation” at one point admitting that he didn’t know how it could hurt him and he didn’t know why he was in therapy.
    He showed no sign of being distressed, quite to the contrary, his father described him as “exuberant and whimsical” right after he spoke to Dr. Abrahms supposedly describing his “molestation”.

    In their book released in 2004 the Chandlers admitted this, which pretty much sums up what the whole bogus case was all about:

    “On the morning of August 17, 1993, as he negotiated with Barry Rothman, Anthony Pellicano had in his possession a copy of the psychiatrists report with the names omitted. He held in his hand the future of the most famous entertainer in human history. Yet the tape is replete with examples of Pellicano refusing to compromise on what would amount to chump change to Jackson. Why take the chance of Michael’s name ending up on that report and triggering an investigation?”
    [Ray Chandler All that Glitters 1; page 138]

    “Had Michael paid the twenty million dollars demanded of him in August, rather than the following January, he might have spent the next ten years as the world’s most famous entertainer, instead of the world’s most infamous child molester.”
    [Ray Chandler All that Glitters 1; ; page 128]

    Altogether FIVE members of the Chandler family wanted to profit from the allegations:
    Evan, June Jordan all demanded money for themselves. Dave Schwarz the boy’s stepfather
    sued MJ for money separately. Ray Chandler, Evan’s brother, wanted to make money by
    releasing a book.
    Evan sued MJ again in 1995 this time around he demanded 60 million from MJ.

    For the Chandlers MJ was nothing but a dollar sign.
    They were not the only ones in MJ’s life with this kind of attitude.
    The Arvizos tried to pull the same trick, hiring the same lawyer who got the money for the Chandlers, but because the law changed after 1993 they had to go through
    a criminal trial first if they wanted to win money in a civil case based on the same allegations. And their contradictory, absurd tale imploded piece by piece during the trial.

    The only other people whom MJ settled with were the Francias who then did testify in 2005 and were demolished on cross-examination. Just like the Chandlers the mother too wanted money for herself, which itself proves that it had nothing to do with child molestation. In a real child molest case the parents would not want money for themselves!

  5. zetto • April 4, 2016 @ 7:16 PM

    You should read everything on this site if you want to understand how corrupt
    and despicable Michael’s accusers were. Yes the boys too. They too knew exactly what they were doing not just their golddigger parents.

    michaeljacksonallegations.com/

    In short: if Michael had not been so rich he wouldn’t have been accused by anyone.
    It was all about money and still is. He never had any accuser who went to the police right away. They always went to trial lawyers first.
    And the fact that neither families who got settlement money were interested in putting Michael behind bars, in fact they did their very best to avoid showing up in a criminal trial, tells a lot about their true motives.

    Also, just by comparing the Chandlers to the Barnes should convince a rational person that Michael never did anything sexual with Chandler.

    The Barnes were another family who befriended Michael and the boy, who looked pretty much like Jordan Chandler, spent even more time with Michael and shared a bed with him countless times. They testified for Michael in 2005 and Brett to this day
    remembers him as his brother.
    One of these families one of these boys are clearly liars.
    It would make no sense for a molester to befriend one family with one boy, share a bed with him many times and molest him while he befriends another family with another boy
    who looks like the first boy, shared a bed with him many times and does absolutely nothing sexual.

    Either Jordan Chandler or Brett Barnes is a liar. There is no other logical conclusion.
    So who had a reason to lie?

    It’s not Brett who got rich by defending Michael. Actually he worked in a casino
    as a dealer when he gave up that job in 2005 just so he could go to the US and testify for Michael. That’s not the job of a millionaire and he lost money by defending him.

    It’s the Chandlers who had a reason to lie! It’s them who wanted to get rich
    with those allegations and it’s them who demanded 20 million from Michael.

  6. IrishLass • April 4, 2016 @ 10:42 PM

    The fact that you now tend to lean towards the fact that MJ was innocent of the crimes money hungry vultures were willing to destroy his good name for, doesn’t mean much at this point, to be honest. There was already plenty of evidence out there that Michael was innocent, but as you suggested, you and many others just can’t be bothered to research behind sensational headlines and tit-bits:

    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/court-documents-about-the-1993-case-and-malicious-prosecution-of-michael-jackson/

    Plenty of reading, which covers many areas. There are fans who had taken time and effort to compile factual documents / court transcripts, etc. because they already believed he was innocent and wanted to put it out there for those who cared to take the time to read.

    Furthermore, the way you right that Michael Jackson “…wasn’t in his right mind” suggests he had some kind of mental illness, which, if intentional, is highly insulting and wrong. He was perfectly sound of mind; in fact, more sound of mind than many of us. The only downers is that yes, he had been cushioned from the big, bad world, so to speak, and was most definitely naïve when it came to certain situations.

    However, a lot of that, I feel, was due the fact that he was pure in heart and soul – something many of us just cannot or don’t want to fathom – because no man can be that pure in mind and heart?

    Like all of us, Michael Jackson had made some mistakes / bad judgments along the way, yet he was a better being than many of us.

    Lastly, Michael Jackson was NOT an “addict” / did not have a “prescription drug addiction”. That is not only tabloid-style media fodder, but also AEG carrying out their promise that “…things would get nasty” once Katherine Jackson went ahead with it. In fact, THEY tried to paint him as a “Drug addict”. Yet, after medical professionals from BOTH sides had taken to the stand, not ONE of them – ESPECIALLY those called to take the stand for AEG – could say that Michael Jackson was any kind of “addict”.

    The truth is, Michael Jackson had an on/off dependency on prescription medications, for GENUINE medical reasons.

    Back in 1993, he became overly dependent on the same painkillers which had been given to MJ to help him deal with the painful scalp surgery (Which is called ‘Scalp Expansion’ Surgery – Whereby a balloon type device inserted under scalp in order to stretch the skin), due to the Pepsi ad burn. Google the procedure and click on images tab. It is very graphic, raw and painful just to look at. He continued having treatments on his scalp for years. He also suffered from migraine for some time afterwards, due the scar tissue contracting. The above link also covers this topic.

    That surgery was performed just before embarking on the Dangerous tour. And, it was during this to that the 1993 allegations broke worldwide. Michael Jackson was obviously embarrassment and stress by this. He began to over-medicate in order to block out what was happening in front of the whole world and still having to walk to face thousands almost every night.

    He eventually realised and accepted that it had become an issue and as many already know the tour was cancelled and he went to rehab for it.

    Lastly, the usual tabloid-style rumours of hordes / stash of prescription meds taken from mansion never subsided after he passed.

    As usual, the FULL story never explored. A majority of the viols taken from mansion were actually unfinished prescriptions, according to date of issue and expiry.

    He had MORE ailments than what you or I have; legitimate medical problems such as back pain, (Damage lower vertebrae – due to bridge lowering too fast during a 1999 benefit concert – an accident which can also be viewed on YouTube), on-going scalp issues /pain – whereby dermatologic issues, prostate problems and complications related to Lupus, yet the man obviously wasn’t feasting on his meds – (Not even taking / finishing them as one is supposed to) as the viols taken from mansion showed!! However, it is Michael Jackson, so the truth is spun, twisted and distorted. MJ is labelled an “Addict” – Yet, like millions of others around the world, MJ had an on/off dependency on prescription meds for genuine ailments. There are millions of others the world over who have to take a cocktail of various sustaining and / or and treatment meds every day, either on an on /off basis or for the rest of their lives, and regardless of whether it makes them drowsy /slur or not. We may as well call them “Addicts”, too, but we don’t. However, when it comes to reporting, assuming and presuming about Michael Jackson, then it seems anything goes…Unless one decides to do some deep, unbiased research behind what is all too often reported about him in the negative sense.

    And lastly, the official autopsy report

    OFFICIAL autopsy results revealed a “Healthier than average 50 year-old”, with good internal organs – which INCLUDED the liver (ALWAYS a tell-tale sign with a typical, long-term “addict”- as some like to parrot) being in good shape. NO signs of drug addiction or of ever being a so-called “Drug addict” / or, “long history of drug abuse”. These facts seem to go right over many heads…Sometimes it is done deliberately, too.

    There are countless contradictions to many sensational rumours, hearsay and tabloid-style fodder pertaining to Michael Jackson …Providing one wishes to delve deeper than the surface stuff always reported.

  7. IrishLass • April 4, 2016 @ 10:58 PM

    Sorry about the broken sentences / missing and double words in above post, as had to attend to other stuff while in the process of typing.

  8. Snepts • April 5, 2016 @ 8:55 AM

    It’s more important to remember the victims at this point.

  9. Cynthia • April 5, 2016 @ 11:56 AM

    The only victim was MJ, because he was rich and famous and very naïve. He didn’t realize the parents of some of the kids he was nice to were blood-sucking leeches. BTW, I checked the photo, Anne. There’s nothing going on, that’s a picture of a famous child actor who has over and over again denied that Michael ever did anything inappropriate with him or any other child while he was there. Michael just loved kids. Not inappropriately, but innocently, like many people love the company of children.

  10. Diane • April 5, 2016 @ 2:06 PM

    Oh gee. That first picture is a real barn burner. Everyone has their clothes on, everyone knows the picture is being taken and the older man is Bill Bray, MJ’s bodyguard and former LAPD. The sex here is damn near pornographic. I may have to shield my eyes.

    Ridiculous bs!

  11. Snepts • April 5, 2016 @ 3:57 PM

    Remember the victims, not the one who preyed on them.

  12. zetto • April 6, 2016 @ 5:37 PM

    What victims, Snepts?

    Exactly who are you talking about? There was not one child who accused him with out an adult wanting them to accuse him and profiting from them. MJ’s autopsy report proved beyond any doubt that both Chandler and Arvizo lied. Francia was demolished during cross-examination his mother used those fake allegations to get money for herself! Do you think that’s what a parent with a kid who was molested does?

    Name just one person who accused MJ and was not caught in numerous lies, contradiction, whose claims were not financially motivated?

    Jordan Chandler was not a victim. He never behaved like a victim, never talked like a victim and never wanted to testify against MJ. He refused TWICE both in 1994 and in 2005.

    The Arvizos falsely accused not just MJ but David Arvizo and the JC penny guard of sexual abuse and false imprisonment. Their entire story imploded in court,
    they couldn’t keep it straight, they contradicted each other and themselves repeatedly and you feel sorry for them? They used and abused MJ and others for
    money!

    MJ didn’t prey on anyway. He wouldn’t even have known how to do that, he was so gentle and caring and gullible when it came to people do you honestly believe
    if he had preyed on Chandler he would have gone to his parents’s homes and sleep over there over and over again while the parents could walk in at any time?
    Ridiculous.

    Do you think a criminal would surround himself with so many people in Neverland, would hire policemen to be his bodyguards and do security in Neverland? Come on.

    Name just one reason why anyone should believe that MJ ever molested anyone
    especially in light of the fact that millions were spent to investigation MJ for 16 years
    the FBI, the LAPD, two DAs office and the DCFS tried to find any proof and they failed!

    MJ’s accusers were disgusting opportunists, not victims. They not only ruined an innocent man just because they thought they could get rich fast but made a mockery of real abuse victims like Corey Feldman for example who wrote this about MJ in his book:

    “Michael Jackson’s world, crazy as it sounds, had become my happy place,” he writes. “Being with Michael brought me back to my innocence. When I was with Michael, it was like being 10 years old again.”

    Do you really think that someone who was abused by real pedophile would go and find his happy place with another pedophile? Get real.

  13. Andre • April 6, 2016 @ 5:53 PM

    Anne,

    How the heck does that picture prove that MJ was a pedophile? Do you see any molestation on that picture?

    It shows Emmanuel Lewis and Bill Bray. Bill Bray was not a pedophile and neither was MJ. It’s ridiculous to think that MJ would let anyone
    photograph him if he was up to no good anyway.
    But if you want to know what Emmanuel Lewis thinks about MJ listen to these interviews with him:
    wror.com/2015/11/10/webster-emmanuel-lewis-in-studio-what-was-michael-jackson-really-like/
    youtube.com/watch?v=ly5GqrQPvhI
    youtube.com/watch?v=S4hQj05Z3pU

    Just because you and the lunatics at MfFacts have a dirty mind does not mean MJ had it too. MJ had an innocent relationship with the Lewis family and Emmanuel just like he had with Sean Lennon, Mark Ronson, the Cascios, the Barnes,
    the Batthis, the Robsons, the Agajanians and the Chandlers.

    MJFacts are written by pathological MJ haters who uses NAMBLA supported pedophile Victor Gutierrez as a source on what MJ and his “lovers” supposedly did.
    Gutierrez is a convicted liar, MJ sued him in defamation in 1995 and won.
    He sold various made up stories to tabloids and collaborated with the Chandlers
    and others who wanted to accuse MJ for money.

    MJFacts also tries to present boys as victims when they consistently stated that MJ never did anything sexual with them. Obviously they know that if those boys are telling the truth
    than his accusers are liars as it would make no sense for a pedophile to have close relationship with some boys but do nothing sexual but then have similar relationship with other boys and molest the hell out of them.

    Emmanuel Lewis, Frank, Eddie, Aldo, Dom Cascio, Jonathan Spence, Corey Feldman, Omer Batthi, Brett Barnes, Mac Culkin, Aaron Carter, Bryton McClure and their families never accused MJ of anything, quite to the contrary. They all talked about how gentle, kind, generous, childlike he was.

    MJ was not a pedophile and MJFacts regularly ignores exculpatory evidence, distorts testimonies, and simply makes up things even acts like they are smarter than Sneddon and Zonen were.

    If you want to know the truth about MJ’s accuser go and read everything on this site: http://michaeljacksonallegations.com/

    You should also read Corey Feldman’s, Frank Cascio’s and Michael Jacobshagen’s books
    three boys who spent a lot of time with MJ in the 80s and 90s and have been absolutely
    unequivocal that MJ was not a pedophile.
    Unlike Chandler or Arvizo or now Robson and Safehuck those boys didn’t and don’t have a reason to lie. They did not become rich by defending MJ. His accusers tried and are trying to get rich by accusing him, and it’s not just that their stories do not make sense, are full of contradictions and undeniable lies it’s that there is taped evidence, medical evidence and countless credible witness testimonies that they made up the allegations in order to get money.

  14. Andre • April 6, 2016 @ 7:01 PM

    Snepts

    No real serial molester with easy access to hundreds of kids have victims like Chandler, Arvizo and Francia. And man who are attracted to boys have dozens if not hundreds of victims not just a few her and there one in 1993 then in 2003 and then again nothing. Serial molester also do not become that at age 30 and they show signs of attraction to kids at early adolescent. There were no such signs
    in Jackson’s teen years, in fact there’s only evidence that he was attracted to girls.

    Regarding his accusers, they are all very dubious characters with parents who had an undeniable financial interest in accusing Jackson. 5 members of the Chandler family wanted to profit from the allegations. Francia and his mother too wanted to profit. Neither the Chandlers nor the Francias were interested in a criminal trial and both refused to testify against Jackson in 1994. Chandler again refused in 2005 and his uncle Ray Chandler actively fought against Jackson’s subpoena. If he had such massive amount of evidence of Jackson’s guilt why didn’t he want to show it in court? Why did he release a book instead and promote it in the media trying to make money with it and then cynically post in his website that part of the proceeds will be donated to child abuse organizations?

    Francias were subpoenaed by Sneddon in 2005 only to reveal that the mother sold stories to tabloids while never reported anything inappropriate to anyone during her employment or before the Chandler allegations for that matter and that Jason Francia was improperly interrogated by two policemen who worked for Sneddon and did their best to make him accuse Jackson.
    Francia in a later interview admitted that they made him say things he didn’t want to say.
    His testimony was also erratic and inconsistent and included statements which were both unbelievable and hilarious like he didn’t know whether he signed a settlement or he didn’t know whether Jackson was ever charged with a crime based on his allegations.

    All four Arvizos had a history of targetting people for money, lying under oath, falsely accusing people including of sexual abuse if that’s what served their agenda. The very timeline didn’t make any sense and kept changing as exculpatory evidence surfaced showing the Arvizos still praised Jackson on Feb 20 2003. First Jackson was charged of molestation that supposedly occurred between Feb 7 and March 10. Later this changed to Feb 20 and March 12. How come?
    The number or molestations also kept changing from 7 to 4 and 1 attempted and the number of times Jackson supposedly gave alcohol to Gavin also changed from two to four. How come?
    Gavin and Star Arvizo contradicted each other about when and how Jackson supposedly showed them porn magazines, about what Jackson supposedly did when he walked in the upstairs bedroom fully naked not to mention Gavin Arvizo when asked about Jackson’s skin said that he didn’t know about brown patches he believed Jackson was all white. In reality he was never all white not even when he died, if Gavin had seen him fully naked he should have known that.
    Star Arvizo’s description of what he supposedly saw while Jackson was molesting his brother also kept changing and his claim that Jackson wouldn’t have heard the alarm because the door was closed
    was contradicted by Larry Nimmer’s testimony who recorded that sound of the alarm with closed door in the upstair bedroom and testified that one could clearly hear it.
    The Arvizos also gave contradictory explanation as to why they kept praising Jackson even on Feb 20 2003. At one point their said they did it because they still believed Jackson was a good guy. At another time they said they did it because they were threatened and the whole interview was scripted.
    The video of the interview showed that it was spontaneous and not scripted.
    Four witnesses testified that the Arvizo boys were caught with alcohol while Jackson was not present.
    A flight attendant who was present on the airplane where the Arvizos claimed Jackson gave alcohol to
    Gavin testified that she never saw any such thing and in fact it was her idea to serve wine to Jackson
    in soda can because she knew he was a very private drinker and didn’t want his kids to see that he was
    drinking alcohol.
    It was clear that the boys didn’t get alcohol from Jackson, rather they did their best to steal it behind Jackson’s back then later twisted this around blaming Jackson for their drinking.
    For anyone who paid attention the very fact that noone ever accused Jackson of giving alcohol to minors, not CHandler not Francia not any kid or parent or employee was a giant red flag. Why would Jackson decide to give alcohol to these particular kids, Star, Gavin and Davelin when he never did it before with anyone and why would he decide to do it after the Bashir documentary had aired, during the very period when he tried to do something to refute Bashir’s insinuation that he was molesting Gavin?
    There were countless things about the Arvizo case that just didn’t add up and Gavin Arvizo very clearly didn’t act like an abuse victim at all.

    Evan Chandler and Janet Arvizo were also mentally ill and acted extremely irrationally and not at all as a parent would whose kid was molested. For example, when Evan Chandler supposedly first heard from Jordan that Jackson touched him Evan didn’t call the police. Instead he wanted a meeting with Jackson where he first hugged him and then told him he would ruin him then demanded 20 million from him then negotiated with his PI and only after it became clear that Jackson would not pay and his ex-wife didn’t think Jordan was molested and would get him back through the court did Chandler
    sent Jordan to Dr. Abrahms, but even then he made sure that the allegations would not be directly reported to the police but through a psychologist.

    It also makes no sense for someone who had access to so many kids to only molest
    the ones with unethical parents who somehow never call the police after they learn
    about the molestation but always look for a trial lawyer. And not just any trial lawyer but in Chandler’s case the “nastiest son of a bitch in town” Barry Rothman
    and in the Arvizos case Larry Feldman who happen to advise both Francia and Chandler previously. Larry King and Michael Viner both testified in 2005 that Feldman told them he believed Janet Arvizo accused Jackson for the money.

    The Chandler claims were financially motivated, despite the media’s best effort to hide this fact Evan Chandler did demand 20 million from Jackson on Aug 4 1993 following a meeting in the Westwood Marquis Hotel where he threatened to ruin him and made it clear to him with Dr. Abrahms letter, which was written based on nothing but Evan’s version of what happened. It was extortion no matter how the blatantly anti-Jackson and obviously racist police tried to deny it.

    Don’t you think if he had been guilty he would have paid especially since after Evan Chandler realized that Jackson would not give him 20 million he lowered
    the amount to just 1 million which would have been chump change for Jackson?

    The Chandlers admitted in their book if Jackson had paid he would have prevented the investigation, which means Jackson had an excellent opportunity to silence
    his accusers and pay hush money and he refused. That alone is a strong indicator that he was innocent.

    It’s also a fact that Evan Chandler accused Jackson first not Jordan and Jordan didn’t say anything bad about Jackson until his father threatened to ruin him if Jordan does not tell him what he wanted to hear.

    Evan Chandler told this to Dave Schwarz on July 8 1993:

    14 MR. CHANDLER: (Simultaneous,
    15 inaudible) Michael Jackson — Michael Jackson’s
    16 career, Dave. This man is gonna be humiliated
    17 beyond belief. You’ll not believe it. He will not
    18 believe what’s going to happen to him.
    19 MR. SCHWARTZ: Yeah.
    20 MR. CHANDLER: Beyond his worst
    21 nightmares. [tape irregularity] not sell one more
    22 record.

    Evan said these things without Jordan accusing Jackson of anything.
    In fact the next day Jordan was interviewed in Jackson’s condo by Jackson’s PI
    and denied that any sexual abuse took place, even considered the idea of Jackson being naked laughable.
    So exactly how did Evan Chandler plan to humiliate Jackson beyond his worst nightmares when Jordan didn’t say anything humiliating about him?

    It’s obvious that by this time Evan Chandler knew what he would accuse Jackson of,
    all the s.x acts which later showed up in Jordan’s stories were already on Evan’s mind. This is also supported by Dimond’s, Gutierrez’s and Chandler’s own book.
    All three books include this revelation about how Evan Chandler was interrogating
    Jordan on July 16 1993:

    Diane Dimond Be Careful Who You Love, page 60

    When Jordie came out of the sedation I asked him to tell me about Michael and him. I (falsely told) him that I had bugged his bedroom and I knew everything anyway and that I just wanted to hear it from him. I told him not to be embarrassed….”I know about the kissing and the jer..ng off and the bl.w jobs.” This isn’t about me finding anything out. It’s about lying – If you lie then I’m going to take him (Jackson) down.

    Ray Chandler: All that Glitters; page 91

    “I know about the kissing and the je…ng off, so you’re not telling me anything I don’t already know,” Evan lied.
    “This isn’t about me finding anything out. It’s about lying. And you know what’s going to happen if you lie.
    So I’m going to make it very easy for you. I’m going to ask you one question. All you have to do is say yes, or no.
    That’s it. Lie and Michael goes down. Tell me the truth and you save him.

    Victor Gutierrez Michael Jackson was my lover, page 102

    Evan was persistent. To achieve his objective, he had to continue the interrogation of Jordie.
    He had to hear it from Jordie’s mouth to be able to negotiate.
    “I know about the kisses, the mastu…tion and oral s.x. So you’re not going to tell me something I don’t already know” , said Evan, intimidating his son.
    Jordie gave him a surprised look, but did not say anything.

    These authors, and all of them worked from the same script written by Evan Chandler, admitted
    that Evan Chandler lied to Jordan he in fact did not see any of those s.x acts. But then how come
    Jordan talked about those very same acts?
    Evan Chandler’s own script proves that it was him who invented those acts and then coached Jordan
    while he was in his custody between July 16 and Aug 17.

  15. NabobStein • April 6, 2016 @ 8:25 PM

    Snepts

    Yes it is important to remember the victims. The true victims not the pretenders.

    It’s important to remember how the Arvizos used, exploited and victimized Michael Jackson, Frank Cascio and the whole Cascio family, the JC Penny guards they also accused of molestation, and Vinnie Amen who did not kidnap them and did not conspire with anyone still ended up being accused.
    It’s important to remember how the Arvizos used and betrayed Chris Tucker and Azya Pryor. Here’s what Azya thought about them after Michael died:

    Azja Pryor Discusses Open Letter To The Arvizo Family

    After Michael’s tragic death last week, I have to say that all the negative feelings I’ve had towards your family following the outrageous claims made by you Gavin and your mother Janet–against Michael–came back to me tenfold. The pain, disappointment, anger, and betrayal I feel towards you simply cannot be put into words.

    You have shown me that your greed, lies, and personal gain override any “morals” your family claims to have; and you have proven yourselves to be the kind of people capable of turning your back on the very person who came to your rescue when you were most desperate.

    The fact that you falsely accused Michael of the most heinous of acts, and made his life a living hell in what would become his last years is unthinkable; and I am sure some would say, unforgivable. In your attempts to destroy him once again, you, Gavin, accused the man you called your “best friend” of the one thing that you (and everyone else) knew would completely turn his life inside out.

    You took the one thing we all know that Michael cared about most in life–children, especially children who are suffering, and you tried to turn it into a bad thing. You Janet, as a parent, allowed this, encouraged this, and went forward with the awful lies in an attempt to destroy Michael Jackson and swindle money from him.

    Shame on you!

    This man did nothing but help your family in their darkest hour. I know Michael was just like my family. We were all pulled into your woeful stories and shared your family’s plight as Gavin fought for his life during his battle with cancer. Gavin, you told me that Michael’s love helped cure you of cancer.

    Your entire family praised Michael privately to everyone who would listen, yet turned against him so viciously in public. I have remained silent for many years, but I can no longer do so. Right now I struggle to find the words to adequately write this letter, as I am so filled with anger towards you and pain for the Jackson family.

    You call yourself Christians. If this is true I call on you, Gavin, and your mother Janet to finally do the right thing for Michael in death that you never did during his days here on earth. You need to completely exonerate Michael’s name and legacy from the awful, disgusting claims you made against him.

    Claims and allegations that you and I both know are completely false and utterly ridiculous. Whatever your motives at the time to create such accusations are now minute and unimportant.

    http://popdirt.com/azja-pryor-discusses-open-letter-to-the-arvizo-family/74893/

    It’s important to remember how the Arvizos betrayed Michael’s kids. They played with them on the ranch like their were their brother and sister and then wanted to ruin their life by destroying the father they adored.

    We should remember Michael’s kids who are now victimized by Robson and Safechuck and their anything-goes lawyers with their disgusting and ludicrous money grab.

    We should never forget how the goldigger Evan, June, Jordan and Ray Chandler tormented and humiliated a man who never harmed them in any way. There is a reason why they invited him to their homes, why Jordan wanted to go on tour with him, why they kept going back to his ranch, why Jordan nagged his mother because he wanted to sleep in Michael’s room. They LOVED being in Michael’s circle, they tasted luxury and they didn’t want to give it up.

    If they had not thought they could make millions with those allegations they wouldn’t have accused him.
    They admitted in their book that all they wanted was a “highly profitable settlement”. They also admitted if Michael had paid in Aug 1993 they wouldn’t have accused him.
    What kind of victim thinks like that?

  16. NabobStein • April 6, 2016 @ 10:02 PM

    Anne

    The real facts about the Jackson case can be found here :
    michaeljacksonallegations.com/

    The truth about Jackson’s accusers cannot be found on MJFacts. That site is written by rabid Jackson haters who ignore every piece of exculpatory evidence, use innuendo , half-truths and outright lies to make a case against Jackson. They also ignore
    the evidence showing his relationship with adults, including women and girls starting when he was just a young teenager.

    They act like they are smarter than Sneddon and Zonen and know about evidence which
    those very aggressive prosecutors with all their resources somehow couldn’t use against Jackson.

    They present boys who have consistently defended Jackson as victims. Emmanuel Lewis, Omer Batthi, Jonathan Spence, Brett Barnes are all portrayed as victims when they not only never accused Jackson of anything but repeatedly spoke highly of him both as kids and as adults. They of course know that if all those men have been telling the truth about Jackson then the only logical conclusion is that Chandler, Arvizo, Francia, Robson and Safechuck are liars so they have to use some contrived psychobabble to explain why the vast majority of boys who hung out with Jackson have refused to join his accusers.

    The site also heavily relies on Victor Gutierrez’s book. Gutierrez attended a NAMBLA conference in 1986, thanked NAMBLA in his book, promoted NAMBLA’s agenda in his book, and made several comments advocating pedophilia as a loving relationship between men and boys. The very title of his book makes that clear.
    Gutierrez repeatedly put words in Jackson’s Jordan’s and other people’s mouth and filled the book with his own perverted fantasies clearly trying to appeal to his NAMBLA friends.
    He also lost a defamation lawsuit against Jackson in 1998 as he fabricated a story of a non-existent tape showing Jackson molesting his nephew Jeremy Jackson. Many thing Gutierrez claims in his book were contradicted by the very people he calls his sources while testifying in court in 2005.
    In short Gutierrez was willing to say anything as long as it supported his and NAMBLA’s goals.

    Anyone who tries to understand why and how Jackson was accused based on what Gutierrez wrote is deluded. He is a disgusting liar, nothing more. And it’s very telling that MJFacts has to use such material because they don’t have real proof against Jackson.

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