In the first of our indepth looks at the big conspiracy theories, we look into the death of Michael Jackson. Surrounded, many argue, with mystery, we look at the evidence/theories out there that make the argument that there is much, much more to the story…
On January 12, 2009, the National Enquirer predicted that Michael Jackson had six months to live. Claiming that Michael Jackson was bedridden, dying slowly from a genetic disorder that would require a lung transplant; and that he was addicted to painkillers and alcohol. Insiders and family friends claimed that he was in really bad shape, and that they would be surprised if he lasted another six months.
The world was told of Michael Jackson’s death six months later on June 25, 2009. Coincidence? Micheal’s daughter, Paris cryptically referred to this in her speech at the 2010 Grammy awards: “Daddy was supposed to be here. Daddy was gonna perform but he couldn’t perform last year, thank you, we love you Daddy”. On first hearing this it doesn’t appear to make much sense. He was going to perform but couldn’t last year? because in January 2009 he was bedridden with only six months to live! Michael was omitted from the montage at the end of the Grammys, which shows everyone within the industry who had passed away in 2009. In the film ‘This is it’, and the memorial at the Staples Centre, there was no ‘Dedicated to the memory of’ or ‘R.I.P.’ in the credits or stage images. In fact, at the end of the memorial, there is a picture of Michael with the words “I am Alive and I’m here forever”, taken from the song ‘The Man’ by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson. The lyrics of this song are very interesting when linked with a hoax – read them here.
LaToya Jackson believed that the people around Michael were setting the stage for his murder. If people believed that he was gravely ill, then his death would not be questioned. I, and countless others, believe that he was setting the stage for a fake death.
The following excerpts from Jermaine Jackson’s book ‘You are not Alone’ highlight Michael’s uncanny ability in manipulating the world’s media into portraying him in a way that he could use to his own ends:
Chapter 21 The Comeback King
“Around the fall of 2008 – the period when his life was back on track, his health was nearing peak fitness and he was physically preparing for the greatest comeback ever seen….the guesswork about his health, especially after his death, summed up the theme of Michael’s life: gossip and wild interpretation warped the true picture.”
“About the photo in 2008 of Michael in a wheelchair…he wanted the media to think he was weak and couldn’t perform, the man who was forever underestimated was fooling everyone. It was an act. He was in one of his disguises….he of all people knew the power of an image …so imagine – just imagine – if he bounced back and surprised the world going from that state to this.”
“Because no comeback is truly a comeback until the odds seem impossible.”
“Michael was a master manipulator of image, he wanted the ultimate vindication in the court of the world. The King of Pop turned Comeback King. Restored to the best and greatest. Silencing every doubter and hater.”
“… some time before 2014 he had two more tours up his sleeve,the tour was going to be named ’back by popular demand’ dates that no one knew about. The dates for London were not the end just the beginning… many misunderstood his commercial astuteness because he excelled at smoke-and-mirrors, mystery and big surprises.”
So Michael was not gravely ill; he had many plans for the future that no-one was aware of. He played the media – giving them the information that he wanted them to have. There are many theories circulating as to the reasons he may have faked his death. I believe the most important part in all of this is to not believe everything the media tells you, and to question everything. In today’s society the media controls everything, and people rarely question what it chooses to tell us.
One of the biggest controversies in the death hoax is the trial of Dr Conrad Murray. Why would Michael choose to fake his death and let a man go to prison for it? A lot of people within the hoax community believed that Dr Murray wouldn’t go to prison. When the verdict was read out, many people became disheartened and started to think that Michael had actually died. Listen to the verdict which you can find on youtube. Firstly the judge reads out that one of the jury had made a typo regarding the date of the alleged incident. The verdict was then published; note that Dr Murray was not asked to stand and face the jury.
“The people of the state of California plaintiff versus Conrad Robert Murray, defendant. Case no.SA073164. We the Jury in the above entitled action, find the defendant – Conrad Robert Murray – guilty of the crime of involuntary manslaughter….Alleged victim Michael Joseph Jackson. Alleged date of June 25th 2009…”
How can someone be found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of an alleged victim, unless they are not actually sure of who the victim is? Why add the alleged date, making it even more confusing? They do not even know for sure that this alleged incident took place on June 25th 2009. That was not the only strange thing in the verdict. MJ’s name is Michael Joe Jackson, not Michael Joseph Jackson. Jermaine puts this discrepancy to an end in his book stating that his birth certificate says Michael Joe Jackson, not Joseph.
And that rumours about his true name only started circulating after his death.
The middle name ‘Joe’ was used in the court proceeding for the molestation trial in 2005. The name ‘Joe’ was used on his driver’s licence, which was the only thing used to identify his body; even though numerous family members where available to identify him. Why is the wrong name on the death certificate, the autopsy report and court documents? And why, three years on, is there no name at all on his tomb? In fact, for quite a while after the memorial - held at the Staples Centre - no-one seemed to know where his body even was. Even his father, Joe Jackson, told Larry King he didn’t know where Michael’s body was.
To date, even with the trial for involuntary manslaughter, no-one seems to know what really happened on June 25th 2009. The bodyguards, the personal chef and the paramedics all have conflicting stories. One paramedic has even said that he did not recognise the body to be Michael Jackson. He thought that it was a frail old man who had died of a terminal illness.
The only ambulance picture (below) captured was taken by a friend of Michael Jackson, Ben Evanstad; who works for the National Photo Group. It has been deemed a fake by the Jackson family attorney Brian Oxman. Michael was pronounced dead at 2.26pm – 2hrs after paramedics had arrived at his home. Paramedics testified that he was already dead when they arrived. So why spend two hours trying to revive him? Various news outlets had reported that Michael was in a coma. Yet TMZ (who were reporting on Michael’s frequent visits to Dr Arnold Klein in the weeks before his death) somehow knew that he was dead at 2.20pm.
Jermaine Jackson made the official statement at a UCLA press conference; not a doctor or an official from Ronald Reagan medical centre, but Michael’s brother. Jermaine has a major part in all of this, and he has made a few big slip ups. When asked about the day of Michael’s death and the immediate aftermath in an interview for Australian Radio (below) he stated: “Michael was not with us before he arrived to the airport”. Airport!? He then changed it to ‘Hospital’ with a smile. Airports and Hospitals are very different places… aren’t they? He also mixed up the lyrics of the song ‘Smile’ during his performance at the memorial, singing “Light up your face with SADNESS, Hide every trace of GLADNESS”.
The burial – although several months after his death – and after numerous ridiculous stories as to why it was taking so long; went of without a hitch. Well kind of. The family turned up more than an hour late and, although it was said to be a private event, they had a film crew there for the entire event (Although the public only got to see people arriving). The biggest slip up by far has to be the burial booklet, which is available for all to see on the internet (very private!):
September 3, 2009
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
168 Colorado Blvd, Pasadena,
Internment: 1.The act of interning or confining, especially in wartime. 2. The state of being interned; confinement
Repass: 1. To pass (something) again. 2. To cause to pass again in the opposite direction 3. To pass again; go by again.
The words should have read:
Interment (the act of burying) and
Repast (a meal or the food eaten or provided at a meal).
Many believe that Michael Jackson is dead, but no-one can argue with the numerous inconsistencies that are present throughout this case. Dead or Alive ,there is something seriously wrong!
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