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Michael Jackson in a DOCUMENTARY by Aphrodite Jones. ALL HE WANTED WAS TO GET SOME SLEEP

April 30, 2010

Thanks to great Michael Jackson’s fans who posted APHRODITE JONES’ documentary about Michael Jackson on Youtube we have a chance to see it all  (the source is Investigation Discovery Channel, the True Crime series).

It starts with Michael Jackson’s sudden death which made the world hold its breath. Tom Mesereau says: ” All these people are coming our of woodwork  now trying to pretend that they loved him, cared about him and I happen to know that many of these people refused to get involved at all. There are a number of celebrities professing their great love for him. I know that we approached them and they refused to cooperate. They didn’t want to get involved.”

-“Did you ever think Michael Jackson was capable of mol.sting a child?”

– “Never”

These attacks struck at the core of Michael Jackson. Tom Sneddon was obsessed to the point of absurdity – the feeling about him was that “one way or another he’ll get him before he retires”.

When Tom Mesereau took that case his colleagues thought it was unwinnable. People believed he was crazy. But it didn’t take him long to figure out that these claims were complete fabrication.

Four years later after the trial Michael Jackson is dead. The Los Angeles County Coroner rules Michael Jackson’s death as homicide caused by acute intoxication following lethal levels of sedatives combined with anesthetic propofol. For Mesereau the cause of Michael’s death goes beyond what happened the day Jackson died. Those events simply represent the culmination of 16 years of torture that Jackson endured. That period begins with a separate case back in 1993.

Those who knew him believe that Jackson had solid values and was sincere.

Joanne Horovitz: “He was genuinely a nice person”

Pearl Jr.: “He wanted to hang around kids because they were fun. They didn’t want anything from him. When he was a kid he was a grown-up, and when he was a grown-up he was a kid”

Frank Dileo: “Every city we went to [while on Bad tour] we went to a children’s hospital and bought them a piece of equipment. Every city! They had a little boy there who was dying. I cried. I couldn’t take it. Michael came over and put his arm round me and said: “You have to understand, Frank,  this is our job. Not on the stage. This is our job  – to make somebody feel good”.

It is at this time in 1992 Michael Jackson would have a chance encounter that would change his life forever…

Tom Mesereau believes the Chandlers had a hidden agenda. “They did want a lot of closeness with Michael Jackson. Almost everybody who met him thought they were going to profit in some way. That was one of the sad facts of Michael’s life that he felt that virtually everybody who approached him wanted something. I think it resulted in some lack of trust, some isolation and some loneliness”.

As the story of Jordan Chandler evolved Michael Jackson was humiliated in a series of events. What does Tom Mesereau think of his consent to go into a settlement agreement with the Chandlers?

“I think it was a big mistake. He should have fought and won. Michael Jackson was advised by his business consultants and people in his music business to pay whatever it took to get rid of it. The idea was that they had  bigger fish to fry and he had a glowing future in front of him. It was a mistake because it sent a message to others – why work if you can sue Michael Jackson?

In 2002 Jackson decides to allow British documentar film-maker Martin Bashir to set the record straight and redeem his public image. Bashir convinces Michael he should be trusted to make a film chronicle of Jackson’s life to show the world he is misunderstood. Michael gives unprecendented access to his private life allowing Bashir and his film crew to follow him for 8 months.

Jackson confidently looks forward to the premiere of “Living with Michael” in 2003, but the film is not what Jackson expected or was promised.

“Martin Bashir is an interesting example of a man who made his name off the back of Michael Jackson. He promised him to help him create an internation children’s holiday that Michael wanted so badly.” “Instead Michael was used, manipulated and undermined by Mr. Bashir”.

Tom Sneddon now resurfaces. The prosecution were alleging that Michael Jackson didn’t the boy before or during the documentary, but AFTER it… Tom Sneddon IS obsessed to the poing of absurdity – he passes a law in the State of California designed especially for Michael Jackson:

Tom Mesereau: “The Arvizos were targeting celebrities and they ended up with the most gently, kind-hearted celebrity of all – Michael Jackson. Michael wanted to heal this child’s cancer.”

Now Jackson faces ten felony charges plus four minor ones. News networks generate huge ratings as they report the salacious details of his every move. He never wavers except the day when he got sick and went to hospital and that is the famous pyjama day. Tom Mesereau: ” That was my responsibility. I am at fault for that”…

The defense is slowly picking apart the prosecution case. Dates are not lining up. Michael’s defense team is discrediting all the prosecution’s key witnesses.

After a week of deliberations the jury acquit Michal Jackson of all 14 charges. Yet many in the media continue to portray him as a guilty man. “The media was disappointed because it wasn’t the story they wanted to run.” “They were embarassed and didn’t know what to do”. No one said: “Oh, my goodness, we’re sorry. Let’s make the record straight now”. In fact they ignored the not-guilty verdict:

The trial destroyed Michael Jackson. He never recovered from it. All he wanted now was to get some sleep. It turned out to be the wish that took his life.

“He deteriorated physically during that trial. He was having trouble sleeping. He was having trouble eating. He was terrified of the effect on his children of all of this”.

“Five and a half months of your life of being exploited like that day after day – that has to take away your spirit. It has taken its toll on him, his health and his whole way of thinking”.

Michael Jackson did more good to more people around the globe than any entertainer ever. And at the end of the day that trial had an effect on Michael Jackson that was so profound that he never came back…

APHRODITE, unlike all these cowards you are a really brave girl.  And you’ve done a really good job! BIG THANKS to you and the people who cooperated with you. We have a long way to go. It is both hard, dangerous and honorable to be the first. But the TRUTH is worth all the hardship. God bless you.

*  *  *

The UK journalist Charles Thomson adds top important details to the 1993 story:

“This documentary is not a definitive guide to the allegations against Jackson. The 2005 trial alone lasted four months and could warrant a six part TV series of its own. By condensing both rounds of allegations against Jackson – plus his death – into an hour-long show, programme makers have omitted a wealth of key information.

The 1993 case is all but skipped over. Claims made by Evan Chandler are stated as fact rather than conjecture and the ample evidence undermining the Chandler family’s case is not mentioned at all.

The show also fails to mention the enormous legal reason behind the settlement of the civil suit in 1994. Tom Sneddon had so little evidence to support his case in 1993 that two separate grand juries refused to allow him to bring charges against Jackson. The upshot of this was that the civil trial wound up scheduled ahead of any potential criminal trial. This was a violation of Jackson’s fifth amendment as it would severely undermine his right to a fair trial.

Holding the civil trial in advance of a criminal trial would give the prosecution unqualified access to Jackson’s defense strategy. If Jackson cited an alibi in his civil trial, Sneddon could go back to the office and change the dates on the criminal charges. If Jackson called witnesses to corroborate his version of events, Sneddon could go back to his office and mould his case around their testimony. He could tailor his case exactly to the defense strategy, making it impossible for Jackson to win a criminal trial.  The only way Jackson could guarantee himself a fair criminal trial was to make the civil trial go away.

The settlement agreement included a clause specifically stating that settling the civil suit did not prevent the Chandler family from testifying in a criminal case.

Jackson was prepared to fight the allegations in court but he was not prepared to forfeit his right to a fair criminal trial by wasting his defense on a civil suit.

The Chandlers’ decision not to testify in the criminal case was entirely their own and is perhaps the best indication of what they were really about.

None of this was mentioned in the show’s discussion of the 1993 case.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. revnardintheplace permalink
    May 1, 2010 3:44 am

    Which Michael Jackson Album was better?? Off The Wall or Thriller
    Check out my mix and let me know!!!!


  2. May 1, 2010 8:29 am

    Revnardintheplace, thank you for adding Michael’s music to my blog. I can’t choose as I am increasingly growing fond of EVERYTHING he has written.

    In musican terms Michael Jackson is the Mozart of our times. Remember that despite all Mozart’s genius he was so poor that had to be buried in a common grave for beggars (no one knows where it is) – while the other guy, Saliery enjoyed all the glory of his time. But who knows of Saliery NOW?

    As to Michael’s music I am currently in his “History” and “Blood on the dance” periods. Those songs tell us more of his state of mind after the 1993 accusations than everything else taken together. He is angry, passionate, frustrated and is fighting all this injustice with his fists…

    I wonder why Evan Chandler’s emotions in that tape show to many that he was genuine in his suspicions, while Michael Jackson’s genuine emotions in his tapes are completely disregarded? Disregarded though they tell us of his complete innocence – because the precious thing about emotions is that they CANNOT be faked.

    Michael was genuine.

    And I must be running to catch a train. See you next week.


  3. May 1, 2010 9:35 am

    dang nice story bro.


  4. Truth permalink
    May 1, 2010 10:38 am

    I have to say i’m listening to Off the Wall alot more now, I absolutely love ‘I Can’t Help It’. Also the Dangerous album has got me through some tough treadmill sessions in the gym! But who can fault Thriller – can never get sick of that album.


  5. Lynette permalink
    May 3, 2010 12:52 am

    Excellent Job putting this together. I am never going to rest until th ebreaking news story of the day is. Michael Jackson was innocent.


  6. David permalink
    June 14, 2010 5:29 am

    Here is something that is going to blow your mind! As we all know, the #1 reason why so many people are mis-informed about the allegations against MJ is because of the media! Charles Thomson just wrote another magnificent article for the Huffington Post regarding the media’s despicable reporting during and after the 2005 trial.

    Did you know that after MJ’s death, the media coverage was so bad that Rush Limbaugh came to MJ’s defense? I included a partial transcript that’s available on his website, where he says he actually AGREES with Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton’s complaints about negative media coverage.

    Limbaugh corrects a caller who says he’s “convinced” that MJ is a child molester by telling him that Gavin & Janet were the “worst witnesses”, the case was a “vendetta” & an “abomination”, and that MJ’s talent was “incomparable”. Who woulda thought Rush would actually be FAIR to MJ, and set his listeners straight?

    Man, for Rush Limbaugh to actually AGREE with Jesse & Al, that should be a CLEAR INDICATION of the media’s irresponsibility! But I suppose Rush actually sympathizes with MJ to a certain extent, because they are both public figures who have been slandered by the mainstream media (MJ for his “weirdness”, and Rush for his politics). Here’s the transcript:


  7. February 24, 2011 4:40 pm

    FMP82 has sent us something very touchy (thank you) which I am placing where it belongs – in the post called “All he wanted was to get some sleep” which is actually Aphrodite Jones’ documentary about Michael.

    DAVID MALONEY: In the end all Michael ever wanted was to fall asleep…

    Well, the elderly understand Michael better – they know what sleeplessness is like. However they don’t need to give a concert or even a rehearsal after a sleepless night…


  8. lcpledwards permalink
    March 3, 2011 11:17 pm

    Here is the press release for the second season of “True Crime With Aphrodite Jones”!!!


  9. MYSTERIA333 permalink
    March 16, 2011 12:00 am



  10. mjjyo permalink
    May 15, 2012 8:24 pm

    The world is not the same without You.
    The world must given the Nobel Peace Prize to Michael.
    All the stigma against him ended up in the ocean and be cleaned.
    His all humanitarian activities extending over 40 years spent his life,
    even it’s forever in our chest …
    If not, sorry too for Michael.
    This sentiment is indescribable.


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