An afterthought. EVAN and JORDAN CHANDLER
This is just an afterthought about Evan Chandler’s psychiatric disorder and Jordan’s situation because of that.
During this long weekend (we had a holiday here) I received all possible consultations on mental issues from my mother who is a Ph.D. in Psychology. Living side by side with a psychologist is quite an experience, I would say…. It is she who is teaching me to feel sorry for mentally ill people. They may be nasty, ruthless and vindictive but in spite of all that you can’t be really angry with them – their mind is sick and they are oblivious of their illness. You will never be able to come to terms with them – the only way to deal with these people is to keep as far away from them as it is possible. It was Michael’s extremely bad luck that his and Evan’s life paths crossed one day…
Michael was very sensitive and probably realized that Evan wasn’t quite normal. Remember all those Evan’s ideas to have a wing attached to his house or even a new home built for Evan, Jordan and Michael? What an incredible idea! (which must have been the result of Evan’s manic stage of his bipolar disorder).
I absolutely understand Michael when he started avoiding Evan – this guy was simply impossible to deal with. But the mentally ill are not so easy to get rid of – if they have a fixed idea there is no stopping them and no getting away from them. Michael’s natural desire not to communicate with Evan was interpreted by the latter in his own sickly way – as a sign of Michael’s guilt or as his intention to split the family, as him being ‘cunning’, ‘egotistical’, etc. – which is typical again of a sick mind which attributes to others the twists and curves of its own ill mentality (for the examples see the transcript of the recorded tape here:
I’ve been told that at least 60% of all people have some sort of abnormalities ranging between idiocy (one extreme) to schizophrenia (the other extreme) with the norm being somewhere in the center. Those from the normal center-point to the schizophrenic far end of this range are a very interesting type. People with mild schizoid symptoms are very clever and talented – their non-standard, original way of thinking makes them geniuses in science, art, etc. And their strangeness is often regarded as eccentricities which is indeed harmless if not taken too far.
But as the symptoms grow in gravity people may develop all sorts of fixed ideas and paranoia – and still look completely normal (!) except that they have certain ‘points’. Evan Chandler was clearly a schizoid type – clever, artistic and also having a ‘point’. His fixed idea was that his son had been molested – the idea he ardently believed in and all the ‘evidence’ that came his way was adjusted to his theory, even if it was pointing to exactly the opposite. This ability to turn things topsy-turvy is another typical feature of a schizoid mind – they stubbornly refuse to see the fact the way it really is and will shamelessly call white black or vice versa if it suits the fixed idea of theirs. And since Evan did not look a heavy psychiatric case (at least initially) and was so articulate and logical in making his false-true arguments, many people believed him – primarily because of the passion with which he defended his point of view.
Up till now the general public puts an equal mark between Evan’s passionate belief that there was some misconduct on Michael’s part and the actual misconduct which never took place. Such an equation is completely WRONG.
Evan Chandler definitely reminds me of one of Shakespeare’s characters. If Othello was passionate in his suspicions of his wife’s infidelity it does not mean that Desdemona was guilty. He killed her because he thought that she was guilty – though she was completely innocent and was a victim of slander. In the same way the fact that Evan said (in that tape with David Schwartz) that he was convinced of some irreparable harm done to his son it does not necessarily mean that there was any harm done! Especially if it is said by someone whose sick mind first invents stories and then believes them in that paranoia of his…
Schizoids are very inventive, argumentative and persistent in everything they do or believe in. They are also cruel to other human beings – Evan was ruthless to his own son when he supplied his brother Ray Chandler with all his fantasies about the boy and Michael, so that they could be described in his book in most vivid detail – thus doing great damage to his son in the first place.
In short all those illogical twists in Evan’s behavior and numerous inconsistencies in his words and deeds become clear only if looked through the prism of his psychiatric condition – a normal mind cannot explain them…. His disorder must have been very grave as he made an attempt on his son’s life, alienated himself from all his relatives and committed suicide in the end. A disrupted and unbalanced mind is the worst enemy of these people – besides turning Michael’s life into a complete hell it made Evan live in a nightmare too, until he took his own life and partially paid with his death for the things he had done.
BUT in his allegations against Michael he was surrounded and supported by absolutely normal people like Tom Sneddon, Diane Dimond, etc. who made use of Evan’s mania to bring Michael down and who have never paid for what they did! If they had told the world that Evan wasn’t completely normal or had an unbalanced mind the attitude to him (and consequently Michael) would have been different – the ramblings of someone who is mentally ill are not worthy of much attention….
We can’t be sure that they knew of his psychiatric condition at the time – but if they did, it means they took advantage of Evan’s illness, fanning his suspicions, fantasies and delusions or channeling them against Michael for reasons of their own. If they learned about it later they should have nevertheless informed the public of the fact to set things straight about Michael and name Evan’s mental health as a possible reason for all his allegations.
Jordan probably knew that his father was not okay and that nothing would stop him in his paranoid desire to ruin Michael’s life (together with Jordan’s). It is quite possible that Jordan weighed up all the circumstances and sided with his parents to make the best of that horrible situation – by taking the money to compensate for the moral damage done to him by his father and choosing to live a life of his own.
Carrying the stigma of a ‘molestation’ victim for the rest of his life and being broke too wasn’t exactly his idea of a future – especially after Michael had shown him and his mother the glamorous side of things… And his father would also probably need medical help and money to pay his future medical bills… And he also knew that they wouldn’t be able to win the case in court as their accusations were built on sand…
I am not saying that he was the mastermind of the whole plot – I am just pointing to some of the motives Jordan could have had for supporting his father in those allegations. That boy was very bright, reasonable and exceptionally level-headed for a 13-year old. It is no wonder that at the age of 15 (correct me if am wrong) he was already estranged from both of his parents, obtained part of the money due to him and started investing it in shares of various corporations.
Do you remember Geraldine Hughes’ surprise at seeing how Evan and Jordan Chandler behaved in Rothman’s office? They looked as if their roles were reversed – the boy was very calm and composed and consoling his father, while Evan was extremely nervous and shattered (he must have been in the depressive stage of his illness at that moment…).
Are we sure that we understand the true roles played by all the participants in the Chandler scheme? Or are we in for some surprises here?
Below is an article from the UK “People” newspaper about the way Jordan Chandler lived his life after the 1994 financial settlement with Michael Jackson.
I don’t know whether the article is credible at all. There are numerous indications that it isn’t – the name of Evan Chandler’s second wife is wrong, the idea to cite a pathalogical liar like Victor Gutierrez as a source of information is absolutely revolting and all this Jacko language and innuendoes are a complete shame.
But if this article does contain at least some grain of truth it clearly shows that the boy had all the makings of a good businessman at an early age of 17 and was not above money matters at all… Actually since this article is so anti-Jackson they don’t have a reason to lie about Jordan’s extraordinary talent for making money, do they?
JORDY MADE A FORTUNE OUT OF MICHAEL JACKSON… NOW HE’S ALONE AND ABANDONED!
The People (London, England)
February 16, 1997
By Smith, Kevin
Superstar Michael Jackson is celebrating becoming a father – but the boy who was once the apple of his eye has been abandoned by his parents.
Jordy Chandler became a rich young man thanks to his allegations of child abuse against Jackson. But while the star starts a new life as a family man, Jordy’s family life lies in tatters.
Jordy, who just turned 17, has more money than he can spend and doesn’t have to work a day in his life if he chooses.
But he has confided to friends he would trade it all if he could go back to being a normal lad growing up in suburban Los Angeles. The Jacko scandal took its toll on him. He no longer lives with his maternal parents.
His mother June Schwartz, who introduced Jordy to Jackson and escorted him to Jacko’s mansion Neverland for dates, has no contact with her son.
The skateboard she delivered as a present on his last birthday lies discarded, still in its unwrapped box in the garage.
He has lost touch with his stepfather Dave Schwartz who tried to prevent the scandal to save Jordy from all the attention.
His real father Evan, who snatched Jordy from his mother and began threatening Jackson with a law suit unless he made a financial deal, has also gone.
He split with his second wife Natalie in 1995. He reportedly got one million dollars in the eventual settlement by Jackson and quit his successful dental practice.
Though he lives only a few hundred yards away in a bachelor pad, he rarely sees his son now.
Jordy lives with his step-mother Natalie, his eight- year-old half-brother Nikki and half-sister Emmanuel, five.
Since the crazed British Jackson fan Denise Pfeiffer got into the house and threatened the family, the boundary is lined with an 8ft spiked iron fence.
Jordy has few friends.
His one girlfriend, Sonnet Simmonds, left him when media attention became too much.
And Jordy has tried not to socialise with anyone from his past who knew him as “the kid who sued Jackson”.
Around the world his name is famous but in Los Angeles where newspapers and television respect his anonymity he is just another rich LA kid. But few have any idea how rich.
When Jackson settled his civil law suit out of court in 1994, he agreed to pay Jordy pounds 15 million in annual instalments.
The final instalment will be in June 1999 – which coincides with the date when Jacko can no longer be prosecuted over the sex abuse allegations.
Under the US statute of limitations, police will not be able to reopen the case even if Jordy wanted them to.
But already Jordy has amassed huge wealth. His most recent bank statements show he has pounds 3 million-worth of bonds and shares alone. And he enjoys dabbling on the stock market with the help of his financial guru Jeffrey Hahn, vice president of the Santa Monica Bank.
He goes to a private school which he partly owns.
Jordy instructed his financial aides to buy into the Crossroads School when he noticed how much his annual fees were.
And after he bought himself a trendy Nissan Pathfinder vehicle and noticed how much money he was spending on petrol, he bought shares in Mobil, Chevron and Texaco. When he discovered the Internet on his computer he bought shares in Hewlett Packard Computers and telephone companies.
He even bought part of his bank, the Bank of New York.
Jordy has developed a taste for expensive clothes.
When he plays roller hockey outside his home he dons Armani trousers.
He surfs in Florida, scuba-dives in the Bahamas and skis in Taos and Vail, Colorado.
But all the holidays merely serve as a distraction.
Jordy is now an isolated and aloof character. Since the age of 13 his main company has been lawyers and social workers.
His father is still embroiled in a series of law cases.
Evan is being sued by Jordy’s step-father for breaking up the family. Jordy’s first attorney in turn is suing for his share of the settlement.
And his dad is suing Jackson again for allegedly breaking a gag order they had agreed on.
“All Jordy wants is to be a normal kid,” said author Victor Gutierrez, who wrote the investigative book Michael Jackson Was My Lover: The Secret Diary of Jordy Chandler. “But he can’t have that. The memories are too painful, and no amount of money can compensate for that.”
This week, as every news channel and magazine broadcast the news that Jacko’s wife Debbie has given birth to a son, Jordy couldn’t bare to watch.
He escaped for a game of roller hockey with his half-brother in the street.
“Jordy dreams of being a great ice skater, hockey player or script writer,” said Gutierrez.
“But in reality, he lacks the ambition and knows it. Who can be bothered when you already have millions in the bank?”