Neverland Helps to Tell The Innocent Truth about Michael Jackson
Hi guys and welcome to the new season of searching for the truth. This post will be about Neverland and the way this favorite Michael Jackson’s place can debunk false stories and tell the innocent truth about the person who really cared for it.
The splendid photos taken by the real property agents for Tom Barrack, who is now making a (hopefully futile) attempt to sell the ranch, are opening to us vast opportunities to fact-check up all sorts of lies told about Michael by various people.
But before looking into these stories we first need to study the Neverland pictures and make ourselves familiar with the place or at least some of its corners to the degree of being able to almost ‘see’ it with our own eyes. The task is enormous, so for a start I suggest scrutinizing only a small piece of Neverland which is marked yellow on this map:
The area includes the main residence (#9 on the map); the recreation building aka pool house aka video arcade and its two restrooms at the far end of the building (#10/11 on the map); the tennis court behind it and the pool in front of it with a hot tub-spa-Jacuzzi adjacent to the pool.
Halfway between the pool and the main house there is a barbecue area (not marked here due to its small size). Another structure not on the map is the office/garage building to the left of the main residence which has a service apartment on its second level and an auto court for cars and electric golf carts around it.
In comparison with the rest of the ranch this area looks very small but its importance is tremendous as it serves as a background for most of the lies told about Michael Jackson by some of his former staff.
Previously these stories were a bit of a problem for us as we were ‘blind’ about the premises they were describing – when reference was made to this or that Neverland structure, despite our knowledge of separate buildings there (rather perfunctory though), we were not aware of their relation towards each other and how big a distance between them was.
The random photos and videos of the ranch and the 2005 court transcripts with long and tedious narratives of some Michael’s former security guards of ‘where they were standing’ when they allegedly observed something ‘inappropriate’ created the impression that they were talking of vast spaces and that it was impossible to visualize and fact check it – and this is where our first big mistake was.
It turns out that if you have the pictures and maps it is possible to fact check and the first thing you find when you begin looking is that the locations you are interested in are very close to each other. To see how close they are you just need to look out of the window of one of the Neverland guest units.
This screenshot shows the entrance to the main house in front of the window of one of the guest units and it gives us the idea how close it actually is, even considering the possible distortion of the distance by the camera optics.
The screenshot is taken from a video documentary called “Cribs exclusive 20 minute Neverland ranch tour”. The guest house episode begins at 8:45 of the tape.
Or look at the photo of the same guest house in the old real estate brochure. Over here the distance looks bigger but is still not that huge (the tree behind the window will help you realize that the location is the same):
And now please compare both with the map of the same area:
The guest house is a round structure on the left, right beside the lake. It has the form of a cross because it is divided into four segments and consists of four separate units. Three of them overlook the lake and the fourth faces the main house (a long orange piece on the right). This fourth unit is actually the one where we have just been looking out of the window.
The map creates the impression that the guest house is at a rather big distance from the main house, however the photos don’t confirm it and show that they are much closer to each other than anyone could expect.
This conclusion is important as it gives us the idea of the map scale and space between the structures – and not only to the left of the main house, but also to its right, which is the area we are most interested in and which includes the barbecue, the video arcade and office building (all of them marked orange on the map), as well as the pool and open-air Jacuzzi beside it, marked there as a small blue dot near the pool.
And now that we know the scale we see that the area on the right is actually very compact and condensed and it is absolutely no problem for anyone to get from one side of it to the other within minutes only.
MAIN HOUSE ENTRANCES
The pictures and videos of Michael’s Neverland usually show the main house from its facade. Let us refresh our memory of it by looking at this new splendid picture from the current brochure:
We see that the house has one and only entrance. Its steps are taking us to the main hall which is running across the house from its front side to its back.
Here is the picture of the hall (foyer) showing the massive front door and the French door on the back side of the house, opening into the area we intend to research.
The back of the house and the area behind it are actually a thrill to study. First of all, we have never really seen it, and secondly, upon closer inspection we discover that from its back side the house is almost fully open for entry as nearly every room on the ground floor has a glass door opening into the backyard. The backyard in this case is of course the rest and biggest part of Neverland spreading far into the horizon.
For example, here is the living room with a wall of windows and French doors opening into the lawn:
And this is a family/breakfast room which is part of the kitchen. Its back door opens straight into the barbecue area:
Even Michael’s bedroom had French doors opening into the backyard, though as regards them being open I am not so sure – most of the time they must have been locked for security reasons (however this is a supposition only). Here is the bedroom:
If you compare these pictures with the floor plan the openness of the house from its back side will become even more impressive – while the front side has only one entrance, the back side has six of them!
Let’s have a closer look at the floor plan. The kitchen area is on the left-hand side and has two entrances from the backyard – one leads into the staff quarters and the other into the family/breakfast room.
The next entrance is the big French door leading into the living room. The room next to it is the foyer with another French door which must have been open almost all the time. This hall crosses the building and allows to get to the other side of it without having to walk around the house.
Then comes the library (the only room having no outside door), and on the far right you see the master’s bedroom with another French door opening into the backyard.
The bathroom in the master’s wing also has an entrance from the outside however this area is surrounded by a stone fence (marked here by hand). Michael’s haters are requested to stop grinning and yelling at this point as the fence was no Michael’s invention and was made for the original owner, or rather his wife. The real property brochure tells us that originally the big bathroom was a “lady’s bath” and needed to be shielded from view, while a smaller bathroom on the opposite side of the bedroom was a “gentleman’s bath” intended for the master of the house.
This is how the big bathroom looked under the previous owner – the windows were curtained and the bath tub was smaller. The ceiling was initially made of glass and all of it was looking very nice:
And this is the way it looks now – now it has a more masculine look, its bath tub is bigger and the glass on the ceiling is replaced by the usual roof.
On the far right of the Jacuzzi there is a French door leading into the inner yard. Then comes the door to the toilet/ shower room which has a window behind the WC and a shower separated from it by a partition (see the floor plan please). The third door leads to a closet where Michael kept his clothes, souvenirs and other belongings.
Another photo shows that the stone fence around this bathroom has a door from the outside leading into the inner yard. We also discover that the window near the Jacuzzi can slide up.
From the police photos of this bathroom we gather that in Michael’s time it had dark red curtains on its windows, at least at the moment when the police raided the house in 2003. The place had books and magazines scattered around it, but let us remember that by the time of the raid Michael and his children had been away from Neverland for at least three weeks and the master’s bedroom was occupied by Omer Bhatti and his Norwegian friends who came there on a holiday. So which of the books and magazines belonged to the Norwegians and which were Michael’s property is impossible to ascertain (unless Omer Bhatti cares to tell us about it).
As regards the curtains they were not only a comfort but a necessity for Michael, considering that he had to shield himself from the sun and was in constant danger of paparazzi, intruders and even tourists flying over the ranch in helicopters. And no one could guarantee that the people who came here by buses would not bring their cameras and take pictures of the interior of the house through its glass doors and windows.
So no wonder the security guards had to constantly patrol the territory and monitor it by special video systems – the danger of strangers infiltrating the house via its numerous entrances was real.
The media usually makes a lot of the small secret room in Michael’s closet. The secret room is indeed there, only it was made for the previous owner for storing the family valuables there. Michael used it for the same purpose, and also regarded it as a safe place for hiding from intruders.
Here is the closet the way it was when Michael lived there:
And here is the secret room behind it:
If you look at the floor plan once again, you will realize that from the outside of the house the architect who designed it camouflaged the secret closet with a big door and a small room behind it – most probably used as storage space. This room on the outside was adjacent to the secret closet inside the building, but was separated from it by a solid wall (see the floor plan please). However for strangers visiting the ranch this structure looked like a single piece and no one could suspect that it had a built-in secret inside.
Thanks to the high-quality picture of the house available to us, we can study its facade in more detail now:
The master’s wing is to the right of the main entrance here. On the far right there is a not too high wall surrounding the bathroom (barely visible behind the tree). To me it looks like the wall may even have an opening on its left (?) however this needs to be verified. Then comes the double door camouflaging the secret closet behind it, and next to it is the “man’s bath” with its two windows – the right window is for the toilet and shower, and the left one is for the wash-basin area. These windows used to have a jalousie blind or a curtain too.
The floor plans in the current brochure have a slight drawback – most of the windows are not marked there. However we can find all of them on the floor plans of the original brochure made even before Michael purchased the ranch. These are displayed on Enola Lee’s blog which is an indispensable tool for studying the Neverland of then and now. The additional value of the original brochure is a chance to see whether any changes were made to the house when Michael lived there.
Well, there were practically no changes, except the glass ceiling replaced in the bathroom and the bath tub changed for a new one. With the exception of that Michael didn’t have a single partition moved and left everything the way it was.
Here is the floor plan from the old brochure (the stone fence is marked here by hand too):
The old floor plan proves that the secret closet was there from the very start of it and the media are perfectly aware of the fact. And if they were interested in accurate reporting they would have stopped telling their ‘sensational’ stories about it long ago. However they need to raise their ratings and will say anything that comes to their minds, while we need the truth only – and this is where our ways surely part.
By the way, speaking of false sensations please have a look at the picture of the smaller bathroom taken from the original brochure:
In Michael’s time nothing changed here except the new lamps over the wash basin and the jalousie replaced by a dark red curtain.
But look at the way the police left it after their raid of the house in 2003! No wonder Michael didn’t want to return here any more – he felt that the place was defiled.
Even despite Michael’s tendency for clutter this was absolutely not the way this bathroom originally looked.
The police intentionally demolished it – the wardrobe and drawers were rummaged and left open, the clothes which are still on their racks were thrown to the floor, the mattress was brought from Michael’s bedroom and ripped open, and the towel holder was left hanging on one nail. For God’s sake, what wrong did they find with the towel holder that it had to be nearly torn off the wall?
Isn’t it an interesting question why the police vandalized the place so much and why they chose to photograph it after their own destruction of it and not before? And why they passed their demolition photos to the media? To impress on us the idea that Michael’s premises always looked that way?
THE BACK SIDE OF THE HOUSE
When Michael was alive the visitors were prohibited from bringing in their cameras and making photos of the ranch, so the only photos we could see were the above great shots made by the police during the 2003 raid and some bizarre photos from trespassers who entered the ranch at night when Michael no longer lived there.
And it is probably only now that we have a chance to really look at the back side of the house – and not only to marvel at the beauty of the opening scene, but also to look around, study the area and take note of the structures surrounding the house from its back.
Here is the picture of it from the current booklet.
Not intending to spoil the impression let me still remind you which window stands for which room.
Let us also try and match the original picture with the map (the arrow shows from what angle we are looking at the house).
The comparison of the two makes it clear that the structure with a roof to the right of the house is the barbecue area and the lights further to the right are coming from the windows of the video arcade (and not from the office building which is behind the main house and barbecue, and is not seen here). And this places the video arcade even closer to the house than we expected.
To make our understanding of this place complete here is an areal view of it (unfortunately the barbecue area and the pool are partially closed from view by the trees).
The tree foliage is in the way of seeing the details of course, so another photo – of the neglected Neverland in a colder season – will probably be a better help.
Over here the pool looks white as it has no water, the barbecue area is under the trees but is understood to be between the pool and the main house kitchen from which it is separated only by a breezeway, the office/garage building is almost connected to the main residence, the recreation building/video arcade is at the lower right of the photo, and all these structures are seen here in their truly incredible proximity to each other.
Now, to get familiar with the area even more, let’s stand beside the house with our back to it and look at the scene opening before us.
On our right there will be a cascade of lakes with two huge fountains rising over their waters.
The lake has a waterfall and a bridge between its upper and lower parts, all of which will be to the right of this picture:
And if you look at the waterfall from this point the main residence will be on your left:
From one of the central French doors opening into the backyard, you will see a lawn and boundless grounds followed by mountains going far into the horizon:
And on your left you will see a busy recreation area with the barbecue structure coming first.
If you walk across this open-air structure and pass a couple of trees you will find yourselves near the pool. However before the pool you will see a Jacuzzi. The pool is straight behind it and to the left of it there is a video arcade which is the final point of our destination.
THE FINAL POINT OF OUR DESTINATION
Here is the picture of the pool area.
To our big surprise the structure which is usually called a ‘Jacuzzi’ in various papers turns out to be a rather big separate pool surrounded by boulders. If you take a cover from one of the stones you will find an opening there which used to hold a TV set.
We learn about it from Kelly Parker’s interview to the Brazilian TV where this girl, now a grown-up woman and close friend of Michael Jackson who played a part in his Moonwalker video, shared her impressions of Michael (she actually cried when she was flooded with the memories of the happy past).
Here is a screenshot of the moment when Kelly Parker is showing an opening for a TV set at the side of the Jacuzzi:
And here is the whole video – unfortunately in Portuguese only.
The episode with the Jacuzzi starts at 4:50 of the tape.
By the way, isn’t it a surprise that most of the media is displaying no interest for what Kelly Parker has to say about Michael Jackson? Or is it exactly because she remembers him the way they don’t want it – like a very pure person who simply had unconditional love – and this is why they are not promoting her interviews? And are not even asking?
If you go around the pool you will find yourself near the recreation building better known to us as the video arcade. When Michael lived here the arcade was filled with all sorts of games and was regularly overrun by big crowds of people, young and adult alike.
Even grown-up men found something to entertain themselves with in this game room.
The last time a mass public event took place here was in December 2004 when Michael arranged his annual Christmas party for the neighboring families and underprivileged kids and as usual gave them access to the whole of Neverland.
He greeted the children and their parents in the bridge area (near the lakes) and walked them to the inside of Neverland after which he left them to enjoy everything the ranch could offer till the end of the day. This was Michael’s last public party as in winter 2005 the so-called molestation trial began and after his full acquittal he left the ranch to never return here again.
Here is a short video that shows the crowd enjoying the Neverland video arcade on December 17, 2004.
Initially this recreation building was called a pool house and was meant for various sports activities – tennis, swimming, billiards, etc. – as well as enjoying a glass of wine as it also has a wine cellar in its basement. The far end of the building had two restrooms for men and women, equipped not only with wash-basins and toilets, but with a shower in each of the restrooms.
The slightly different floor plans from the current (on the right) and original (on the left) real property brochures show the layout and various functions of this building.
Now that we’ve reached the final point of our destination we can take a trip back to the house. And on our way back we discover that the hot tub is actually much bigger than we originally thought – it has two chambers to it, can easily accommodate several people and still not be overcrowded at that. Here again are two pictures of it – from the new and old brochures and at a slightly different angle:
Behind the Jacuzzi we see the barbecue area of course, and from the second picture we discover that there is a direct path between the Jacuzzi and the main house and you can get from one to the other even without entering the barbecue area.
So what conclusion can we make now that our tour is over? It is very simple – the places we’ve just been to are not only close, but very close to each other and the trip from one end to the other could take just minutes if not less.
This seemingly unimportant conclusion will help us answer a couple of questions which arise in connection with the stories told about Michael Jackson by some of his former staff.
The first story comes from a Mexican employee who used to work in Neverland sometime in the 1990s.
THE STORY OF THE MEXICAN WORKER
This story was recently recounted in this blog with a question to me whether I believed it or not. I suggest we decide it together by trying to match it with the landscape we’ve just discussed and Michael Jackson’s life circumstances in general.
“One day back in 92/93 before Michael’s Dangerous tour, there was a BBQ and swimming pool party that Michael hosted for a group of friends, both youngsters and adults at Neverland. After a couple of hours, Michael got out of the pool and went to shower and dry off. The worker noticed that a young boy also excused himself from the pool after Michael. He went to look for him and followed him to discover that the boy was spying and scanning Michael’s naked body through the shower, from a corner of the bathroom. The worker shouted at him, Michael heard the worker yell, discovered the boy in his bathroom and told him to take the boy back down to the pool, thinking nothing of it.
When the boy returned to the pool he glanced over at his mother, who was sunbathing by the pool, and gave her a sign of acknowledgement, as if he had accomplished whatever he set out to do. In fact, the worker said that he had seen the woman signal to her son that Michael had left the pool, as an indication to exit. That same boy later claimed in Aug ’93, that Michael Jackson had sexually molested him, his name was Jordie Chandler.”
The author ends his story with a totally incorrect statement that “Chandler infamously told police vivid details of how Michael Jackson’s genitalia appeared” and thinking of a way to explain it he ventures: “Of course he knew how to describe the different skin shades and colour blemishes in Michael’s private parts as he was spying on him in the shower that day to prepare for an incredible extortion attempt”.
This Mexican worker is wrong in his very premise to this story – Jordan Chandler didn’t know how to describe Michael Jackson’s private parts. Everything he knew about Michael’s skin came from Michael’s visit to the house of the boy’s father where Evan Chandler gave Michael an injection of Toradol to help him cope with his splitting headache (see Ray Chandler’s book for the description of this episode).
The thing is that sometime in March 1993 Michael underwent a big surgery on his head intended to remove the bald and scarred spot from an old burn and by spring/summer he had been suffering from a heavy complication of it – a neuroma (growth of nerve issue on the head). The pain was constant, unbearable and round the clock too (see Dr. Sasaki’s testimony at the AEG trial, please), and when Evan Chandler who was a dentist, was giving Michael an injection of a painkiller, the older and younger Chandlers had a good view of Michael’s buttocks and probably even a glimpse of his crotch. But that was all.
All the rest was invented by Jordan and turned out to be completely wrong – in fact, so wrong that the prosecutors had to let Michael go and subpoena his mother Katherine to the grand jury to ask her if her son had had any changes to his genitalia. To every normal people this alone will mean that Jordan’s description was incorrect, but as to Michael’s haters who are still ‘unconvinced’ …… well, let them go to hell. Half of the posts in this blog are devoted to the mismatch between Jordan’s description and Michael’s photos, so we will not go into that nonsense again.
As to the rest of the Mexican worker story, here are the points that are raising doubt:
– June Chandler and her children visited Neverland only in 1993, so she couldn’t sunbathe by the pool in 1992
– given Michael’s medical condition in spring/summer 1993 it was highly unlikely for him to spend ‘two hours’ at the pool. Even if we haven’t heard of his neuroma we still know of his vitiligo which was a counter indication to staying in the sun or beside the mirror-like surface of the pool water
– the boy could not be ‘scanning Michael’s naked body through the shower’ as there is a door preventing the shower from view (see the floor plan, please). However it is still possible that the boy could follow him to the restroom just to talk to him from behind the door (Lisa-Marie Presley said that kids loved Michael so much that they followed him even to the bathroom)
– but my main objection to the Mexican worker’s story is his wrong assumption that Michael went to the restroom to take a shower there. To the toilet he could go, but not to the shower. Why so?
Because of the proximity of his own bathroom to that area – this is why. His bathroom was just at hand in the main house and it is there that he had his dry clothes, towels, his shampoo and creams for his sensitive skin. And there was absolutely no need for him to go to a public shower in a restroom that may have been used by many people before him. This conclusion would be valid for all times but is especially true for the spring/summer 1993 when Michael’s skin condition was so bad that this alone would prevent him from taking a shower in a place visited by the numerous guests at the barbecue party before him. Even from the point of view of sanitation. Remember all those crowds swarming the video arcade and certainly going to its toilet? So would you prefer that public bathroom to your own private one, especially if it was just a couple of minutes away from there?
In fact we can even prove that Michael wouldn’t use that public shower for his personal needs and can confirm it by a video tape. The video is called “Fun at Neverland” and it shows small children throwing Michael into the pool. Many of us saw it, but we’ve never noticed before that the soaked Michael is running away from the restroom and not into it. Where is he running? Most probably to the house or elsewhere, but certainly not to the public restroom by the pool.
Here is the video – the pool episodes start at approximately 2:30.
The resume: the only part that may be correct in the Mexican worker’s story is Michael’s possible visit to the toilet of the video arcade as well as the boy’s possible attempt to follow him there. The rest of it is just a story told by a person with vivid imagination who didn’t know the facts, but was ‘meaning well’.
Next comes a funny story about Michael allegedly bathing in the hot tub with two women.
HOT TUB, TWO WOMEN AND A VIDEO TAPE STORY
The very short of it is as follows.
On May 24th 1992 the News of the World reported that a former aide to Michael Jackson had the photos of him “romping with naked women” in the hot tub at his ranch. The pictures were swiped out of a security camera and allegedly showed him touching the breasts of one of the women.
The photos were being sold at £60,000 ($100,000) however the News of the World turned the offer down – Michael Jackson threatened to sue if the photos were ever published. A source said: “These cameras were installed for Michael’s protection and now look at what has happened.”
The offer also included a home video of Michael and Macaulay Culkin, and a set of pictures showing Michael doing a “bizarre” dance with the bones of the elephant man (this could be the video of his rehearsal for the “Leave me alone” video).
The former aide was said to be once one of Michael’s closest friends.
For further details and articles covering the story please go to the Rhythm of the tide blog.
What useful information can we collect from this piece?
– If the News of the World didn’t get interested in the “home video of Michael and Macaulay Culkin” you can rest assured that it was a totally innocent tape as otherwise they would have grabbed it
– The fact that the seller ‘was once one of Michael’s closest friends’ is perfectly credible. It is a long-established tradition for Michael’s so-called ‘friends’ to sell him to tabloids for varied sums, so there is no reason for us to doubt this point
– As to the women I don’t know and frankly, don’t even want to know – this is his business, not ours.
However the point that really catches my attention is that the pool and the hot tub area was monitored by the Neverland security service and was even recorded by a security camera.
Well, when you come to think of it you realize that the cameras were an utter necessity. The pool is a potentially dangerous area, and since the security of guests who attended Neverland was a top priority for Michael and his people, this area should have indeed been monitored by the cameras on a 24/7 basis. What if someone decided to have a night swim or jump from a diving board and got drowned as a result? It was a totally unacceptable scenario, and I am even surprised that initially we didn’t grasp how big a priority surveillance of that area was.
And this surveillance factor is a very important discovery. It may help us deal with another story – the one told by Ralph Chacon who claimed he saw Michael with Jordan Chandler in the pool area and alleged he had seen something inappropriate between them.
RALPH CHACON’S STORY ABOUT ‘JORDIE BARNES’
Ralph Chacon testified for the prosecution at the 2005 trial and told his elaborate lie about Jackson in a manner smacking of Victor Gutierrez’s inimitable style. This is no surprise as Chacon was familiar with Gutierrez – the latter had advised Chacon before he and the other members of the gang known as ‘the Neverland 5’ went to tabloids, so hence the effect.
However let us not release Chacon of his own responsibility for the lie – he was the only one who dared perjure himself so openly and the only one whose testimony was really salacious. The stories of the other ‘Neverland 5’ gangsters ran more along “never saw anything ourselves” lines, while Ralph Chacon claimed that he was a direct witness to the boy’s molestation and this makes his story decidedly different from all others.
To read the summary of Chacon’s testimony and the way it was shred into pieces by Thomas Mesereau please go to this site . We here will focus solely on what Ralph Chacon allegedly ‘saw’ and on whether his story is compatible with what we have just learned of the Neverland landscape and its layout.
And let me make one more note here. Besides Chacon’s story being false in its very essence, it is also unclear who he was telling it about. When Sneddon showed Chacon the photos of various young people in Michael’s surrounding, at some point Chacon confused Jordan Chandler with Brett Barnes, and added that they looked very much alike and he often took one for the other.
They indeed looked similar at that age and Michael’s haters even rejoice at this mistake. If Chacon’s story was about Brett Barnes instead of Jordan Chandler so much the worse for Michael Jackson – the confusion gives them a chance to clamour that Brett Barnes was ‘another of those victims’.
Interesting, but to those who are sure of Michael’s innocence the identity of the boy is not important either – whether Brett Barnes or Jordan Chandler it simply never happened and the only thing that matters to us is finding a way to prove the innocent truth.
So let us not focus on the identity of the boy and listen to Ralph Chacon’s story instead. Here is the very short of it.
This shady character worked in Neverland as a security guard in 1991-1994. His usual shift was from 10pm to 6am and his usual place of assignment was the barbecue area near the pool. Besides patrolling the area near the house he and his boss Kassim Abdool also went inside the house in order to ‘secure’ it (oh my God) and did things like charging the electric golf carts at the garage, etc.
He says that sometime in late 1992/early 1993 at around midnight one day he was taking care of the electric golf carts when he allegedly saw Michael and the boy he called ‘Jordie’ head towards the hot tub by the pool. He didn’t see much of it but heard them laugh, play and have fun there. At some point Michael yelled for security and Chacon came over to the barbecue area:
5 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Okay. So at some point you
6 heard Mr. Jackson yell for security?
7 A. Yes, sir.
8 Q. And where were you when that occurred?
9 A. I was in the garage area.
19 …from the area where I
20 was at, the garage area, I had — I had gone to the
21 barbecue area, which was close, maybe ten feet, to
22 the Jacuzzi.
By giving us this helpful tip Ralph Chacon clarified that not only the Jacuzzi was close to the barbecue area but it was just some ten feet away from it (wow, it is just slightly more than 3 meters). He also made it clear that Michael was perfectly aware of the presence of the security people on his property and even wanted them around. In fact it was Michael who called Chacon to that area as after he yelled for security Chacon came over to the barbecue place and kept staying there.
We also learn that the area where they were taking a hot tub and which was under Chacon’s close observation was lit:
3 You pointed out the
4 Jacuzzi, and obviously there’s a swimming pool also
6 A. Yes, sir.
7 Q. Now, with regard to that area, is that area
8 lit at night?
9 A. It is.
After staying for some time under full Chacon’s surveillance Michael and the boy decided to go to the recreation house (video arcade) – however not to the game room, but straight to the restroom at the far end of the building where they allegedly took a shower together.
Chacon says that he went to the restroom window and looked inside and though he couldn’t see anything he could hear the voices. He also explained where the shower was:
25 …Could you explain
26 to the ladies and gentlemen of the jury the interior
27 of the rest room area?
28 A. As you go in from the rec room, the women’s
1 rest room is on the left and the men’s room is on
2 the right. And as you go in, there’s a dressing
3 area, and it’s open, and it leads into where the
4 wash basins are at, pretty large area. And then it
5 goes into another smaller room where there’s a
6 toilet and the showers.
7 Q. And you said “showers.”
8 A. Shower. Excuse me, shower.
9 Q. All right. Now, you’ve indicated that you
10 heard some people in the shower. Did you recognize
11 the voices?
12 A. Yes, sir, I did.
13 Q. Whose voices did you recognize?
14 A. Mr. Jackson’s and Jordie’s.
15 Q. And did you look into the shower area?
16 A. Not right away. Not the first time that I
17 came around, because I couldn’t see anything.
Let us compare it with the restroom floor plan.
Indeed, you can’t see much if you look into that window – the window must be small, it is squeezed between the toilet and the shower, and is evidently placed closer to the top of the wall so that no one can look into it from the outside.
So Chacon’s description of the interior of the restroom is technically correct, but it is absolutely no surprise to us as he was probably the first to use this toilet and even shower during his nightly shifts. What’s important here is that despite the formal accuracy the essence of his story is still a lie.
Even if we don’t elaborate on the fact that Michael never showered with children (he never did), the reason we know that Chacon is telling a lie is the same as in the story of the Mexican worker. In that case it was ridiculous and in this case it is ridiculous too – Michael’s own bathroom is not far off from the hot tub area and his private bathroom is a much better choice than a public shower whichever way you look at it.
And same as it is impossible to believe that Michael would choose a public restroom over his private quarters, it is impossible to believe that he would openly demonstrate his intentions to the security people whom he had just called by ‘yelling’ and summoning to that place himself.
It is also impossible to forget that the area was lit and was under constant surveillance and was even recorded on camera, and that after his recent May 1992 experience with a ‘friend’ who offered to tabloids some video shots of his activity there, it was out of the question for Michael to do anything inappropriate right under the security cameras. He knew that any instance of his misbehavior would become tabloid fodder the very next morning it happened – if it ever happened, of course.
So the question you will probably want to ask Chacon at this stage is “Where is the tape, dear?”
And after you look at the map you will become even more certain that Chacon is lying – previously you thought that the choice of the public restroom was due to its proximity to the hot tub, but now you are amazed to find that the distance between the hot tub and the video arcade restroom is approximately the same as the distance between the hot bath and main foyer of the house. Look up the map please.
But if the distance is the same what was the point of going in the opposite direction and not into the house instead? Just to parade himself naked before Ralph Chacon and present him with an opportunity to tell a salacious story?
Well, if Michael and the boy had first headed for the video arcade to play games there and only then gone to the restroom, this would have been at least some explanation for this strange move, but Ralph Chacon is not alleging even that – no, according to his story they went straight to the shower and then to the house – and that’s that.
So the plan was to take a shower in a public place in front of the security and under surveillance cameras and then go home, you see?
However when reason and logic are failing salaciousness steps in to make up for this deficiency. And Chacon’s story is indeed salacious – he claims that after taking a shower Michael and the boy went to the brightly lit (!) dressing room, stood in the center where he ‘had no difficulty in seeing’ them, and this is when and where all that fondling a la Gutierrez style allegedly took place.
In short Chacon wants us to believe the scene which is utterly insane.
Let us leave it to Michael’s haters to theorize whether such a theatrical show was possible at all. On our part we are certain that in a social environment where sexual abuse of children is considered worse than a murder, no one, I repeat, no one would risk his reputation, career, money and freedom so easily and would display his criminal intentions so openly – in full view of his own security people and in a public place where the door and windows are open and anyone can enter the place at any moment of time. Especially if there is an opportunity to do exactly the same in the privacy of one’s own personal quarters without inviting a certain Ralph Chacon to observe it.
So no wonder none of the jurors from the two grand juries believed Ralph Chacon’s story. However to tell you the truth, none of them heard Chacon’s story – for a very simple reason that he told it to neither of them.
To the Santa Barbara grand jury he didn’t tell it because by the time of his testimony there he had not yet invented it. To them he told the innocent truth about Jackson. However by the time he was served with a subpoena to the Los Angeles grand jury he was ready to lie, but was afraid to do it personally – what if someone found out that to the Santa Barbara grand jury he said the opposite and under oath too? This is the real reason why he didn’t testify in front of the LA grand jury in 1994 and limited himself only to a statement for Tom Sneddon and Co.
You see, the biggest secret of Ralph Chacon’s false story is that it was in continuous ‘development’. At first it was simply not there, but twelve years later it was thriving and even acquiring new details (the last one was added just a day before his testimony at the 2005 trial).
And when he was telling his lie at the 2005 trial both he and Sneddon were falling over themselves to convince the jury, Michael Jackson’s defense and everyone else in that court room that Ralph Chacon’s story had never changed from one thing to the opposite and that the only time he testified in front of the grand jury (in Santa Barbara in 1994) he told the jurors the same story which he was repeating now, twelve years later.
But the story told by him to the Santa Barbara grand jury was absolutely different and we have undeniable proof of it.
To explain how we get there we need to make a thorough comparison of Ralph Chacon’s testimony with the testimony of Russel Birchim, a detective working for the Santa Barbara DA office in 1993/94, however this is a big job and it will have to be left until another post.
So stay tuned, please.