I don't know if you're like me, but ever since Michael Jackson passed away, I have been really curious to know the truth.
I don't think there has ever been anyone more misrepresented in human history than Michael Jackson. He said in an interview that '99.9% of what's written about me is not true.' He said this long before he ever went on trial.
After he was found 'not guilty' of the 10 charges, he was still treated as if he was guilty by the media. Forced to leave the country, to go to Bahrain, like a bird tossed out of its nest, never to return to Neverland again.
I wondered: 'well if he's innocent of the trial charges, what about the 1993 case where there was a settlement..'
When Aphrodite Jones went to numerous publishers, nobody wanted to publish a pro Jackson book, a book that would tell the truth about the trial. She actually had to self publish.
"In this world there are facts, and there are opinions. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, not to their own facts." Senator Patrick Moynihan.
I cannot tell you what a relief it is to read a truthful book about Michael Jackson. The further you get into this book, the more you realise how Michael was not only not guilty but truly had the innocence and nature of a 10 year old child.
This naivete made him easy prey for a predatory reporter such as Bashir, who got a career making opportunity to film a documentary for free only to taint it with his own duplicity, sinister interpretation and innuendo. He reputedly sold the documentary to ABC for $7 million, and got a job as anchor, destroying MJ in the process without a second thought. After all, would a pedophile invite a camera crew into his home, and admit to sharing a bedroom with 10 year old kids.Read more ›
As I think back to the year 2005, I still remember all news stations, newspapers and the media portraying Michael Jackson in a negative light, placing their own assumptions and bias, stating this man was guilty of all charges and viewers (like myself) fell for this trap.
I had always been a fan of Michael Jackson's music - growing up in the 80's. He truly was a magnificent performer and entertainer, one of the best of all time. But when all of these allegations and charges were brought forward, there was always that doubt! What if Michael Jackson did commit these crimes? And the way the media portrayed the whole case - only giving their one sided and jaded views, majority of the public fell for it, including myself.
Since his death, I decided to do some research and catch up on some reading about Michael Jackson and I came across Aphrodite Jones's book. It's interesting how she was part of the whole media circus, slating Jackson and believing he was guilty - even before the trial had started. Then after the Not Guilty verdict, Jones (from her heart) realised that the man was innocent all along and after going through court transcripts, witness accounts, photographic evidence and talking to those who were inside the courtroom, she decided to write this book, giving the side of the trial the media purposefully excluded, And what a compelling read it was! I couldn't put the book down and finished it in 3 days.
This book takes you inside the courtroom - everything is relived in front of your eyes. Anyone who reads this book will come to the same conclusion of the jury and why they found Michael Jackson 'Not Guilty' of all charges. The Arvizo family were shown up to be liars, money seeking frauds!Read more ›
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This is a fascinating read, not just because of its subject matter but because the author herself was, like most other members of the media, predisposed to think that Jackson was guilty of at least some of the charges brought against him. She admits to being prejudiced and reveals just how she came to realise that this time the media - including herself - got it very wrong indeed. Ms Jones has thoroughly researched the book examining witnesses' testimonies, court transcripts, etc, and she reveals how the jury, onlookers and Jackson himself reacted throughout. Yes, you do feel that you are in the courtroom. The disparity between what actually went on in there and what the media reported is astonishing. And there's some interesting information about journalist/interviewer Martin Bashir too. The background information about Neverland itself was all new to me. For example, it is only through reading this book that I realised that Michael Jackson's bedroom was not at all like the type of bedroom you and I probably have - just one room. Jackson's was a huge two storey, mezzanine construction - more like a flat than a room. I'm not saying Jackson was wise to have boys staying in his room (nor in his bed) but once you realise just how big this space was it kind puts a different perspective on these sleepovers. Aphrodite Jones also reveals that jackson himself was not at Neverland for much of the time; it was his home but it was more a social experiment, an escape for children who were sick or poor. It's such a shame it didn't work out. If he had lived elsewhere but just run the place as a separate entity/charity things might have turned out differently.Read more ›
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