Dec 31 2011

Happy New Year – “there will never be a time when we will cease to be”

"The birds, the bees, the infinite galaxies, rivers, mountains, clouds and valleys are all a pulsating pattern, living, breathing, alive with cosmic energy...There never was a time when I was not, or you were not, there never will be a time when we will cease to be."   Michael Jackson

"The birds, the bees, the infinite galaxies, rivers, mountains, clouds and valleys are all a pulsating pattern, living, breathing, alive with cosmic energy...There never was a time when I was not, or you were not, there never will be a time when we will cease to be." -Michael Jackson

In view of the new year, I’d like to share with you some end-of-year highlights:

You may have heard that half of the two-man team who designed Michael’s performance wardrobe for well over two decades passed away December 2nd. Dennis Tompkins wished for his passing to remain private and so it was. We were all shocked to learn almost two weeks later that he had passed. Our sympathies and compassion go out to his family and friends, not least of all his partner in business Michael Lee Bush. In memory of Dennis, MLB had some exciting news to share and left this message recently on his facebook page:

thank you all for the kind words with the passing of Dennis Tompkins I’m pround to announce “POP REGALIA-The Style of Michael Jackson” an art book dedicated to the memory of Dennis….. it will be a behind the scenes look at the art form of designing and tailoring of Michael’s costumes from our time working with The King of Pop. It will be kinda like your personal museum of his clothing. A visual feast for the eyes!!!! Fasten your seatbelts!!!!!!!! look for the upcoming page here on facebook…..

If you haven’t seen Eliza Lo’s MJ artwork you’re in for a treat. This amazing artist is a regular contributor to the Sunflowers for Michael group, donating her drawings each week to the week’s flower deliveries. Eliza also has an art book for sale containing many of her articulately detailed drawings of Michael. You can find details about “A Loving Tribute to the King of Pophere:

One of Eliza Lo's drawings of Michael

One of Eliza Lo's drawings of Michael

This hard cover book contains 137 drawings Eliza has done to honor Michael Jackson. In keeping with Michael’s legacy, all proceeds from this book will go to help underprivileged children. For information on ordering, please email: [email protected]. You can also email Marie Lim: [email protected] and Pat Peterson: [email protected]

A while back, Seth Riggs shared a bit about Michael the humanitarian – a subject oft-ignored by the establishment media, but often mentioned by those who knew him:

At one of many hospitals Michael visited.

At one of many hospitals Michael visited.

Every night the kids would come in on stretchers, so sick they could hardly hold their little heads up. Michael would kneel down at the stretchers and put his face right down beside theirs so that he could have his picture taken with them, and then give them a copy to remember the moment.

I’m a sixty-year-old man, and I couldn’t take it. I’d be in the bathroom crying. But Michael could take it, right before going on stage no less. The kids would perk right up in his presence. If it gave them a couple days’ more energy, to Michael that was worth it. As far as I’m concerned he’s a prince of the world.

He’s the most natural, loving person I’ve ever known, a very good person, as corny as that sounds,” continued Riggs, “He’ll see a picture of a baby, and if it’s a cute kid, he will go absolutely gaga over the picture.

During the tour, on his nights off, he would go into a toy store and buy ten of this and ten of that and then stay up all night long putting batteries into toys, making certain each and every one worked so that he could have them ready to give to kids backstage the next day. As if he didn’t have enough to worry about.

-Seth Riggs, Michael’s vocal coach for over 30 years

Speaking of Seth Riggs, Riggs plans to open a school in Russia. Says Riggs: “I will find a new Michael Jackson in Moscow”. I don’t believe there will ever be another Michael Jackson, but I’m sure he will find some very good talent in Russia to keep him busy and to add to the constellation of stars currently in vogue in the entertainment world.

Seth Riggs had worked with Michael Jackson for 30 years. Among those who attended his vocal studio in Hollywood were Steve Wonder, Madonna, Jenifer Lopez, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera. Many Hollywood actors were also among his students. In total his students account for 135 Grammy awards and, according to Seth Riggs, “eight or nine Oscars”. Now the legendary vocal coach plans to open his school in Moscow.

Seth Riggs is very enthusiastic about Russia. It is not only some Russian songs but first of all great number of talented people he admires here. That is why I want to open my school in Moscow, he says.

Seth Riggs began to work as a vocal coach simply because he was to keep his family. When coaching many actors and pop-singers he developed his own unique technique known as Speech Level singing.

By the way when Seth was young and performed as a singer he was accompanies by a young pianist who later became known as Van Cliburn, the winner do the first Tchaikovsky piano contest in Moscow and one of the favorites of the Russian music lovers.

Seth Riggs’s school in Moscow will be headed by Victoria Belova, an actress and a vocal coach of the Gnessin State Musical academy, who undertook internship in Seth Riggs’ studio in LA. Seth also plans to come to Moscow as often as possible and besides that it is possible to give lessons via Skype. Seth recalls that he trained Michael Jackson 2 hours a day 6 days a week and on tour 3 times a day. This is the training I want for those talented people who come to our school, he says.

By the way Seth Riggs has a chance to find not only a new Michael Jackson in Russia but future Madonnas too. In particular during his visit in Moscow Riggs was impressed by a unique talent of singer Angelica Agurbash.


Michael looking a bit perturbed about being asked to sign a stack of napkins.

Michael looking a bit perturbed about being asked to sign a stack of napkins.

Who knew that Michael didn’t like signing his autograph on disposable napkins? I guess it makes sense that he’d rather sign something that will last such as a pillowcase or cloth napkin, all of which he used to sign and write sweet notes to fans on.

Here’s the story told by Rusty Lee Golden (William Lee Golden’s son) of the Oak Ridge Boys:

When Michael and his brothers came out of their dressing room and saw Dad, they all broke into the chorus of “ELVIRA” as it was the #1 song in the nation at that time (pop and country). BUT…after the singing was over, Michael turned to me and said “I remember when the Oak Ridge Boys were the #1 Gospel Group. Do they still sing Gospel??” I told him that yes they did and then he went onto tell me that he LOVED Gospel music…mentioning Andrae Crouch, Rev. James Cleveland and a few others. Yes, I know that those were NOT SG artists, but remember, MJ was after all black and that’ s the type gospel music they knew. He mentioned how much his mother Katherine was also a huge fan of “Gospel Music”.

Seconds before the camera flash went off, a Jackson’s aide rushed up to MJ and handed him a Sharpie pen and about 25 or so cocktail sized napkins into his “GLOVE” and then said “Hey Mikey….the promoter wants you to sign these”. I well remember the aide getting out of the way of the shot but MJ is looking straight at him and no….not too happy. More mad than sad. After the flashes of about 10 cameras went off, Michael just sorta’ said to anyone who could hear…”Don’t we have any regular pictures to sign? I mean c’mon man…NAPKINS????”

This picture was taken on 7/31/81.

SOURCE: (see Rusty’s remarks in the comments below the photo)

Drawing by Christine Wallden, another very talented Sunflowers for Michael contributor.

Drawing by Christine Wallden, another very talented Sunflowers for Michael contributor.

If you have a few bucks that you want to donate to a wonderful project in Michael’s name, Gardner St. Elementary is collecting funds to build a Michael Jackson Music Room. Sandy Lee Scott of the very successful Sunflowers for Michael project has agreed to help raise funds for the school and has set up a facebook page to help with the effort. It’s important to note that any money donated goes straight to the school – no “middlemen”.

Sandy said:

The main item that they need is a projector which costs $3000.00. We met with Principal Kenneth Urbina at the School last week and promised him that the NYC fans will do the best we can to get this projector for the school. Once they have all the items they need, they will also have a small area in the back of the classroom set up as a Museum to honor Michael. We would appreciate any amount that you can donate to this project.

Please send your check or money order to (NO PAYPAL):

Gardner St. Elementary School
7450 Hawthorn Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90046

Attention: Marielena Armaginal

Phone: (323) 876-4710



If you have any questions, you may call Marielena at the above number or email Sandy at [email protected].

If you remember the incredible video called “Man Behind the Mythcreated by Walking Moon Studios, you might be interested to know that WMS is working on another incredible video project aiming to highlight Michael’s genius and creativity. A new video is being produced for Joe Vogel’s book “Man in the Music-The Creative Life and Work of Michel Jackson”. The producers of the video are asking for participation from the MJ community. For more information about the project and how to participate, please go to for information. Also, please pass on this information to anyone else who you think would be interested.

Heal the World for Children is an amazing charity quietly doing the work of carrying on Michael’s legacy.  They recently shared some highlights of their work in 2011:


For Earth Day, our teams all over the world cleaned up parks, planted trees with the kids and held educational sessions.

To mark Universal Children's Day or the December holiday season, our teams went to hospitals to visit the sick children with smiles and toys.

To mark Universal Children's Day or the December holiday season, our teams went to hospitals to visit the sick children with smiles and toys.

On Michael's birthday, all the cities joined in bringing joy to the children during our biggest event of the year, Children's Festival.

On Michael's birthday, all the cities joined in bringing joy to the children during our biggest event of the year, Children's Festival.

You can find Heal the World for Children on Facebook, twitter, and at their website.

Happy New Year Everyone.

For all of you, I wish you a safe, happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

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Nov 01 2011

Joe Vogel’s new book – Man in the Music – Worldwide Launch!

Category: Books,JusticeSeven @ 1:17 am

Man in the Music

Man in the Music

After nearly five years of research and writing, Joe Vogel’s book is finally available!  And, the worldwide launch of Joe’s book coincides with the launch of a new website called ‘Pay Michael Forward‘, which exists to increase awareness of educational literature about Michael Jackson the artist … educational literature such as Joe’s book.

About his new book, Joe writes:

My goal for this book was simple: I wanted to write about Michael Jackson, the artist. When I started the book in 2005, nearly every book that had been written about Jackson focused on the controversies of his personal life and were often covered in very reductive, superficial ways. That was what publishers were willing to publish and that, they assumed, was what audiences wanted to read. Even Michael Jackson’s autobiography, Moonwalk, and collection of poems and reflections, Dancing the Dream, had gone out of print and could not be found in bookstores. I remember visiting my local Barnes & Noble in 2006. There were dozens of books on Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain. But there was only one on Michael Jackson: Diane Dimond’s exposé, Be Careful Who You Love.

I wanted to change that.

Michael Jackson loved books. Throughout his life, he visited bookstores and came home with stacks. He loved to study and learn from the greats he admired, from Chaplin to Disney to Michelangelo. He aspired to be studied and appreciated in the same way, to be respected as an artist, not a tabloid oddity.

It is my hope that Man in the Music will be a book that does that for Michael Jackson. He deserves it. He is, after all, one of the most culturally significant and artistically unique artists of the past century.

We’ve seen enough tabloid-style books make the bestseller list. Perhaps there are enough of us interested in the “man in the music” to prove that a book of substance can do it too.

Copies of Man in the Music are now available at your local Barnes & Noble and Please also check out the premier of a fan-organized effort I have endorsed called Pay Michael Forward to learn about contests, prizes and creative ways readers are sharing Man in the Music.

Thank you for your support!


Joe Vogel

Rev B Kaufmann of Inner Michael says:

What a marvelous idea—to “pay Michael forward.” It is time. In fact it’s long overdue—to elevate Michael Jackson and his musical legacy to its rightful place in history.

Rev. Kaufmann, author of Inner Michael and a frequent Huffington Post writer, reviewed “Man in the Music” and was so impressed that she joined the staff of “Pay Michael Forward.” She believes that if enough people order Joe’s book between November 1st and November 4th, the sales will push it to the top of the Amazon best seller list.

She says this will get their attention as the media sees the popularity of a positive musical biography rise and with the help of traffic on this site and readers‘ participation, we might even see Man in the Music on the New York Times best seller list.

Rev. Kaufmann is asking everyone here to go and purchase more books– perhaps another one for yourself, a couple more to give as Christmas gifts and one to donate to your local library so they have a positive book on Michael Jackson on their shelves.

Rev. Kaufmann is so excited about this book that she is hosting and sponsoring a contest with Pay Michael Forward and Man in the Music readers. Those who purchase 2 or more books in the November 1st – November 13th window will be eligible for prizes and will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.


Due to a temporary glitch at Amazon and the losses sustained by that, the campaign to get “Man in the Music” onto bestseller lists has been extended to Midnight, Sunday, November 13.  The Amazon glitch is now fixed, so you may once again purchase Joe’s book from Amazon if you wish.

Man in the Music, an extraordinary work by Vogel—a man who pays meticulous attention to fact and detail, brings us the musical life of an inspired millennial genius who lived among us. Michael Jackson’s legacy, unjustly tarnished by a breathless eagerness to unleash darkness—courtesy of a twentieth century press gone mad—is polished once again in a glowing tribute to a man who not only changed the world, but united it in many ways.

Michael’s musical prowess shines throughout this rich and thoroughly researched chronicle of a music man who informed the culture of the twentieth century, marked the milestones of countless human lives, and brought hope and inspiration to an entire generation resigned to giving up on itself and on the world. Michael was singularly responsible for saving many lives of idealistic youth who considered suicide as an exit strategy from a world seen as cynical and hopeless by a whole generation.

Michael’s music soothed those who had become restless and disillusioned with the pseudo-puritanical mood of the twentieth century and its hypocrisy, its treatment of culture and celebrity, and its out-of-control hysteria and madness: tabloid journalism on steroids. The openly sardonic and mercenary press crucified this undeserving man while dissecting him and defining him as a mythical monster with no basis in fact.

Now, along comes the book Man in the Music to set the record straight and sound the final notes on the musical legacy of Michael Jackson. To intellectually honor a man whose music defined an era and a generation. It contrasts better than anything could, the hypocrisy of the industries that impacted the life of Jackson—the music industry, law enforcement and media.

In the midst of a misanthropic mind set created through illusion and sleight of hand via sleight of word, Joe Vogel brings light and truth to recorded history. Vogel reveals the wizardry that made the twentieth century’s song and dance man a legend in his own time and beyond his life in a world that didn’t understand or appreciate the artistic genius in its midst. Michael Jackson, conscripted and scripted as a twentieth century cultural mirror, is deliciously examined by an insightful academic and artist in his own right with the written word—Joseph Vogel.

About the contest:

Pay Michael Forward, Inner Michael, Voices Education Project will feature a contest and a push in sales for Joe’s book to push it to the number one spot on Amazon’s best seller list and then hopefully to the New York Times list.

Order two or more books and enter the contest by filling out the contest form on this page, at Inner Michael or at Voices. Using the link on the form will open another window where you may order books through the Voices Education Project link at Amazon and contributes a 5% commission to “Voices” who hosts the amazing “Words and Violence” curriculum dedicated to Michael Jackson and Lady Diana Spencer. PMF (Pay Michael Forward) encourages you to use that link as a win/win for everyone.

Order two or more books and become eligible for prizes:

Everyone who enters the contest will receive an invitation to a fireside chat via telephone and internet hosted by Rev. B at Inner Michael and featuring Joe Vogel and a surprise special guest. The date of the fireside chat is to be determined.

Winners will be determined by the number of books purchased; the grand prize winner will be determined by a drawing; and additional prizes will be awarded to those with the most creative ideas for how to promote the book Man in the Music and/or Pay Michael Forward, the website as judged by the PMF staff.

The First Place Winner will receive an additional signed copy of Man in the Music, a signed hardbound copy of Joe Vogel’s Earth Song and a giant poster “Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from Michael Jackson” by Amy Grace. And of course—an invitation to the fireside chat.

Second Place Winner will receive a signed copy of Earth Song, a small poster “Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from Michael Jackson” by Amy Grace. And of course—an invitation to the fireside chat.

Third Place Winner will receive a signed copy of Earth Song and a T-shirt designed by Amy Grace. And of course—an invitation to the fireside chat.

The Grand Prize winner will be determined by a drawing by Joe Vogel at a to-be-determined date filmed and presented on youtube. The winner will receive the Ultimate Collection by Michael Jackson, signed copies of Man in the Music and Earth Song. And of course—an invitation to the fireside chat.

Additional Prizes (signed copies of Joe’s book Earth Song) will be awarded to contestants who send in the most creative ideas of how to promote Joe Vogel’s books and the website Pay Michael Forward. Or, those who have already creatively promoted the books and website—tell us how you did it! The additional prize winners are judged and chosen by the PMF staff.

Good Luck and be sure to Pay Michael Forward!

Pay Michael Forward

Pay Michael Forward

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Oct 31 2011

Happy Halloween to Michael and MJ-777 Readers!

Category: Art,Books,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 7:52 pm

I wanted to share just one example of the magnificent artwork of Sunflowers for Michael’s Eliza Lo, who every week creates magnificent drawings to accompany the stunning flowers fans help deliver to Michael. For more about Sunflowers for Michael, visit this page:, and join Sunflowers for Michael on Facebook!

Happy Howwwloweeen to Michael and Fan-mily!

Happy Howwwloweeen to Michael and Fan-mily!

Thriller‘ has of course become pretty much a standard part of Halloween, so don’t miss this piece I did quite a while back all about Thriller, which includes details about the spooky house in the video, where the dance sequence was filmed, information about the Palace Threater whose marquee bore the words “Vincent Price Thriller” in the film, and best of all – the actual recording of all three verses of Vincent Price’s spooky rap in the song, including Michael, Vincent Price, and Michael’s sound engineer Bruce Swedien. Rod Temperton wrote three verses of that rap, but we only typically hear two of them!  You can hear all three here.

But wait, there’s more. . .

Michael’s messy room was scary!

During the filming of ‘Thriller‘, photography director Bob Paynter learned that Michael was a messy boy.

Bob Paynter, from Yarmouth UK remembers filming Michael Jackson’s music video for Thriller, which went on to become one of the greatest ever made.

Back in 1983, cameraman Bob Paynter was asked to film the music video for Thriller. The offer came from Hollywood director John Landis, who had taken on the project after Michael Jackson had seen John’s film American Werewolf in London and asked him to re-create it for one of his records.

Bob’s notes on Jackson 25 years later Bob, didn’t know who Michael Jackson was at the time, but he’d previously worked with John Landis on films such as Trading Places, and enjoyed their partnership, so took the job.

Electrifying” Bob first met Michael in the Betty Reynolds rehearsal rooms in Los Angeles rehearsing the famous dance routine for Thriller – in full make-up and prosthetics. He remembers: “Michael seemed shy with a quiet disposition, but his dancing was electrifying and had to be seen to be believed. He was just so talented.

He was very pleasant and polite – asking me about my family and the other films I had made. Michael was a real movie buff and absolutely loved Disney films.

After the rehearsals those working on the video went back to Michael’s house where Bob got a full tour and was very impressed with the fairytale decor and atmosphere.

He was not impressed however with [Michaels] bedroom, which he says was: “untidy, full of loads of souvenirs he’d collected through his career and had a huge pet boa constrictor in the corner!”

Bob laughs at the memories of John Landis being made to hold the snake and of them all watching a Chevy Chase film together on Michael’s projector.

Bob says: “I’m proud to have worked on Thriller – but I’m never totally happy with my work. I can always find things that I would have done differently.

Not only did he film the memorable video – he was also an extra in it. In the cinema scenes Bob sat next to Michael and actress, Ola Ray – who played his girlfriend on screen. The director, John Landis, gave Bob the job of making Ola act more scared!

Working with Michael had a profound effect on me. I’ve filmed many icons but none made me want to write down my memories of meeting them like he did.

SOURCE: Victoria Bartlett, BBC –

Whats in the bag?

Douglas Kirkland shares: On the second or third day, someone brought a bag in, and out came Michael’s pet snake Muscles. We didn’t know what was in the bag, so some people were a little less than comfortable when he came out. And Michael got a giggle from how people responded to Muscles. He liked to hold him in his lap, and it made him feel in control. He was totally at ease when Muscles was there.

SOURCE: Book, ‘The Making of Thriller

Michael on the set of 'Thriller' with Muscles and Bill Bray

Michael on the set of 'Thriller' with Muscles and Bill Bray

Michael’s locked in his room!

When shooting was finished, [John] Landis and Folsey worked every night in an editing room on the Universal Studios lot; after the original editor departed for another project, Folsey took over cutting. Jackson liked to hang out with Landis and Folsey while they worked, driving himself and arriving in the editing room at about nine P.M. They’d bring in his preferred dinner of salad and brown rice and vegetables. “We’d look at cut footage and talk about things, and it was always fun,” says Folsey. “He was very appreciative and had good ideas.” All three were pleased with the way the short film was shaping up, and looked forward to the premiere at the Crest Theatre, in Westwood, on November 14. When Jackson departed at one or two in the morning, he’d find mash notes on the windshield of his Rolls.

About two weeks before the premiere, Michael called Branca and, hyperventilating and speaking in a halting voice, ordered him to destroy the negative of “Thriller.” After much cajoling he revealed the reason for his decision. “He said the Jehovah’s Witnesses heard he was doing a werewolf video,” Branca recalls. “They told him that it promoted demonology and they were going to excommunicate him.” Branca conferred with Folsey and Landis, and all agreed that the “Thriller” negative had to be safeguarded. Landis immediately removed the film canisters from the lab and delivered them to Branca’s office, where they were locked up.

Next, according to Landis, he got a call from Jackson’s security chief, Bill Bray, who reported that the singer had been in his room with the door locked for three days, refusing to come out. Landis drove to the Encino estate. “Bill and I kicked in the door, knocked it down, and Michael was lying there. He said, ‘I feel so bad.’ I said, ‘Michael, have you eaten?’ He hadn’t eaten. It was weird. I just said, ‘Look, I want you to see a doctor right now.’”

Landis returned to see Jackson the next day and found him at Frank DiLeo’s house, a few blocks from the Encino estate, in a more cheerful state. He apologized for issuing the order to destroy “Thriller”: “I’m sorry, John. I’m embarrassed.” Landis then informed the star that his directive had been ignored. “I said, ‘Michael, I wouldn’t let it be destroyed.’ He went, ‘Really? Because I think it’s really good.’ I go, ‘Michael, it’s great and you’re great.’

Still, Jackson was concerned about the video’s content. Branca, desperate to mollify his client, invented a ruse. “I said, ‘Mike, did you ever watch Bela Lugosi in Dracula ?’ He goes, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Do you know that he was a devout Christian?’ I was just making it up. And I said, ‘Did you ever notice there were, like, disclaimers on those movies?’ He goes, ‘No.’ ‘So, Michael, before we destroy this film, let’s put a disclaimer on it saying that this does not reflect the personal convictions of Michael Jackson.’ ‘Oh!’ He liked it.” Problem solved. Says Landis, “You know, what’s wonderful about Michael—this is where genius comes in. No matter how wacky something was, it always had some amazing benefit. That disclaimer caused a lot of talk, and it generated a lot of interest.

The A-list turned out for the premiere at the 500-seat historic Crest Theatre: Diana Ross, Warren Beatty, Prince, Eddie Murphy. “I’ve been to the Oscars, the BAFTAs, the Emmys, and the Golden Globes, and I had never seen anything like this,” remembers Landis. Ola Ray looked for Jackson before the lights went down and found him in the projection booth. He told her that she looked beautiful, but refused her entreaty to come sit in the audience. “This is your night,” he told her. “You go enjoy yourself.” Landis warmed up the audience with a new print of the Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Band Concert.” Then came “Thriller,” with its sound mix cranked up to top volume. Fourteen minutes later the crowd was on its feet, applauding and crying, “Encore! Encore!” Eddie Murphy shouted, “Show the goddamn thing again!” And they did.

SOURCE: The Thriller Diaries

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Oct 10 2011

Some thoughts on the second week of the Conrad Murray trial

Category: Books,Justice,MJ QuotesSeven @ 2:09 am
"Our Eyes are Windows to the World" -MJ

"Our Eyes are the Windows to the World" -MJ

Once again, I am not going to give a detailed analysis of each witness but rather just share some thoughts about various aspects of the week’s proceedings and developments I personally found interesting.

If you want a detailed and well-done transcription of each day’s proceedings and each witness’s answers to examination by the prosecution and the defense, you can find those at MJJ Community. Also, if you are unable to watch the trial live, some trial video footage is being archived here:


The week began with the testimony of Dr. Thao Nyguen who works at UCLA as a cardiologist/scientist. Dr. Nyguen was visibly annoyed with the cross-examination by Chernoff however she held her own quite well.

Dr. Nguyen was assisting Dr. Richelle Cooper who testified last week. Dr. Nguyen asked Murray what time he had given MJ the Ativan. Murray stated he did not know. Dr. Nguyen stated that Murray told him he found MJ not breathing. Dr. Nguyen asked what time that was. Murray stated he did not know. Dr. Nguyen stated that she then asked Murray what time was 911 called. Murray stated he did not know and that he had no concept of time because he did not have a watch. Dr. Nguyen stated she asked for an estimate from Murray about the time between when he found MJ not breathing to the time he called 911. Murray was not able (or refused) to give such an estimate. This is very interesting because later when we hear Murray’s interview with police investigators, Murray states that he looked at his watch to determine if enough time had gone by to give MJ another sedative when the previous one didn’t seem to be working.

Dr. Nguyen also flatly stated on pressure from the defense that “I don’t use Propofol when there’s no procedure being done“. Defense attorney Flanagan says that’s because she never practiced outside a hospital. Dr. Nguyen said she does work outside a hospital setting and she would never use Propofol in an outpatient setting.

She also stated that she always uses an anesthesiologist in procedures and that at least 3 people will be in the room: cardiologist, anesthesiologist and a nurse. She asserted that propofol would be administered in a designated place, with designated personnel and necessary equipment and that a crash cart should be available. Dr. Nguyen insisted that since propofol can cause negative effects and that it doesn’t have an antidote, one should be prepared for the worst when giving propofol before they even start administering it. All of these things are simply appropriate standards of care that must be followed when propofol is used. And unfortunately, it is these standards of care that Conrad Murray failed to follow in treating Michael Jackson.

Stacey Ruggles had worked for Conrad Murray since 1997 and helped him open his Houston office. That office was opened on July 10th, 2006 and was opened in Murray’s father’s memory, treating mostly patients on a fixed income (Medicare most likely).

On cross-examination by the prosecution (Brazil), Ms. Ruggles stated that Conrad Murray had two offices: one in Houston, and one in Las Vegas. This is interesting because Conrad Murray was having drugs and supplies shipped to his third non-existent “office” in LA. This “office” was actually his mistress Nicole Alvarez’s apartment where he is currently living full time and has been since around April/May 2009 – and paying Alvarez’s $2500/month rent and other expenses.

Murray’s $1 million Las Vegas home, in which he had lived with his wife Blanche, has now been repossessed and sold.. Says the LasVegas News:

Dr Conrad Murray has been dealt another huge blow… his ­$1million Las Vegas home has been repossessed.

Murray fought ­desperately to hang on to the ­four-bedroom ­property in a gated community.

But the star’s personal ­physician, who has a string of mistresses and has fathered several children with ­different women, failed to keep up the mortgage ­payments.

One medical supplier, SeaCoast Medical Supply, whose sales rep (Sally Herschberg) testified on October 4th, refused to ship supplies to the LA residential address Murray currently occupies with Ms. Alvarez, calling the request to do so a “red flag“.

We heard from three of Murray’s female interests this week: Michelle Bella, Sade Anding, and Nicole Alvarez. Sade Anding, if you remember, was the one Murray called at 11:51 a.m. on June 25th, 2009 and realized after several moments of talking that Murray was no longer on the line. Anding says she heard “mumbling and coughing” in the background. Police detectives later contacted Anding as part of their investigation and Murray apologized to her for this, offering up his lawyer to accompany her to the police interview.

Nicole Alvarez is the 29-year-old mother of Murray’s latest child born in March, 2009 and with whom Murray currently lives and has lived since 2009. During her testimony, Alvarez behaved more like she had been called for some sort of performance audition than someone who had been called to testify at a manslaughter trial, the seriousness of this case obviously escaping her.  When the prosecution (Brazil) asked her what type of work she does, she stated she is an “actress”, and that in May/June 2009 she was busy “maintaining her instrument” (ie: her body).

It seems Murray used Michael Jackson’s name and fame and the fact that he was MJ’s doctor to impress more than one of his female interests. All of them testified that Murray had mentioned to them that he was a doctor for Jackson. For Nicole Alvarez, though, Murray had arranged a special meeting between her and Michael. It had been a surprise and Alvarez stated she was “speechless” upon meeting Michael, and that Michael was very interested in the pregnancy and the child, wanting to set up times to see the boy once he was born. Also, according to Nicole Alvarez’s testimony, she had gone to Michael’s home an additional 2-3 times and was expecting to accompany Murray to London during the tour.

During the preliminary hearings in January, Nicole Alvarez stated that she knew Murray was to make $150,000/month working for Michael on the ‘This Is It‘ tour because she saw the faxed contract. However, when questioned about this last week, she stated that she doesn’t remember this now.

During April, May, and June 2009, several packages were delivered to Alvarez’s apartment. Some she signed for herself, while others were left at her door or in a common area. Murray was also receiving regular mail at her address during that time. Packages were received at Alvarez’s apartment on 4/8, 4/29, 5/1, 5/13, 5/15, 6/11, and 6/16/2009.

Phone records show that Conrad Murray also phoned Alvarez as he was on his way to UCLA medical center on the afternoon of June 25th, telling her what was going on so that she would not be alarmed when she saw it on the news. Murray had also returned to Alvarez’s home that evening on June 25th, 2009.

Applied Pharmacy began doing business with Conrad Murray in earnest around March/April 2009. On April 8th, an order was delivered to Murray’s Las Vegas office. Conrad Murray removed some of the order and asked the rest to be shipped to his “office” in LA. Murray had ordered propofol, lorazepam, midazolam, benoquin, from Applied Pharmacy. On the weekend of May 14th, 2009, Tim Lopez was planning to drive to LA airport. Rather than charging Murray delivery fees, Lopez offerred to drive the items to Murray’s “office” in LA, but Murray refused saying there was no need for it and asked Lopez to just ship them as he always does. It seems Murray probably didn’t want Lopez to know that his LA “office” was an apartment/private residence rather than a professional establishment.

Lopez testified that Murray had ordered 255 bottles of Propofol. 20 vials of Lorazepam. 60 vials of Midazolam from Applied Pharmacy. Remember, this is the equivalent to about 4 gallons of propofol.

On October 5th, Stephen Marx, a computer forensics analyst, testified in regards to data recovered from Murray’s iPhone. Of particular interest were emails from Connie Ng to Conrad Murray regarding medical records and test results for MJ (using various aliases MJ used), an email from a Bob Taylor in the UK requesting MJ’s medical records for insurance purposes, and a response from Murray to Taylor indicating that MJ refused / didn’t want to provide the records, while insisting MJ’s health was fine:

Dear Bob, I am in receipt of your email. I spoke with Mr. Jackson and requested release of his medical records in order for you to procure a cancellation policy for his show, however the request was denied. I therefore request that AEG consult with kindly with Mr. Jackson for its relevance because he is under the impression that he is already secured in the US. As far as the statements published by the press, let me say they’re all fallacious to the best of my knowledge. Sincerely, Conrad Murray

More interesting was a call / voicemail from Frank DiLeo on 6/20 which was played:

Dr. Murray this is Frank Dileo, Michael’s manager, I’m the short guy with no hair. I’m sure you know Michael had an episode last night, he’s sick. …I think you need to get a blood test on him, we gotta see what he’s doing.

And last and most heartwrenching, the remainder of that recording Murray made on May 10th, 2009, of a very sedated Michael Jackson. The transcript of the recording is as follows:

MJ: Elvis didn’t do it. Beatles didn’t do it. We have to be phenomenal. When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I’ve never seen nothing like this. Go. It’s amazing. He’s the greatest entertainer in the world” I’m taking that money, a million children, children’s hospital, the biggest in the world, Michel Jackson’s Children’s Hospital. Gonna have a movie theatre, game room. Children are depressed. The — in the hospitals, no game room, no movie theatre. They’re sick because they’re depressed. Their mind is depressing them. I want to give them that. I care about them, them angels. God wants me to do it. God want me to do it. I’m gonna do it , Conrad.
CM: I know you would
MJ: Don’t have enough hope, no more hope. That’s the next generation that’s gonna save our planet, starting with — we’ll talk about it. United States, Europe. Prague, my babies. They walk around with no mother. They drop them off, they leave — a psychological degradation of that . They reach out to me — please take me with you.
CM: Mmnh.mmmnh
MJ: I want to do that for them.
CM: Mmnh mmmnh
MJ: I’m gonna do that for them. That will be remembered more than my performances. My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them. I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it. Heal The World, We Are The World, Will You Be There, The Lost Children. These are the songs I’ve written because I hurt. You know I hurt.
CM: are you okay
MJ: I’m asleep

You can listen to this recording here:

Defense attorney Tom Mesereau has surmised that Murray likely made this recording for devious purposes. It is difficult to imagine why a doctor would sedate a patient to this extent and then record the patient without his knowledge for any other than a devious reason. From the Joy Behar show recently, the pertinent part of the transcript with Mesereau’s comment is as follows:

BEHAR: — audio of Michael Jackson that Conrad Murray recorded. Michael`s speech is slow and slurring, like he`s under the influence of something. Do you believe, first of all — do you believe first of all that it was Michael on the recording?

MESEREAU: Well, I have to assume it was. That`s what the prosecutors are saying, and I think nobody has really disputed that. I was horrified when I heard it because, you know, I represented Michael Jackson through that five-month trial and for many months before that. I never ever heard him talk that way.

During the time I was working with him, which was a very difficult stressful time, he was always articulate, always conversational, always cooperative. A delightful client to work with, and I never ever heard him that way. So it was just tragic and just very disheartening to hear that.

The other thing I want to say is, that I consider Michael to have been one of the nicest, kindest human beings ever created. He had a mission to try and help the world. Even when he`s intoxicated, if he is, and slurring his words and it`s very sad to listen to, he still was talking about building a children`s hospital. That`s the Michael I knew — caring, decent, honorable, and wanting to use his greatest talents to help the world.

BEHAR: Yes. And also very interested in his audience and giving them the best show, even when he is slurring and under some kind of sedation. That is obvious to me.

But the thing I can`t make sense of is why Conrad Murray would record this in the first place? Do you have any thoughts on that?

MESEREAU: Yes, I do. Unfortunately, Michael Jackson attracted one profiteer after another. I don`t think Michael really trusted any adult. He was just — felt that everyone who got near him eventually, you know, showed their true colors and wanted to get something out of him.

Unfortunately, I think this doctor recorded him so he could sell that recording and make some money. It sounds horrible, but I believe it`s true because many other people tried it throughout his lifetime.

Elyssa Fleak has been a coroner’s investigator for 8 years. She testified in regards to the items she found at the residence during her investigation. Chernoff on cross-examination tried to badger this witness into admitting that she had done a “bad job” on this investigation, having not worn gloves when handling some of the bottles and having moved evidence around in order to photograph it. Fleak had previously subpoenaed MJ’s medical records from Chernoff but only received older records from he and Murray dating back to 2006 – 2008 – nothing from 2009.

It’s interesting to note that Michael Jackson’s fingerprints were not found on any bottles or syringes at the scene. It seems a far stretch then to claim that MJ could have self-administered propofol if his fingerprints are nowhere to be found on any of these items.

Bottles of drugs found at MJ's home

Bottles of drugs found at MJ's home

Bottles of drugs found at MJ's home

Bottles of drugs found at MJ's home

Toxicologist Dan Anderson testified on October 5th and presented his findings in regards to exactly what drugs were found in Michael’s blood, urine, vitreous fluid, and liver. It is interesting to note that no Demerol, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, morphine, or any other such substances were detected. No drugs were detected in Michael Jackson’s body other than those administered to him on June 25th, 2009 by Conrad Murray.

"Not Detected" - except those drugs administered by Conrad Murray

"Not Detected" - except those drugs administered by Conrad Murray

"Not Detected" - except those drugs administered by Conrad Murray

"Not Detected" - except those drugs administered by Conrad Murray

DA Walgren on cross-examination of Dan Anderson, clearly repeated that no Demerol was found in Jackson’s system. Since the defense’s initial assertion in opening statements was that MJ had difficulty sleeping due to Demerol being administered to him by Arnold Klein and that he was addicted to Demerol, it is important to point this out as the evidence directly contradicts that assertion.

Propofol, lidocaine, and flumenzil were found in the IV on the syringe and the short end of the tubing but not in the longer portion of the tubing or the saline bag. Mr. Anderson drew a sketch to illustrate what he’d found:

Propofol was found in the short part of the tubing where the "Y" connector is

Propofol was found in the short part of the tubing where the "Y" connector is

Propofol was found in the short part of the tubing where the "Y" connector is

Propofol was found in the short part of the tubing where the "Y" connector is

During Anderson’s testimony, the defense attempted to confuse Anderson by insinuating that MJ had swallowed extra lorazepam while Murray was out of the room. Flanagan asked if Mr. Anderson came to understand that propofol was the most important drug in the case, Anderson stated that he did. Flanagan asked if lorazepam was important. Anderson he thinks it is important, but that it does not raise a flag. Anderson stated that propofol in any case is important, while lorazepam was in therapeutic range, and that he previously testified that propofol was within range only a proper setting. When Flanagan asked what does a setting have to do with therapeutic range, Anderson stated that it’s very important. Flanagan stated that therapeutic range is desired effect. Anderson affirmed this – yes. Flanagan stated that the literature does not take into consideration the setting, yet Anderson stated that every piece of drug literature takes setting into consideration.

Finally on Friday LAPD detective Scott Smith testified and the full interview between the LAPD and Murray was played. Some interesting things to note are that Murray’s timeline given to police does not match the timelines given by paramedics, UCLA personnel, or those indicated in phone records. There are discrepancies regarding when Murray found Michael not breathing, what drugs he gave to MJ, how long he was out of the room, whether he witnessed Michael’s cardiac arrest or not, why he didn’t sign the death certificate, who ordered the autopsy, when the IV catheter was pulled out of Michael’s leg, just to mention a few. The excuse Murray gives for not calling 911 immediately is that he had to try to resuscitate Michael and did not want to abandon him. The fact that Murray had already abandoned him (along with the use of appropriate standards of care when administering propofol) somehow does not register in Murray’s mind or if it does, he apparently wishes to detract attention from this.

This interview with LAPD detectives was the first time Murray had ever mentioned having administered propofol to Michael. Murray did not divulge this information to paramedics or UCLA personnel on June 25th, 2009. Also, as I stated earlier, in this interview Murray mentions looking at his watch to keep track of time between dosages of sedatives he gave Michael, yet at UCLA when questioned by Dr. Thao Nyguen, Murray stated that he didn’t know timelines, because he didn’t have a watch. He did have a cellphone – two of them as a matter of fact, but still claimed he could not calculate timelines.

Dr. David Adams, fingered by Murray during his interview with LAPD investigators, is said to be furious and planning to sue Murray over his claims, according to Adams’ attorney Liborius Agwara. Adams is slated to testify later in the trial. Murray told investigators that in March or April 2009, he witnessed Dr. David Adams administer propofol to MJ in a cosmetology office. Dr. Adams flatly denies Murray’s claim and said he had administered propofol to Michael four times for dental procedures – never in a cosmetologist’s office, and never outside a medical setting. On “Issues with Jane Valez-Mitchell” (HLN), on October 7th, 2011, Libo Agwara furiously defended his client (Dr. Adams) and claimed:

  • Dr. Adams has only met Murray once
  • Murray is lying
  • his client has only given Michael Jackson propofol 4 times in 2008 in a medical setting when Michael had dental work done
  • Murray told Dr. Adams he could get somebody to join the tour for less money than his client was asking
  • his client turned down Murray’s offer to join Murray on the London tour
  • Murray was pressuring local doctors to give MJ propofol as far back as 2007 (?)
  • Murray overruled Michael Jackson and hired himself
  • Murray didn’t want anybody else close to MJ
  • Murray had total control over MJ
  • Murray killed MJ himself
  • Adams will be looking to file a lawsuit against Conrad Murray
  • Adams does not administer propofol to anyone outside of a medical setting

Dr. Adams had previously railed against Murray’s claims, but apparently upon hearing the LAPD/Murray interview, Adams became even more furious with Murray, and along with that, more litigious.

The entire transcript of Murray’s June 27th 2009 interview with LAPD detectives can be found here:  I have not completely read through it yet myself, but will be doing so as time permits.

Also, remember there are opinion-free livestream links that you can utilize rather than giving HLN, TMZ, Jane Valez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace, and other talking-head pundits ratings and traffic:

Live Stream Link 1:

Live Stream Link 2:

For a trial schedule, go to this link:–details-and-live-stream/8368739

You may also wish to read other documents related to the trial. You may access them at this link:

Court Documents:


Finally, on a happier note, Joe Vogel has told us that his book “Earth Song: Michael Jackson’s Magnum Opus” is available in hard-copy! Earth Song is the last song Michael performed before he sadly left this earth and Joe’s essay on this song and the importance of Michael’s humanitarian legacy is an important thing to focus on particularly during the trial. If you remember, this essay was previously only available in digital format. Many people had asked for it in hard-copy format and for those people, it’s now available. It will be available internationally as soon as it gets through distribution channels, probably in a week or two. About this, Joe says:

I’m hoping in the midst of this very difficult trial it will remind people of MJ, the artist and humanitarian.

Now available in hard copy! For information, see:

Now available in hard copy! For information, see:

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Jun 04 2011

Jealousy, avarice, deception, willful ignorance: all impediments to the truth

Category: Books,JusticeSeven @ 3:18 am

Turn towards the Truth.

Turn to truth.

Just a day or so ago, I wrote about Kathy Hilton’s interview with CNN and their deceptive editing of that interview which left out key facts about Michael and his behavior, namely that Mrs. Hilton stated that he was not a drug addict. It’s important to note that her observance of this was just months before Michael allegedly died of “drug addiction” — if one believes the media’s hype, misinformation, and willful ignorance on the matter, disregarding what the autopsy says, and what many others like Mrs Hilton and Dr. Patrick Treacy say.

It seems that perhaps CNN did not, for some reason, want that part of the interview left on their site. I’m reminded that Investigation Discovery has also refused to air the interview with Dr. Patrick Treacy in which he shared that Michael would never, ever allow anyone to administer anesthesia to him without a qualified anesthetist present.

After Mrs. Hilton appeared on CNN, she showed up on The View. Admittedly, I cannot, with the exception of Whoopie Goldberg, tolerate most of the hosts of that program – particularly Joy Behar – who was her ‘usual self‘ during that segment, rudely interrupting Mrs. Hilton who had begun speaking about Michael in very positive terms. Behar interrupted in order to inject the common and snide media insinuation that Michael himself somehow created his negative image in the public eye. Behar says something to the effect of: “the person you put out there is what people pick up on“.

You can watch here. Look around 6:00 where Mrs. Hilton begins talking about Michael. Shortly after, Joy Behar interrupts with her allegation.

Behar is suggesting that Michael himself was responsible for the negative caricature created of him by the media. Michael tried his entire life to show people who he really was: doing the Oprah interview, doing that tragic Bashir interview, etc. — but it was always twisted to the negative, sliced and diced, taken out of context, defined as ‘strange‘, made into something sinister, and demonized. Whatever Michael did or said, it was turned into the worst thing that could be made of it.

It wasn’t Michael who negatively manipulated the public’s opinion of him. It wasn’t Michael when he was alive and it certainly isn’t now! It was (and is) Bashir, Behar, Walters, Dimond, Orth, and many others in the establishment media who manipulated the truth and demonized Michael, always focusing on anything but who he really was ie: anything but the truth. They made an entire industry and several careers off of spinning lies and hiding facts.

That’s probably why that CNN interview with K. Hilton & Piers Morgan was ultimately chopped off in the middle. They are protecting their revenue stream re: Michael Jackson. They have defined him (‘marketed‘ him, if you will) as a drug addict. Particularly since he’s died, that has been their “meme“. K. Hilton clearly stated (having seen him just a few months before he died) that he was not a drug addict and that she saw no sign of such. But perhaps the media doesn’t particularly want that out there. It’s not consistent with their profitable characterization of the man as a ‘freak, wierdo, pedophile, and drug addict‘.

The establishment “infotainment” media (and it is allinfotainment” at best if one is generous) has zero integrity because that’s how they work – particularly the Bashirs and the Breitbarts – but really all the establishment media. They cut, twist, and demonize and sensationalize – until the truth is nowhere to be found except on blogs or by people who are truly paying attention. They are often essentially character assassins for profit.

In case there might be some logistical reason why that video was chopped off, I checked CNN’s video site. There are other videos there that are up to 11 minutes long. So it wasn’t that they had to cut the video short to fit some time or space constraints. The Piers Morgan interview with Kathy Hilton was just over 7 minutes long. The small part left on CNN’s site after it was edited was only 3-4 minutes long. What else can explain why the ‘Michael Jackson‘ portion of this video was cut so short just after it was originally posted?

To CNN’s credit, they did at least leave the entire transcript intact.

The flogging of Michael and his memory never ends though. The next day, this jagged little jewel turned up on my Twitter timeline:,56798/2/

The author of this article seems to be incredibly ignorant about who Michael Jackson was as an entertainer, businessman and person, and thus way off the mark about Michael’s artistic, business, and personal motives. Obviously insanely jealous of Michael, whilst shockingly unfamiliar with his chosen subject, Steven Hyden even makes the oft-uttered and entirely untrue media(loid) claim that Michael dubbed himself the “King of Pop“. Wrong. Elizabeth Taylor crowned Michael the “King of Pop, Rock, and Soul“.  And as one commenter mentioned below, we’ve learned since her death that the media themselves may have crowned him even before that.

Regardless, it is clear that Michael did not choose that title for himself, nor did he ever insist that anyone apply it to him in any circumstances. A simple Google search would have bore that out. This is not a case of bad research. It’s a case of no research. It’s a case of what appears to be a hopelessly envious person just wanting to spit vitriol at what he believes to be some sort of competition.

Says Hyden, in an acidic and sneering tone that is consistent through his entire narcissistic diatribe:

When Bad failed to out-do Thriller, Jackson only amped up the bluster, insisting that the media refer to him by the self-applied moniker “The King Of Pop” when promoting the release of 1991’s Dangerous.

-Steven Hyden

Talk about some amped up “bluster“. That was a sizeable tornado of it right there!

Joe Vogel, the author I’ve featured here previously, and whose book “Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson” is due out November 1st, had something to say about Steven Hyden’s diatribe:

I read the AV Club article on MJ’s Bad. Hyden starts out with a compelling question: Why the insanely vitriolic response to this album?

But then proceeds to offer most of the same reductive, petty, predictable nonsense that’s been written about MJ for decades. As usual, most of this is mythology, speculation, and pseudo-pscyhoanalysis.

I actually interviewed people who worked on this album.

They speak of an artist and person who is multi-dimensional: passionate, kind, funny, shy and HUMAN, not a caricature or corporation.

Did MJ want to sell 100 million copies? Yes. But why? That’s the question critics never really consider.

The assumption is that he was this vain, calculating, materialistic “entertainer” targeting demographics.

The truth is that since he was young, he was told black artists couldn’t be the best. He wanted to prove them wrong.

He wanted to be the best: commercially AND artistically.

He believed in his music and wanted it to reach as many people as possible.

I address all this in my book. Bottom line: the MJ media caricature is nothing like the artist who worked tirelessly on Bad for 3 years.

-Joe Vogel

Joe Vogel is an author, freelance journalist, and instructor. Look for his book “Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson“, due out in November, 2011. You can pre-order the book at

You always expect [inaccurate reporting] from the Star Magazine and National Inquirer, their business is built on misinformation. But, when it spills over into the mainstream media and they would perpetuate these lies and innuendos-I just couldn’t fathom that…these are supposed to be news-people. You’d think they’d check something before they talked about it. Because a good news-person has to have a basis [for what they are saying]…but [the media] were just willing to repeat this stuff.

-David Nordahl on the gross character assassination of his friend of 20 years, Michael Jackson – from the Reflections on the Dance Interview.

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