May 04 2011

Remember ‘Dangerous Liaisons’? It’s back

Category: Books,JusticeSeven @ 10:06 am

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UPDATE

The PR firm/publishing company who had previously posted a promotional page for this book has now removed Carl Toms’ book “Dangerous Liaisons” from its site. The company was unaware of Toms’ and company’s true identity.

At this time, please do not publicly share links (on Facebook, Twitter, messageboards, etc.) to any sources which promote or sell his book. We do not want to fall into Toms’ trap of inadvertently doing his/their PR work for him out of anger and upset at what he’s doing. At this time, such activity can be counterproductive.

Instead, if you have additional information, please leave me a comment here (Comments are moderated and private until/unless I publish them). I will then pass the info you send me onto the team working on this and we will formulate a coordinated response. Thank you.

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StopCreepyBookMonths ago, we introduced you to ‘Carl Toms’, pedophelia-promoting author of this seedy book about Michael called ‘Dangerous Liaisons‘. We learned that ‘Carl Toms‘ is a pseudonym for what may actually be convicted pedophile Thomas O’Carroll. And we launched a campaign to stop the book’s publication – and we succeeded.

Now, the book has resurfaced again for publication. Today, I was alerted to an article which says, in part:

MICHAEL JACKSON: SABOTAGED ‘WORK OF GENIUS’ TO BE RELAUNCHED

A controversial study of Michael Jackson’s intimate friendships with young boys is being re-launched after angry fans sabotaged its debut last year.

Internationally renowned professors of psychiatry and criminology had hailed the 624-page scholarly biography Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons for its insight into the late King of Pop’s tortured psyche. One even called the book a “work of genius”. But the £20 tome was dropped by publishers Troubador after a relentless five-month pre-publication campaign by fans.

Fearing revived allegations over Jackson’s “sleepovers” with young boys, fans proved hell-bent on defending their idol’s innocence. Jackson was tried on child molestation charges in 2005 and acquitted.

The campaigners deluged Troubador with emails and attacked the company on thousands of websites, claiming Michael was about to be portrayed as a molester. This followed the appearance of the book’s blurb at online bookstore Amazon, months ahead of printing.

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Printed last April and pulled from Troubador’s lists in May, just weeks before the scheduled launch in June under the firm’s Matador imprint, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons is now distributed by Dangerous Books Ltd, and is available from www.dangerousbooks.co.uk. The book will be mailed to literary editors for review ahead of a new launch date, complete with press conference. Details to be announced.

I have deliberately not provided a link to this article because I do not want to help advertise the book or to boost sales or interest in it.

How anyone could call a seedy book portraying Michael as a pedophile and further glorifying pedophelia “a work of genius” is beyond my comprehension – but there it is. Again. Pedophelia is illegal in most countries and thus the publication of such a book which promotes it ought to be illegal as well, not to mention a serious case of libel because it insists that Michael Jackson was one of these horrible people. That is of course not true and that is why he was fully exonerated (acquitted) of all allegations and charges against him in 2005 in a U.S. court of law.

Some convicted pedophile who insists on abusing Michael’s name and memory in order to sell a book promoting this crime is not within his rights to overturn that verdict just to hawk a book like this.

I have alerted those who worked to stop this book last time and the estate has been notified.  I’ll keep you posted.

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May 29 2010

Troubador Halts Distribution of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Book

Category: Books,Children,JusticeSeven @ 3:23 am

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StopCreepyBookA week or so ago, I introduced you to ‘Carl Toms‘ (aka Thomas O’Carroll), a twice-convicted pedophile who penned the book ‘Dangerous Liaisons‘, using Michael Jackson’s INNNOCENT name to peddle the idea of legalizing child abuse, child rape, and pedophilia.  I’ve had an Advocacy Alert up about this book for months, changing it as new information about the book and the publisher and sellers came to light.

It seems that for now at least, the publisher, Troubador, has halted distribution of the book due to what it terms “legal advice” it has received about the book. The publisher insists than fan activism had nothing to do with its decision. However, it is suspected that fan investigations into the author’s true identity, and his past history and criminal record brought the true subject of the book to light in the eyes of some ‘powers that be‘, which may have resulted in said “legal advice” the publisher received.

After all, child abuse, child rape, and pedophilia are considered criminal acts and are illegal in most countries. And, Michael Jackson was acquitted (ie: Not Guilty) on all 14 counts against him and therefore use of his name for such a disgusting purpose is inappropriate, as well. That said, somewhere buried in its pages, the book does mention that Michael was innocent.

However the author nauseatingly asserts that pedophilia should not even be considered a crime at all … something which most of civilized society and most legal systems do not agree with, nor do I. And most assuredly, neither did Michael Jackson himself.

Simultaneously, I do not believe in persecuting the innocent in the manner in which Michael Jackson was persecuted over these extortionist allegations, nor do I believe it is the media’s place to decide if a man is guilty or innocent of an alleged crime, particularly after a trial in a court of law has been conducted and a verdict given.

Regardless the reason Troubador halted distribution of this incredibly pretentious, wrong-headed, immoral, and trashy book, we appreciate their having the common sense to do so.

Says the blurb at the publisher’s website:

Troubador withdraws Michael Jackson book

Troubador has ceased distribution of a self-published book written about Michael Jackson. Following new information that came to light on 18th May, the book’s distribution was immediately halted. The company has taken legal advice on its position, and may take further action.

There had been an ongoing, concerted campaign by some MIchael Jackson “fans” against the book’s release, but the company stresses that this ‘campaign’ is not the reason why distribution was halted.

The book no longer appears at Amazon.com when I do a search for it (unless I am searching in the wrong department or with the wrong term – but ‘dangerous liaisons‘ should turn it up as it did previously), so I am assuming it is gone from the site.

UPDATE 05-30-2010:

Please set a Google Alert for either Carl Toms and/or Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons. It is believed that he will seek another publisher for his book. We need to keep track of his activities. This is the alert site:  http://www.google.com/alerts


May 24 2010

‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Indeed. Let Me Introduce You to ‘Carl Toms’

Category: Children,JusticeSeven @ 1:16 pm

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Carl Toms aka 'Tom O'Carrol' - Child Abuser

Carl Toms aka 'Tom O'Carroll' - Child Abuser

Not only is this book a piece of poorly written fiction, it is also written by a twice convicted pedophile.

Carl Toms‘ is an identity created by convicted pedophile Thomas O’Carroll, and the name – ‘Carl Toms‘ – is as fictitious a name as the content of his book. O’Carroll himself admits his real name on page 572, 577 and 592 of his forthcoming book.

Dual nationality Anglo/Irish writer Thomas O’Carroll, was arrested and charged with distributing child pornography in 1981 and again in 2006. O’Carroll is also a well known activist and advocate for the promotion and acceptance of pedophilia.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/779431.police_charge_man_over_child_sex_ring/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/coventry_warwickshire/6196811.stm

Thomas O`Carroll – aka ‘Carl Toms‘ – is a former chairman of the now defunct Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and was at one time a prominent member of IPCE, formerly known as the International Paedophile and Child Emancipation. The goal of O’Carroll and all those connected via the pedophile networks – is to normalize pedophilia in the media and thus the public arena as part of wider, more insidious pro-pedophile agenda. Examples of O’Carroll’s writing;

http://www.ipce.info/newsletters/e_27/mj_1.htm

And:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pedophilia-Radical-Case-Tom-OCarrol/dp/0932870244

Distorting the nature of Michael Jackson’s relationships with and interest in children to rationalize his own sick sexuality and abuse of the most vunerable amongst us, Thomas O’ Carroll is also using the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death and Michael Jackson’s name as an easy way to advance the sales of his book.

Supporting the ‘work’ of a man who promotes the lowering of the age of consent to 12 years old and beyond, who wants to normalize the description and actuality of sex between adults and children in order to convince the public of its acceptability, is in reality – the support of child abuse.

Do not buy this book.
Do not endorse this book.
Do not mention the book’s title.
Do not ‘do’ Thomas Carroll’s ( Carl Toms) promotional work for him.
His new book on Amazon is the work of a criminal.

The truth is this simple: If you buy this book, you will be supporting pedophiles and the pedophile networks agenda. Think about that for a minute. Think about where your money would be going. You would be supporting the abuse of children – the complete opposite and negation of everything Michael stood for and advocated.

Thomas O’Carroll’s book – aka Carl Toms – is yet one more utterly false, slanderous insult to the life and legacy of Michael Jackson.

We ask all of the worldwide Michael Jackson community to support the offical boycott of this book.

Michael Jackson is not here to defend his name – or that of his children.

So we must.


Mar 03 2010

ADVOCACY Action Request: ‘Dangerous Liasons”, ‘Carl Toms’ Disgusting Book About MJ Soon For Sale on Amazon

Category: Seven @ 3:45 pm

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UPDATE

‘Carl Toms’ himself  MAY be a convicted pedophile who wants to make pedophelia LEGAL – and wants to use Michael Jackson’s good name to do it! Allforloveblog has the scoop on this new information: http://allforloveblog.com/?p=2379.

Allforloveblog asserts: “Carl Toms – Author of “Dangerous Liasons” is actually convicted pedophile TOM O’CARROLL“. True or NOT – the fact remains that this man has NO business using Michael Jackson’s good and INNOCENT name in this manner – regardless what his true motive is – and especially when Michael is not here to even speak for himself anymore.

We are CERTAIN Michael would not want his name to be used in this filthy manner!

Allforlove blog provides two important links about this book and the author’s motives, background, and about the ‘movement’ to make pedophelia ‘acceptable’ to society by latching themselves onto any name or group that can help them promote their incredibly sick and abusive ’cause’:

A book by “Carl Toms”–pseudonym for a convicted pedophile named Thomas O’Carroll–will be published in June by Troubador Publishing and is already on the internet in practically its full 600+ pages. Here’s a link to this poorly written, poorly cited and just plain trashy book.

http://tinyurl.com/24dd8au

Here’s what I think needs to be done:

Provide everyone with a link (above) to the book online. No one will feel compelled to buy it to see how trashy it is. However!–and this is key–ALSO include this link (below) to an article about how pedophiles are trying to make pedophilia as acceptable in society as homosexuality. To the pedos, it’s only a matter of time.

http://tinyurl.com/2w5zs6l

Actually, the pedos already crawled out from under their collective rock and tried to get connected to the gay and lesbian community. The gay and lesbian community won’t have anything to do with pedos. The article cited above, “Endorsement of Adult-Child Sex on Rise,” needs wide distribution as well.

The pedos are trying to conscript Michael Jackson to be their posthumous poster boy. We cannot let them do this! But don’t try–unless you have a really strong stomach–to rebut the pedos yourself. Simply post the link to the book that’s available online, thereby keeping money out of the pedo’s pocket, and include the article from The Washington Times that does all the rebutting for you.

advocacy

“Carl Toms” is planning to publish a VERY disgusting book about Michael called “Dangerous Liasons“, and it is expected to come out in June of 2010. The book seems to promote pedophelia and the author is apparently using Michael Jackson’s name to do it.

Action Requested: WRITE THE PUBLISHER at any or all of these email addresses:

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

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TAG THE BOOK ON AMAZON’S WEBSITE and leave a comment:

We are not yet able to leave comments on the book on Amazon but we can write letters to the publisher and also tag the book on the Amazon site.
Look for ‘Tags Customers Associate With This Product’
You’ll see tags like:
garbage
trash
lies
…and you can add your own.

You can tag the book with certain keywords. Scroll down and look for ‘Tags Customers Associate With This Product‘.   You’ll see tags like:  garbage •  trash • lies - and you can add your own tags (please be civil – NO foul language!).

For comments, go to the link where the book is sold and scroll down. You will find discussions about the book under ‘Customer Discussions / This Product’s Forum‘. Leave your comments there. Again, be factual, calm, and civil but firm!  No YELLING and no foul language!  Michael would not approve of that yelling, hysterics, and foul language!

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You may also write to AMAZON about this book at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/reports. Please respectfully ask them not to carry such books which denigrate Michael Jackson’s name and memory, as a matter of truth, conscience and respect for an INNOCENT, deceased man. The facts support the truth. The media and money-grubbing publishers wish to perpetuate the lies for profit. Any reputable bookseller would not participate in the sale of lies for profit and in degrading the name of the innocent when they are no longer here to speak for themselves. This is unconscionable and immoral.

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The following is a sample letter that people can follow when writing to the publishers of Carl Tom’s book.

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Date:

Troubador Publishing Ltd
5 Weir Road
Kibworth Beauchamp
Leicester ENGLAND LE8 0LQ

ATTN: Jeremy Thompson, Managing Director

Dear Mr. Thompson,

I’m writing to give you fair warning that your soon-published book “Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons” by Carl Toms disparages the reputation, person and legacy of Michael Jackson, and therefore the book will have a hard time generating any sales and that its publication may result in legal action from Mr. Jackson’s Estate. One reason for this is that the book apparently seems to promote the idea of pedophelia and is using Michael Jackson’s innocent and good name to do so.

To prove my point, I share with you the Customer Reviews page for Shmuley Boteach’s book, “The Michael Jackson Tapes,” at Amazon.com.

http://tinyurl.com/ybj7zqc

Boteach’s book was literally driven off the shelves in record time. Mr. Toms’ proposed book will be too, since it is slanderous and immoral in nature and doesn’t accurately portray Michael Jackson as the genius entertainer, generous humanitarian and loving father/brother/son/friend and innocent man that he was, and furthermore seeks to use his good name for a disgusting and immoral cause.

For too long, Michael’s dignity—his very person—was violated at its deepest dimension. He was the subject of a cruel spectacle on the world stage. Names were created by the media to ridicule him—“Wacko Jacko!”—and pejoratives—“Weird!” “Strange!” “Bizarre!”—were applied to him at every turn. The sole purpose in all this was to bring the rage of public opinion to bear on him so he would suffer to the very depths of his being.

Mainstream media, including publishers of books by disreputable authors with dubious agendas such as “Carl Tom” (otherwise apparently known as Tom O’Carroll, convicted pedophile), have turned into the schoolyard bully and disgusting leeches.

There exists a veritable army of Michael Jackson advocates and people with a moral conscience who refuse to accept further denigration of Michael Jackson’s character, legacy and reputation in this or any manner. We stand ready to take action against your book. Just because Michael passed away doesn’t mean he has no one looking after his interests and protecting his good name.

We further suggest that you carefully analyze your market. Michael Jackson Haters don’t care to spend money on such a book. Michael Jackson Advocates will destroy such a book. Word is already out among Michael Jackson advocates and others with a moral conscience worldwide that this book is not worth the paper it’s printed on.

Sincerely,

Your Name


Jul 07 2010

Abusing Michael’s Name For Their Cause – the McMarketing of Michael Jackson

Category: JusticeSeven @ 3:43 am

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Makes You Wanna Scream!

Makes You Wanna Scream!

In the past several months, we’ve seen several organizations ignorantly and belligerantly abuse the name of Michael Jackson and past allegations against him for their various ‘causes‘. First, there was ‘Stop-it-Now‘, which is an anti-child abuse organization. This organization had a page on its website which said the following:

In the midst of the hype around Michael Jackson’s death, the legacy of his life can directly help us prevent child sexual abuse. Let’s finally take stock of what we have still refused to see or productively confront—the warning sign behavior Michael Jackson exhibited towards children. Responsible adults should be able to separate his individual talent, transcendent image & global stardom from the personal weaknesses that went beyond eccentricities. -StopItNow.org

…until fans revolted and attempted to educate these Ignorami and demanded that the page be removed. As much as we support their cause and abhor child abuse, Michael Jackson facts-be-known, was not a child abuser or pedophile. The organization didn’t remove the page, but simply denied public access to it. Not a complete victory but something, nevertheless.

And then there was the disgusting book ‘Dangerous Liaisons‘ whose author (a convicted pedophile) used a pseudonym to hide behind. I introduced readers to “Carl Toms” here on this site. After some awareness work on the part of fans, the publisher, Troubador, claims to have halted distribution of the book, though it is still available at some outlets, I understand.

Now, there is a group called ‘Road To Recovery‘, whose leader, Bob Hoatson, refuses to entertain dialogue or take note of any facts surrounding the allegations against Michael. A friend of mine attempted, respectfully, to contact Mr. Hoatson and open a dialogue, providing him with facts about the 1993 and 2003 allegations. He was met with a veritable verbal door slammed in his face, a response that made it obvious that this man and his group have no interest in considering any facts about Michael Jackson, only in misusing and abusing his name and the false allegations against him for their cause. And, their cause is a good one, helping victims of sexual abuse. But what does that have to do with Michael Jackson? Michael Jackson was not a child abuser or sexual predator. But it’s convenient to be able to use and abuse his name for the cause against those who are, so that is what this organization is doing.

This organization also apparently intends to protest Michael’s induction into the Dance Hall of Fame, based on the allegations against him. Their protest is not based on the facts – they are only based on the allegations. The facts don’t seem to matter to them. Here is Bob Hoatson’s closed-minded and ignorant response to my friend’s attempt at dialogue. And mind you this was received after my friend provided copious facts about the cases against Michael. It was painfully obvious that Mr. Hoatson didn’t even bother reading them:

Thank you for your email and thank you for being a fan of Road to Recovery.

While I respect your admiration for Michael Jackson as an artist, I cannot agree with you that “in this case, not guilty equals innocent.” For the sake of brevity, I have two observations/questions that I believe will speak to the heart of the issue:

1) unless you monitored Michael Jackson’s behavior with your own eyes 24/7, including his sleeping arrangements. I don’t know how you can conclude that nothing ever happened between Michael and minor children. First-hand information is what proves or disproves these allegations, and there is plenty of evidence to indicate that he slept frequently with underage children..that’s child abuse.

2) agreeing to give someone a $20 million settlement is more than a “here is some money to get rid of the case” arrangement. That family was given 20 million dollars to keep quiet.

– Bob Hoatson

Now to use his own argument, unless Bob Hoatson monitored Michael Jackson’s behavior with his own eyes 24/7, including his sleeping arrangements, I don’t know how HE can conclude anything ever happened between Michael and minor children. First-hand information is what proves or disproves these allegations, and there is plenty of evidence to indicate that Michael did not sleep with underage children or abuse underage children in any way. Thus, there was no child abuse.

As for the ‘payoff to keep quiet‘, the family was paid by Michael’s insurance company, against his will. Michael wanted to go to court with these allegations because he knew he was innocent. Tom Mesereau’s March 22nd, 2005 request to deny Mad Dog Sneddon the chance to use MJ’s 1994 settlement as a sign of guilt verifies that that Michael’s insurance carrier (not Michael) paid the settlement without his consent. It also says that no criminal charges were filed as a result of the police investigation because there was not sufficient evidence to support the allegations.

Another friend of mine found this about a member of this group, John Aretakis:

The petition against Aretakis found he “engaged in frivolous conduct by making false accusations against judges… engaged in conduct that adversely reflects on his fitness as an attorney, asserted positions which served to harrass and maliciously injure, knowingly made false statements of law and fact, and engaged in undignified and discourteous conduct degrading to the court.

Seems Mr. Aretakis and by association this group, is still “knowingly making false statements and engaging in undignified and discourteous conduct degrading to the court” – specifically the court which acquitted Michael Jackson on all counts because there was NO EVIDENCE of a crime and you cannot convict a person without evidence.

There is a a facebook page for the National Dance Hall Induction event, with a link to the official website included on the page. I encourage my readers to email or call them and voice their support for Michael’s induction, and to tell them not to back down against Road to Recovery’s ignorance! (Thank you to my friend David for this information and the suggestion of including it in this post)

This all leads me to a magnificent piece of writing and research done by Deborah Ffrench, called: ‘Michael Jackson, The Making of a Myth, Part I‘. In this long but worthy-of-a-double-read piece, Deborah writes:

Most people think they know Jackson’s life-story.

Boy accuses Jackson in 1993, Jackson goes missing, comes back and cries on TV, Jackson pays boy off. Jackson gets weirder and whiter, dangles baby off balcony, appears in a documentary with disastrous results, stands trial in 2005 – then ‘gets off’ because he’s a celebrity.

But these are just captured media moments. Simplistic reductions of events that not only impacted the life of Jackson, but many others too. Undoubtedly the biggest story of 2009, current interest in Jackson remains exponential. But for many, the biggest question is not how Jackson died – but how he lived? Put bluntly, did he do it? Did he molest young boys? Or is this still prevalent perception of Jackson, as British journalist, Charles Thomson contends, “a character assassination on a scale we’ve never seen before? ”

While most reasonable people are prepared to accept that huge suspensions of belief were required to swallow Tom Sneddon’s 2005 gambit; when asked how they feel about Michael Jackson, they will invariably say – ‘well, it all comes back to 1993 doesn’t it?’ Confidently, they will recite three ‘facts’ and tell you these are the reasons why they ‘know’ Jackson was guilty.

Firstly, that Jordan Chandler accused Jackson of molesting him. Secondly, that Jordan accurately described Jackson’s genitalia, and lastly, that Jackson paid Jordan off to buy his silence. So far, so incorrect.

For contrary to what most people believe, these three ‘facts,’ are in reality – myths. Myths, which for years have been regurgitated, promoted and assimilated into the public consciousness, much like the Richard Gere-gerbil story or the leave-a-tooth-overnight-in-coca-cola fable. So how did these myths become part of our everyday landscape, and who or what is keeping them alive?

In 1993, and since: the context of the ferocious custody battle between Jordan Chandler’s parents, the use of a controversial drug to extract an accusation from a child, overwhelming evidence to suggest Jordan’s father, Evan Chandler, planned and successfully managed to extort Jackson aided by unscrupulous lawyers manipulating the no-win situation of a molestation accusation, and the real reasons why the financial settlement was paid – were given little to no meaningful attention by the media.

Once lit, the biggest story of the early 90’s was fanned into a fire by specific media outlets, tabloid brokers, and television journalists using compromised sources, all of which obscured crucial facts from the American public. The reasons are obvious enough.

An industry that needs a fast turnover of fresh news to shift copy and attract audiences is not motivated to ‘slow’ a news story down. The speed at which a story develops creates its own momentum, regenerating itself in the process. For headlines to have their day, something has to give, and in 1993 – it was Michael Jackson.

In the last two decades, the advent of satellite news gathering (SNG) changed the face of the television news industry. Satellite news vehicles could drive to the scene of major stories anywhere and transmit on-site. When the allegations against Jackson first broke on a local LA news station, few could have guessed that Jackson, at the time a much loved artist and known advocate of children’s’ welfare, would so quickly become ‘first blood’ for the radical new era of 24-hour ‘rolling’ news reporting.

For America, the first hint of the media saturation that was to come began on August 23, 1993. KNBC-TV, broke the news that Neverland had been raided in its early evening news slot. They had been tipped off the day before by Don Ray, a freelance reporter living in Burbank at the time, after he himself had been called by a source in the early hours the day before. Ray, describing the media tsunami that followed said, “ [he] watched this story go away like a freight train.” Indeed it did.

The Jackson coverage would make the hot story de jour – the revelations of Heidi ‘Hollywood Madam’ Fleiss’s black book – pale in comparison. In her 1994 article ‘Was Michael JacksonFramed: The untold story’ journalist Mary A. Fischer wrote, “within 24 hours, Jackson was the lead story on seventy-three TV news broadcasts in the Los Angeles area alone and was on the front page of every British newspaper.”

One of those front pages belonged to Caroline Graham, back then a journalist at the Rupert Murdoch owned British tabloid, The Sun. After an early tip-off, Graham, convinced her editor to hold the front page. The Sun’s morning edition ran with ‘Jacko Child Abuse Probe ‘ as its headline story on August 23. The rest of Fleet Street jumped on the scandal a day later.

The pace of events would avalanche, however, as a direct result of the leak of a confidential document to an American TV reporter at Hard Copy – a syndicated tabloid news television show, and its sale within hours to Splash News Service, an LA based agency that operated as a de facto ‘clearing house’ for tabloid news stories.

A go-between for the anonymous source of the leak met Hard Copy reporter Diane Dimond and her producer Steve Doran, in the early evening of August 23 at an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica. They would leave that meeting with an illegally obtained copy of a report detailing the accusations made by Jordan Chandler and his father Evan Chandler (now deceased,) in an interview with the LA Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS.) Hard Copy insisted it did not pay for the report.

Aware of the impending leak, Jackson’s security adviser at the time – Anthony Pellicano, in an attempt to beat the press at their own game, held an impromptu press conference on August 23, and another on August 24. Telling reporters that the police investigation involved claims of child abuse, and that the accusations were the result of an “extortion gone awry, ” Pellicano’s disclosures sent an already bated media into barely controlled hysteria.

At a time when the police were officially “not disclosing” any information, the threat of the DCFS leak had already claimed its first consequence. It would compel Pellicano to pre-empt the leak, thus revealing the nature of a police investigation that had barely begun to gather evidence. Journalist, Allan Hall, then based at The Mirror – a British tabloid, recalled the media’s excitement at the time, “ you had a sense that people were flying in from all over the world.” Such was the media appetite for Jackson news that within 48 hours literally hundreds of journalists descended on the City of Angels.

The explosion in ratings across the media that the release of descriptions of graphic, unproven allegations against Jackson generated, would make TV networks and editors more willing to pay for information from compromised sources and tabloid brokers. This practice of using paid ‘witnesses’ would directly affect the direction and substance of the criminal investigation against Jackson, and later significantly influence the decision to pay a financial settlement to the Chandlers.

The decision by TV executives, producers, newspaper editors and reporters to use an illegally obtained document to broadcast incendiary accusations into the public domain, represents the critical point at which the media essentially ‘entered’ the state’s investigation. Nothing had been established, no charges had been made. But yet headlines went around the world linking Jackson’s name to something that even the suggestion of – destroys.

On August 25, Dimond, with an overtly ‘he’s guilty’ slant, told an audience of approximately 6.1 million (Nielsen figures), that the report Hard Copy had “ exclusively ”obtained was “extremely graphic and detailed…right down to the sexual act.” Splash News, busy fielding offers from LA to Tel Aviv at $750 a time, ensured that the next day every television screen in America tuning in to either NBC, ABC, or CBS, would have seen the words written by the social worker who conducted Jordan’s interview, “while laying next to each other in bed, Mr Jackson put his hand under [the child’s] shorts,” flashing up on their screens.

In those first early days, the real damage to Jackson came not from the police investigation, but from the media roar created by 24-hour rotation of the same allegations, the same sound bites, and the same uninformed analysis. This roar, would allocate air-time only to the most lurid of details. The broadcasting of the DCFS report on prime-time television, as well as accelerating the pace of the Jackson story, also clearly directed the public to form an opinion based only on an accusation – not proven fact.

The facts were these:

Jordan Chandler, the child at the centre of the allegations, whose family first befriended Jackson in May 1992, repeatedly denied being molested by Jackson until he was removed from the custody of his mother, June Chandler. Up until August 1993, the only person accusing Jackson of anything, was his father – Evan Chandler.

The relationship between Jordan’s divorced parents, already fractious, deteriorated rapidly when Evan’s attempts to convince Jackson to buy him a house failed. It was only after this rejection that Evan first raised the issue of molestation. And it was only when Jordan was under the physical control of Evan – a man who would seriously assault his own son in 2006, that Jordan would accuse Jackson.

Evan, a dentist, who at one point only narrowly avoided losing his license after the Board of Dental Examiner’s found his work revealed “gross inefficiency,” aspired to a career as a scriptwriter. At the time, owing his ex-wife $ 68,000 in child support, Evan had previously shown little interest in his son, until he became aware of Jackson’s friendship with Jordan. In 1994, Mary A. Fischer quoted Dave Schwartz, Jordan’s step-father, as saying he believed Evan’s reasons for insisting Jackson had molested his son, were because [Evan] “wants money.”

June Chandler, until told by the police in late August ’93 that Jackson ‘fit the profile of a pedophile,’ repeatedly stated that she did not believe Evan’s accusations. Her lawyer at the time, Michael Freeman, would tell Frontline in November 1993 (aired February ’94) that June ‘changed’ her mind when she became afraid she would be prosecuted for parental neglect.

The existence of considerable collateral evidence, in the form of tape recordings Schwartz secretly made of conversations between him and Evan between June and July 1993, as well as eye-witness statements; support the view that it was when Evan engaged the services of Barry Rothman – a Los Angeles lawyer with a savage reputation and code violations from the California State Bar against his name, that Evan actualized his plan to extort Jackson.

On July 11, Jackson’s lawyer, Bertram Fields, in an effort to head off the lawsuit he had seen coming when Jackson first told him that Evan was demanding a meeting with him back in June, agreed to Evan and Rothman’s demand that Jordan be allowed to stay with Evan for one week. Jordan would never return to his mother’s custody. Crucially, it was in the period that followed this transfer, that Jordan’s accusation materialized.

From July 12 through to August, documental evidence suggests that procedural steps were put in place by Rothman to secure Evan’s custody of Jordan, and to ensure that continued.

On June 15, Rothman presented a hypothetical abuse scenario to Mathias Abrams, a psychiatrist who, without meeting either Evan or Jordan, supplied Rothman with a written statement that, “events as presented above provide the basis for the conclusion that reasonable suspicion would exist that sexual abuse may have occurred.” If evidence were needed of premeditation by Evan Chandler and Rothman to allege molestation, for many, this would perhaps be it.

The use of the drug Sodium Amytal on Jordan during apparently necessary dental work by Evan and an attendant anesthesiologist, Mark Torbiner, would be the turning point. Jordan would subsequently tell child psychologist Richard Gardner (now deceased) from the Los Angeles Sexually Exploited Child Unit that when he “woke up” after this surgery, he remembered being asked if “anything had ever happened between [him] and Michael.” Jordan, still under the influence of the drug, would reply that it had. Evan Chandler would later claim that this was the moment when Jordan first admitted that Jackson had touched his penis.

From August 4 to August 16, Evan and Rothman initiated the negotiations with Pellicano. They demanded a sum of $ 20 million, to be paid in five installments by Jackson. In those meetings, it was made clear by Evan and Rothman that this money would ‘persuade’ Evan from going ahead with his threat to make his accusations about Jackson public. By August 13, these negotiations had irretrievably broken down.

On August 16, June Chandler, realizing Evan intended to keep Jordan indefinitely, authorized her attorney, Freeman, to apply to the court for the return of Jordan to her custody. Freeman informed Rothman that this order would be applied for the next morning. Rothman immediately informed his client, Evan.

The next day, August 17, Evan took his son Jordan to Mathias Abrams, the psychiatrist Rothman had already primed for exactly this turn of events. Jordan repeated the molestation story. Mathias, required by California law to report such an accusation to the authorities, did so – as Evan and Rothman would have known he would.

The dangers inherent in the use of Sodium Amytal are well documented. Suffice it to say, no other dentists or psychiatrists at the time in 1993 – or indeed now, recommend its use on a child, in the course of dentistry, or as an adequate basis on which any accusation made while ‘under’ such a drug should ever be upheld as legally or ethically authentic.

Evan, himself, corroborated that he sanctioned the administering of the drug to Jordan, when interviewed by a reporter from LA’s KCBS-TV on May 3, 1994. The news report quoted Evan saying he had, “used the drug on his son,” adding that, “the dentist claimed he did so only to pull his son’s tooth and that while under the drug’s influence, the boy came out with allegations.”

Despite, unsubstantiated claims circulating on the Internet that investigative journalist, Mary A. Fischer, no longer stands by her 1994 GQ article on Jackson, this is not the case. As recently as November 25, 2005, in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News’s – On The Record, Fischer restated her 1994 findings about Sodium Amytal, saying: “It’s a powerful psychiatric drug which, when under the influence of, a person is highly suggestible. And that drug was given to the boy by the father of the boy and the father’s friend who was a dental anesthesiologist The dental anesthesiologist gave the boy the drug in a dentist’s office.”

But perhaps the single most important detail that reveals extortion was at the heart of 1993, is the most obvious one. Before the allegations went public, and while the negotiations for a financial settlement that Evan initiated were still progressing, the easiest thing for Jackson to have done would have been to simply pay Evan what he wanted.

Jackson did not do this.

Fischer, speaking on a PBS documentary in 1994 observed, “ They couldn’t reach any kind of mutual agreement, but had they been able to, the interesting thing about it [is], this case would have never gone beyond this room.”

This simple fact was apparently lost on the journalists, networks, TV pundits, and general public in 1993. Back then, no-one challenged the absurdity of the premise that a father in an apparently criminal situation where he suspected that his son had been molested, had sought the advice of a notoriously ruthless civil lawyer, instead of simply going to the police.

Given that Pellicano widely distributed the illicit recordings of Evan and Schwartz’s conversations to the press and CBS – who rushed out the first exclusive coverage of the tapes, a snapshot of the headlines surfacing just days after the allegations first broke, reveals where the media intended to stand on the question of Jackson’s innocence.

‘Peter Pan or Pervert?’ asked both the New York Post and The Sun in Britain, within days of the story breaking. ‘Michael Jackson: A Curtain Closes’ opined another. Britain’s The Mirror kept it simple and punned one of Jackson’s past hits with ‘He’s Bad’, while The Sun ran with‘Jackson Used Me As A Sex Toy,’ and The Washington Post with ‘Malice In Wonderland.’ Even the serious publications stepped into the fray. Notably Newsweek’s 1993 cover, ‘Is he Dangerous or Just Off The Wall?’ and Time’s – ‘Michael Jackson: The End of Innocence?’ – would take the debate beyond just the tabloids’ walls.

Despite the headlines; a little over a month after the allegations had broken, a concerted campaign of damage-control consisting of press conferences with Pellicano showcasing Wade Robson and Brett Barnes as examples of Jackson’s ‘healthy’ relationships with children, expressions of unity from Jackson’s own family, and playbacks of Evan’s voice threatening that – if a “certain plan” was not followed, “it will be a massacre if I don’t get what I want ” to assembled press scrums – had resulted in a degree of softening towards Jackson in the publics mind.

Opinion polls at the time compiled by A Current Affair, Entertainment Weekly and the National Enquirer, suggested well over 70% of Jackson’s target audience – teens and females, did not believe the allegations.

It was at this point, however, just when the extortion component of the story was beginning to take hold as a viable reason for the allegations, that the media found a way to reignite a story that was in danger of resolving itself. In the absence of any personal statement from Jackson ( legally obligated to fulfill the third leg of his Dangerous tour,) the momentary ‘gain’ generated by the release of the tapes – would be short-lived.

Billed at the time as ‘explosive new revelations,’ the media successfully re-catalysed the Jackson story by offering huge amounts of money for stories from a line-up of flexible ‘witnesses.’ Indeed, media outlets competed for these stories, driving up the price and the ‘graphic’ quotient in the process. The first of these ‘witnesses’, would be Stella and Phillipe Lemarque, former chefs at Neverland.

Using Hollywood investigator and well known tabloid broker, Paul Barresi (known to occasionally use firearms during negotiations,) the Lemarques attempted to sell their account of Jackson ‘abusing’ the child actor Macaulay Culkin to anyone waving a checkbook. Their story was eventually sold first to The Mirror for an unspecifiedamount, headlining with ‘Jacko’s New Home Alone Slur,’ then to The Globe for $15,000 who ran with Peter Pan or Pervert: We caught Jackson Abusing Child Star.’

Lemarque, who alleged that Jackson’s technique was to ‘get’ children so overstimulated that they barely noticed what Jackson was ‘doing’ to them – when subsequently cross-examined in 2005 by Jackson’s lead lawyer, Thomas Mesereau – would admit that Barresi advised him that saying Jackson’s hand was ‘inside’ Culkin’s shorts instead of ‘outside,’ would significantly raise the asking price they could sell their story for. Indeed, writer Maureen Orth in her 1994 article ‘Nightmare in Neverland,’ wrote that Barresi actually showed her two written versions of the Lemarques ‘story,’ clearly revealing the relationship between the fee and their content.

In ’93, after the Lemarque story broke, Culkin publicly denied he had been molested by Jackson. But the press gave virtually ignored this, some even suggesting Culkin’s denial was an attempt to save his career. In 2005, Culkin – who interestingly, was not called by the prosecution as a witness even though under the prosecution’s own ‘prior acts’ criteria he qualified as one of the ‘victims’ – insisted on testifying after Mr Lemarque’s testimony. Under oath, Culkin adamantly denied any such incident occurred and denounced the charges against Jackson as “absolutely ridiculous.” It has since emerged that in 1997, Lemarque set up and ran a hardcore website called ‘Virtual Sin,’ which has since folded.

However, back in ‘93, without the benefit of hindsight to evaluate the Lemarques’s credibility, their story would add considerable fuel to an already blazing fire. The pressure on Jackson, increased simply because the media were willing to pay the price the Lemarques demanded.

The Lemarques ‘revelations’ would be swiftly followed by two former housekeepers from the Philippines, the Quindoys. Three days after the first news of the allegations, ABC would send a reporter to Manila to hear their ‘eye-witness’ account. And once again, the media would pay for the privilege. Meanwhile, Diane Dimond at Hard Copy was also keen to speak to the Quindoys. The bidding was about to begin.

The fees asked for by ‘witnesses’ and paid by the media would come to thousands, so great was the demand and commercial value of ‘fresh’ news in the Jackson story. As Paul Barresi would tell Frontline in 1993, “ someone just has to have a story, a half-truth, and you mix with it with a little venom, then you have a tabloid story.”

Now, let me give some more background about how the media works in regards to Michael Jackson and probably in regards to just about every story out there. The following people have verified that they have been offered large sums of money (up to five and six digits) to ‘dish dirt‘ on Michael Jackson. It didn’t have to be true. Just salacious enough to get lots of website clicks, ratings, and sell a lot of magazines and papers:

Karen Faye
David Nordahl
Dr. Patrick Treacy
Jennifer Batten (didn’t say money offered but tabloids approached her for ‘stories‘ on Michael)

….and no doubt countless others. The above fine people refused the media’s offers to give them negative stories to sell. None of them had anything negative to say about Michael and all of them would only tell the truth. And really, though he is an imperfect human being like the rest of us, there isn’t that much negative to tell about Michael Jackson. That’s why the media has to pay people to make stuff up so they can profit off his popular name, and why they have to further ’embellish’ the stories they do get, so they’ll sell.

This is how the media works. And I don’t mean just the tabloids. I mean all of the media. So when any of your Ignorami friends go spouting off media-spewed garbage about Michael Jackson, and what a ‘pedophile‘, ‘weirdo‘, and ‘freak‘ he was, you might want to advise them of the reality of just how the media works. Especially when it comes to Michael Jackson.

And these various organizations, some with good causes but willfully ignorant and/or opportunistic behavior, and others who have less honorable agendas (such as the pro-pedophilia organization behind the ‘Dangerous Liaisons‘ book), don’t hesitate to use and abuse Michael Jackson’s name and legacy for their own ends either.

This is all McMarketing and cheap abuse of Michael Jackson’s name and legacy. Whatever any organization loves or hates, they seem to want to slap Michael Jackson’s name on it so they can label and define him as being whatever it is they are for or against, for their own benefit, or for profit.

Pretty disgusting. Lisa-Marie Presley called them snakes and larvae. I have to agree. When do they stop feeding off the body and legacy of a dead man who was largely crucified into that state by the likes of them?