LaToya Jackson: Michael was Murdered
Another day, another batch of allegations in the King of Pop’s death
Rest in peace? That’s unlikely to happen anytime soon for Michael Jackson. It’s nearly three weeks since the King of Pop died and his body has still not been given a final resting place. And worse, everyday brings new allegations and revelations, making the late singer’s private predilections very, very public.
While fans are trying hard to remember the music and the dancing, this man’s private demons are in danger of eclipsing his legacy.
Police are waiting on toxicology results to determine the singer’s cause of death, but they have warned his family that the case could turn into a homicide investigation. And as TMZ reports that Conrad Murray, the doctor who was the last man to see Michael Jackson alive, is not cooperating with authorities, his sister LaToya is blaming the hangers-on who surrounded Michael for “murdering” him.
In a sad and revealing interview with the Daily Mail, LaToya (who was asked to sign her brother’s death certificate) claimed that Michael was killed by handlers who gave him drugs to control him, cut him off from his family and forced him to sign the contract to play 50 concerts in London.
“I believe Michael was murdered,” LaToya said. “I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people.
“Michael was a very meek, quiet, loving person. People took advantage of that. People fought to be close to him, people who weren’t always on his side.
“Less than a month ago, I said I thought Michael was going to die before the London shows because he was surrounded by people who didn’t have his best interests at heart.”
LaToya said she is the one who pushed for a second, private autopsy for Michael and claims that the family will file a civil lawsuit against anyone who they believe is responsible for the King of Pop’s death.
“I am going to get down to the bottom of this,” she said. “I am not going to stop until I find out who is responsible. Why did they keep the family away? It’s not about money. I want justice for Michael. I won’t rest until I find out what – and who – killed my brother.”
LaToya also revealed in the interview that Michael had fresh needle marks on his neck and arms when she saw him at the hospital immediately after his death, and that when she tried to quiz Dr. Murray about what happened to Michael, he “disappeared.”
She told the newspaper that in the hours after Michael’s death, some unusual things occurred at his rented Beverly Hills home. That night, all the staff were fired. LaToya said Michael kept up to $1 million in cash at his home, but no money was found after his death, and his valuable jewelry collection was missing. Janet Jackson was so concerned about people coming and going in the house that she put her own security detail in place to guard it.
While the Jackson family has been united in their grief, it is hard to read LaToya’s allegations without recalling that in 1993 she accused her brother of being a pedophile.
She claims that any past issues were forgiven and that she shared a special bond with her brother. Now that connection is being channeled into protecting Michael’s children.
While the singer’s will named his mother, Katherine, as guardian of his three kids, his ex-wife Debbie Rowe has retained parental rights over the two children she had with Michael – Prince, 12, and Paris, 11 – and has stated that she wants custody of them.
But LaToya told the Daily Mail, “These are not Debbie’s kids. They don’t even know she’s their mother. Like everyone else in his life, she was motivated by money. She has always said she’s not their mother.
“Debbie has only seen the children a handful of times. Michael never introduced her as their mother.”
While People magazine reports that Debbie plans to attend a custody hearing next week, the Daily Mail claims lawyers for Debbie and Katherine met on Friday to talk about how to exclude Michael’s father, Joe, from bringing up Prince, Paris and Blanket, 7.
Michael claimed in the past that his father abused and beat him, and Debbie said last week that she wanted to keep the kids away from the Jackson patriarch and planned to file a restraining order against him.
The newspaper reports that Debbie will drop her custody claim if she has regular access to the children. Since Debbie has repeatedly flip-flopped since Michael’s death-claiming she wanted the kids, then saying she didn’t necessarily plan to file for custody-it remains to be seen just what she will do when the hearing is held on July 20.
And while Michael’s estate has received a sudden infusion of cash thanks to more than 2.6 million downloads of his songs in the wake of his death, others are seeking to cash in while they can.
Tour merchandise from the series of concerts Michael was set to start in London today are being sold online and at stores including Target and JC Penney. More than 300 items will be available including sleep masks featuring an image of Michael’s eyes, T-shirts and a “Thriller” varsity jacket. While Michael was heavily involved in the concepts for the merchandise is unclear whether the Jackson estate will share in the proceeds.