Monday, 29 June 2009

Michael Jackson: The Unanswered Questions

'Michael Jackson's father has claimed his son's death was linked to 'foul play'.

Joe Jackson said he had 'suspicions' about how the superstar could be alive one moment and dead the next.

He told California's ABC7 new channel: 'Michael was dead before he left the house. I'm suspecting foul play somewhere.

... Bizarrely, Mr Jackson then went on to use the interview to plug his record company.

The development comes after it was revealed that Michael Jackson’s aides took an astonishing 50 minutes to call an ambulance, it was revealed last night.

Their 911 emergency call was not made until frantic attempts to resuscitate him had failed.

The entire drama was witnessed by the singer’s 12-year-old eldest child Prince - who thought his father was clowning around before a doctor began pumping his chest to try to start his heart.

But 50-year-old Jackson never regained consciousness - and Prince watched 'in a trance' when he realised his father was lying dead in front of him.

The staggeringly long time it took to get emergency services involved, disclosed by relatives, could well have contributed to the singer’s death.

... In a further development, it was reported that although his body has been released to them, his brain has been retained for medical examination as part of the investigation.

... The first public detail about what happened at Jackson’s rented Los Angeles mansion emerged from Stacy Brown, a Jackson family biographer who has spoken extensively to relatives as the full extent of the tragedy unfolded.

He revealed that Prince thought his father was messing around when he collapsed on the living-room floor but stood in a trance as the King of Pop’s personal physician tried to revive him.

Brown told the New York Post: 'The horror of it all is that Prince thought his dad was just being his dad and clowning, but it was real, and he watched as they worked on him. Prince was stunned -in a trance- just watching.'


How many people were in the house on the day Jackson died?

We still do not know whether any personal friends were present, and what influence the controversial Nation of Islam had over arrangements on the night. Neither do we know the exact location of Jackson’s three children as the drama developed. Last night it was claimed that the elder boy witnessed his father’s collapse.

What was his involvement with the Nation of Islam?

His links to the black separatist American Muslim group centre around his children’s former nanny Grace Rwaramba. Described as the 'queen bee', she had ties to the black militant organisation and its controversial leader, Louis Farrakhan. The Nation supplied Jackson’s security staff – who have been linked to heavy-handed threats – and Farrakhan’s son-in-law, Leonard Muhammad, was appointed as Jackson’s business manager. The Nation of Islam was renting the house in California where he died to the pop star for £60,000 a month – although the market rate for similar properties is £15,000 a month. It also emerged that Jackson’s brother Jermaine, a Muslim, employed a woman from the Nation to look after the children in Michael’s final weeks.

Why was the body released for burial /cremation when more investigations could still be made?

The body was released to Jackson’s family on Friday night, which meant they could both arrange their own independent autopsy and prepare for his funeral. But it might have been wise for the Los Angeles County coroner to retain the remains for longer pending further tests, particularly with the chance that a criminal investigation might ensue.


'The doctor who was with Michael Jackson in his final hours had started work only 13 days ago after quitting his medical practice.

Dr Conrad Robert Murray, who is believed to have injected the singer with the painkiller Demerol and later tried to resuscitate him as he lay unconscious, had a history of financial problems.'


'Mystery surrounded the whereabouts of Michael Jackson's body today after last night's spectacular memorial show in Los Angeles's Staples Centre.

The family had then been expected to return to the Hollywood Hills to lay the star to rest at the Forest Lawn cemetery, where they had held a private funeral ceremony yesterday morning.

But there was no grand motorcade back into the hills to match the one which brought the coffin to the public show and a death certificate released by city authorities last night described the body's disposition at Forest Lawn as "temporary".

Some members of Jackson's family have reportedly been pressing for the star's remains to be taken to Neverland, the ranch in the Santa Barbara hills where Jackson lived until his acquittal on child abuse charges in 2005.

Under state laws, bodies cannot be buried outside a designated graveyard without special permission. If that was not forthcoming, Jackson's cremated remains could end up at the ranch if plans are adopted to transform it into a West Coast version of Graceland, the Memphis mansion where Elvis Presley died in 1977 and which lives on as a memorial.

... An LA coroner confirmed that Jackson's brain, or at least part of it, was still being held by investigators and would not be returned to the family for interment until neuropathology tests are completed – which cannot be done until the brain tissue has hardened sufficiently for it to be examined.'


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