The Enigma That Was Michael Jackson

by Diane Dimond on July 6, 2009

Let's Admit - There Was A Dark Side

Let's Admit - There Was A Dark Side

When I was plying my trade as an investigative reporter the most famous criminal defendant I ever covered was entertainer Michael Jackson. Boy, did I cover him! From breaking the first news about the molestation claims against him back in 1993 to being the first to report the 2003 abuse allegations of a young boy who was a cancer patient when he first met the King of Pop. I was there for every day of the criminal trial and I wrote a book drawing on what I’d learned about the man over the course of the decade I’d investigated his story. Now, Michael Jackson is dead at age 50. Since his death, likely related to his long term drug abuse and anorexia, I’ve been asked to explain the fascination so many have for this Pop Icon. What was it about Jackson that caused the great worldwide crowds of people we saw to drop everything and gather in public forums to mourn his passing? …

Jackson Announcing Last Concert Tour - 2009

Jackson Announcing Last Concert Tour - 2009

The answer of course is Michael Jackson’s music. And his dancing. And his song writing ability. He was, quite simply, a self taught entertainment genius. His talent reached down deep inside us and made us feel good. We couldn’t help but tap our toes to the rhythm, to have his lyrics burned into our memories. Michael Jackson was also a pioneer on the racial front. He was the first Black artist to break through the M-TV barrier, his highly produced music and videos literally brought the races together on both the dance floor and in society. Who among us doesn’t sing along (or do a version of a ‘cool’ dance move) when we hear Jackson tunes like, A-B-C, Billy Jean or Beat It ? Here’s another reason for the massive fan base. We watched Michael Jackson grow up. He was ours, no matter what our color, and we reveled in how this wildly talented 10 year old could captivate us. Later, we became mesmerized by Jackson’s solo career and his obsessively intricate choreography that made his videos, like Thriller, all time record breakers. We introduced our kids to his irresistible music and another generation was hooked.

Early Jackson Five Days

Early Jackson Five Days

But Michael Jackson was obsessive about other things too, things that don’t make us feel so good. He was accused of one of the most insidious crimes imaginable – the sexual abuse of a child – not just once but twice. And from my years of reporting on the case I can tell you there were other young boys with eerily similar stories of abuse by Jackson, sons of parents too reticent, too embarrassed or scared to press charges.

Jackson With Elatab Brothers, circa late 90's

Jackson With Elatab Brothers, circa late 90's

In public Jackson flaunted his fascination with male children. Even after his narrow escape from prosecution in 1993, for which he paid out about 30 million dollars to avoid a trial, he flamboyantly continued to pose with and travel with unidentified young boys. He openly declared there was “nothing wrong” with a 40 year old man sleeping with another’s boy. He called us “ignorant” for not understanding. Jackson seemed to be daring us to stop him. No one could. Then he started to collect children of his own. Jackson reportedly paid up to 10 million dollars to a nurse named Debbie Rowe in return for her agreement to be inseminated with the sperm of his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, and to give him two children and then disappear. His third child was reportedly born to a surrogate mother and another mystery sperm

Baby Daddy to Oldest Two Kids

Baby Daddy to Oldest Two Kids

donor. No one stopped Jackson from doing this either. He had the wealth and the celebrity clout to indulge his obsessions. Michael Jackson never did like to be told what to do. That probably stemmed from his iron-fisted father’s cruel upbringing. So, despite warnings from some in his entourage, Jackson went about his drug taking, children buying, shopping binges and other bizarre behavior and we seemed to look right past it … because of the glorious music he gave us. We telegraphed our approval of his behavior by continuing to support and adore him. We set no boundaries and he didn’t recognize any. Separating the art from the artist has long been a dilemma. History shows we can love the art and not the man. Van Gogh was certifiably insane. The artist Caravaggio had a wicked temper and committed murder. Yet both were also celebrated as brilliant artists. In the case of Michael Jackson, anointed with titles like King and Superstar, the admiration caused him to believe the rules didn’t apply to him. In our adoration of the artist we can’t forget that men of bad character do valuable things that benefit society in all sorts of ways. They build fabulous institutions, they write meaningful books, they entertain us in ways no others can. Good deeds seep out in spite of their flaws. That doesn’t mean their bad acts are okay. HOME

Lyn July 6, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Hey Diane….great column as usual. I want to remember MJ as the truly great artist that he was – his talent was incredible, no doubt about it.

What I wonder is – what would MJ be like now if he did not have a father that treated him like crap? MJ never had the chance to be a child because of Joe Jackson. His father is self righteous and ignorant – just remember the interview he did at the BET award show with CNN – all he wanted to do was plug his record company. His son was barely cold. I also wonder how Katherine coped living with this man. I see that they now live separately for the most part.

It will be interesting to see what the results are of the toxicology tests. If Dipravan was found in his system, who is going to be accountable? Will any of these doctors be prosecuted?

BTW, I had to call the police at 3am this morning. Some ignorant person was playing MJ's Thriller cd at full blast…as much as I love it, I don;t love it when I am trying to sleep.

Good luck in LA this week Diane. Hope it all goes well. MJ will be an Icon forever.

shari greer July 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm

He made an impact on music, dancing, and celebrity that few have.
It is a shame, that with all the money suckers he had around him, no one
dealt with his real issues, whatever they were. Sad for Michael, and sad
for his millions of fans. I can only hope his children have a good resolve for
their lives, and they live as youngsters should….with love, spirit, and compassion.

Jane Shayne July 6, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Diane you have summed it all up so well!

As a singer-songwriter I too have revered Michael Jackson's talent and genius. As a member of the news media I have deplored Michael Jackson's posture of 'entitlement' in regard to the child molestation allegations which I sadly have always suspected are true.

We, the public, have been his 'enablers' as much as the retinue of professional 'enablers' Michael Jackson was able to procure.


Jane Shayne July 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm

(post continued)
We, the public, have been his 'enablers' as much as the retinue of professional 'enablers' Michael Jackson was able to procure.

I do believe the childhood abuse Michael Jackson suffered was real but he also had the means (which so many others haven't and don't have) to receive the best therapy to deal with those issues. We all have free will. Michael Jackson chose to be the "self-proclaimed King of Pop" and to use his fortune to create a most self-indulgent personal world of his own which continues now, after his death, to adversely affect even his 'own' three children who will undoubtedly suffer a lifetime of consequences from their 'father's' untimely death (quite probably due to his last over-indulgent act of drug overdose).

We MUST assess our lives as a whole and we all are responsible for our own actions. The desire to live in our own 'Neverland' doesn't absolve us from morality nor give any of us carte blanche to break the law. Nope, not even Michael Jackson.

Frank Praytor July 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Heyseus Cristi! Let the dead bury the dead.

Roberta Lipp July 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm

What troubles me is that it wasn't just the music that enthralled people. I don't think it's a matter of separating the art from the artist. I think people were (are) obsessed with Michael himself; I think more people than we care to admit bought into his childlike persona, and saw him as a victim, an innocent, and even somehow an angel.

Also, people are fascinated by elusiveness, in just the right chemical proportions. Sure, some people who want to be left alone don't have trouble achieving this, but the more Michael tried to hide, the more people wanted in.

I think he made good music and crossed important barriers. He was a great entertainer. But the obsession for him goes far beyond his music making abilities.

Danno Hanks July 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Diane: For years, you have been attacked, and have been the target of death threats, because of your coverage of Michael Jackson. When my late partner, Fred Valis, & I would talk about you, Fred would always say "The truth is never derogatory, it is simply the truth."

I wish the rest of the world would understand as Fred did, that it was nothing personal, you were just doing your job, as an investigative journlist. As your investigator, I personally know that ther was much more that you knew, that you never reported on………. Danno Hanks

Ralph Logan July 7, 2009 at 12:41 am

Great article, I like to believe like most that the abuse from his father and the lost childhood contributed to his behavior. People who are abuse , have a greater chance to be abuser according to reports. Michael Jackson became larger then life through his music and as a enterainer. The fascination with kids and the strange admission that there's nothing wrong with a 40yrs old man sleeping with them, begs the question of those parents who allow and supports his behavior. It's criminal that those parents go unpunished for what amounts to prostituting their children for the chance at Mike's money or the opportunity to be in his presents. I was a Jackson 5 fan and Michael up to the point of his changing appearances and allegations of abuse to children. It's sad that the world honors the entertainer and close a blind eye to the abuser.

Dodah1963 July 7, 2009 at 2:19 am

As a victim of child abuse by a priest I can honestly say I hope they both burn in hell.

Cherry Carver July 7, 2009 at 2:20 am

Actually, Van Gogh wasn't celebrated at all during his lifetime. He shot himself and died a pauper.

But he was a great artist. That part is true.

DrJudy July 7, 2009 at 4:03 am

Diane- i remember your covering MJ for all those years. His death must have an intense impact on you — as well as on so many million fans — being that you spent so much of your investigative time and talent reporting on the man (also called a man/boy), his brilliance, and his bravado behavior that led to serious depression and downfall. His psychologicla dynamics are complicated and worthy of analysis for the extremes of excellence on one hand and tragedy on the other.

DianeDimond July 7, 2009 at 4:24 am

web site reader Jim Thomas writes:

" All of the Thriller albums combined are not worth the physical and mental health of just one child."

Suzy July 7, 2009 at 6:09 am

Great piece, Diane.

danboy007 July 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

Diane – you fail to mention the good Michael Jackson has done for children all over the world. MILLIONS of children, who were hopeless, were fed and regained health and their lives – thanks to MJ. You do mention ONE child who's corrupt and greedy parents received a settlment for supposed molestation claims. I think you should take your investigative reporting and see how that family is doing. Did they seek counseling or did they spend on trips, cars, and meaningless items. Does the family still communicate or do they remain torn with the lies they live with. I'd bet family and friends of this devious family will be willing to talk.

Dickie July 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Thank you for staing it so well,especially so well for those who miss the point so completely in their self righteousness. Well get a clue people, your accusations run counter to your message. Why not stop judging from what you personally do not know to be true. Always amazes me how powerful assuming is a a tool of the devil.

bbgolfer25 July 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

You have put this in perspective better than anyone can. I agree with Congressman Peter King that we have to much on our plate to keep up with this distraction. MJ was in his own personal hell, which he created and I hope he suffered as much as he made the kids he attacked suffer.
Time to move on, I have no empathy or sympathy for child molesters. We left Iraq after close to 4,500 american soldierrs died and not a word on the news drowned out by a pedophile.
Bob B
New Jersey

Ingrid August 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm

To people who believe that he was a pedophile, the boy who was "molested" by Michael Jackson, said last week that the accusation was a lie, and an attempt to his father get's money. And it wasn't Michael that wanted to pay 20 millions for the victim, THE FATHER required and DEMANDED money for Jackson.


Naomi July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Rep. King should be applauded. He is simply calling a spade a spade. Many are upset he is calling MJ a pedophile after MJ had been acquitted of the charge by a jury. Just as many innocent people have been convicted and pronounced "Guilty" by their peers, so have many guilty people been pronounced "Not Guilty" by a jury. Legal pronouncements do not in any way change the true facts. I believe our country's justice system is the best in the world, but it is far from infallible. The evidence from news media, legal documents, and the televised trial is certainly convincing that MJ was indeed a pedophile. He was able to get away with it because of his money, power, and influence.

I think Rep. King is right when he says many other people deserves public memorials before MJ does. There are many who have passed from this life who were true heroes. They deserve this type of acclaim, not a freaky pervert publicly clutching at his crotch. The adoration we see on the media now of MJ makes me wonder just what kind of world are we making? What impact has he had on society?

Many people excuse MJ's actions on the fact he was abused as a child by his father. I have no doubt that he was abused. But he used that abuse, and probably exaggerated it, in order to "explain" his own abuse of children and his eccentricities. However, there are many pedophiles in the world who were not raised by Joe Jackson. And many of them also have the same characteristics that MJ had, except not as openly displayed. They gravitate toward anything that attracts children to them. I do not for one minute believe, as MJ would have liked us to believe, that his lack of a childhood prevented him from growing up. I think MJ was fully grown, and only "pretended" to be a child in order to attract children to him. In my opinion, he was a typical pedophile, and untypical only in that he had a lot more money and power than the typical pedophile.

anita busch July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I agree with Congressman King as well … and you … and Linda Stassi at the NY Post … art from a sick man.

Bridgette July 8, 2009 at 4:15 am

All I want to know is what type of family takes a payoff for their child's innocence? Isn't child molestation still a crime in the United States? How does ANY amount of money make sexual abuse disappear? Was Michael so great that he could payoff the DA's and Judges to not pursue their case against him even if the family decided to take money? I would love to hear the answers to these questions I pose.

Ingrid August 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm

To people who believe that he was a pedophile, the boy who was "molested" by Michael Jackson, said last week that the accusation was a lie, and an attempt to his father get's money. And it wasn't Michael that wanted to pay 20 millions for the victim, THE FATHER required and DEMANDED money for Jackson.


Karen July 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm

DanBoy007, I agree with you wholeheartedly. By the way, Jackson's insurance company paid that settlement… Jackson had no say in it. The Chandlers are a piece of work. Diane, you really should check into them if you aren't too afraid of what you might find.

Mark July 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Diane– I really enjoy your reporting, and when you sit in for Nancy Grace, or have a slot on Issues with Jane. The other night when you were CONSTANTLY interrupted by that other guest was plain rude!! You have a great reputation as a journalist, and should be respected! I hope the folks at "Issues" recognize that, and all others that you touch.
Keep up the great work!

DianeDimond July 11, 2009 at 3:32 am

Thank you. I'm afraid I lost my cool the other day on "Issues" when Rev. Firpo Carr wouldn't let me speak. I was later embarrassed by my outburst. ~ DD

DianeDimond July 8, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Web site reader Elaine writes:

" I have always enjoyed your journalism, although often provocative, always seamless. So much has been written recently regarding Michael Jackson's death, and its circumstances, that I went on your website to get any updates….wow! Few are willing to believe he may have been an addict, a pedophile and a predator. Although a brilliant artist at one time, much of his life appeared tortured. I cannot imagine how you deal with some of the comments you receive on the subject—never mind the grammar and misuse of the English language!"

DianeDimond July 8, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Dear Elaine:
You should see the comments from Jackson fans that I DON'T post! Wow. Some are wicked.
Thanks for writing. ~ DD

DianeDimond July 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Web site Reader Jan writes:

"I am reading your book "Be Careful Who You Love." It's fascinating!! Loved you on Court TV. It's hard to believe so many people cannot see the truth. Your investigation was so thorough—I believe he was a great entertainer, but also a sick pervert. Every page in this book is riveting. I know you went through verbal abuse because you were brave enough to write the truth about this man. He got away with so much because of his money. Interesting to see all the black race praising him at the memorial—don't they realize he wanted to be white (not like them) and have white children. Thanks again"

Sandy73 July 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Well. I was a fan of MJ early on. What an awful flaw for such a landslide talent, because he really did have the world at his feet.

In light of all this, in my attempts to understand it, I've been trying to read up on paedophilia and its supposed causes. Jackson certainly seems to fit a lot of the profile. Arrested emotional development. Insecurity and interpersonal difficulties in adult relationships and etc. I've read the account of his 'first target' from 1979, which seems to indicate that he had a pattern throughout his adult life of this behaviour, as is the case with most paedophilia, and it was exacerbated at times of psychosocial stress – also another common feature. Based on my reading.

One thing, however, which is a question most often asked and I still don't totally understand: how could a parent accept money instead of justice in court? I know if it happened to a child of mine, I would do anything to ensure it did not happen to another.

Oh well, I guess that this is between him and God now. Thank you for your work Diane.

Sandy73 July 8, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Would just like to add, Michael had so much charisma, far beyond most of his contemporaries. We were so charmed and starstruck, it was nearly impossible for us to believe that he could do these things. (As someone pointed out, Gary Glitter on the other hand was always somewhat scary.) But in later years, as he disfigured himself more and more, it was evident that this was an individual with some complex inner demons. In many ways I felt that he summed up the fractured and fragmented era that he inhabited, and lost himself along the way. It's not a subject most of us like to deal with, but maybe there should be more awareness, and this may teach us all something.

Oh well, I guess that this is between him and God now. Thank you for your work Diane.

feel4u July 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I can not, in my wildest dreams, imagine how it would feel to be so consumed by someone that you made no impact upon. The more horrible you make him out to be, the louder the fans celebrate the life and legacy of this man. The more you write about what you did 16 years ago about Michael Jackson, the more records that are being sold. The records are selling in death as well as in life. At some point and time Diane, sweetheart, you are going to have to let go, and just let God. Please, honey, for your own sanity, just let it go. Michael Jackson, good, bad, or indifferent, he continues to win against you. The truth of the matter is, it is now just pathetic. Please, it is time to lay you and Michael's relationship, at least the imaginary relationship, that lived in your head. Move on, please, this is just getting ridiculous, move on, sweetie.

DianeDimond July 11, 2009 at 3:22 am

I suggest you stick to web sites that report what you agree with. Obviously you have made up your mind. ~ DD

Gary July 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Diane I think I have a very legidimate question – something I can't understand and I hope you will speak to:

If MJ was guilty of molesting children – why would he not be concerned about doing it where people could see what he was doing – he was not dumb – he knew people would talk and tell – why would'nt he only do those things in his bedroom with the door locked and guanantee there would be no witnesses?

This just does not make any sense to me all – as there were supposedly many people who witnesses bad acts – was he not concerned about being caught and ruining his career?

I would appreciate your thoughts and opinion because this just makes no sense to me at all.

DianeDimond July 11, 2009 at 3:10 am

Gary – from the other nasty e-mails you've sent me I realize you're not really interested in the answer to this. ~ DD

MAK3211 July 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Michael Jackson is a fine example of biased journalism. I have read so many articles stating that in fact, Arnie Klein is the father. It has not been proven! Why does the media repeatedly say Jackson only had young boys around him? When in fact he had boys and girls of all ages around him. Why does the media keep saying he wanted to be white and therefore hated his race and this is why he had white children. What about his vitiligo? THAT IS WHY HE IS WHITE! Perhaps he did not want his children to suffer the same affliction. How come the media left out many facts during the coverage of his trial? We all know why, because Jackson's "weird" look made him an easy target and therefore a great way to sell news and boost ratings. The media seduced Americans into believing, if he slept with young boys, he must be guilty. Its unfortunate Americans are too lazy to do their own research. I loved MJ's music, but I was not a devout fan. Since his death, I have been doing research and it appears as clear as day, he was innocent! Pedophiles act like children to attract children and act like adults to gain adults' trust. Michael acted like a child all the time. In his interview with Diane Sawyer and Lisa Marie Presley, he is flirting with Presley, but clearly like a 10 year old boy would. Pedophiles know their behavior is wrong, therefore try and hide it. Michael didn't because he was not molesting children. If he was gulity, he would not have continued co-ed sleepovers and definately would not have gotten on TV holding a boy's hand! It is beyond clear that Jackson is innocent! The media chose to focus on anything negative they could grab at and twist and turn it to sell and lift ratings. The media coverage lacked any journalists and consisted of sensationalists. They were convinced before the trial even started he was gulity and made the public believe he was gulity off of the million dollar question. "Why did he have young boys in his bed?" Again ,many CHILDREN slept at his home. But anyone who does their own research and doesn't take the sensational view of the media, will know exactly why. I implore you to look at Michael Jackson objectively and all news objectively. If you want to see how Jackson was prejudged in the media, watch his interview with Diane Sawyer and Lisa Marie Presely, Diane Sawyer just with Lisa Marie Presley and Living with Michael Jackson Part 1 and 2. Its a great place to start!

DianeDimond July 11, 2009 at 3:08 am

The FBI pedophile profile declares that they are the most crafty of criminals. I submit to you that Michael Jackson was a show-man at heart – since the age of 7. In public interviews (such as the one with Diane Sawyer) he got to portray the persona he wanted the world to know. It doesn't mean that was his TRUE persona. Those who did business with Michael Jackson consistently say in PUBLIC he was childlike – In PRIVATE he was a shrewd businessman who knew how to drive a very hard bargain. Barry Gordy of Motown even brought this up at the L.A. memorial. I suggest you don't simply digest the Sawyer interview (btw she was roundly criticized for not asking the tough questions during that interview) …. do more research. And keep an open mind. Start by reading the FBI profile of a pedophile.

DianeDimond July 11, 2009 at 3:14 am

I have never had a vendetta against Michael Jackson. ~ DD

Death to Pedophiles July 12, 2009 at 5:50 am

To the moron "Disgusted with Dimond"—-you are either a child molester or are clueless
about the Jackson accusations. You are way to over reactive here against Diane. Turn yourself in now….you are a danger to children.

GDnoname July 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Jan, MJ did not want to be white, he had a disease called vitiligo, whether you choose to believe it or not. I mean what is special about being Caucasian? It is the same as being from any other race. And about adopting children from another race, since when did that become a crime? Madonna and Angelina Jolie do the same, so what is the big deal?

Honeybear23 July 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I still don't believe Kline is the Father. A redhead and a blonde do not turn out looking llike these kids look. However, I do see some curious family traits of the Marlon Brando Family. Could Miko be the Dad?

DianeDimond July 24, 2009 at 3:47 am

Very astute. Many people wonder if little Blanket is any relation to Miko Brando. The two share similar looks don't they? The older two? The consensus is Klein is the father. If he isn't why didn't he simply deny it on Larry King or ABC?

RealityCheck July 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

As for Jordy Chandler's supposed lies, ask yourself this: If Chandler really did fail to accurately describe MJ's private parts, and if his drawings really don't match the photos taken later of Jackson's private parts– as so many of his defenders love to claim– then why did the prosecutors try to get the drawings and photos admitted as evidence in Jackson's criminal trial a decade later? Obviously if Chandler got his description and drawings wrong then this 1993 evidence would be exculpatory in seeking to prove Jackson's guilt as a molester, and yet the DA wanted Jackson's 2004 jury to see it. Doesn't this fact indicate to you that little Jordy Chandler did indeed spend time with the naked and perhaps even aroused (reports are he accurately described the movement of a certain mark as MJ's penis became erect) self-described King of Pop?

Wendy September 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

That is the question I asked myself. I was sure the D.A. wanted that put into evidence. If it was so inaccurate, why do that?

MJ’s own fans try to distort the truth there. I’ve seen many websites claiming those drawings were inaccurate.

So, which is it? Were they, or weren’t they? lol

I think I’ll go with the D.A. on that one.

RealityCheck July 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

And remember all that dirt we heard about the Chandler family? Most of it originated with MJ's private investigator, one Anthony Pellicano, formerly known as the "PI to the Stars" and now known as the "Domestic Terrorist to the Stars," after his having been convicted of possessing illegal explosives and bombs, racketeering, illegal wiretapping and various other federal charges, some or all of which were related to witness intimidation. Google his name and you will see that Pellicano was recently sentenced to 15 years, this in addition to the 3.5 years he had already spent in prison on the explosives charges, was the go-to guy in the 90's, back when celebrities who got caught with their pants down needed a miracle worker who would use all means, both legal and illegal, to blacken the reputation of anyone who would dare to accuse a client. Google "Pellicano and Chris Rock" for an example.

froggytuff August 3, 2009 at 6:03 am

'His third child was reportedly born to a surrogate mother and another mystery sperm
donor. No one stopped Jackson from doing this either. He had the wealth and the celebrity clout to indulge his obsessions. '
what about the famous and rich people like: MADONNA And ANGELINA JOLIE????
Diane, get them to make a LAW!

DianeDimond August 18, 2009 at 3:38 am



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Jay August 22, 2009 at 5:35 am

diane dimond you are such a disgrace!! myself and alot of people will be truly happy and dancing on your grave when (it's only a matter of time) somebody eventually puts a bullet in your head. You and your good buddy Tom "deadbrain" Sneddon.
By the way you better start looking over your shoulder………. I am much closer to you than you think !!!! And please get off ET. Once i see your ugly , disgusting head on there it really turns me off!
P.S. if you don't publish this letter, i will keep on posting this e-mail until you do

Tia Yess September 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Ow, I’ve found Dimond’s website! How about Hard Copy, the show for which was given millions to former employees of Michael Jackson? This employees said shocking “revelations” about Michael as a child molester in your show, but admitted to know nothing in their statement to the police… But did you ever tell us that, Mrs Dimond? No.
Get to the point! Why do you keep spreading lies, Mrs? You know that Michael Jackson was innocent… You know that it is EVAN CHANDLER who wanted first 20 millions…. You know it. There’s fields on the web about it. So, why?
Come on, delete my comment… But it’s really sad, what a shame…

DianeDimond September 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm

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Candies September 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

What do you mean Michael “collected” children of his own? That’s very mean Miss Diane. Why is it that all these other celebrities can have their own children, and no one questions if they are their biological children or not? It seems like the media thinks Michael isn’t allowed to have his own children.
Prince and Paris look like their father biological father, Michael Jackson. Just because they are light has nothing to do with it.
Blanket did not have another sperm donor, his biological father is Michael Jackson, he looks exactly like Michael when he was little, and he still looks just like him. This is a video on youtube showing pictures of Michael and Blanket where they look alike. It proves for a fact that Michael is Blanket’s father.
If you do a quick search, there are also others of Prince and Paris, where they look like their father.

In my opinion, Michael Jackson never behaved bizarrely. He wore masks for a reason, and sometimes when he went out he wore disguises so people would not bother him. And when Michael went shopping and choose whatever he wanted to buy, there is no problem with that. He bought beautiful things. It’s his money to spend, he worked hard all his life to earn that money. He’s already given millions of dollars to charity. In fact, more than any other celebrity has given. So what about him? He has a right to freely buy whatever he would like. If he didn’t buy anything, I bet everyone would call him “cheap”, because that’s how the media is, they never have anything good to say. What about all the celebrities that they show on “MTV cribs” who have big fancy houses, lots of fancy cars and things, does the media criticize them? NO.
But Michael lived in a beautiful home called Neverland, where he had beautiful pieces of furniture and things of antiquity and value.
He opened his home to children, to come and play on the wonderful rides and pet the beautiful animals, to make them happy and to help them enjoy their lives and childhood.
I completely dislike it when the media criticizes Michael for having Neverland. It’s like they are jealous or something. But what’s to be jealous of? Be happy for him. And also be happy that he’s helping children enjoy their life. Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous property like that? With your own rides and animals. I am very happy that Michael enjoyed that.
But Michael was not a “show off” like other people. He didn’t say “look what I have, look what I got”, he just enjoyed his beautiful things.

I’m not trying to be rude, but I would just like you and the rest of the media to understand what a wonderful person Michael Jackson really was, and not what the media tries to make him out to be.
I’m sure you have done other good work Miss Diane. But please don’t make fun of Michael Jackson or talk what is not the truth, because it’s unfair to Michael, his family, and his fans.

Thank you.

Daisy October 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Michael Jackson violated an engrained social taboo of being a grown man and sleeping in close unsupervised proximity to young boys. Sleeping with someone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re molesting them. In other words, one action is not always causally connected to the other.

Nonetheless, I don’t believe he molested those boys because, as he demonstrated over and over by his character and the way he otherwise lived his life, a pedophile is not who he was. Fortunately for Michael Jackson, sleeping with a minor isn’t against the law, which is why he was acquitted.

Furthermore, continuing to sleep in close unsupervised proximity to young boys when he had already been through hell and back in 1993 was self-indulgent on Michael’s part but, again, not against the law. If he’s guilty of anything, it’s extremely poor judgment (he’s not perfect!), which isn’t against the law, either. One can practice poor judgment every day and twice on Sunday, but there are consequences to nearly every act of poor judgment.

Unfortunately, in this country, the press can nullify a jury’s decision by continuously attempting to influence the public that a former defendant is guiilty even when found not guilty.

Michael paid the consequences, not of our justice system because our justice system worked in his case, but of our media system. Just because we have freedom of the press doesn’t mean innocent people must suffer because of it.

To recap: it’s not against the law to (1) be self-indulgent, (2) exercise poor judgment, or even (3) sleep with young boys who are not related to you.

It should, however, be against the law for the media, like you, Diane, to nullify a jury’s decision for profit. It should also be against the law to defame a dead person, again for profit, which is what some members of the press continue to do with respect to Michael Jackson.

DianeDimond November 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Writing on a subject does not nullify a jury decision. I am engaged in writing truth – that is not defamation.

Eilowny November 18, 2009 at 1:54 am

Ms. Dimond,
Pleas help…, The Michael Jacksons Freaks Make me worry that this man will become a martyr for Pedophiles and make it easier for this kind of predator to get away with their crimes: “ala look what false, evil accusations did to MJ…” (This is all Suvivors – like me – need because the pedophiles already have FMSF.)

They’re all over saying that Jordy recanted… most can easily research that to see it’s a myth, but now they’ve got a new one.

I saw this quote on YouTube, “For those who say Jordie’s description of MJ’s penis matched, you’re? wrong. The boy said MJ was circumcized, but he was not. ”

I don’t remember the circumcision thing in your book. Is this another lie?

I used to think that rational people can just look at the facts and believe the victimized child, but the disinformation is all around. This poor child has been villianized more than any other rape victim in my memory.

Please, if you choose comment on this. I think this would make things a little bit better if we get the Truth or Lies on this.

DianeDimond November 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Jordie Chandler was apparently confused about whether Jackson was circumcised. However, what he described about discolorations on Jackson's penis was proven to be correct.
In the opening chapter of my book I describe the day police went to serve a "body search warrant" on Mr. Jackson. They were looking to see if the boy's description of Jackson's ERECT penis as having pinkish splotches on it were correct. This was important to prove or disprove and they took along a police photographer to take pictures. Jackson's attorneys had said that since Jordie and Jackson had gone swimming together (and changed clothes in front of each other) there could have been a perfectly innocent explanation as to how the boy could have seen and then described Jackson's genitalia. However, Jordie was claiming to have seen the splotches on the side of Jackson's penis that was exposed only when he was in a sexually aroused state. The photographs taken that day remain under lock and key in a bank safety deposit box in Santa Barbara, California. The Police and the District Attorney representatives there the day the search warrant photos were taken say Jordie's description was exactly right.

Bryan Goodman November 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Hello Diane,

I have read your book as many who have visited this site. In addition to yours, I have read J Randy’s, Boteach’s and a few others.

I think you basically reported what was offered to you as information as fair as you could. Personally, I think MJ had to have done ‘something’ wrong…to many things just depicted that much. I mean, the Francia’s testimony alone (Jason that is)…that’s enough.

However, what seems a bit bothersome is now Jermain Jackson said something to the effect that Michael was always innocent and that Jordie has come forth and spoken to that effect, in addition to Evan having committed suicide due to the guilt of this…

For Jermaine to have gone on record to say this…well, is it true?

I mean, I had read things to that effect but had always thought…it was fan-made up to save their idol’s reputation, but if Jermaine has gone on record…?

OR…has he foolishly led to the whole truth re-surfacing again cause I’ve always felt that “from accused pedophile to pedestal” after death…what’s wrong with our society…?

DianeDimond November 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Jermaine is not telling the truth. Jordie Chandler did NOT recant his story that Michael Jackson sexually molested him. Just didn't happen. And, despite what MJ fans write neither did Gavin Arvizo. These reports are simply fans trying to re-write history.
In my opinion, and after interviewing people close to the Chandler family Evan Chandler committed suicide because he was suffering from a rare disease that had reduced him to a state of constant pain. As I wrote in my book (several years ago, page 43) Evan suffered from Gauchet's disease which, according to leading experts is incurable and one of the most painful ways to die. I hope to find the time to write a long piece about Evan Chandler's final years and months of life to help set the record straight.
Bottom line: once again Jermaine Jackson has spouted off comments designed to make his brother look good – comments that just are not true. ~ DD

maria tomlin November 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm


I saw a clip of youtube where Tom Mesereau spoke of having witnesses who stated that Jordan Chandler claimed that Michael Jackson never molested him. He further went on to state that Jordan told friends that he emancipated himself from his parents because they forced him to say these things. What is your opinion on this?

DianeDimond November 30, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I don't believe a word of it.

ilina January 27, 2010 at 7:59 am

Hi Ms. Dimond,sorry for the bothering,I just wanted to ask you a few questions.
A while ago I participated on some MJ blogs and I must tell you I left pretty disturbed.Coming from medical backgraund I was making some points that there is 0% possibility that those are his kids biologicaly,that he was obviously a man in need of some serious professional help (probably 30 years ago before the world fame hit him in the head),that he was obviously having constant plastic surgery and somehow changed his skin colour onpurpose,that there is great posibility that he was having unproper relationships with those kids…It only backfired in a strange way,maybe some of the people are very young (teenagers maybe),however it is very disturbing to hear people so obsessed,that they have answer for everything and refuse to see at least something.I think that tells more about the human population and our state of mind than it tells about MJ.
So my question is what are the numbers of those hard-core fanathics worldwide from your point of view (of course not the exact numbers but some assumption from your part and from your experience).
The second question is for the other “american royalty”, Lisa Marie Presley.That marriage is very interesting (a lot more than the marriage with Rowe).We heard about her statement after MJ’s death but still…She must knows something,what was behind that marriage,Scientology,musical career…?
Thank you.

Diane January 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Who knows how many Jackson fans would fit into your description as being “hard-core”? I couldn’t really say. I get a lot of negative comments from Jackson supporters but I notice that many of the e-mails come from a handful of the same IP addresses. In other words, some people are writing me, pretending to be several different people, when in fact it’s just one person behind much of the mail.
As to Lisa Marie Presley. It’s my understanding that even her own mother couldn’t figure out the WHY between that marriage. Perhaps it had something to do with LMP’s ties to the Church of Scientology. Maybe it had something to do with her re-newed interest at the time to launch a music career. Maybe this daughter of the King of Rock ‘n Roll really fell in love with the King of Pop. Several sources, very close to LMP, have told me their union was never consummated. LMP has never denied that. ~ DD

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