Rumors and doubt about the late Michael Jackson’s 2005 acquittal on seven felony counts of child-molestation charges have never gone away, nor has speculation about his close relationship with the young boys he would have over to Neverland Ranch.
Police reports from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department’s raid of the Ranch in 2003 surfaced last year, and they paint a grim picture of a wealthy and powerful man, plagued with sexual demons, who might have gotten away with, at the very least, inappropriate behavior with children, by paying people off.
In fact, an investigator on the case spoke vehemently to Radar Online, stating, “The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will.”Watch Investigation Discovery’s Barbara Walters Presents: Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror on ID GO now!
According to Radar, the materials found inside Neverland were pornography — heterosexual and homosexual, some involving teens; and BDSM content — and animal torture. Jackson would allegedly use the images to “desensitize” and seduce the young boys with whom he would often share his bed. Radar also quotes a private investigator involved with the raids, who claims that the pop legend would even use sexy photos of his own nephews (his brother Tito’s sons) in their underwear to show to other young boys in order to arouse them.
District Attorney Tom Sneddon wrote in 2003, “The materials described … are relevant to the issues of the defendant’s intent and his method of ‘grooming’ young boys to satisfy his lewd desires.”
And former Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen, who helped prosecute Jackson at the time, told Radar:
“A lot of this stuff was used to desensitize the children, and Michael admitted taking one child after another into bed with him for long periods of time. We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse. There’s not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation.”
Another suspicious fact is that during the investigation, Jackson rented a storage unit and moved photographs, videotapes, hard drives, computers, diaries, and other evidence out of Neverland. The Sheriff’s Department was able to get a warrant and seized the contents.
Gavin Arvizo, the 13-year-old boy in the case who accused Jackson of sexual abuse, claimed that Jackson spoke to him and his brother repeatedly about the benefits of masturbation and mutual masturbation. One of the books found in Jackson’s possession seems to be a “how-to” primer for homosexual men, and featured a study of masturbation as well as oral and anal sex acts.
To be fair, some of the pornography mentioned in the report was not illegal or anything that the average person might not have in their own nightstand drawers. And some of the images found in the books and magazines seem to have been considered art rather than pornography, but many were of nude children, including full-frontal nudity of boys under 14. There were several vintage nudist magazines that all showed nude men, women, and children together. There were also Polaroids picturing seemingly pre-teen boys with their shirts off, posing provocatively. “Michael Jackson was also photographed in the company of these individuals,” according to the documents.
The documents also state that even material that is not technically pornography can be part of a “grooming process,” used by someone who wants to molest children to acclimate them to sexual imagery and lower their inhibitions to “facilitate the molestation.”
Perhaps more damning than the print material are the images found on Jackson’s computers. According to the documents, images were found from a “Teen Sex” website, as well as multiple visits recorded to child-adoption websites. Some of the erotic images found portrayed “naked male adults and children.”
Prescription drugs such as Percocet and Xanax were also found on the property. The documents note that drugs of that nature are often used by sex addicts to dull their desires. There were also cards and letters addressed to “Daddy Michael” from senders with nicknames such as “Doo-Doo Head” and “Big Booty.”One disturbing item that was seized from the Ranch during the raid was a bloodied bed sheet, found in a Disneyland bag with some clothing. Radar also quotes an investigator in the case saying that Jackson had “sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice,” while another source claims there was a photo “of a child holding what appears to be a dead goose bludgeoned to death.”
The facts remain that Jackson was exonerated of all these charges, and has since passed away. The real truth will probably never be known, but the release of these documents brings to light specific details that the public, and the King of Pop’s fans and defenders, had not known before. The issue of his innocence or guilt will no doubt continue to be tried in the court of public opinion.
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Main photo: Michael Jackson’s mug shot [Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department]