Michael and Salieri

Michael Jackson. Did he need to die? Continued

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Michael Jackson Healthy Living Magazine Michael and Salieri Charlie Chaplin costume

Michael Jackson Healthy Living Magazine Michael and Salieri Charlie Chaplin costume

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Pay in Millions Souls

Seeing someone breaking free is not uplifting but disturbing to us. Being paid millions in money and souls for what he had the greatest talent of all living creatures, produced envy and greed, turning his surroundings into a “viper’s nest,” as those surrounding him described. Ironically, he then brought in a boa and manikins to save himself from the pain of loneliness. What an insult to us: the most desirable friend on Earth preferred a snake and manikins because dealing with us, agendus and pretentious adults, is insufferable. Until he discovered: children were truthful to him. Or so he wanted to think.

A severe consequence for being different is an ordinary crowd control tool for managing the riot. What would become of us if we were given that freedom? Probably those boxes make sense? Indeed another bristly wall of the box society kept for Michael Jackson was formed by its scars from stories of abusive priests, teachers and scout masters.

You’re playin’ with your life,
This ain’t no truth or dare
They’ll kick you, then they beat you
Then they’ll tell you it’s fair.

That early social acceptance, paid for by the casualty of childhood, did not leave young Michael without scars. Including injured sexuality from being forced to witness the unbridled sex life of his extensive male family. But it allowed him a much stouter luxury than money can buy—to not conform as much as we, comprachico children, do; to transgress the societal spheres from the lower class into the world’s elite, which enabled to confront construction of social identity, stand up to pressure and develop his personality.

Flying higher, seeing further eventually resulted in a revolutionized celebrity philanthropy; scoring two million per year right before the first accusation of child molestation in 1993 and $300-$500 million (different estimates) during lifetime, visiting and showering with gifts, largely non-televised, nearly as many children’s hospitals and orphanages as he gave solo concerts. He indeed meditated to pick up after Mother Theresa—the thought he was lashed for by the press riding his back.

Attorneys' Minds

What it is worth to reach a unanimous jury verdict on 10 counts is convincing enough to take sides with the jury. Two humble defense attorneys’ minds confronted an obsessed-with-Michael-Jackson-like-a-teen-girl, bone-cracking prosecution power machine, throwing millions into the oven: 70 policemen searching the house, prosecutors scouring the globe for victims, only to the vexation of hearing that the accused is an angel. But it’s not only the jury that forms my mind.

Two more considerations, one is legitimate, the second affording the freedom of being utterly ignored as it does not possess any material fact.

Number one is the research, which includes interviews with firsthand observers and accounts and books by the accusing or skewed but formally neutral journalists. I should mention I did not research much of the “pro” party except to confirm in cross-references the chain of events and sources’ credibility.

The reason for researching the accusing parties’ accounts and documents alone was for the exigency of finding something, anything, to intrude and that could not be overturned by a courtroom cross examination, as both the 1993 and 2005 Michael Jackson cases had no physical evidence to substantiate. In my early career as a defense attorney the courtroom environment taught me to forsee how a testimony may play out in the cross. I haven’t found one that could stand a defense. After coming to this conclusion there was not much rationale for researching a defending argumentation.

Courtrooms, above all, like scrutinizing a character. And here comes the big one: the defendant’s history of massive unseen giving, with child abuse as far from the character as an alternative universe. Dreaming of having his own children, an extreme soft and sensitive character built masked hospital beds for terminally ill children into the walls of his home theater. How would someone even come up with such an idea? What kind of mindset? Right, freaky. The face of humanity would not be of celebs utilizing Africa’s desperation to boost their image by serving porridge for a video take if freaks had a chance to survive with us.

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Salieri's Guilt

Michael Jackson Healthy Living Magazine Michael and Salieri Mim

Michael Jackson Healthy Living Magazine Michael and Salieri Mim

The second one, the one to be ignored, but which held me from falling too easy prey to the media coverage, is the art. Defining new standards, changing the culture, breaking boundaries of race and nations and leaving a footprint on every artist and every audience could be taken as the definition of a genius. There are not many artists whose humanitarian efforts largely became their art. Who else would have shot million dollar music videos to showcase not his/ her own sexy poses but world’s devastations, without a single shot of the beloved self?

The cloud of obscene accusations will obscure Michael Jackson’s image. The ones who believe in innocence will see it as a martyr’s halo, the opposite party curse the cloud that carried him away from rotting in jail. With time Michael Jackson’s art will win for him all the battles he lost during his lifetime. The human race will likely take on its shoulders one more guilt for its Salieries. The Salieri of this story will live a comfortable life just like the medieval one. The only predicament Salieries usually run into is the music of their Mozart is heard from every window. Reminding them they will be remembered as the ones who throttled those inhumanly talented sounds. Hey, Salieri, don’t you feel the beat?

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Did you know?

Michael Jackson invited to his home and visited in hospitals terminally ill children to fulfill their last wish of meeting him and to help their families. One of them, Gavin Arviso, miraculously cured from stage four cancer after that, became the accuser of child molestation in the 2005 trial, which, some suggest, cost Michael Jackson his life.

Did you know?

Four years prior to the first accusation of Michael Jackson in child molestation, Childhelp USA, the biggest anti-child-abuse charity, founded the “Michael Jackson International Institute for Research On Child Abuse” for his contributions.



Author's opinion on Michael Jackson controversy

Befriended families to be surrounded by children—YES
Being around mega star was intoxicating—YES
Homosexual—NO, asexual and none of my business
Does it mean molested children?—NO
Angel—NO
Skillful businessman—NO
Reckless prodigal—YES
Humble—NO and YES
Manipulative—YES, but not much beyond survival needs
Was manipulated—YES
Ran sophisticated PR, fascinating with eccentricities—YES and NO
Media victim—YES
Profited from media frenzy—YES
Medication junkie—not so easy: there are doubts about using anesthetics for pleasure and no doubts of severe insomnia
Used recreational drugs—NO except some marijuana in later years
Was increasingly dependent on meds since first accusation in 1993—YES
Marriage to Presley true—YES
Marriage to Rowe true—NO
Forgave his father for abuse—NO, despite trying and many professions of such
Good father—better than many
Went too far with plastic surgeries—was it different from everything else?
Was threatened—YES, by himself 25 years ago
Responsible for his death—YES but shares this one with us, paying for his media bullying
Killed by Conrad Murray—NO
Murray guilty of negligence—YES
This Is It would have been a disaster—YES

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