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The FBI has started to release its files about Michael Jackson.

Nothing real exciting so far.

The Santa Maria Police Department in 2004 asked the FBI for help, believing that Michael Jackson’s court case would be a “soft target” for terrorism. This was due to the “worldwide media coverage” for the trial. The FBI decided that there were no threats.

Also in 2004, the Santa Barbara County district attorney’s office asked for the FBI’s assistance in trying to prosecute Michael. After investigating and reviewing the case notes and Michael’s computers, the FBI found nothing of interest. Michael Jackson was later acquitted of criminal charges.

The files also refer to numerous death threats against Michael Jackson and other celebrities and politicians.

Click hereto read the FBI file from 2004 Michael Jackson case

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There have been quite a few questions about whether Lisa Marie Presley (Michael Jackson’s former wife), was at the July public memorial service held at the Staples Center, or at the September burial at Forest Lawn.

Lisa Marie Presley was not at the public funeral service for Michael Jackson.

She was, however, present during his private entombment at Forest Lawn.

This statement was released by Lisa Marie Presley shortly after Michael Jackson’s death:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

I can’t recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.

At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, ‘I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.’

I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.

14 years later I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.
A predicted ending by him, by loved ones and by me, but what I didn’t predict was how much it was going to hurt when it finally happened. The person I failed to help is being transferred right now to the LA County Coroners office for his Autopsy.

All of my indifference and detachment that I worked so hard to achieve over the years has just gone into the bowels of hell and right now I am gutted.

I am going to say now what I have never said before because I want the truth out there for once.

Our relationship was not ‘a sham’ as is being reported in the press. It was an unusual relationship yes, where two unusual people who did not live or know a ‘Normal life’ found a connection, perhaps with some suspect timing on his part. Nonetheless, I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much.

I wanted to ‘save him”; I wanted to save him from the inevitable which is what has just happened.

His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn’t know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome then.

At that time, In trying to save him, I almost lost myself.

He was an incredibly dynamic force and power that was not to be underestimated.

When he used it for something good, It was the best and when he used it for something bad, It was really, REALLY bad.

Mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson’s being or actions.

I became very ill and emotionally/ spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him.

I was in over my head while trying.

I had my children to care for, I had to make a decision.

The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tried to stop or reverse it somehow.

After the Divorce, I spent a few years obsessing about him and what I could have done different, in regret.

Then I spent some angry years at the whole situation.

At some point, I truly became Indifferent, until now.

As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario

I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.

Any ill experience or words I have felt towards him in the past has just died inside of me along with him.

He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.

I desperately hope that he can be relieved from his pain, pressure and turmoil now.

He deserves to be free from all of that and I hope he is in a better place or will be.

I also hope that anyone else who feels they have failed to help him can be set free because he hopefully finally is.

The World is in shock but somehow he knew exactly how his fate would be played out some day more than anyone else knew, and he was right.

I really needed to say this right now, thanks for listening.

~LMP

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The Michael Jackson Halloween costume will be popular. There is a Michael Jackson Costume page here with many current offerings.

Here are a few additional items to get your imagination and creative juices flowing to celebrate the King of Pop this Halloween.

Michael Jackson Billie Jean Costume – Adult
Michael Jackson Beat It Jacket – Adult
Michael Jackson Wig – Short Hair – Adult
Michael Jackson Bad Costume – Adult
Michael Jackson Billie Jean Glove – Adult
Michael Jackson Deluxe Thriller Costume – Adult
Michael Jackson Thriller Wig – Adult
Michael Jackson Mask – Adult
Michael Jackson Wig – Long Hair – Adult
Michael Jackson Thriller Costume – Adult
Michael Jackson Black Sunglasses
Michael Jackson Red Sunglasses
Michael Jackson Fedora – Women’s Black
Michael Jackson Retro Glove
Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket – Adult
Michael Jackson Red Leather Pants – Adult
Michael Jackson Military Black Costume – Adult
Michael Jackson Military Red Costume – Adult
Michael Jackson Fedora – Men’s Black
Michael Jackson Glove and Leggings – Adult

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Michael Jackson will be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 3, 2009. Funeral services for family and friends will begin at 7 pm (Pacific).

There is no deadline in California requiring burial by a certain date after death.

Although there has been an unusually long-time since Michael Jackson’s death with no burial, this is an issue Michael’s parents need to agree upon, or eventually a court will.

As detailed on the page about who makes funeral arrangements, Michael Jackson’s parents are in full control of his burial.

If they cannot agree, then one can file a petition with the court for a judge to decide whose wishes (mother or father) will be followed so that Michael Jackson can be laid to rest.

There are, of course, several important considerations not common for the usual burial:

- Can Michael Jackson be buried in a place that will not be desecrated?

- Can Michael Jackson be buried in a place that will not be overrun for years with well-wishers?

- Should Michael be buried at Neverland, even though he indicated a personal desire never to return there after his criminal trial?

- What is the estate worth (both in cash and value of assets)? Then, the IRS estate / death tax will have to be determined. It is likely that the value of Michael Jackson’s assets will create a large tax bill that cannot be covered by cash, and that could require the sale of his assets (such as intellectual property and musical recordings) and that will reverberate in the future through lost yearly earnings for his family. This is important if Neverland, or another location, needs to be evaluated as a burial shrine, such as Graceland for Elvis, to enable a future flow of income.

- There is the criminal investigation surrounding Michael’s death. Final autopsy reports have not been provided. Since Michael Jackson’s body is, unfortunately, potential evidence in the ongoing investigation of this doctors, related issues could also delay his final burial.

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Current list of participants at Michael Jackson’s public memorial service:

Ron Boyd
Kobe Bryant
Mariah Carey
Andrae Crouch Choir
Berry Gordy
Jennifer Hudson
Shaheen Jafargholi
Magic Johnson
Bernice A. King
Martin Luther King III
John Mayer
Lionel Richie
Smokey Robinson
Rev. Al Sharpton
Brooke Shields
Pastor Lucious Smith
Usher
Stevie Wonder

Who Will Not be Attending:

Deborah Rowe – Michael’s former wife, who is seeking a court order that she have custody over two of Michael’s three children.

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Michael Jackson, who helped put MTV on the map, will become, at least for a couple hours, literally MJTV worldwide.

Michael Jackson’s July 7th funeral tribute will be carried live by at least these television and cable networks:

ABC
NBC
CNN
HLN
CNN International
MSNBC
E! Entertainment

The only question is – what is wrong with the other major news networks? CBS and Fox are apparently still deciding – as if they have something else people would rather watch on 10:00 am on a Tuesday. These are ‘news’ networks, aren’t they?

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Michael Jackson Funeral Tickets Update:

- US residency requirement eliminated
- US citizenship requirement added (possible attorney mistake)
- You cannot win if you reside in New York, Florida or Rhode Island
- Tax, release, and publicity forms requirement added
- We have loopholes – below

The Staples Center website has eliminated the text on their web page that the offer to win tickets is only valid to United States residents.

However, within the fine print of NEW Official Rules posted at ( http://www.staplescenter.com/media/media0000001101.pdf ) it states that all winners must complete the IRS W-9 tax form, The W-9 requires that you provide your US tax identification number and state under penalty of perjury that you are a United States citizen.

Per unconfirmed media reports that the intent is to open this up worldwide, inclusion of the W-9 requirement could be an unintended attorney drafting mistake.

Additionally, Residents of the states of New York, Florida, and Rhode Island are not eligible to enter and win.

Critical – There are 2 types of people:

1. The person winning 2 tickets. They can use 1 ticket for themselves, and
2. A guest – the ticket winner can bring a guest.

Loophole – residents of New York, Florida, and Rhode Island can apparently attend as the ‘guest’ of a ticket-winner, so long as the ticket winner is not a resident of one of the those states.

2nd Loophole – non-US citizens can also apparently attend as the ‘guest’ of a ticket-winner, so long as the ticket winner is a US citizen.

In other words, more confusion now that lawyers are involved.

Funeral admission tickets may not be resold.

Ticket winners for the Michael Jackson funeral be prepared to:

- Prove they own the email associated with their winning entry – OR – that they are a resident of the US

- Sign a US IRS W-9 tax form

Ticket winners and their Guests for the Michael Jackson funeral must:

- Agree their name, picture, personal information, can be distributed

- Sign waivers and publicity releases

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CONFIRMED date and location for a service for Michael Jackson is:

NOTE: No viewing is confirmed. Michael’s body will be buried before this public event.

Date: Tuesday, July 7th
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Staples Center – Downtown Los Angeles

Information about making travel arrangements for the Michael Jackson ceremoney are here.

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You can read Michael Jackson’s will by clicking here.

The will is dated July 7, 2002.

Michael Jackson’s entire estate is given to the Michael Jackson Family Trust.

The will specifically states that nothing goes to his former wife, Deborah Jean Rowe Jackson.

The will specifically states that he has intentionally omitted all of his heirs. Contrary to earlier reports about Michael Jackson cutting out his father, Joe Jackson – Michael cut-out everyone – although it is not yet confirmed what is provided for in the trust.

Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, is to be the guardian of his children. If she cannot, then Diana Ross is asked to be the guardian.

get a will

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The address for Neverland Ranch is:

5225 Figueroa Mountain Rd
Los Olivos, CA 93441

You can use this address with services like Yahoo, Google, MapQuest, to get driving directions.

Here is a map showing the general location of Neverland in relation to major California cities:

Neverland is located North of Los Angeles. Keep in mind it is not an easy or quick trek to Neverland.

Here is an OLD map of Neverland Ranch:

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Public funeral service information:

Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Staples Center

Airport Locations if You Want to Visit Los Angeles:

This is the order of airports closest to downtown Los Angeles. Remember, the airport closest to downtown may not be the airport closest to your hotel.

1. Los Angeles International (airport code LAX) – 12 miles away.
2. Burbank – Hollywood (airport code BUR) – 12 miles away.
3. Long Beach (airport code LGB) – 17 miles away.
4. Orange County (airport code SNA) – 34 miles away.
5. Ontario (airport code ONT) – 37 miles away.
6. Oxnard – Ventura (airport code OXR) – 56 miles away.
7. George Air Force Bace (airport code VCV) – 61 miles away.
8. Carlsbad (airport code CLD) – 84 miles away.
9. Santa Barbara (airport code SBA) – 95 miles away.
10. Palm Springs (airport code PSP) – 101 miles away.

Airport Locations if You Want to Visit Neverland Ranch:

This is the order of airports closest to Neverland Ranch. Remember, the airport closest to Neverland Ranch may not be the airport closest to your hotel.

1. Santa Barbara (airport code SBA) – 23 miles away.
2. Santa Maria (airport code SMX) – 25 miles away.
3. San Luis Obispo (airport code SBP) – 49 miles away.
4. Oxnard – Ventura (airport code OXR) – 61 miles away.
5. Bakersfield (airport bode BFL) – 80 miles away.
6. Burbank – Hollywood (airport code BUR) – 105 miles away.
7. Los Angeles International (airport code LAX) – 110 miles away.
8. Visalia (airport code VIS) – 121 miles away.
9. Long Beach (airport code LGB) – 127 miles away.
10. Orange County (airport code SNA) – 146 miles away.

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Michael Jackson’s parents, it appears, will be the ones who decide Michael Jackson’s funeral arrangements.

It will not matter what Michael Jackson’s religion was – they will decide.

For example, if Michael was Muslim and they want to give him a Christian service, it will be a Christian service. That is the law.

In California, the right to control disposition of a person’s remains and make funeral arrangements is controlled by Health and Safety Code Section 7100. There is a pecking order of possible rightholders who can control funeral arrangements. This is the order:

1. If Michael Jackson left written instructions for his funeral services, and the means to pay for them, those directions may not be altered, changed, or otherwise amended in any material way.

At this time, it is not believed that Michael Jackson left such written instructions. The instructions would have to be in writing to be valid – not what he verbally told someone.

IMPORTANT: Any written instructions by Michael do NOT have to be in a will. They do not have to be dated. They do not have to be signed by him. This is a potential problem in California law that the legislature has refused to fix.

Michael Jackson did not leave any instructions in his will. The will is available here.

2. An agent under a power of attorney for health care who has the right and duty of disposition.

At this time it is not believed that Michael Jackson gave anyone a power of attorney with such rights.

This special type of power of attorney is not included in Michael Jackson’s will.

3. Spouse.

Michael was divorced and thus does not have a spouse recognized in California to decide his funeral arrangements.

4. Adult Children.

Michael Jackson’s children are all minors.

5. Parents

Both of Michael’s parents, Joe and Katherine, are living, and thus in California’s statutory scheme will have to right to control all aspects of his funeral arrangements and disposition of his remains.

6. Brothers and Sisters

Since Michael Jackson’s many siblings are in a lower pecking order in the statute than parents, they do not have any rights.

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“I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me.”

- Lisa Marie Presley

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Not surprisingly, Michael Jackson is dominating iTunes and other music sales.

Major purchases always happen after a celebrity dies.  It is too bad they cannot enjoy it with their fans.

Currently, Michael Jackson has the top album download, and almost all of the top 10 album spots belong to him.

No surprise that Michael’s Thriller is the top video being sold.  Two decades later, it is still far better than anything being produced today.

All of the top 10 videos are now Michael Jackson videos.

And of course Michael Jackson has the #1 ringtone download.  Again Thriller.

Michael Jackson ringtones are available here.

Expect to be brought back to the 1980s this week, as you will be hearing Michael Jackson on lots of people’s phones.

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In 2007 and again in late 2008 it was reported that Michael Jackson had converted to Islam.

Originally, Michael was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Despite reports about his conversion, and speculation surrounding his moving to Bahrain and being photographed in a woman’s burka (undoubtedly for privacy), there has not been an official statement from Michael himself.

It was reported in late 2008 that he changed his name to Mikaeel at an informal ceremony in Los Angeles.  However, since then he did not go by this name and continued to go by the name of Michael.

The family will certainly have an interesting discussion about what type of funeral arrangements to make, and undoubtedly someone will not be happy.

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It is possible that Michael Jackson’s personal physician overprescribed Demerol, leading to the singer’s cardiac arrest and ultimate death.

Demerol is a potentially addictive narcotic pain relieve that is similar to morphine.  It is used to treat moderate-to-severe pain.

According to published drug information, an overdose of Demerol can be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.

Demerol is the name used to sell what is officially known as meperidine hydrocholoride.  The drug is manufactured by Sanofi-Synthelabo, Inc.

According to doctors Philip Small and Russell Weinstein, an overdose of Demerol can cause death.  They reported this in a professional article published in the September,  1965 edition of the Journal of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

In 1984, a New York jury found a doctor liable for a patient’s death by improperly prescribing Demerol.

David Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, reportedly died from taking an overdose of Demerol and other narcotics.

As noted at one web forum, on April 7, 2009, “I cannot stress enough that an overdose of Demerol can cause death.  So seek medical attention immediately if you think you’ve taken too much!”

In the November 1997 edition of Playboy, Brett Favre said that he was prescribed Demerol and afterward he had a seizure, which he blamed on a lack of sleep caused by the drug.

Demerol has a long history, over many decades establishing it is a safe drug, when prescribed properly.

The unknown answer to the question at this point is whether Michael Jackson was properly and safely being prescribed with Demerol.

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