Just what was found during the two police raids of Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch?.
Today we look at some of the evidence that could possibly point to Michael Jackson having a prurient interest in nude boys.
Neverland was an absolutely beautiful place from the outside, but what kind of man was living inside it? After Michael Jackson was accused of molesting a then 13-year-old Jordan Chandler, the police moved quickly to raid Michael Jackson's Neverland home to search and seize items that could possibly point to Michael Jackson having a sexual interest in children. Even though Jackson would have known a search was most likely in 1993 and its even rumoured that he was tipped off that a search of his Neverland Ranch was imminent by somebody inside the Los Angeles Police Department, still many questionable items were found.
Below I will take you through some of the items that were found.
From the 93 search.
Book: Boys Will Be Boys, containing photographs of boys under the age of 14; full frontal nudity. This book was personally inscribed by Michael Jackson.
Book: In Search Of Young Beauty, containing photographs of children, both boys and girls; some nude.
Book: The Boy, A Photographic Essay, containing black and white photos of boys, some nude.
Photograph: A photograph of a boy, believed to be Jonathan Spence; fully nude.
Photograph: A photograph of a young boy holding an umbrella; wearing bikini bottoms, partly pulled down.
From 2003 search.
Dressed Up Playacys and Fantasies of Childhood: 1978 photo book. Contains three photos of teenage boys naked.
Robert Maxwell Photographs: old photos, some nude, some of young children (nude and dressed).
Taormina Wilhelm Von Gloeden: Nude photos of teenage boys from the late 1800.
The Golden Age Of Neglect: Photos of teenagers, some nude.
Room To Play: Photos of children that are altered, morphed head on older bodies, kids made to look sexualized. Some are nude photos of kids.
Now, I will point out that none of the material that was found was illegal, or could be classed as child pornography, but it can be classed as child erotica.
So let's take a closer look at these books. The first one listed is "Boys Will Be Boys", which is the most interesting one. Michael Jackson actually personally inscribed this book and wrote "Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys' faces. This is the spirit of boyhood, a life I have never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children."
Now this book contains roughly 90% full frontal nudity of underage boys and Michael Jackson had clearly studied the faces and bodies of these boys very closely. What did he mean by that inscription. Did he want to see his children in nude poses?
Also very important to point out this book "Boys Will Be Boys" is a firm favourite with pedophiles and this has been confirmed by Bill Dworin the lead investigator into Michael Jackson 1993 child molestation accusation case who said he had confiscated this book many times before, from the homes of pedophiles on the 2005 documentary, "Michael Jackson and the boy he paid off". The book is even listed on the world-famous paedophile organisation website the North American Man Boy Love Association.
Here is a sample of the book. Picture 1 Picture 2
Another book that was very similar and contained a large number of nude images of underage boys was "The Boy, A Photographic Essay."
What about that nude photo that was believed to have been Jonathan Spence?
This is a weird one. What was Michael Jackson doing with a nude photo of one of his special little friends? Did he take the photograph? Nobody really knows, but this one is raising a massive red flag.
But none of this material was illegal so what's the big deal, I hear you ask?
Well, the truth is, if you went round to your next-door neighbor (who was a single thirtysomething year old man) and saw all this material lying around his house you would definitely raise your eyebrows and think what the hell is he doing with all this stuff.
Now, if your next-door neighbour was a man who enjoyed the company of other people's children (as Michael Jackson did) and he had all this material I think most people would be utterly horrified and would probably even suspect their neighbor of being a pedophile.
So why treat Michael Jackson any differently? The truth is, you shouldn't. Just why did he collect books that had naked images of under age boys in them? Was it all completely innocent or was it something much more sinister? The truth is, nobody will ever really know why he collected such material, and I'm not suggesting you should instantly suspect or brand anybody a pedophile who did have such material. But Michael Jackson was clearly obsessed with young boys and went to great length to have sleepovers with them. And that makes the material of nude boy books and pictures very significant and they should not be dismissed lightly.