…Is this really it? Is Michael Jackson Really Dead?
At the risk of raggishly stirring up controversy where there is none, I have wondered since his televised post funeral service if the singer is really dead, or if this was the grandest of Michael Jackson stunts yet.
Michael would not be the first person in history to be thought dead when he was still quite alive and well. Till this day people are spotting Elvis (Although the Elvis spottings still show the more than 80 year old man as a youngster'”not exactly believable). The FBI has been known to hide out people by giving them new identities'”these are usually protected witnesses and spies though, it is doubtful that Michael was either, although if anyone had the resources to pull it off, it would certainly be Michael Jackson.
First, there was the peculiar on-stage performance of family and friends (That other than Brook Shields, Queen Latifa, Mia Angelou, Al Sharpton and a few others, none of the big names showed up. Brooke Shields was one of Michael’s childhood best friends, but where were Liza, Liz and others that you would have expected to make appearances and give eulogies about Michael? Dianna Ross, to whom Michael suggested should be the guardian ad-litem for his children in his will, was nowhere onstage. Why not? Where was the childhood stars that Michael called friends, some of whom he gave their start, like Mccaulley Caulkin, Webster, and others? Where were the numerous singers that paid tribute to Michael at his 40 yeasrs in show-bizz celebration, most of whom he had a hand in getting started as well? Where were the numerous CEOs of charity organizations that Michael had donated to? Where was Oprah, Madonna, Cher, Celene Dione, Taylor Dane, Cyndi Lauper, Bruice Springstein or any of the others that you would have bet money would have been there to support the family and to make speeches?
The crowd was full of fans that paid into the thousands for their tickets to the event'”but other than the bronze coffin on-stage, there was very little to indicate that this was actually a funeral type service Photos alleging that Michael was at his own memorial later surfaced:
At the same internationally televised performance, watching the faces of the family, there was something strange, almost surreal about the entire thing. Then it occurred to me, this was a funeral but no one was crying or even had swollen eyes as if they had been. Katherine wasn’t crying, the children weren’t crying, Jermaine wasn’t crying when he gave his rendition of Michael’s favorite song, no one but no one was crying.
In a later interview with Larry King, Jermaine would finally break down and cry what seemed to be genuine wet tears.
That video would late become infamous for the mysterious shadows of what appeared to be the ghost of Michael in the background in several places. But reviewing the video a bit closer, you can see that someone actually was walking in the room in front of a light that cast the shadow and as for the shadows appearing between the bushes in the distance behind Jermain during the interview–the house was full of people that day and there were several people walking around in the background. This could have been any number of them walking around.
Then there was the bronze coffin with the reef of red flowers adorning the lid. Watching the brothers handle the box was peculiar too. They seemed to slide it out of the hearse and roll it across the stage as if it were filled with crumpled up newspapers rather than a human being, least of all their own brother. There was some speculation early on when witnesses saw the coffin arrive but it never left. These curiosities were put to rest with the assertion that a S.W.A.T. team had actually escorted the body to the cmemtary via a back-stage door. As convenient as this expanation is, did anyone ever actually see the S.W.A.T. team?
Brooke Shields would later make a public statement on ‘˜the View’ that she fully expected at any moment for Michael to jump up out of the coffin, because that was the kind of guy that he was — .
That statement was no ordinary clause in conversation. In reference to the film of Jackson’s last rehearsals for the tour ‘˜This is It,’ many comments have been made about the eeriness of seeing Michael, in monster garb, rising up out of the grave in his ‘˜Thriller’ rendition. Was he making a subliminal statement to his fans? There were lots of elusions to danger in the film, such as when the producer kept insisting that Michael hold onto the rail of the lift lest he fall off and hurt or kill himself. This was not Michael’s proverbial first rodeo–why did the producer keep pointing that out to him? The name of the show itself was rather creepy and ominous for someone who had recently died: ‘˜This is It.’ Was it really a coincidence to name a show that Michael would die in the middle of rehearsal, ‘˜This is It?’
Michael Jackson was a contradictory of terms to say the least. On the one hand he wanted to live a ‘˜Normal’ life and on the other he craved public attention and affection. Few entertainers before or since have openly loved their fans as much as their fans loved them, as Michael Jackson did. As a businessman he was a genius; as the benefactor of that prowess, he spent his fortune faster than he made it. When asked in an earlier interview about his future death, Michael stated that dying was not on his list of things to do; yet it was the goriest music video of its time, ‘˜Thriller,’ that catapulted him from superstar to icon.
According to a movie made about the Jacksons venture to fame, Michael was initially excluded from the group; only to have Michael lead the group to their own fortunes as well as to greatly surpass them in his personal career. Without Michael Jackson, it is easy to imagine that the world would have never heard of the group, ‘˜Jackson4.’ Till this day, Michael and Janet are the only two Jacksons to have achieved superstardom while the rest of the group faded into the backdrops of the mundane. Michael Jackson was indeed the epitome of conundrum.
The shy, quietly spoken man of few words, was not just the king of Pop, but he was the king of disguises too. He changed his look many times during his career, and this is what ultimately instigated my curiosity enough to investigate the photo evidence that he left behind.
During the week preceding the first anniversary of his death, all sorts of magazines paid tribute to Michael by displaying a variety of photos through-out the superstar’s life. But when you really pay attention to the photos, something very odd happens — .
Michael was infamous for the botched cosmetic surgery on his nose, the dimple in his chin and the colorful change of his complexion due to vitiligo and the attempts of his dermatologist to balance out the blotches.
So in effect, you expect to see a variation in those parts of his appearance. However, there are other telltale characteristics that should not have changed back and forth in the different photos.
For example: In some of the photos Michael had a very pronounced adams apple, in others he had a more muscular neck with barely any visible adams apple at all. In some of the photos there was dominant scaring on the front of his left nostril, and indented scars on the back of both nostrils'”in other photos this scaring is partially missing and in other photos it is altogether gone. It could be suggested that this was done with make-up, but even with make-up, there should be some evidence of the scaring as deep as it was embedded into his skin, and there simply was not.
In some of the photos you can clearly see that the chin dimple gave him a square jaw-line. In other photos you can clearly see that the dimple is cut so deeply into his chin that it gives him a rounded jaw-line with virtually 2 chins instead of one. This could have been attributed to more surgeries, except with more surgery, it doesn’t seem that it would have gone back and forth from one to the other…
Michael often ripped open his shirt on-stage revealing a very boney frame with no chest hair. In one of the suspicious photos revealing his chest there is hair and no evidence of bone protrusion.
Michael was known as ‘˜The Gloved One,’ because he often wore a single glove and at times he wore two. In many of his photos, he is also wearing bandages on his fingers. He may have done this because he had a mad discoloration of his hands and fingernails'”more than likely due to the vitiligo or the treatments for it. The tell tale signs on the photos of his hands are not the discolorations, which with on-going treatments, you would expect to see it change from time to time. In the few rare photos where his hands are revealed, you can see a slight difference in the shape of the fingers; in some photos he has short stubby fingers that look almost arthritic, in others the fingers are longer with no swollen knuckles or crookedness in the joints (This you wouldn’t typically expect). In some of the photos Michael has a scar on his wrist, in others it is missing — .
In the 80’s Michael’s hair was caught on fire when the production crew mis-fired the special effects while filming a Pepsi commercial. The back of Michael’s head was severely burned. Perhaps Michael wore a prostetic hair piece to cover the damage after that, but in some of the photos, Michael has a different hairline atop the fore-head.
In some of the photos, Michael’s face is shorter and more square, in others it is more elongated and rectangular.
In some of the photos, Michael’s ear-line connects closer to the cheekbone, and in others it extends closer to the jaw-line. In at least one of the photos, Michael’s teeth are different as well. Certainly Michael had the resources to hire at least one if not 2 or more people to get the necessary plastic surgery to pose as his body double, which he obviously had at least 2 if not more as can be seen in his performance at the Superbowl popping up out of the smoke above the signs before Michael magically appears in the smoke onstage….
Michael, having been in serious debt before his untimely death certainly had motivation enough to fake his own death and disappear–his estate has made over a billion dollars since then–more than enough to pay off his creditors and leave a healthy legacy for his mother and children.
Then, there’s this:
This footage does seem to make it look like whoever it was on the lifeflight chopper was moving around on the stretcher which certainly would not have been possible if he were really strapped down.
Then video emerged of someone actually getting up walking out of the coroner’s van:
Then there is the wrongful death suit that Joe Jackson is going alone against Conrad Murray, Jackson’s physician. Why is Katherine and the siblings not pursuing Murray in this suit as well?
Someone obviously died at the apartment that day, otherwise there would not be any pending criminal charges against Murray for manslaughter. There was an autopsy done on someone, but did anyone bother to do a DNA verification and make sure that it was Michael? If it wasn’t Michael, was it one of his doubles? Was this supposed to be a hoax that went terribly wrong? Was the guy supposed to only be impaired enough to be rushed to the hospital but then messed around and died instead?
Then there are the allegations that Michael was on several types of drugs at his death. It had been specualted by many that Michael had a drug severe drug problem. Earlier Michael had been admitted to rehab with help from people like Liz Taylor and his then wife, Lisa Marie Presley. people who knew him well, such as Jennifer Batten, as well as his family insist that Michael was not on drugs. Did the devastating disillusion of his marriage to Lisa Marie cause him to relapse? Or is there more to it than that?
There are also the two conflicting stories about his final tour–one stating that Michael was in no condition to complete 50 weeks and another stating that Michael was in perfect health–the latter of which was corroberated by the medical examiner’s report. So was Michael on drugs or not? Was Michael sick or not?
Whether or not Michael is alive hiding out in the Middle East or in Europe somewhere, there is no way to justify a re-emergence after having announced his own death. Perhaps there is some validity to this, perhaps it is the wistul thinking of fans that can’t let go; but that’s the beauty of Michael, we don’t have to let go. He will be right here, right now, if only we remember–but it is what we choose to remember that will matter the most as his story unfolds. Will we remember him for the unfounded allegations that money hungry grubs posed against him, the charges for which he was acquitted on every count, or will we rememeber the message that he devoted his life to leave us with?
I, for one, choose to remember him like this:
Wherever you are Michael, R.I.P. Long live the king….