‘Michael Jackson Conspiracy’ by Aphrodite Jones: A review

“Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys’ faces. This is the spirit of boyhood, a life I never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children.”

This inscription by Michael Jackson was found inside a book presented as evidence in Jackson’s child molestation trial. It was a very small piece in a larger puzzle that enabled jurors a glimpse inside the mind of one of entertainment’s most enigmatic superstars.

mj_conspiracyThe book I just finished, Michael Jackson Conspiracy by Aphrodite Jones, revealed much about this trial and icon that was never reported in the mainstream media. In fact, she was working as a professional analyst on the trial, often reporting on CNN and Fox News, and was initially convinced that Michael Jackson deserved to go to jail. After sitting in the courtroom and hearing daily evidence, she soon decided that Jackson was being falsely accused.

She spoke of the obvious bias in the media towards Michael, how they would use camera angles and lighting effects to accentuate his facial features or alter his skin tone. Jones revealed that all the hours and money the media pumped into covering the trial was a gamble that would only pay off if Michael Jackson went to jail. There were over 2,000 reporters in Santa Barbara, and plans were already in place for insider reports from the jail where he would be housed. When he was acquitted, the media was dumbfounded and quickly left Santa Barbara.

Given the obvious bias present in the media, it should surprise no one that very few Americans had the opportunity to hear any of the evidence or testimony that supported Michael’s innocence. It is also unsurprising that when the author decided to write this book, she said that no publisher would touch it. She wound up publishing it herself, because she was convinced this man was innocent and people should hear the truth.

Here are a few of the things that were rarely (if ever) reported:

  • The family of the accuser, the Arvizos, had a track record of accusing people of sexual and physical abuse. The mother, Janet, had made similar charges against her estranged ex-husband. She had also accused guards at a J.C. Penney’s store of accosting her in the parking lot, where she said that one guard removed her bra and pinched her nipple 25 times. She testified that her son, Gavin (Jackson’s accuser), had to put her breast back into her bra after the assault.
  • Janet Arvizo claimed that Michael Jackson was holding her prisoner at Neverland in order to prevent her from talking to the media. In fact, receipts and security logs proved that she often left the ranch for full-body waxes, manicures, shopping, and dental visits – all on Michael’s dime. She also testified that she “escaped” from Neverland three different times, only to return again in a few days.
  • Gavin’s taped testimony to police and his testimony in court contradicted each other. He changed the amount of times that he claimed to be fondled. He claimed he couldn’t remember important events. He did not appear to be emotionally upset when detailing his alleged molestation to the jury.
  • Almost every single witness that the prosecution called to the stand wound up enraging the DA when they corroborated evidence presented by the defense. Many of them praised Michael Jackson as a wonderful human being. That included most of his staff and his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, who was in the middle of a custody battle with him over their two children.
  • Witnesses who took the stand to report unsubstantiated claims of inappropriate conduct by Michael Jackson were proven to have a financial motive. Some had already sold their stories to tabloids or previously sued Mr. Jackson for wrongful termination. One maid and two security guards who testified against Michael had already lost their civil case against him and had been ordered to pay Jackson’s court costs.
  • Several celebrities had been victims of the Arvizo family before Michael Jackson ever encountered them. They included Chris Tucker and George Lopez. Both testified that the family had pressured them for money and claimed they couldn’t afford Gavin’s cancer treatments. It was later discovered that he had been covered by his father’s insurance the entire time. Larry King and Jay Leno also testified for the defense.
  • Previous allegations were allowed into evidence in an attempt to show a pattern of conduct by Mr. Jackson. The prosecution claimed that five boys were molested by Michael Jackson in the past. Three of those five boys testified in Michael Jackson’s defense, claiming that nothing sexual had ever happened. Macaulay Culkin, one of the so-called victims, testified that the prosecution had never even contacted him prior to publicly declaring him a “victim.” The two remaining young men had both received multi-million dollar settlements and one refused to testify in this trial.
  • Michael’s lead attorney, Thomas Mesereau, revealed that the only reason that Michael had paid out settlements in the past was because his business associates had advised him to “pay to make it go away.” They had money invested in Jackson and wanted him to focus on making a return on that investment instead of spending time and money defending himself in court.
  • Janet Arvizo, who many observers felt had played a large role in creating the accusations, admitted on the stand to lying under oath in a separate case. She also invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions about welfare fraud, which she was later convicted of.
  • Of the scores of pornographic magazines admitted into evidence, none of them depicted children. In fact, they bolstered Michael’s assertions that he is a heterosexual male.
  • The time-line was considered quite strange, as the family claimed that Michael molested the boy after an interview on ABC had aired showing Michael Jackson holding hands with Gavin and after a public firestorm of controversy about his relationship with the boy had erupted. If one were to believe the prosecutor, Michael molested Gavin during a time that he was so worried about his image that he was holding the Arvizos hostage and planning to fly them out of Neverland in a hot-air balloon.

I make no apologies for being a Michael Jackson fan or for being profoundly happy when he was found innocent of these charges. However, I believe I have been able to look at the available evidence and make an unbiased decision on his guilt or innocence. Having read this book, I am thoroughly convinced that the jury made the right decision, and I’m glad that Ms. Jones had the courage to set the record straight.

Michael Jackson left the courtroom a broken man; one who may never reclaim the youthful innocence that catapulted him to the top of the charts and made him a household name, and whose career has probably suffered irreparable harm. He may have avoided years behind bars, but his world is another kind of prison – one where he is entrapped by a hungry media and the innuendo of a misinformed public.

Michael Jackson leaves court on June 13, 2005, after being found not guilty on all 14 charges.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

14 thoughts on “‘Michael Jackson Conspiracy’ by Aphrodite Jones: A review”

  1. I remember some of the rarely reported items on your list, and it reminded me how confused I was during his trial. Trials on the whole are very disturbing because of the way the law is set up, so many things that should be known are instead inadmissible and vice versa. And we have so many innocent people in jail while criminals are often set free because of some glitch in the court system … it’s overwhelming and it leaves me really confused. I wish I had time to read all the books that look so interesting, as this one does. But luckily I can come over here to your blog and get the gist.

  2. Despite the fact that I believe MJ to be a deeply disturbed individual, I’d ALWAYS figured the case was frivolous. My logic was: (a) allegations have been made against MJ in the past, but (b) the parents let the kid stay over anyway, therefore (c) they’re (1) complete idiots, (2) setting themselves up for a get rich quick lawsuit, and (3) unfit parents. I hope they’re in jail for perverting the justice system, and using their kid in this fashion.

  3. @ Wendy: This case gave me a little more faith in our justice system. I know it malfunctions pretty regularly though.

    @ Mario: I agree. I definitely think Michael Jackson exhibits bizarre and inappropriate behavior, but that doesn’t make him a criminal. I also found it incredible that any parent would allow their child to sleep in his bed after the original accusations in 1993. Perhaps that was part of the master plan…

    Janet Arvizo was convicted of welfare fraud late last year and accepted a plea bargain that included fines of $8600.00 and 150 hours of community service. No jail time.

  4. You’re right, Brian. It does give you faith in the justice system, but how do you repair the damage done to an already damaged individual? He can’t even live here anymore. He’s a very odd guy, and although he was exonerated, people will remember what they want to remember–horrible plastic surgeries, monkeys, Neverland, and all of these claims against him. I just wish he could go back to being the talented Michael Jackson so many of us grew up listening to.

    1. I don’t know what horrible plastic surgeries you are talking about but it’s obvious that the most drastic changes on his face had nothing to do with any surgery but with vitiligo, alopecia, aging, weight loss and possibly discoid lupus which can f..k up anyone’s face.
      What is strange about MJ’s face is not it’s shape but it’s color scheme. He is snow white with black eyes, black hair and red lips. That’s a combo most humans consider unnatural therefore frightening. If he had not had a single surgery he would still look awfully strange, in fact even strangers since his original nose was HUGE. You combine that with snow white skin and what do you get?
      Don’t tell me people would not bully him for that look! They would.
      He really didn’t have much of a choice.

  5. @ MBMQ: I’m afraid those days are long gone. We’re all getting old(er) and he’s no exception. I just can’t believe that he’ll be 50 next year. Time flies.

  6. MJ hardley ever does an interview because, things always get twisted around. The interviews other than Oprahs have a very rude tone. MJ is always put on the spot harshly judged and asked very personal things. What gives any single individual on this earth the right to feel as if they need to know every single personal thing about him? That goes for all celebs. What a heavy price they pay to be in the enertainment business. Especially MJ. It angers me that after all the love he has poured out to the human race there has to be people that look for dirt. They can keep believeing LaToya and Michael are one and the same. They need to get a life.

  7. Mary A Fisher investigative report on the first “payout is an eye Opener also.”Was MJ Framed? “.It was quite simply extortion and a media distortion

  8. Mario. Wendy. To many people, MJ was not bizaare or strange. What you cant understand or accept does not mean its bizaare. He was just very open about his weaknesses-that does not make him bizaare. We all have strange things we do but that does not mean their bizaare or odd in the way you make it sound like. It was the media that made you think he was bizaare. Exaggeration of many things about his life. He could not live a life like we have, but he was normal human being- just so gifted and talented.

  9. MJ was like a hero to me. I’ve been dealing with his passing away and it has been very emotional for me. I can’t believe how he progressed the world around the world. I wish his family the best. Thank you Michael for the most amazing life!

  10. I can’t believe that he been through all of this and stood there the whole time he is amazing. It was unfair what he had to suffer; now I’m looking back at the crazy things that were saying about him in the media and all I can think is how stupid those reporters were. Our generation will look back at them and laugh and look at Michael Jackson and learn from him how to be strong and how to fight till the end and not breaking down and how to believe in god no matter what happen to you. He is an amazing human being when I look at his videos and how he helped people I just wonder how did they portray him to be this freak. He is so beautiful just look at his smile. I want trust anything from the media anymore. God bless his soul.

  11. Michael Jackson’s slow but steady demise was initiated by the US media, which, believe it or not, has been influenced by homosexuals working in the press for years. I have information from sources close to MJ in the 80s and 90s that while shooting his videos, he was encouraged to perform homo-erotic dance steps which MJ flat out refused. His asexuality didn’t help matters much as the media wildly speculated on his life style and sexual orientation. If you listen or read interviews given by Liz Taylor and others close to him, you will hear them speak about the media’s mission to destroy MJ. They were present when Neverland was raided, taking pictures, etc. The DA’s office was working with members of the press in building this bogus case against MJ. So I personally blame gay correspondents for the demise and death of one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Michael was a gift from God, he was magic and I his untimely death has scarred me for life.

    1. As a gay man and fanatic of Michael Jackson’s for over 20 years, I can say unequivocally that you are an idiot. Go troll somewhere else.

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