C.S.I. Neverland: Michael Jackson’s Downward Spiral

Disfigured, deeply in debt, and with a history of drug addiction—at 46, Michael Jackson is also at the end of a criminal trial for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old cancer patient. But the fading pop icon has shown he still has the power to intimidate key prosecution witnesses. After 12 years of covering Jackson’s downward spiral and the recurring allegations of pedophilia, Maureen Orth explores the absurd and painful spectacle of this courtroom reckoning, the dysfunctional families on both sides of the case, and the dark tactics of Jackson’s entourage.

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Michael Jackson: Neverland’s Lost Boys

Charges against Michael Jackson—of molesting a 13-year-old cancer patient—are more than a déjà vu of allegations that led to his $25 million settlement with young Jordie Chandler in 1994. Once again, Jackson and his lawyers are saying the motive of the boy and his family is pure greed. But the King of Pop’s shield of fame and money is wearing thin. Maureen Orth reveals new information from the star’s former business adviser, the ex-wife of his notorious p.i., and other insiders about alleged porn and wine seductions, the forensic search of Neverland, and how both accusers’ lives have been torn apart.

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Nightmare in Neverland: Michael Jackson

While Michael Jackson was whisked away to detox treatment, the star’s lawyers fought a desperate battle to protect him from facing the sexual-abuse charges brought by his 13-year-old accuser. The author untangles the whole painful story to provide the definitive account of Jackson’s fall, and in it finds a late-20th-century parable of manipulation, corrupted fantasy, and lost innocence.

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Read about the wealthy Dad who tried to kidnap his son from the LaRouche Movement. Blueblood War: The du Pont Family – Vanity Fair April, 1993 — Lyndon LaRouche (1922-2019)

A family cringes as father and son wage a bitter, public battle of wills. The father is E. Newbold Smith, who married a du Pont; the son is Lewis du Pont Smith, who took his own vows with the radical Lyndon LaRouche. Newbold had Lewis declared incompetent to manage his $10 million estate, then allegedly recruited a motley crew of accomplices to “snatch” him. The author spoke to both men and found that beneath the accusations is an odd kind of love.

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