The Prosecution’s Hunt For Other Victims

In 1993, to substantiate the case against Michael Jackson, police officers interviewed 40-60 children (according to some sources up to 100) who had either spent time with Jackson or at his Neverland Ranch. None of the children corroborated the accuser’s story. They all told authorities that they had never been molested by the star and he had never done anything inappropriate to them.

Frustrated by the lack of corroborating victims, the police engaged in questionable tactics while interviewing the children to try to create support for the Chandler case. These parents and their children turned to Jackson’s attorney, Bert Fields to complain about this harassment by the police. Fields wrote this letter to Los Angeles police chief, Willie Williams in 1993:

Dear Chief Williams:

I represent Michael Jackson. All my adult life I have been a staunch supporter of the LAPD. For years, I represented Jack Webb. Working with Jack, on Dragnet and Adam-12 I met many officers for who my respect and admiration continues to this day. Your comparative handful of officers, who risk their lives every day to protect the rest of us deserve our unqualified appreciation.

Sometimes, however, even a dedicated police officer, when engaged in a significant investigation, loses sight of the importance of fairness and respecting the rights of the accused.

In the current investigation of Michael Jackson, that has occurred, officers investigating the matter have entered the homes of minors and have subjected them to high-pressure interrogation, sometimes in the absence of their parents. I am advised that your officers have told frightened youngsters outrageous lies, such as “we have nude photos of you” in order to push them into making accusations against Mr. Jackson. There are, of course, no such photos of these youngsters and they have no truthful accusations to make. But your officers appear ready to employ any device to generate potential evidence against Mr. Jackson.

In addition, your officers have told parents that their children have been molested, even though the children in question have unequivocally denied this. They have also referred to Mr. Jackson as a “pedophile”, even though he has not been charged, much less convicted.

And harassing minors and their parents is not all. The search conducted at Mr. Jackson’s residence resulted in the removal of many items of his personal property, including his address book, which includes the names and addresses of potential witnesses. We have asked for either the return of such records or that they be copied at our expense. This has been refused, in order to hamper the defense in conducting its own investigations of the case.

These tactics are not merely inappropriate, they are disgraceful….

Even the New York police, not known for their gentility, refrained from conducting this kind of overzealous campaign against Woody Allen, who was accused of a similar offense. Why is the LAPD not according Michael Jackson the same degree of balance and fairness?

I urge you to put an end to these abuses. Investigate these accusations as thoroughly as possible, but do it in a manner consistent with honest, common decency, and the high standards that once made me proud of the LAPD.


Bertram Fields [1]

A tape recording of the 1993 interrogation of actor, Corey Feldman that the television show Celebrity Justice leaked during Jackson’s 2005 criminal case serves as an example of how such interrogations were conducted. Feldman, who had been friends with Jackson since he was a teenager, is interviewed by Sergeant Deborah Linden and despite repeatedly telling her that Jackson had never done anything inappropriate to him, she continues to suggest that something must have happened and for over an hour pressures him to say something incriminating about the singer. [2]

In actuality, Feldman tells Linden that he had been molested as a child, only not by Michael Jackson. He even names his molester (although the name of that person was not disclosed by Celebrity Justice) a fact the investigator completely ignores. She seems only interested in trying to get incriminating statements about Michael Jackson. [2] Feldman was 22 years old at the time of the interview, but many children went through similar interrogations, sometimes in the absence of their parents.

Using highly questionable interrogation methods, the police was able to pressure one young boy, 13-year-old Jason Francia (the son of a former maid of Jackson), into claiming that Jackson had improperly touched him while tickling him. The boy initially denied any wrongdoing by the star but when interrogators pressured him, leading him to give the answers they obviously wanted to hear, he gave in. When Jackson’s attorney, Thomas Mesereau asked Jason Francia during Jackson’s 2005 trial why he went back and forth with his claims in his 1993-94 police interviews, he said: “I was trying to figure out how to get out of there”[3], referring to the high-pressured interrogation of the police. You will find details about Jason Francia, the improper police interviews that led to his allegations and his 2005 testimony in a later chapter [Jason Francia].

During a press conference broadcast live throughout the United States and the world after Jackson’s arrest in November 2003, District Attorney, Thomas Sneddon called for victims of Jackson to come forward. The prosecution even set up a website for alleged victims to contact them. Furthermore, both in 1993 and in 2003-04, they sent officers all around the world to interview children who had been in contact with Jackson and both times they found nothing (except for Jason Francia’s above mentioned, questionably obtained story about alleged improper tickling).

While the prosecution struggled to find credible corroborating “victims” for their case, a great number of kids and their parents came forward in support of Jackson. In addition to stating to investigators that Jackson had never done anything inappropriate to them, many of these children lent Jackson support by defending him in public.

This made the prosecution desperate enough to rely on third party “witnesses” instead of the alleged victims themselves during Jackson’s 2005 trial, when they introduced their so called “prior bad acts” evidence. They called former Jackson employees on the stand who had an axe to grind against the entertainer, who first made allegations against Jackson in the tabloid media instead of contacting authorities, and who all had financial motives to accuse him. We discuss this in detail in the next chapter.

Meanwhile the media, to inflame sensationalism, promised, and delivered huge amounts of money to people willing to make slanderous claims about Jackson. We discuss this in detail in a later chapter entitled The Media’s Role In The Allegations Against Michael Jackson.


[1] Letter by Bertram Fields, Michael Jackson’s attorney to Los Angeles police chief, Willie Williams in 1993

[2] Tape of Corey Feldman’s police interrogation as published by Celebrity Justice in 2004 or 2005 (December, 1993)

[3] Jason Francia’s testimony at Michael Jackson’s 2005 trial (April 4-5, 2005)

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