As we remember Michael Jackson on his birthday, his sister details her abuse and her theory on her brother’s murder in her book “Starting Over”.
She suspects a conspiracy behind his demise, a plot by his business advisers and doctors to work him to death with the “This Is It” concerts and then profit off his estate. She calls Dr. Conrad Murray, who’s facing trial for manslaughter in Jackson’s death, the “fall guy.”
She also offers insights into their relationship and how he cared for his three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket.
Below, are 10 revelations from “Starting Over”:
- On Michael Jackson’s prediction of his death: “‘La Toya, I’m going to be murdered for my music publishing catalog and my estate,’ he had told me again and again. Michael believed there was a conspiracy.”
- In her theory of what happened the night he died: “I believe that when Michael walked in that house that night, whatever it was that greeted him, he knew that his end was upon him. And as soon as he had passed, some of the very people he had expressed suspicions about now controlled his estate.”
- On her suspicions about Dr. Tohme Tohme, Jackson’s final business adviser, and his colleagues: “As soon as he began acting as Michael’s business adviser, he fired key people who had been close to Michael for years. … Once Tohme shut out the rest of the world, he would be able to steer Michael toward business ventures that were profitable for Tohme and his friends.”
- On Paris’ description of her father’s final days: “‘Daddy was always cold,’ she said. ‘Daddy was always freezing. He would sit and fall asleep by the fireplace. He would always cry. And we would watch to make sure everything was fine. … And he needed a doctor. And then, they turned the lights out. We were in the dark … and they cut the phones off.’”
- On Paris’ description of her father’s last words to her: “Prince and I were arguing, and Daddy said, ‘Stop fighting with your brother. I’m not always going to be here, and you’re going to have to be the lady and watch over them.’”
See the rest of the revelations here: