June 30, 2010
Up to now, there has always been one detail about the Chandler
case that has bugged me. Having researched so many facts on
this case, I have come away convinced 100% that Michael was
innocent of the charge that Evan Chandler- himself a mentally
unstable man suffering bouts of bipolar disorder- brought against
him. But despite all that, its hard to get past the description
Evan gave of walking into Jordies room to find Michael
and Jordie cuddled in a spooning position on the bed-a position
in which it appeared (so the report went) that Michael
was fondling the boys crotch. Even Aphrodite Joness
excellent True Crime episode on the Michael Jackson case, which
aired last April, glossed over this episode without really elaborating
on it or offering any kind of explanation.
That bothered me for a couple of reasons. Number one, haters
and doubters, even when watching a positive show that argues
Michaels innocence, will look for any loophole that proves
his guilt or that still leaves it open to question. For many,
even the fact of a grown man sharing the same space in bed with
a minor child is enough to condemn him guilty. Secondly, it
raised a small, but significant seed of doubt in my own mind,
even though by now Ive learned to take most things said
about Michael Jackson by his detractors with a heaping grain
of salt. Some questions that remained unanswered for me: If
this incident supposedly occurred at Evans own house,
under his own roof, why was it allowed in the first place? And
why did Evan even invite Michael over to his home in the first
place? Was the whole thing a setup? And did he, in fact, really
catch Michael and his son in such a compromising position, or
was the entire thing an innocent incident blown out of proportion?
These were the things I had wondered, but had no satisfactory
answer-until it came in a most surprising way.
Namely, Chandler himself, who in attempting to prove
his case, actually succeeded in incriminating himself further
by confessing what he did that night. And where is this information
to be had? You might be surprised, especially if youre
among those, like I was, who had not yet bothered reading Ray
Chandlers All That Glitters, the book that Evan got his
attorney brother to write so that he could conveniently sidestep
the terms of the settlement.
To be honest, I hadnt avoided the book on purpose. I actually
try to read everything out there thats been written on
Michael-both good and bad; positive and negative-because otherwise,
its impossible to really get a balanced perspective of
what has been written and presented to the public, plus one
cannot be truly armed against the ignorance and lies being purported
unless one educates themselves to a certain extent about that
information. But I have to confess, All That Glitters has been
at the bottom feeder level of my priorities. But sometimes,
as Dave Edwards pointed out to me recently, it pays to be aware
of the trash. You can learn some interesting things-if you know
where to look. Especially, if you look between the lines.
To really understand how things got to that point, however,
I suggest that if you missed it the first time, to go back and
read the article I wrote in April on Evan Chandler called Was
Daddy Just Jealous Cause Daddy Couldnt Play?.
Just Jealous Cause Daddy Couldn’t Play?
In that article, I went into some depth of what I believed to
be the seed of the evil in this case, and that was Evans
own jealousy of the relationship Michael had formed with his
son-and also, his ex-wife, June, which I dont think should
be underestimated. Ive long suspected that Michael was
having a fling with June Chandler, which has been corroborated
by at least two sources, a Neverland employee, and Frank Cascia,
a longtime associate of Michaels. Even in the Mary A.
Fischer GQ article, a friend of June Chandler is quoted as saying
she liked him enormously. I dont think it
was a serious romance, but it was serious enough to lay the
groundwork for what became a very messy triangle of jealous
relationships and suspicions among the Chandler family. You
had Jordie who was jealous of Michaels relationship with
Mommy, and Evan who was jealous of Jordies father/son
relationship with Michael, and then thrown into the mix, probably
no doubt feeling a bit cuckolded and emasculated by Junes
relationship with Michael, for even though they were divorced,
there was probably on Evans part some lingering feelings
that Michael was taking from him his entire family-his wife
For awhile, Evan played along, thinking that he could be in
on the party and could benefit, as well. It was only after it
became obvious that Michael had no intention of letting him
play that Evan began exhibiting his jealous rages and determination
to bring Michael Jackson down, at all costs. That is, after
he was refused $20,000,000 to fund his film projects and the
privilege of building his own, personal guest house on Neverland
property, among various other bright ideas he had that he was
constantly badgering Michael with. Michael smelled a rat, and
began to distance himself from Chandler, as well as refusing
most of his offers and business propositions.
This excerpt from the Mary A. Fischer article is interesting
for the light it sheds on Chandlers state of mind after
he realized that Michael was distancing himself from the relationship:
I had a good communication with Michael, Chandler
told Schwartz. We were friends. I liked him and I respected
him and everything else for what he is. There was no reason
why he had to stop calling me. I sat in the room one day and
talked to Michael and told him exactly what I want out of this
whole relationship. What I want. (my emphasis).
Was Michael Jackson framed?
I dont know about you all, but generally, when someone
starts dictating to me what they want out of a relationship
with me, thats when Im out of there!
Awhile back, the website Vindicating Michael ran an interesting
piece on the mental state of Evan Chandler. I do think its
an important detail that should not be overlooked-that perhaps
Evan Chandler was not so much an evil man, as a mentally disturbed
one who was perhaps not entirely responsible for his actions.
And who also had every reason to believe-even if in his own
mind-that his allegations were justified.
Evan Chandler was a PSYCHIATRIC CASE
But some things that Evan Chandler did knowingly cannot be so
easily excused. We know that Chandler drugged his own son with
the drug sodium amytal to extract a confession from
him, a drug that has been known to produce false memory. But
it gets dirtier and more interesting than that.
In All That Glitters, Evan Chandler admitted to his brother
Ray how he invited Michael to his house, drugged him, and basically
set up the whole scenario that took place in Jordies bedroom!
Unfortunately at the time, I guess Michael still hadnt
quite caught whiff of the rat smell; otherwise, he probably
would have never accepted the invitation. But for a brief while,
the two men did become somewhat friends, even though this was
at the point that Evan was beginning to have his suspicions
and was feeling somewhat at outs over not being a central figure
in his familys life anymore.
So heres how the whole thing allegedly went down. Although
Evan did not have custody of his son, June had felt sorry for
him and allowed Jordie to go back to him for an extended stay.
Evan then invited Michael over (under what pretense I dont
know, but Michael accepted the invitation). Sometime during
the course of the visit, Michael developed an excruciating headache.
Instead of offering him a Tylenol, Evan conveniently decides
he has a better remedy. He calls up his friend Dr. Torbiner,
a shady anesthethiologist, to come over and provide relief.
Torbiner, as it would turn out, would become a crucial figure
in this case, since it was he who provided Jordan with the memory
serum sodium amytal that would help coerce his confession.
Mary Fischers article also provides some interesting background
info on Torbiners checkered history.
And in light of what we know now, one also has to wonder if
maybe the dependency Michael developed for anesthetic drugs
as sleep aids and pain combatants might not have had its roots
in this very evil, underhanded incident. At least to my knowledge,
there is no known record of Michael using such a drug outside
a hospital setting prior to this incident.
It has been rumored as to whether the drug Torbiner adminsitered
to Michael that evening was, in fact, sodium amytal (they claimed
it was Toradol, a drug similar to Ibuprofren). What is known,
however, is that: One, this was a very dangerous substance to
be administered outside of a hospital, and especially for a
headache; two, after being given the drug, Michael became woozy
and drowsy (to the point of being completely inebriated); three,
it was while under the influence of this drug that Evan Chandler
asked Michael if he was gay and also, if he had been f-cking
Now, are you seeing the picture here? This is where it starts
to get really interesting. First of all, Evan
Chandler always made a big deal out of Michaels reaction
to that question, that instead of being outraged by the accusation,
Michael simply giggled and said it was ridiculous. Well, hellooo
you put two and two together, the man was drugged out of his
skull when he was being plied with these questions, so obviouisly,
he didnt have all his faculties about him, nor was he
in control of his responses. Laughing in response to stumuli-even
inappropriate sitmuli- is a common side effect of most milder
anasthetic drugs. The giggles that often accompany
being stoned on pot is a classic case example of how drugs can
alter the ability to react appropriately to stimuli. Anyone
whos ever been stoned on marijuana and had the giggles
can vouch for that fact.
But whats more important than how he reacted
is what was actually said. Even under the influence and drugged
to the point that he was rendered unable to walk and had to
be carried to bed that night, Michael staunchly denied two things-being
gay, and having ever touched Jordan in an inapproriate manner.
Evan Chandler had no luck coercing a confession
from him (though unfortunately, such would not be the case when
he later tried the same tactic on his son-his own son!).
Something else that is interesting and revealing about this
setup: Even though this was before the incident in which Evan
alledgedly caught Michael and Jordie in a compromising position,
its clear that he already had his suspicions firmly in
place; otherwise, why all the questions? Was he not then mentally
in a place to make what he wanted of what he thought
Here is what is also known about what happened on the night
in question: After being rendered unconscious by the drug Chandler
and Torbiner had administered, Michael was put to bed-conveniently,
in Jordan Chandlers room!
Evan Chandler Convinced Michael He Was Giving Him A Drug That
Would Cure His Migraine...I'm Sure It Did!
Now heres the biggest question of all. Why in heck would
a man who ALREADY suspected an improper relationship between
a man and his son then purposely put that man to bed in the
room he KNEW he would be sharing with his son? That makes no
sense whatsoever. And it certainly doesnt bode well for
Chandlers supposed concern over his son being
molested. If that were the case, why would he purposely and
intentionally set his own son up by putting him in such a compromising
situation? Why would he agree to let Jordan sleep in his own
bed that night, knowing this was the bed where they had placed
Michael? Why would he consent to allowing them
to sleep together, even if albeit Micahel was out of it? You
cant tell me for a moment that there were no other alternatives,
or no other places where the child could have slept that night.
If Evan was such a concerned father for his sons safety,
why didnt he insist on Jordan sleeping with him
that night? Clearly, because he had a plan in place, and that
plan was to entrap Michael and his son, and to create a setup
whereby Michael would look guilty as hell.
It was only then that Evan claims he walked into Jordans
bedroom to find them cuddled on the bed in a spooning
position. But still, consider the circumstances: Michael was
in a drugged state, and certainly to some extent (actually,
a very large extent) not responsible for his actions. Given
the circumstances, how do we know he was even fully and conscuiously
aware that it was Jordan sleeping next to him, or for that matter,
that he was in Jordans bed? We dont.
And Im surprised that more people through the years-those
who have bought Evans story that he was soooo
concerned for his son-have never once questioned why or how
this alleged incident took place under Evan Chandlers
very own roof. This didnt happen at Neverland, where Michael
had some degree of control over who was and was not allowed
into his bedroom. This occurred under the roof of the alleged
victims own father, who not only knowingly and willfully
allowed it, but even set it up! And even when this information
was put out there-openly-by Ray Chandler in his book, its
amazing how people glossed right over it.
Then again, it doesnt surprise. The public and the media
have been so quick to condemn Michael Jackson on these allegations
that they have refused to look at the bald facts even when they
are right under their noses.
Now, as to more evidence of just what a concerned
father Evan Chandler was, here is an article that appeared in
USA Today back in 96 in which a writer took Chandler to
task over his ridiculous extortion attempts, all of this after
Chandler became convinced that Michael had violated the terms
of the settlement by proclaiming his innocence in a TV interview
and on his HIStory album (as if Chandler himself didnt
violate those terms with his brothers book, All That Glitters).
Its interesting to see, at least in this case, a media
article willing to step up to the plate in Michaels corner-if
only more had been willing to do so, more often!
Settlement Not Enough (June 24 1996)
And heres a legal document proving that Evan Chandler
later attempted to murder his son (the fight allegedly erupted
over, of all things, a loaf of bread!):
Evan Chandler Attacks His Own Son
Thanks to Dave Edwards for providing those links!