In part one of her tell-all interview with PopEater, La Toya Jackson discussed her new memoir Starting Over and the pain of her abusive relationship with former husband Jack Gordan. Now, in part two of the interview, Jackson opens up about her brother Michael’s death and why she believes he was murdered.
In the interview, Jackson explains that she believes Michael’s murder was orchestrated by the current executors of his estate, John Branca and John McClain.
“Yes, I do. I believe that from the bottom of my heart,” said Jackson when asked if she believed her brother was murdered. “The people that he told me were going to murder him are behind his murder. They know that. They know who they are. They’re controlling his estate now.”
According to Jackson, Michael told her that Branca and McClain were conspiring to kill him and gain ownership of his lucrative publishingcatalogue. Jackson also claims that Dr. Conrad Murray, who’s been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Michael’s death, is being used as a red herring in their crime.
“That’s what he told me,” Jackson explained. “Within a week of his death people he had eradicated from his life completely, came in lurking, asking questions about the catalog, speaking to the attorney who controls the catalog. My brother Michael was clean (when he died), he had no drugs in his system, he was leading a good life. He was unhappy with the way people were treating him. The coroner said there was nothing in him except for the propofol which was pumped in his body and it was enough to kill an elephant.
Adding, “Dr. Murray was simply the fall guy, there were people behind it. It was a conspiracy and they know that. I want to have a one-on-one with Dr. Murray. I would love to sit down and talk with him.”
Jackson also explains that Michael, who she says was extremely ill at the time, was forced into a deal for his “This Is It” tour.
“First of all he told me he never would do a tour again because he said they would assassinate him if he was on stage. He finally agreed to ten shows which he didn’t want to do but he agreed and he wakes up overnight and there’s 50 shows and they told him he had to do them,” Jackson said. “They knew he wasn’t capable of them, they knew he wasn’t healthy enough. He had a kidney problem, he was extremely thin, he was always freezing. They knew what they were doing. This isn’t what I’m thinking, these are facts.”
Although Jackson’s parents, Joe and Katherine Jackson are supportive of her controversial endeavor, some of Jackson’s family members disapprove of her fight to bring her brother’s alleged murderers to justice. However, Jackson says that she will continue to fight until Michael’s children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, who she claims have been left with “nothing,” are awarded their father’s estate.
“When you lose a loved one, everybody is so hurt and there were some that said, ‘Oh he’s dead, let it be and move on,’ but no, I need to find out what happened,” said Jackson. “My mother and father have always been for me and on my side and telling me they’re so proud of me, to keep fighting. I love that, it gives me the tenacity to keep fighting and for his children. Michael always used to say, ‘La Toya I want to leave everything to my kids,’ and here they have absolutely nothing.’”
– nicholas robinson