Why did Michael Jackson kill his baby

Michael Jackson: The Life of the Broken King of Pop

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The US star Michael Jackson is dead. The 50-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles on June 25 after a respiratory failure. The pop star died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.
Child star, King of Pop, failed world savior, freak - it is not easy to say who or what Michael Jackson was. On August 29, 2008, the eighties megastar celebrated his 50th birthday. In summer 2009 he wanted to play concerts again for the first time in eight years.
Public appearances had become rare in the last years of his life. In 2007 he was photographed for "Ebony", the central organ of Afro-Americans, for the 25th anniversary of his album "Thriller". Today's Michael Jackson has little in common, at least visually.
At the age of five, Michael Jackson's father pushed him into the limelight. Together with his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon. As "Jackson 5" they first rattled off talent competitions. They began performing professionally in 1966, and two years later they released their first record on Motown Records. His two sisters Rebbie and Janet sang the background vocals, only sister La Toya was not involved. Even then, Michael was the star of the group.
Michael Jackson and his nine siblings were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses by their devout mother. His childhood must have been a nightmare: his father beat and verbally abused the children, threatening them if they sang wrongly. One night Joseph Jackson climbed through his son's open window, his face hidden behind a monster mask. The father later said he had frightened him to teach him what could happen if you sleep with the window open.
Michael Jackson said in an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he had no childhood. No birthday party, no friends. A lonely child. He was so afraid of his father that he felt sick when he saw him. His father, Jackson said, "never told me he loved me".

Pictured: Joseph Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson
In the middle of the seventies the "Jackson 5" changed their record company in order to emancipate themselves creatively: Because the songs were given to them by Motown, they went to CBS Records, later to Epic Records. Due to a lawsuit, they changed their name to "The Jacksons". Michael Jackson became the group's main songwriter.
In 1978 he met producer Quincy Jones while shooting the musical film "The Wiz", an African-American version of the "Wizard of Oz". With him he recorded the solo album "Off the Wall". Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, with whom he sang "Say Say Say" in 1983, co-wrote the songs.
During this time he broke his nose while dancing. After a first, unsuccessful nose operation, he changed doctors: Dr. Steven Hoefflin performed another nose operation. It shouldn't be the last.
"Off the Wall" was a complete success: It was the first album with four US top ten hits, including "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You". Jackson received several awards, but he was not satisfied: “Off the Wall” should have been an even bigger success.
And then came “Thriller”. In 1982 Michael Jackson released his second album on Epic and "Thriller" became the most successful album of all time. It stayed in the top ten of the US charts for 80 weeks. Jackson won eight Grammys with the album.
Seven out of nine songs made it into the top ten as a single, including "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Wanna Be Startin 'Somethin'". This has never happened before. Not only his songs, but also his dance style achieved world fame. Especially the "moonwalk" where Jackson walked back and forth in one movement. He was at the top of his career.

The 13-minute video for "Thriller" by John Landis, in which Jackson turns into a zombie, became the most successful music video of all time.
In the same year he bought the rights to the Beatles and some Elvis songs for $ 47.5 million. Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney had also tried to get them. The ex-Beatle McCartney then announced Michael Jackson's friendship.
There was a setback for Michael Jackson in 1984: in an accident while shooting a commercial for Pepsi, he suffered second-degree burns on his head. An agreement was reached out of court: Pepsi paid the singer $ 1.5 million. He founded the "Michael Jackson Burns Center". For the first time he appeared as a socially committed star.
The man who doesn't want to grow up
And Jackson got even more eccentric: he befriended a monkey named Bubbles. There were rumors that he slept in an oxygen tent to slow the aging process and that he had bought the bones of the deformed Joseph Merrick, known as "The Elephant Man". He got whiter and whiter himself.
All bullshit, he said years later in the interview with Oprah Winfrey. His own press office is said to have spread some of the stories in order to boost sales of his records.
He also spoke to Oprah Winfrey about his skin color: He suffers from the skin disease Vitiligo, also known as white spots. As a result, the skin can no longer produce any dye. He is also said to suffer from the autoimmune disease lupus. The illnesses often have psychological triggers. Jackson said he never likes looking in the mirror.
In 1988 he bought Neverland Ranch and converted it into a private Disneyland. A Ferris wheel, carousels, a cinema and a zoo are located on eleven square kilometers. Jackson borrowed the name from Peter Pan, who never grows up in Neverland.

The construction alone cost 17 million dollars, and he can no longer afford to keep the property, having already spent 6 million dollars in a single shop. Neverland was about to be foreclosed. The pop star himself has lived in various places since 2005, including Las Vegas and Los Angeles - where he also died.
In the eighties, Michael Jackson was still in the limelight primarily with his music: in 1987 he released "Bad". He couldn't repeat the success of “Thriller”, but “Bad” was also a great commercial success.
Five singles made it to the top of the charts: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana". The tour for the album made Jackson $ 125 million richer - that's a world record.
Welthilfe, Valium and children
In the nineties, the musician's focus changed: he founded the “Heal the World” foundation. The songs on his album "Dangerous" are about discrimination ("Black or White") and about a better world ("Heal the World").
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In 1993, a 13-year-old boy claimed to have been the victim of sexual advances in Jackson's bedroom. The star consistently denied this, but finally agreed with the boy's family on a severance payment of $ 22 million. Jackson himself is said to have started taking painkillers around that time. You should become his most dangerous opponent.
In the same year Jackson married Lisa-Marie Presley, with whom he had been friends since the mid-1970s. The media speculated about a marriage of convenience. Presley denied this. The life they lead was "the life of a married couple ... also sexually," said Jackson's biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. The marriage did not last: in 1995 the couple divorced.
His musical career stalled: Jackson released the greatest hits album "HIStory" and married a second time in 1997: his dermatologist's nurse, Debbie Rowe. In the same year she had a son, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, called "Prince".
A year later, the daughter of pop star Paris Michael Katherine was born. But this marriage also fell apart: in 1999 the two divorced. Michael Jackson initially received sole custody of the children. Rowe agreed to break off contact with her children. However, when Jackson was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in 2003, she retracted the statement.
The photo of Michael Jackson, Debbie Rowe and Baby Prince is the only official photo that showed the face of a child of the pop star before Jackson's death. Michael Jackson wrapped kerchiefs over his children in public.
Like his youngest son Prince Michael II in this photo. There is only speculation about who is the boy's mother. All that is known is that the child was born through artificial insemination and was carried to term by a surrogate mother.
A suitcase full of porn magazines
The allegations of child abuse did not want to stop. In 2003, Jackson was sued again. The trigger for the process was a documentary by the British journalist Martin Bashir: It showed Michael Jackson holding hands with the cancer-stricken boy Gavin Arvio. Jackson also said that he wouldn't mind if the boys sometimes spent the night in his bed.
The documentation became a scandal. Jackson's management tried by all means to limit the damage, trying to get the boy and his mother out of the spotlight. They produced a counter video with the family. After more than a month at Neverland Ranch, she hired a lawyer.
It was the big appearance of lawyer Tom Sneddon, who hunted the pop star back in 1993. Michael Jackson was charged with submitting and sexually abusing 13-year-old Gavin Arvio. Neverland ranch was turned upside down and 600 items were confiscated. The investigators found a suitcase full of pornographic magazines, but found no evidence of child pornography or child abuse.
One of the main witnesses, the mother of the allegedly abused child, got caught up in contradictions: she was being held at Neverland, she said on the witness stand. Jackson's defense attorney presented her with bills from supermarkets showing that she was shopping in town during this time.
She also said Michael Jackson started molesting her son after the documentary aired. Arvio became increasingly untrustworthy: Jackson's attorney revealed that she had perjured in a lawsuit for assault.

The entire Jackson family stood behind Michael during the trial.

Pictured: Sister Janet Jackson
The jury - eight women and four men - deliberated behind closed doors for more than a week, then the decision came: Michael Jackson was acquitted of allegations of child abuse. The jury in Santa Maria, California found him not guilty on all ten counts. Several jurors said they were not 100 percent convinced of his innocence. But the evidence would not have been enough.

The trial had consequences for the boy's mother: she was convicted of social welfare fraud by a California court in 2006.