By Phyllis Pollack
The FBI’s investigation into child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson produced claims that could not substantiate guilt on the part of the late pop star. Segments of the documents released state that the information and investigation pertaining to parts of the investigation were no longer pursued because the FBI found no additional people wanting to testify against Jackson, and there was no substantiated evidence they could find against him.
However, the FBI had been investigating a man who sent death threat letters claiming, “I’ll commit murder at Michael Jackson concert if necessary, in an attempt to murder Michael.”
An arrest warrant was issued in July of 1992 against the suspect. The file reveals that Jackson was the target of threatening letters. The FBI file includes a hand-written death threat letter, targeting Jackson, which was signed by a man using the name “John Gotti.” In the content of his letters, the perpetrator also threatened to kill George Bush. The script seen in the FBI file, was composed using printed letters, rather than cursive writing. The suspect was arrested near the White House after sending numerous death threats in an effort to “get attention,” reveals the file. The suspect was also trying to get onto the grounds of the White House. One of the letters warned Jackson not to make any purchases. One letter says, “Listen to his (Jackson’s) Dangerous recording.”
Jackson’s FBI file mentions a “male” chimpanzee.
Also in the file were fourteen photos of the Jackson family home in Encino, California, which were photographed in 1992.
The subject was placed in custody at L.A. County jail, for terrorist threats, trespassing and stalking. He was placed on $50,000.00 bail, and the trial was scheduled for July, 1992. He had also issued threats that were sent to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The maximum amount of time the stalker could receive was a one year sentence, and there was concern that the suspect was a danger to Jackson, as well as to two other individuals.
The files indicate that the arrested individual was a 200 pound black male, arrested for violation of penal code 422, which applies to terrorist threats. A mental health evaluation was also ordered for the prosecuted individual. His girlfriend had broken up with him, and he had sent threatening letters to her, as well. There were between thirty and forty letters sent. The FBI became involved because of the law enforcement agency’s legal involvement with threats sent via postal mail. This is indicated in Title 18, United States Code, Section 876.
On September 7, 1993, the FBI was contacted via telephone by the Los Angeles Police Department, asking for help in investigating Michael Jackson on child abuse allegations. It was requested that a case against Jackson be opened and assigned. The reason the LAPD gave the FBI was “possible federal violation against Jackson concerning the transportation of a minor across state lines for immoral purposes, (MANN Act).” An FBI agent communicated back to the LAPD that she had “checked with her front office, and that they made the decision they were not interested in prosecuting Jackson for the MANN act. She also stated she would not be attended the meeting at the District Attorney’s Office” in Los Angeles.
Jackson’s LAPD report, under the name Michael Joe Jackson, was sent to the FBI, and there were no crimes on it. Jackson had only been involved in a car accident in Santa Barbara, California on April 21, 1991.
A copy of Jackson’s Department of Motor Vehicles application that he filled out for his drivers license in 1985 is also in the FBI file. All of the late pop star’s California addresses are included in the FBI file. Jackson wrote down that his weight was 120 pounds when he filled out his drivers license application. A photo of Jackson’s drivers license, which would expire in 1989, is also included in the FBI file. The drivers license was provided to FBI agents on October 6, 1993.
The FBI kept a trail on Jackson. In the FBI file, there are “investigative notes” that include Jackson sending toys to Australia, his “male” chimpanzee, two round trip tickets to Philadelphia, a reference to American Airlines, extortion attempts against Jackson, and notes that appear to say “second mortgage.”
The FBI started a file on Jackson after child abuse allegations surfaced in Los Angeles. A meeting was held with Gil Garcetti, who was the L.A. District Attorney at the time. Also present were the Head Deputy, Sexual Crimes and Child Abuse Division, investigators from the LAPD and from the Santa Barbara Sheriffs Offfice. The United States Attorneys declared they did not want to participate in the investigation against Jackson at the meeting. An FBI agent offered to follow up and provide leads, and to cooperate with the LAPD.
The LAPD sent two agents to Manila to interview former domestic employees of Jackson, who had worked for him in Santa Barbara. It was also proposed to interview a social worker in Canada “who may have corroborating information about misconduct against Jackson.” According to the FBI file, “Illegal Interception of Communications violations” were reported to the FBI in 1993.
Another meeting was scheduled at Garcetti’s office for September 17, 1993. Officers from the LAPD and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department were sent to Manila. A meeting with law enforcement and an attorney whose name, and whose client’s name was redacted from the FBI file was scheduled. A communiqué was sent from the FBI’s Los Angeles field office to the Director of the FBI, labeled as “Priority.”
A task force meeting was held at Garcetti’s office in Los Angeles, and the FBI was advised of the police officers’ trip to Manila, and that they would be staying at the Hyatt Hotel there. A stenographer was requested for the Manila investigation by the Head Deputy, Sexual Crimes and Child Abuse Division. One was provided. The officers flew to Manila. The officers arrived there on September 21, 1993.
The file notes the officers called from Manila and said they felt they had been successful with the first of their interviews.
The FBI file then refers to articles in the British press concerning a “British national who alleges that Michael Jackson made an indecent phone call to him during 1979.” The FBI’s London office said it would take no further action in the matter.
FBI agents dealing with Manila sent media articles about Jackson to an FBI agent back in the States. One article that was reproduced by agents and that is seen in the file is from the Philipine Star, titled “U.S. detectives question Filipino couple on Jackson child abuse charges.” The domestic workers, who were a couple, claimed that Jackson “fondled young boys,” according to the article. A second similar article quoting the couple is also in the file.
On September 2, 1993, the Office of the Legal Attache American Embassy in London, England, sent a letter typed on agency stationary, with the subject line “Michael Jackson: Allegation of Child Abuse; Domestic Police Cooperation.” The letter contains “background information” on the media articles about the “London national” who claimed Jackson had made an indecent statement to him during a phone call.” Interestingly, it is classified on that page of the FB I file as to which agency it is that had “advised that they intend to take no action in this matter, and is providing the information for information only.” The letter concludes “London is taking no further action in this matter.” Enclosed with that letter is an article from the London Daily Mail about a thirteen year-old British Jackson fan, Terance “Terry” George, who claimed that Michael had made a lurid transatlantic phone call to him years before. The article claimed that Jackson’s sister, LaToya Jackson had “expressed concern” about Michael and children.
After the alleged lurid phone call, according to the article, George says he was still pursuing and calling Jackson on the phone, but the calls ended when his parents stopped it, due to the 340 pound phone bill he had rung up contacting Jackson. When Terry would call Jackson collect, Jackson refused to take the calls. Four years later, the boy was still trying to phone Jackson, who would not take the boy’s calls. Eventually, when Jackson was traveling in London, Terance George tracked him down at that point. After being rebuffed by Jackson, the spurned man, who had at that point, reached twenty-eight years old, then went public, making his allegations against Jackson. The LAPD hoped that Terry’s allegations against Jackson would help their case.
On September 3, 1993, the legal Attache in London then sent the media articles to agents in the United States, citing the “Telecommunications Act of 1984” as a possible way to press charges against Jackson.
Los Angeles law enforcement officers then notified FBI agents in New York of their investigation on Jackson. A heavily redacted page of the FBI file appears to ask the New York field office of the FBI if someone whose name is redacted from the file had obtained a restraining order against Jackson. British media articles about Terance George were attached, and it was stated that there was a “task force” created in Los Angeles to investigate Jackson.
On October 19, 1993, New York FBI agents confirmed there were never any restraining orders placed against Michael Jackson there.
On December 27, 1993, a letter was sent from an officer to the agent in charge at the FBI in the Los Angeles bureau. The letter was added to Jackson’s FBI file. It claimed that an individual who stated he was writing a book about Jackson and young boys had contacted an LAPD agent working in the department of sexual abuse against children (SEOC). The person who claimed to be an author of a book, told the SEOC agent that he had information that the FBI had been investigating Jackson in “1895 or 1986,” because Jackson had molested two Mexican boys, but that the FBI had covered it up, because Jackson was slated to receive an award from the White House. According to the individual claiming to be writing a book, the FBI “covered up” the investigation.
Next in the file that was released, a child services worker was on a trip to the Grand Canyon by train, and contacted agents, telling them that Michael had four separate compartments with his adult staff and “a boy ID’d as Michaels “cousin.” As far as the informant’s claims in the file, “Jackson was very possessive of boy at night, and P/R heard questionable noises through wall.” The file then says, “She was concerned enough to notify the conductor of her suspicions.”
At this point, the FBI file notes that the Los Angeles Police Department was “still in the process of deciding whether or not to file charges against Jackson.” The FBI file added that “no outstanding leads” existed. That section of the FBI file states, “The file will be placed in a closed status.” This means there was no more to investigate. That was all the agents had, so it was a closed matter at that point.
On October 23, 1995, a “poor quality,” “third or fourth generation” VHS porn tape labeled “Tozai,” which was in part, marked with the wording “Michael Jackson’s Neverland Favorites An All Boy Anthology,” was obtained. An FBI agent was assigned to verify its authenticity, or to see if it was a porn video someone made spoofing Jackson. It was obtained at customs in West Palm Beach. No connection of ownership or other possession regarding the video is made to Jackson. The tape had been made from several other copied versions, and it had then been converted to Q1 format.
On January 15, 2004, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department made a request to the FBI issue a search warrant to obtain sixteen computers and other media owned by Jackson. This opened another file at the FBI pertaining to Jackson. Items subsequently removed from Jackson’s possession included several computers, both Apple and PC. An 18-page string search of several pages showed “nothing.” Forensic material of the data on the computers was acquired by the Los Angeles Field office, some described as “sorted by specimen.” Ultimately, the “disposition” resulted in the following: “CART (Computer Analysis Response Team). Headquarters retains no magnetic media copies of original or derivative evidence for this case.” A letter was then sent from the FBI Los Angeles field office to a detective in Santa Barbara whose name is withheld, stating that the report on the contents of the 16 computers is enclosed. It adds, “In accordance with your request, the examination was done under the investigative supervision of your detectives.”
A copy was sent to Investigative Technology, to the attention of the Forensic Audio Video Image Analysis Unit. The letter discusses conversion formats.
The file continues with a letter on stationary from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, thanking the Los Angeles Computer Analysis Team at the FBI. The letter is signed by Sheriff Jim Anderson. That letter ends what was declassified from that file on Jackson.
The next file begins with a letter from the Los Angeles unit of the FBI, advising that Santa Barbara Assistant District Attorneys held a meeting with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). They had flown from Santa Barbara to meet with the agents in Quantico. The agent writing the letter, a Los Angeles agent, says they will fly to interview someone in New York regarding the investigation on Jackson. “Los Angeles assumes travel is approved,” notes Santa Barbara.The name of the person the agent wants to interview is withheld from public release.
One possible person whose name was redacted as far as the New York interview is Macaulay Culkin, who knew the pop star from a young age. The next pages of the FBI file indicate that whoever it was in New York whose name was withheld from the file, who the FBI wanted to interview, said he had no interest in testifying in the Jackson file, and if forced, he would “legally fight any attempt to do so.” The file than said this person, whose name was “believed that he had done his part.” The rest of the page is entirely redacted from public view.
An FBI letter was then sent to the Los Angeles unit of the FBI on December 9. 2004, stating the agent writing the letter “requests that captioned matter be closed. There are no outstanding leads or evidence items.”
Therefore, that file on Jackson was closed.
The final FBI file released on Jackson begins on March 1, 2004. The title is “New Case Requested. Child Molestation Los Angeles.” The Assistant District Attorney from Santa Barbara, California contacted the FBI, requesting that a certain FBI agent be sent to California, “to develop a prosecutive strategy.” The other purpose for the request from the Santa Barbara officers to the FBI agent was to be provided “forensic guidance.” It is mentioned that an upcoming grand jury would be held to decide if there is enough evidence for a case against Jackson.
Los Angeles agents then requested that a new file be open on Jackson in relation to the upcoming “high profile” Santa Barbara trial.
Another document in the file notes that “Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) assistance have been supplied to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office.
It is again noted that Santa Barbara officials have “requested and also received assistance from the (FBI’s) Behavioral Sciences Unit (BAU)) at Quantico.” The FBI file notes that Nation Of Islam’s Fruit of Islam would be providing security for Jackson.” It also reported, “There is no threat of a terrorist act targeting this event.”
In what will be an astonishing revelation to many, the FBI file makes note of the fact that “however,” an individual whose name is withheld from the public is “a known Black Panther Party member,” and “was observed to be present in the crowd during Jackson’s first court appearance, and was attired in black BDUs (NFI).”
The FBI had famously tracked the Black Panthers in the Sixties and the Seventies.
This Examiner.com column was the first media outlet to report that the Michael Jackson FBI file would be declassified today, both on December 18 and earlier today. This Examiner.com column was also the first media outlet to report that the file had been made public today.
Source: the examiner