Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

Randall Sullivan

Language: English

Pages: 800

ISBN: 0802145825

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“The first deep-dive narrative by a veteran journalist covering the King of Pop’s convoluted final years on earth . . . [Untouchable] helps cast Jackson in a new light.”—Los Angeles Times

“A dishy Michael Jackson biography that makes the exhaustively covered King of Pop fascinating all over again.”—People

“A tale of family, fame, lost childhood, and startling accusations never heard before.”—ABC Nightline

Delivering exclusive information and a compelling psychological portrait, Untouchable is the story of Michael Jackson from his boy idol childhood to the final four-year odyssey of his tumultuous adult life. Beginning with his last departure from Neverland, Sullivan captures Jackson’s final years shuttling around the world, and plans to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and planned series of fifty mega-concerts. Sullivan delves deep into Jackson’s past, depicting a man both naive and deeply cunning, a devoted father whose parenting decisions created international outcry, a shrewd businessman whose failures nearly brought down a megacorporation, and an inveterate narcissist who desperately wanted a quiet, normal life. Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson’s business dealings, the pedophilia allegations that besmirched his reputation, and the fate of his billion-dollar-plus estate, and exclusive access to inner-circle figures including Jackson’s former attorneys and managers. Untouchable is a remarkable portrait of the man who still reigns as King of Pop.

“Randall Sullivan more than tells the story of Michael Jackson—he relives it. . . . Sullivan leaves few stones unturned.”—The Daily Beast

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dealing with.’” AEG Live’s “co-CEO” Paul Gongaware was advising his associates to take exactly the opposite approach to the meeting: Wear casual attire, he suggested to those who would be attending, “as MJ is distrustful of people in suits.” Also, they should be prepared to talk some “fluff” with “Mikey,” Gongaware added. Tohme, Hawk, and Lopez were already seated on one side of a conference table across from Anschutz, Phillips, Gongaware, and AEG corporate president Tim Leiweke when Michael

a handful of commentators even admitted uncertainty. “You have to remember how invested the media was in seeing Michael convicted,” Mesereau said. “The story just wasn’t as good if he was acquitted.” Coverage of the Michael Jackson trial had rivaled the O. J. Simpson murder case in terms of media saturation. The twenty-four-hour coverage kicked in from the moment of the Neverland Ranch raid. Only CNN broke away from Michael Jackson coverage to a press conference shortly afterward at which George

to climb a fence into my neighbor’s yard to leave. Everybody was attacking me. Even people I thought were my friends stabbed me in the back. I couldn’t believe what was happening.” The climax of the drama for Tohme came a week after Michael’s death when he collapsed in the living room of his home and was transported by ambulance to Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Doctors at first thought he had suffered a heart attack but concluded it was simply an intense stress reaction. “After that I

reportedly on the condition that he have nothing further to do with his sister’s career. Katherine Jackson was fond of McClain and told those around her that she believed he could be trusted. Joe Jackson doubted that, but like his estranged wife was far more concerned about Branca, who both he and Katherine believed would long outlive his coexecutor. “I told [Michael] all the time to watch John Branca, and that John Branca was no good,” Joe said. Only Katherine had standing before Judge

attorney’s office revealed that it would use the public forum of a preliminary hearing rather than the private setting of a grand jury proceeding to bring Dr. Murray to trial. The Jackson family had long since decided that Conrad Murray wouldn’t be the only one to pay. It had taken the Jacksons little time to come to a collective recognition that claims of “foul play” were not necessarily their best hope for profiting from Michael’s death. The suggestion that Tohme Tohme was the ringleader of

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