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Books, magazines and computer material found in Michael Jackson’s possession

There is a document circulated on various Internet forums (see here: prosecution motion January 28 2005) with people erroneously assuming that it showed a list of “child pornography” that the prosecution found in Michael Jackson’s home during the searches of his homes. In this article we address that document and we break down the content of that list, so that you can see what that material really is.

It is remarkable that in Internet folklore it became a list of “child pornography”, when not even the prosecution claimed it was. It is a list of material – legal books and magazines – which were found in Jackson’s home, and as you will see, the prosecution basically took everything that had a nude person in it and tried to use it as evidence against Jackson.

You have to keep in mind that this is a prosecution motion which is just the biased stance of one of the parties and is worded as inflammatory against the Defendant as possible and it mirrors the prosecution’s theories and opinions, not facts. For example, it writes on Page 5: “taken together they reveal a predominantly male orientation”. In fact, as you will see when we break down the content of this material in this article, Jackson’s actual pornography was heterosexual. The “male oriented” material are a couple of art photography books with nudity and Jackson had many art books with female nudity as well.

The prosecution argues in the motion that Jackson’s possession of a couple of art books with nude men is evidence of homosexuality (somehow the books with nude females get ignored in that theory) but his possession of a great number of heterosexual pornography (his actual pornography) is not evidence of his sexuality but evidence of “grooming young boys”. The prosecution claims in the motion that Jackson used this material “to seduce young boys” in order “to satisfy his lewd desires”, but this was just a prosecution theory, not a fact.  In actuality, they failed to prove this theory in Court. (Of course, homosexuality in itself would not mean pedophilia either, but this prosecution clearly tried to make a connection between the two.)
That the prosecution had to heavily rely on this material reflects on their lack of real, damining evidence.

Besides the books, magazines, Internet pornoghraphy and DVDs the above mentioned prosecution motion also mentions a photograph which they claim was found at Neverland during the 1993 search and which they claim depicted a nude boy “believed to be Jonathan Spence” (Spence was one of Jackson’s young friends in the 1980s). As we will show later in this article while this mysterious piece of alleged evidence is often brought up against Jackson in Internet folklore as some major, bombshell evidence, no doubt based on this inflammatory prosecution motion, in reality the prosecution never even proved its existence, let alone it being cross-examined. It is mentioned in this one motion and never again and the prosecution never introduced any such photograph to Court.

What we will discuss in this article:

Michael Jackson and Art Photography

When the prosecution talks about items found in Michael Jackson’s bedroom, you have to know that what we are talking about is a two-storey complex with downstairs and upstairs areas, with a sitting room, with several bathrooms etc. Here are some photos depicting the raid of this bedroom complex:

The upstairs area of the bedroom complex – as you can see this area too is full of piles and boxes of books. By all accounts Jackson was a voracious reader and was especially interested in art photography. (Photo in courtesy of Aphrodite Jones)

The downstairs area of the bedroom complex. The arrow drawn on the photo points to a pile of boxes full of hundreds of books. Many of the confiscated books listed below were found in one of these boxes, among other art books of all kinds. (Photo in courtesy of Aphrodite Jones)

Another photo of the downstairs portion during the raid in 2003:

The so called master bathroom of the complex looked more like a sitting room. It had a hi-fi equipment, a TV, a book shelf, a table, chairs and a great number of books.

The majority of these books were found in big cardboard boxes among hundreds and thousands of art and photography books in the downstairs area of his bedroom, others were found in Jackson’s libraries, others were sent in to Jackson by photographers who had worked or were seeking to work with Jackson or had been sent in by fans, and the prosecution would admit they could not tell if Jackson had even seen or opened many of them. Jackson owned over a million books, much of them in storage, and there were about 10,000 books in total in the areas of Jackson’s home where the Santa Barbara police had focused their search. District Attorney Thomas Sneddon would attempt to downplay the number of books Jackson owned [Sneddon closing statement], but their own detectives would testify that there had been thousands of books in the areas that they had searched and that it had not been possible to count them all. [testimony: Detective Steve Robel, 15th March 2005, Detective Janet Williams, etc]

According to people who knew Jackson, he was a “prolific” “voracious” reader who would frequently spend thousands of dollars at a time in bookstores, here is a list of other books Jackson owned:  Michael Jackson’s Favorite Books.

In their 2014 book “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days” two of his bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard wrote the following about Jackson’s love for books:

Javon: That’s how he filled all those hours by himself: books. He’d read anything and everything he could get his hands on. History. Science. Art. There were so many trips to Barnes & Noble. It was almost a weekly thing. He would go into bookstores and drop five thousand dollars like he was buying a pack of gum. At one point, he actually bought a bookstore— I’m talking about an entire bookstore. He paid cash for it.

Bill: It was on his way back from Tokyo, during those couple days he spent in L.A. He went to visit this used bookstore. It had a lot of rare books from the personal libraries of some pretty famous people, Hollywood stars. These were books that Humphrey Bogart had signed, books that Ingrid Bergman had signed. He asked the owner how much it would take to buy all of his books. The owner didn’t take him seriously. So he made an offer of $ 100,000. Said he’d pay cash on the spot. Couple weeks after he got back from L.A., this U-Haul filled with all these books showed up at the house in Vegas.

Jackson also had an extensive interest in photography and had done so since he was a child.

CBS executive Ray Newton spoke about having met Jackson in 1979 and discovering how well versed Jackson’s love for photography was back then:

“About an hour later we picked up the professional photographer who was coming with us to radio. The photographer gets in the front seat of the limo says hello and then starts to assemble his camera. Once his camera is assembled he points it at me and Michael in the back seat of the limo. I instruct him not to shoot us so Michael can relax. Looking back, that would be a cool photo to have now but I was looking out for Michael’s well-being. Michael sees the camera and starts this deep photography discussion. I was in the discussion for about a minute then it got so deep that I just dropped out and that’s when the photographer looked at me and I looked at him with the looks saying check this out – Michael Jackson is knee deep in photography discourse. I asked Michael if he was a photographer and he said “No, I just like photography!!!”.

So Michael continues engaging in this very deep photography conversation with the photographer where he mentions something that the photographer said he needed to look into further. This went on for about 5 minutes, and the only thing that stopped that topic was that the photographer said something that Michael didn’t know and Michael got quiet.

Let me translate how deep Michael’s photography discussion was: imagine if someone says in the middle of a general conversation – pataflaflas swiss 6 accented parafliddle lesson 25 around the set groove. You would not only have to be a drummer but a drummer with not just a knowledge of rudiments but an advanced knowledge of rudiments that one can apply and play around the drumset and make them groove to know what that person was talking about.”

Jackson would also use photography books as the inspiration for some of his costumes. Michael’s long time guitarist Jennifer Batten said her HIStory outfit had been inspired by something someone had shown him in an S&M book:

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“Somebody had shown Michael an art book that was kind of S&M based and all the paintings looked really beautiful. So he had that in mind but when it came to real life it wasn’t too beautiful anymore,” she laughs. “I just had to remind myself that it was all about the theatre, you know? It’s not just about the music.”

Photographer Todd Gray who worked with Jackson from 1979-1982 said of Jackson in his book Before He Was King:

“When Michael did find time to relax, he loved to leaf through photographic picture books. He would bring his favorite books with him on tour and buy more books while on the road – the bus weighted with an increasing number of boxes as we left each city. The Triumph Tour began in Memphis with no boxes; by the time we got to Dallas, a few days later, I noticed two; then came Houston; and by the time we hit San Antonio, I noticed a score of boxes being loaded onto the bus. He especially loved books on Hollywood glamour from the 1930s, richly illustrated children’s books, and coffee-table books on photography. Michael would usually hole up in the rear of the bus, while the others spent their time together in front. I also preferred the quiet at the back, and I would sit down with him while he was engrossed in a book of Hollywood glamour photographs from the 1930s. Looking at a particularly striking photo, he would say, “This is magic. They don’t make photos like this anymore.” He studied the pose, eyes, make-up, and expression – everything that went into a great glamour photo.

Michael also loved books that showed children from around the world. One day on the bus I remember him saying “I wish I could write a book about the children of the world. I could go to every country and show how everyone on earth is beautiful. I want to go to India and show the poverty and suffering of the children there, and maybe I could help improve the situation. Africa, too, where there is so much starvation and disease. Todd, would you want to do that with me?” I was stunned, both because I wondered how Michael would ever find the time and also that he wanted me to be the photographer. I suggested that he take a look at the photographs of Lewis Hine, the influential photojournalist whose work helped spur the introduction of child labor laws in the early twentieth century.”

After this conversation it seems Michael had looked into Lewis Hine’s work and 30 years later would tell people about it himself, even referencing it in his work. Bernt Capra who worked with Michael before he died on This Is It said in 2009:

“Michael Jackson was very well read and he loved art, and he knew his photography, and he liked this photographer, Lewis Hine, who had been a social worker in the depression era and shot photographs of victims of child labor – four, five, six year olds working in mills and mines. He was also very well known for a collection of photos of the construction of the Empire State Building which are very valuable now. Michael loves this guy and he based “The Way You Make Me Feel” choreography and set design on the photos of the men constructing steel beams as if they were on the top of a skyscraper having a lunch break.”

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The Art Books

In this part we introduce to you the books that are listed in that prosecution motion, and a couple of others which are not listed in this particular document but which were also found according to other prosecution documents. By clicking on the menu below you can find more information about each book.

The first three books were brought in by the prosecution from the 1993 house search.

Editors: Georges St. Martin and Ronald C. Nelson

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Found by police in the raid on Neverland in 1993, remained in the Santa Barbara District possession through 2005.

Police description:

“Containing black and white photographs of boys, some nude.”

Current value: $350

The book was a gift to Jackson by a fan as it is inscribed inside:

“To Michael: From your fan, Rhonda. Love XXXOOO ♥ Rhonda – 1983, Chicago”

Many photographs contained within this book can be found here:

http://lordoftheflies.org/img/lotfboy1.htm

The book contained pictures of boys in various situations by different photographers, including pictures taken during the filming of the 1963 Lord of the Flies movie and showed the boys on the set, usually clothed but sometimes nude, playing in the sand, reading comic books, and having pillow fights.

The photographers that contributed to the collection were American and European and included Hajo Ortil, Karel Egermeier, Ermete Marzoni, Jos Le Doare, and others.

A review of the book from a national newspaper in 1965:

“Pictures Capture Faces of Boyhood, Lewinston Morning Tribute, July 11th 1965

The Boy, a photographic essay. Edited by Georges St Martin and Ronald C Nelson, Book Horizons, Inc, $19.95

This handsome portfolio takes as its theme a line from Charles Dickens: “You are a human boy my young friend. A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy!”

In more than 400 photos spread over 216 pages, the editors show how glorious it can be. The photographs are of all kinds of boys, German, English, French and American.

The collection is frankly nostalgic, designed to recall for the males the joyousness of their boyhood.

Beyond the brief introduction there is no text. The pictures themselves are uncaptioned, but the photographers are listed at the back of the book. – L.H”

The book is in the United States’ Library of Congress: http://lccn.loc.gov/65000007

Editors: Georges St. Martin and Ronald C. Nelson

Found by police in the raid on Neverland in 1993, remained in the Santa Barbara District possession through 2005.

Police description:

“Containing photographs of boys under the age of 14; full frontal nudity. The book is personally inscribed by Michael Jackson.”

Current value: $289

Appears to be another book gifted to Jackson by the same fan who gave him The Boy: A Photographic Essay as the two books are sequels to each other, both from the 1960s, both are out of print now and they were found together. Jackson’s inscription inside reads:

“Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys’ faces. This is the spirit of boyhood, a life I never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children, MJ.”

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Boys Will Be Boys included pictures of boys, many naked, in various non-sexual activities such as climbing trees or sitting on a bench.

Amazon description of the book:

“This book is the sequel to the book “The Boy”. Any parent, educator, social worker, or anyone who enjoys boys and the fun of boys, will treasure these magnificently reproduced photographs, and will return to them again and again. For this haunting yet happy book is a permanent celebration not only of boyhood, but of the eternal springtime of the human spirit” ~Georges St. Martin and Ronald C. Nelson

Each of the hundreds of black and white photographs in this book is superbly sensitive image of magic moment from boyhood. Literally tens of thousands of photographs were combed from the files of the world’s outstanding camera artists to produce this collection – and the result is an art volume in class by itself.”

The book is in the United States’ Library of Congress: http://lccn.loc.gov/66001965


Author: Charles Du Bois Hodges

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Police description:

“Containing photographs of children, both boys and girls, some nude.”

Listed in the Library of Congress under “youth-portraits”; “photography of youth”;”photography of children” CALL NUMBER: TR680 .H63; LCCN NUMBER: 64-21361

Amazon link to the book.

The book is in the United States’ Library of Congress: http://lccn.loc.gov/64021361

The rest of the books were found in the house search in 2003.

Author and Photographer: Rod McRae

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Police description:

“Book of photographs of adult men; full frontal nudes. While the men in the photographs were naked and/or semi-naked, the photographs were not sexually explicit in nature.”

Located:  In a plastic bag on the bookshelf in the master bathroom.  (Note:This so called “master bathroom” can be seen above in the photos about the search. It had  a bookshelf with many art and photography books, a table, chairs, a highly sophisticated hi-fi equipment – it is more like some kind of den to read, listen to music etc.)

Rod McRae spent the 80s and 90s as a prolific children’s book illustrator, some of his work:

A description of McRae:

“Sculptor & Head Teacher, Design and Entertainment

Children’s book author and illustrator, taxidermist, designer, photographer and sculptor, the Head Teacher of Events, Design and Illustration at Design Centre Enmore is a dedicated artist and educator.

Rod has exhibited work around the world with exhibitions in Australia, as well as Italy, France, Spain and Japan. He has received accolades for both his artistic and teaching ability, including both the TAFE Award for Teaching Excellence and the NSW Department of Education and Training’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1999.

Rod was a finalist in the Wynne Prize for the Australian landscape/figurative sculpture, Art Gallery of NSW in 2007 and again in 2010, and is represented by King Street Gallery in Sydney. Presently he is working with 20 invited Australian Artists in a residency program at Taronga Zoo to raise funds for animal conservation projects around the world.

Rod has been selected for the 2011 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.”

http://www.sit.det.nsw.edu.au/imagine/ambassadors/rod-mcrae

Amazon description:

Rod McRae is a children’s book illustrator and art photographer who lives in Sydney, Australia. “Camp Cove” is a collection of his photographic efforts — 60 black-and-white, sepia-tinted, and color photographs of men he found in and around Sydney. Some of the images are Polaroid transfers created for a show in 1992, but others are hand-tinted images created specifically for this book.

Author: Alexandre Dupouy

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Police description:

“Pictures of nudes and semi-nude adult women; some sadomasochistic. The book consisted of a compilation of photographs of nude and/or semi-nude women, in sexually explicit poses. The material within this book did not appear to be a violation of criminal law.”

Located: In a plastic bag on the bookshelf in the master bathroom. (Note:This so called “master bathroom” can be seen above in the photos about the search. It had  a bookshelf with many art and photography books, a table, chairs, a highly sophisticated hi-fi equipment – it is more like some kind of den to read, listen to music etc.)

Quote about Dupouy in Erotic Art Photography (2004):

Erotic photo art has lost much of its exquisite soul since Playboy and other girlie monthlies repackaged the human body for mass-market consumption. Ever-bigger print runs of increasingly grotesque photos of women in every imaginable position have edged out emotion and reduced erotica to mere physical sex appeal. Only in the late 1970s did great men like Helmut Newton and Mapplethorpe come to the fore with high-quality art photography. As leading expert and collector of erotic art Alexandre Dupouy points out, “In the past 40 years, most photographers captured women’s bodies in sexually arousing positions, with only a handful of true artists trying to capture the erotic aura that women radiate.” This book is a journey through a century of collector’s photographs that set forth how our perception of woman has developed over time and how the erotic dimensions of modesty and tenderness find expression on celluloid. The author goes on to provide a tightly reasoned rationale that stakes out the hallmarks of a true “French School of Erotic Art Photography.” The models have a distinctly natural appeal that dates back to a time when there were no plastic surgeons around to reshape models before they faced the shutter. This alone makes each photo a sincerely emotional experience.


Author: Starr OcKenga

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Police description:

“Contains 3 photos of teenage boys naked.”

Located: In a plastic bag on the bookshelf in the master bathroom. (Note:This so called “master bathroom” can be seen above in the photos about the search. It had  a bookshelf with many art and photography books, a table, chairs, a highly sophisticated hi-fi equipment – it is more like some kind of den to read, listen to music etc.)

Current value: $120

Subjects: Photography, Artistic, Photography of children, Portrait photography

A collection of black and white photographs of children dressing up in various roles and settings.

Description of Ockenga and her work:

Starr Ockenga won national acclaim for her first book on gardens, Earth on Her Hands: The Amerian Woman in Her Garden, which received an American Horticultural Society Book Award for 1999. She continued to document American gardens with Eden on Their Minds: American Gardeners with Bold Visions, published in 2001. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Horticulture and Country Home. She received her master’s degree in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been granted fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. Her photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and abroad. Formerly an associate professor of photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she now divides her time between a studio in New York City and her garden in the Hudson River Valley.

*The following are some transcripts from Playacts. Ockenga interviewed the neighborhood boys and girls she shot about their experiences. To protect the anonymity of each witness, she identified each only by his/her gender and age.

“I love to be photographed. I like dressing up and putting make-up on and posing. Sometimes before we get started photographing, I feel a little nervous. Like it is hard in many things in life to feel loose. But then when I get into it, I forget all that and really love to act out scenes. I think I do it pretty good, too. I like feeling things are real and not real at the same time. Or maybe not knowing or forgetting which is which for a little while.” (female, 13)


Author: Dave Nestler

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Police description:

“Nude illustrations, female model, some sadomasochistic.”

Located: Jackson’s downstairs master bathroom. (Note:This so called “master bathroom” can be seen above in the photos about the search. It had  a bookshelf with many art and photography books, a table, chairs, a highly sophisticated hi-fi equipment – it is more like some kind of den to read, listen to music etc.)

Amazon description:

Dave Nestler knows several things: how to survive in high style, zig when others zag, and most importantly – how to draw outrageously sensual women.

When he first started in commercial illustration, Dave Nestler’s innate ability to capture likenesses got him plenty of assignments for film and television. Always a fan of the pin-up, and inspired by such greats as Vargas and Sorayama, Dave also created a series of stunning erotic portraits that got him the attention of Playboy Magazine. It wasn’t long before he would star in gallery showings, and command fine-art prices for his illustrations. For those not quite ready to mortgage the house, here for the first time is a collection of these full color masterworks for your own personal admiration. The Art of Dave Nestler is an over-sized presentation, 48 pages in glorious full color, printed on heavyweight coated stock – every page worthy of a frame and a spotlight of its own.

The artist Dave Nestler commenting on his book being found in Jackson’s place:

“A lot of you already know this story. In 2005 the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department raided Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch in search of evidence in his child molestation trial. One of the things they found was my first book: “The art of Dave Nestler, Wicked Intentions “. It was entered into evidence for the prosecution as pornography, but was argued by the defense that it was an art book legal to purchase and possess.

It was thrown out. This is a page from the court transcripts.

Cool!”


Author: Kelly Klein

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Description according to police:

“The book contained numerous photographs of partially and/of fully unclothed men, women and children.The majority of the pictures within this book are of people who were wearing only underwear”.

Located: The library of the downstairs Arcade area.

About the author:

Kelly Klein has been involved in the fashion industry for over 25 years. After she graduated from FIT in New York she worked as an assistant designer to Ralph Lauren and then as an assistant designer to Calvin Klein. After leaving the fashion industry, Kelly started her photography career. She has worked for numerous magazines such as British Vogue, German Vogue, French Vogue, Russian Vogue, Italian Marie Claire, Harper;s Bazaar, Interview, Jane and A Magazine. Kelly has also shot advertising campaigns for Bacara Hotel, Park Hyatt Hotel, and Sam Edleman Shoes. She has produced and written six coffee table photography books, of which she has donated all of her proceeds to various charities, such as Gods Love We Deliver, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDs Foundation, CFDA/Vogue Initiative and the Equestrian AIDs Foundation. Kelly has been an avid equestrian her entire life. She spends most of her free time with her son Lukas.


Authors: Jake Chapman (Artist) , Dinos Chapman (Artist), Gillian Wearing (Artist) , Tracey Emin (Artist)

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Description according to police:

“The vast majority of the pictures were of teenagers and/or young adults. Some of the pictures depicted individuals wearing no clothing, or in a state of partial dress. The theme of the book seemed to be adolescents and counter culture”.

Located: Upstairs arcade library area.

Current value: $1,353

Amazon description:

Omnivorous and indefatigable, suggestible but independent, adolescents don’t want to be balanced. They love extremes of everything from fashion and art to music and the Internet. Observed and studied by experts of all kinds, their behavior monitored by psychologists, educators, and marketing executives, adolescents represent a decisive and increasingly valuable segment of the buying public. They adore and consume trendy clothes and brand-new bands; they must be cool regardless of the cost. And adults turn to them more and more for clues on how to remain forever young and hip. The Fourth Sex turns a critical, illustrated spotlight on adolescence, a territory of transition crisscrossed by the most varied creative energies. A series of iconographic materials begins in the 1960s and moves up to the present, revealing clothes, behavior patterns, novels, and visual artworks created or inspired by the transnational tribe that are teenagers. Excerpted authors include David Foster Wallace, Arata Isozaki, Philip Roth, William Golding, J.G. Ballard, Beavis & Butthead, Jim Carroll, Stephen King, Vladimir Nabokov, Douglas Coupland, Dick Hebdige, Bret Easton Ellis, and Dave Eggers. Represented artists include Vanessa Beecroft, Raymond Pettibon, Mike Kelley, Elizabeth Peyton, Karen Kilimnik, Charles Ray, Takashi Murakami, Larry Clark, Rineke Dijkstra, Paul McCarthy, Richard Prince, Gilbert & George, Gavin Turk, and Richard Billingham. And modeled fashion and lifestyle designers include Malcolm MacLaren, Paco Rabanne, Benetton, Veronique Branquinho, Comme des Gar ons, Stssy, Coca-Cola, PlayStation, Diesel, Katherine Hamnett, and David Sims. The book’s shifting, politically incorrect graphic style gives form and color to all the contradictions and ambiguities of an unhappy age that we never cease to remember with nostalgia and the occasional twinge of pain. Published in association with Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery.


Author: Chantal Grande

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Police description:

“The book appeared to be a compilation of numerous photographs depicting men, women and children of both sexes. The majority of the photographs depicted the subjects completely unclothed, including the male and female children.”

Located: Upstairs arcade library area.

Amazon description:

“This book documents Pere Fomrguera’s Chronos project, in which he took subjects whose ages ranged from two to seventy-five at the project’s beginning, and photographed them once a month over a ten-year period.”

“Photos stop time to show life’s motion”: “Catalan photographer Pere Formiguera’s repeated photographs of family and friends, many nude, chronicle his subjects in the same pose and setting over ten years– showing, variously, the blooms of pubescence, adulthood, and the gentler transformations of middle and old age.”

Of the four books chosen by Sneddon in his closing statement in an attempt to insinuate Jackson’s perverse interests [along with; “A Boy: Photographic Essay”; “Boys Will Be Boys”; “Sexual Study Of Man”] he believed this book was significant enough to be one of them:

17 This is a book called “Cronos” that was
18 found in his room as well. That is a description or
19 an example of the photography in that book.


Author: John Patrick Salisbury

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Police description:

“Two Caucasian male juveniles that appeared in their early to mid-teens, primarily clothed with occasional photographs of them wearing swim-trunk type of clothing”.

Located: Downstairs arcade library area.

Profile on the artist:

The quest for the right place to make art has taken photographer and painter John Patrick Salisbury from northern California to Los Angeles to New York and finally to rural Louisiana. His search for art-making supplies, however, often takes him to Home Depot.

Though he first made a name for himself with conventional black and white photography—including a haunting study of his two young cousins collected in the 1996 book “Drew and Jimmy”— Salisbury’s subsequent work is remarkable for its refusal to stand still, moving through an evolution of modes, techniques and materials.

Today, his photography (see p. 69) is defined by large panels, often three or more making up a single image, all attached to special display brackets Salisbury designed himself to hold the works out from the wall and add another dimension of light and space to the work. Meanwhile, his painting takes an abstract turn with themes of fluidity and topography using multiple layers of texture. Urethane is a key material, as are epoxy, wood glue, wax, seeds, nails, plaster, tape—even insects that might
land on a wet surface.

“The photography is very demanding, technically and with all the materials involved,” Salisbury says. “So the painting is a reaction to that. It can be total chaos. I go to the hardware store and grab whatever I want and do it.”

Raised on a working farm in Walnut Grove, Calif., Salisbury was interested in art from a young age but decided to make a life of it after the car accident that killed his younger brother Burton. His brother’s memory was the inspiration for “Drew and Jimmy” and the book opened many doors for him to professional photography.

In Los Angeles, he landed jobs photographing celebrities and shooting album cover art, including one assignment for the debut album of the then-unknown singer Alanis Morisette.

Salisbury moved to New York but craved more room and a more lush setting as his work grew in scale and scope. He and his young family bought a home in Folsom the summer before Hurricane Katrina.

“Coming to New Orleans was like a dream come true. I had an immediate affinity for this place, more than I’ve ever experienced anywhere else,” he says.

While he continues painting, Salisbury’s photography has entered a new phase with a concept he has dubbed DM4/Convergence, with large panels of photographic images positioned in a variety of angles with each other to make a complete work. He takes a philosophical approach to the format, describing the components as different planes of reality intersecting each other.

To see Salisbury’s work, go to his Web site, www.johnpatricksalisbury.com.


Editors: Carol Ehler and James Rondeau

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Police description:

“A compilation of photographs, which depicted children with a beach background. The children were clothed in swimwear and/or undergarments.”

Located: Downstairs master bathroom to Jackson’s room. (Note:This so called “master bathroom” can be seen above in the photos about the search. It had  a bookshelf with many art and photography books, a table, chairs, a highly sophisticated hi-fi equipment – it is more like some kind of den to read, listen to music etc.)

Current value: $155

Reviewer Frank Jansen:

Rineke Dijkstra has a gift for capturing the underlying humanity in her portrait subjects with a simplicity and innocence that is rare even among top photographers. Beach Portraits shows a sample of this skill in a series of photographs that, at first glance, are composed in a very straightforward manner; the nuance of her composition lies in the elevation of the camera to capture the portrait: mostly at belly button height. This lends a sense of power to the subject without making the subject overpowering; the subtlety of the effect brings balance to the overall image between innocence and being somewhat self-possessed.

The narrative in this book provides an in-depth explanation of Rineke Dijkstra’s approach, as well as the method of displaying the final prints in exhibition. One may not have seen the images first hand, but through this book the emotion of the images is conveyed effectively.

Highly recommended for the serious student of photography.


Author: Mayumi Lake

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Police description:

“This book was a compilation of photographs in which armpits were photographed in such a manner as to make the picture seem like it depicts the female vaginal area.”

Located: In a bag in the library area of the downstairs of Jackson’s bedroom.

Detective Janet Williams claimed she found this book in particular to be “shocking”, April 19th 2005:

26 Q. Okay. Now, again, you’re an experienced sex
27 crimes detective, correct?
28 A. Yes. 6985
1 Q. So you’re not shocked by seeing pictures of
2 the human body; is that right?
3 A. I can still be shocked.
4 Q. Okay. Were you shocked by that book that’s
5 called Poo-Chi, P-o-o-C-h-i?
6 A. Yes.
7 Q. And you described it as — if I get your
8 exact — do you recall how you described it?
9 A. How I described it?
10 Q. Yes. Did you describe it as a book
11 containing photographs of the female groin area?
12 A. I may have. I’m not sure if I did or if
13 that’s the way Detective Padilla understood what I
14 said.
15 Q. All right. Well, did you say something like
16 that to him?
17 A. Probably.
18 Q. And does that appear to be what you
19 described to him?
20 A. Well, some of it looks like it, yes.
21 Q. Okay. So the question is, is that pretty
22 much what you told Detective Padilla, that you have
23 a book that appears to be photographs of the female
24 groin area?
25 A. Probably.
26 Q. All right. And, Detective, as you look at
27 that a little more carefully, those are pictures of
28 armpits and other bodily folds, that are not from 6986
1 genital areas, that are made to look like that as a
2 spoof of some sort; is that correct?
3 A. Some of them could be. And some of them I
4 don’t know.
5 Q. All right. And once again, there’s nothing
6 illegal about owning that book, is there?
7 A. Not that I’m aware.
8 Q. And you don’t know if Mr. Jackson even ever
9 saw that before, do you?
10 A. I do not know.

Amazon description:

From the publisher: “The images in this book are not what they at first appear to be. Look again, and closely. Mayumi Lake’s series of color photographs focuses on the wakinoshita, presenting this often-neglected part of the body in a discomforting new light. Know what the true subject is, and while some unease might remain, any revulsion turns to curiosity, admiration and perhaps even delight. The wakinoshita Lake portrays with such intimacy and originality are shown in a wide array of ‘poses'; dressed with crochet, lace, embroidery, fake fur, these obviously adult bits of body take on a diverting, playful look. But underneath the soft and feminine drapes nestle the dark hairs and folds of flesh that give Lake’s work a decidedly unsettling edge. As with all illusion, there is more here than meets the eye: the viewer is drawn time and again to take another, deeper look. Originally from Osaka, Mayumi Lake moved to the United States to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2000 she was awarded the Bruce Goodman Memorial Fellowship. Lake’s photographs and videos have been shown at a number of prominent venues in the United States, Asia, and the United Kingdom.”

http://mayumilake.com/

“Poo-Chi” is a word coined by the artist for a particular part of the adult body that she transforms into something provocative. Only through closer and careful inspection, does the viewer reach a realization that all he or she sees is an illusion.”


Author: Sorayama Hajime

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Police description:

“The Gynoids appeared to have a fetish (bondage, sadomasochism, piercings, bestiality etc.) related theme.”

Located: Jackson’s downstairs master bathroom. (Note:This so called “master bathroom” can be seen above in the photos about the search. It had  a bookshelf with many art and photography books, a table, chairs, a highly sophisticated hi-fi equipment – it is more like some kind of den to read, listen to music etc.)

Current value: $118

Book description:

Sorayama is back with his latest collection of 68 erotic female cyborgs or Gynoids, presented in dramatic, large format pages.

Sorayama’s infamous Gynoids have been cited as one of the inspirations behind Jackson’s HIStory tour space age outfit:

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Jackson’s costume designer Michael Bush confirmed this inspiration in his book The King of Style:

“Michael wanted to appear futuristic but was opposed to space suits or astronaut helmets because they bulked him up too much and were incapable of enhancing his body or choreography. Inspired by the Dancing Machine video the Jackson 5 did in 1973, which included a provocative female robot as the “dancing machine,” Michael said, “I want a sleek piece of chrome that I can dance in head to toe.

For inspiration Michael lent us a collection of books showcasing the work of Japanese artist Sorayama, who had designed an organic robotic form, which ultimately became the famous “AIBO” dog, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institute of Technology. Sorayama had made his mark in ht elate 1970s with the creation of female robotic figures that were anatomically correct in form but appeared to have been fashioned from molten silver. The term “sexy robot” was coined to describe them. Dennis and I knew if we could make Michael look like he had a second skin made of metal, like Sorayama had done with his sexy robots, we would not only have reached the next, we would have surprassed it.”

Hajime Sorayama is a Japanese illustrator, known for his precisely detailed, erotic airbrush portrayals of women and feminine robots.

Sorayama’s work Sexy Robot, published by Genko-sha in 1983, made his organic robotic forms famous around the world. For the work, he used ideas from pin-up art, which in the book then appear as chrome-plated gynoids in suggestive poses. His next book, Pin-up (Graphic-sha, 1984), continue in the same line. A number of his other works similarly revolve around figures in suggestive poses, including highly realistic depictions in latex and leather. His pinups appeared monthly for in the pages of Penthouse magazine and Playboy TV made a special show on Soryama arts. The period from 2000 to 2012 has included Sorayama’s organic design of Sony AIBO robotic pet dog co-winning (with Sony) Japan’s Grand Prize of best design awards (the highest design award conferred by Japan); Sorayama’s Sony AIBO robotic pet design was placed into the permanent collections of MOMA and the Smithsonian Institute Museum; MOMA’s published book “Objects of Design” by Paola Antonelli included Sorayama’s and Sony’s AIBO along with other noteworthy designs where form and function combine in harmony. AIBO is the first ever artificially intelligent robot pet. The NIKE “White Dunk Project” included Sorayama arts within 25 most inspiring Japanese artists.

In 1985 Sorayama published the video Illustration Video,[3] his first work apart from the books of illustrations. This includes works in the movies “Brain Dead” (1992), “Timecop” (1994) and “Space Trucker” (1995), design of trading cards, limited edition prints, CD Roms, art exhibitions and the initial industrial design for Sony’s AIBO robotic pet,[4] as well as the cover art for Aerosmith’s 2001 album Just Push Play.


Author: James Bidgood and Bruce Benderson

Publisher: Taschen

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Police description:

“The book appeared to be a compilation of photographs depicting nude and/or semi-nude men. Although a majority of the models were nude, or semi-nude, the models were not depicted engaging in sexually explicit activities.”

Located: Jackson’s master bathroom. (Note:This so called “master bathroom” can be seen above in the photos about the search. It had  a bookshelf with many art and photography books, a table, chairs, a highly sophisticated hi-fi equipment – it is more like some kind of den to read, listen to music etc.)

Taschen is a German publishing company which specializes in art and photography books. Their founder Benedikt Taschen had sought to photograph the Jackson family as they have done with many other celebrities, for that purpose they had sent Jackson various photography and art books that they had published:

Deputy Shawn O’Grady testimony:

9 CROSS-EXAMINATION
10 BY MR. MESEREAU:
11 Q. Mr. O’Grady, you seized a book titled
12 “Bidgood,” and the name is “Taschen” at the bottom;
13 is that correct.
14 A. Yes, that’s correct.
15 Q. And do you know where that book came from.
16 A. No.
17 Q. Do you know that Mr. Taschen is a German
18 photographer who was going to photograph the Jackson
19 family.
20 A. I have no idea, no.
21 Q. Are you aware that Mr. Taschen sent this to
22 Mr. Jackson.
23 A. No, I do not.
24 Q. And that’s Peter Pan on the cover, correct.
25 A. I don’t know. It looks like a person
26 playing a pan flute. Could be like a mythological
27 person or something.
28 MR. MESEREAU: Okay. No further questions.

Taschen with other celebrities:

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After Jackson’s death Taschen did compose a book on Jackson for their “Music Icon” series:

A star from the age of 11, Michael Jackson s unrivalled success spanned five decades beginning with his brothers in the Jackson 5 in 1968, through a solo Motown career as a teen-idol in the early 70s (when he concurrently fronted the maturing Jacksons), and as a remarketed pop genius from the 1980s on. While the success of Thriller, the best-selling album in history, would not have been possible without production maestro Quincy Jones, Jackson s combined abilities as a supreme vocalist, dance provocateur, music video pioneer, songwriter and live performer simply know no equal. As an entertainer he was, above all, a perfectionist. As a human being he was, above all, an imperfectionist – unable and unwilling to live a normal life. Perhaps more than any other icon, Jackson s music magically transcended race, geography, sex, genre, age and color – a remarkable achievement for a shy, troubled boy who never grew up. While his untimely death in June 2009 shook the world, it is Jackson s musical legacy which will rock the world for generations to come. In this book, the equal triumph and tragedy of his extraordinary journey is objectively revealed through a unique visual and narrative chronology.

Extraordinary photographs of their work for film, theatre, magazines, and art presentations.

Amazon description:

James Bidgood is an American artist living and working in New York City. His artistic output has embraced a number of media and disciplines, including music, set and window design, and drag performance. In time his interests led him to photography and film and it is for this work that he is most widely known. Highly recognizable, his photographs are distinguished by an aesthetic of high fantasy and camp. His work which was inspired by an early interest in Florenz Ziegfeld, Folies Bergère, and George Quaintance has, in turn, served as important inspiration for a slew of artists including Pierre et Gilles and David LaChapelle. In the late 1950s Bidgood attended Parsons The New School for Design. Bidgood directed the 1971 film Pink Narcissus, a dialogue-free fantasy centered around a young and often naked man. The film took seven years to make, and Bidgood built all the sets and filmed the entire piece in his tiny apartment. He later removed his name from the film because he felt editors had changed his original vision. Consequently, the film bore the word “Anonymous” for the director’s credit, and it was misattributed to other directors such as Andy Warhol for many years. Pink Narcissus was re-released in 2003 by Strand Releasing.


Author: Dian Hanson

Publisher: Taschen

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Police description:

Nude adult male and female erotica; very graphic.

Located: There were two copies of this book, one was found in Jackson’s master bathroom, the other was found in a box in the downstairs of Jackson’s bedroom.

Jackson had two copies of this book. It was suggested by the defense that the publisher Taschen wanted to work with the Jackson family and possibly he sent some of these books to Michael Jackson. Three Taschen books were found in Jackson’s possession: Naked As A Jaybird, Bidgood and The Christy Report.

Steve Robel’s testimony, March 15 2005

8 Q. All right. Now, having talked about all
9 those books, among the books as you went through,
10 did you notice from time to time there might be more
11 than one copy of the same book.
12 A. Me, no, did not notice that.
13 Q. Did you notice that it appeared that a
14 publisher or an author had sent books to Mr.
15 Jackson.
16 A. I am unaware of that.

Amazon description:

The year was 1965, the place was southern California. Public nudity was illegal and adult nude photography was, in the eyes of the government, pornography (unless practiced in the conservative confines of a nudist camp or tastefully displayed on the pages of a nudist magazine). A new brand of nudism, however, was on the rise among hippies and other free-spirited individuals who loved nothing more than to peel off their clothes in public and do their own thing. Jaybird magazine, a celebration of the groovy new nudism, was born out of this tumultuous climate, hovering in a gray area somewhere between the decent nudist magazines and porn.

Over its eight-year life span, Jaybird (appearing under many titles, such as Jaybird Happening and Women’s Home Jaybird) grew from a journal essentially showing men and women lounging about in nudist camps to a far-out, psychedelic happening of naked hippies frolicking in wacky settings – preferably showing as much pubic hair as possible. Though the tone of the magazine evolved, the philosophy stayed the same: nudity is natural and fun for all. These days, issues of Jaybird are hard-to-find collectors’ items, Technicolor testaments of a bygone era of free-love and pubic pride. But not to worry – TASCHEN has resurrected Jaybird with this highly amusing, lavishly illustrated, sweeping retrospective of the magazine that let it all hang out.


Author: Andre de Dienes

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Located: In a box at the base of Jackson’s bed.

Andre de Dienes famously photographed Marilyn Monroe:

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(Although noted by the police during their raid, for reasons not disclosed this book was not entered as evidence by the prosecution into the actual 2005 trial.)

On the Glory of de Dienes Women:

A collection of nude photos of female models from 30 years of the photographer’s work. “Published by the famous Southern California nudist colony, the Elysium Institute.”


Photographer: Bruce Weber

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Police description:

“Photo book; some nude, all male, young adult models.”

Located: In the upstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom.

The photographer, Bruce Weber and Michael Jackson personally knew each other. They first worked together in 1975, when Jackson was 17 years old, and then they worked together again in 2007. Weber is a renowned photographer who worked with many celebrities and also directed music videos (Chris Isaak, Pet Shop Boys).

Current value: $345

Bruce Weber had photographed Michael, the Jacksons and Janet in 1975:

He had also photographed Michael Jackson for L’Uomo Vogue in 2007:

The defense suggested Weber  sent this book to Jackson:

Steve Robel’s testimony, March 15 2005

28 Q. Do you know who Bruce Weber is. 2178
1 A. I do not.
2 Q. Now, when you were going through Mr.
3 Jackson’s home, did you see a number of items from
4 notable people that were just lying around, or
5 hanging on the wall, or sitting on a — I’ll give
6 you some examples if you want. Did you see, for
7 instance, a letter from Steven Spielberg that was
8 just sitting on a table.
9 A. I did not see that, no.
10 Q. All right. Did you see a letter from
11 President Bush.
12 A. I believe I saw that, yes.
13 Q. Did you see some correspondence from Ronald
14 Reagan.
15 A. Yes.
16 Q. Did you see other correspondence from other
17 notable celebrities and politicians and other
18 people.
19 A. I don’t recall exactly who they were, but he
20 had a lot of various things framed from those
21 particular people, yes.
22 Q. And some things that weren’t framed, right.
23 A. The items that I found, that I saw.
24 Q. That you saw.
25 A. They were framed.

[…]

8 Q. All right. Now, having talked about all
9 those books, among the books as you went through,
10 did you notice from time to time there might be more
11 than one copy of the same book.
12 A. Me, no, did not notice that.
13 Q. Did you notice that it appeared that a
14 publisher or an author had sent books to Mr.
15 Jackson.
16 A. I am unaware of that.
17 Q. All right. Now, this particular book,
18 Mr. Weber, who’s up there, Bruce Weber, The Chop
19 Suey Club, were you aware that Mr. Weber sent this
20 to Mr. Jackson unsolicited.
21 A. No, I’m not.
22 Q. Were you aware that Mr. Weber was a
23 photographer who had photographed The Jackson 5.
24 A. No.
25 Q. Photographed other people, Nelson Mandela
26 and a lot of other people.
27 A. No.
28 Q. Inside that very book, there’s an actual 2184
1 photograph of Elizabeth Taylor; is that correct.
2 A. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at that
3 book, so I couldn’t say for sure.

Bruce Weber speaking about his memories of working with Jackson, “The last photoshoot with the King of Pop by Bruce Weber for L’Uomo Vogue,” October 2007:

“I first met Michael Jackson in the late 70s. Andy Warhol asked me to photograph a group of kids called the Jackson Five for Interview Magazine”
They were staying with their tutor while on tour at a hotel in mid-town New York City. Their tutor was an elegant lady – almost like a character out of a George Cukor’s film, The Women. When I started taking the photographs, Michael and his brothers were having a pillow fight, and she was trying to make them behave like gentleman. Michael wasn’t posing; he was only interested in reading the newspaper and looking for his reviews.
That was almost 30 years ago, and since then I’ve had the chance to know his charming sister Janet and shared good friends like Muhammad Ali’s manager Bernie Yuman, the film director Brett Ratner and a lady who is beyond description, Elizabeth Taylor.
For years Michael and I have talked about taking photographs, but it never happened again until now, because our busy lives kept us at different ends of the globe. Luckily this time, we both found ourselves in New York City at the same time. I wanted to photograph Micheal instead of sending him a thank you note explaining all the joys I’ve had listening to him sing and watching him dance. Each of these times were marked as celebration in my crazy life: falling in love, driving my dream car, getting a new dog, photographing my family, or hanging out with a friend over a few beers. If I had to count how many times Michael’s music has given a life to my photographs, that number would be in thousands. Because of the music’s rhythm and soul, I would end up taking so many photographs that I would run out of film and all my cameras would break down.
So Michael, accept my gratitude for you have a big place in a lot of people’s hearts. As they say on the street “Michael’s in the house and lets just do it!” – “Lets just get down and take some pictures and see if we land once again on the moon.”

Bruce Weber
New York City
2007

Footage from Jackson’s photoshoot with Bruce Weber in 2007:

Amazon description of the book:

“This is an astonishingly beautiful collection of images by a very gifted photographer who presents his subject with great sensitivity and warmth, as well as with a fair amount of humor and love. The artist reveals more about himself than his subject, allowing the viewer to feel and to be touched by his intensely personal obsession with this beautiful young man. It is a beautifully-made book, with both black and white and color images rendered in magnificent quality.

Bruce Weber is an American fashion photographer and occasional filmmaker. He is most widely known for his ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, and Gianni Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone magazines.”

Besides the photographs the book contains brief texts by Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, T.E. Lawrence, Shel Silverstein and Bruce Springsteen.


Author: John Quinn

Publisher: Taschen

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Police description:

“History of pornography, heterosexual photos from 1940s on to recent, some graphic, some sadomasochism.”

Located: In the upstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom.

Amazon Description:

Everything you ever wanted to know about sex. Penetrate the world of 20th century adult underground with publisher, film producer, and archivist Kim Christy. Compiled from extensive private collections, The Christy Report brings you a plethora of images tracing the evolution of heterosexual porn as we know it, from beginnings in early photography, illustration, and film, through the glory days of the 70s porn explosion and up to today’s expanded digital-age market. A history book unlike any you ever had in school, The Christy Report is more than eye candy, it’s also educational!



Author: Robert Maxwell and Genevieve Field

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Police description:

“Old photos, some nude, some of young children (nude and dressed).”

Located: In the upstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom.

Robert Maxwell was a friend of the Jackson family.

Paul Zelis’ testimony, March 16:

9 Q. All right. Do you know whether or not
10 Robert Maxwell is a personal friend of the Jackson
11 family.
12 A. No, I do not know that.

Amazon description of his book:

“Robert Maxwell is one of the most exciting new photographers to have emerged on the savagely competitive scene of fashion and editorial photography. In Photographs, Maxwell shares his edgy nudes, portraits, and still lifes that are at once modern and, strangely, part of the past. Much has been written about the lack of innovation in contemporary photography, and this book, Maxwell’s first, underscores why he is widely considered to be one of the most interesting photographers of his generation. Combining a rough-edged eroticism with a genuine interest in form and beauty, Maxwell’s nudes-perhaps the most difficult genre to master-are in a class by themselves. His elegant portrait studies of his family, friends, and passersby, are fresh and original and bring to mind the groundbreaking work of Irving Penn or of Richard Avedon. But Maxwell is distinguished from his modernist forebears both aesthetically and by his unique approach to the medium: He utilizes the nineteenth-century glass wetplate technology known as the ambrotype-called the “black art” of photography for its rich, dark and reflective surfaces. These gorgeous glass objects, as well as the artist’s platinum and silver prints, come alive in this striking book that is certain to become a milestone in the art of bookmaking.

Robert Maxwell began using the camera at age 28, when his girlfriend gave him a Nikon F3. Now 39, Maxwell has completed assignments for the most prestigious fashion magazines of our time, including W, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Elle, and Interview.”

The book is in the United States’ Library of Congress: http://lccn.loc.gov/00132757


Photographer: Tom Bianchi

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Police description:

“This book was a compilation of photographs of two adult males, who for the most part, were pictured in full and/or partial nudity. The males were not depicted in sexually explicit poses.”

Located: In one of the cardboard boxes in the downstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom with hundreds of other books. 

Amazon description:

“Bob Paris born Robert Clark Paris on December 14, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana is a writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuilding Champion, Mr. Universe.”

The book is in the United States’ Library of Congress: http://lccn.loc.gov/94018486


Photographer: Roy Dean

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Police description:

“A compilation of photographs which depicted nude males in natural scenes. The material within the book did not appear to be pornographic in nature.”

Located: In one of the cardboard boxes in the downstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom with hundreds of other books.

Description of book:

“Collection of stunning b/w and color male nude photographs in which Dean reveals a startling new view of the grace and strength and innocence of man’s body against the wondrous world of nature. In 177 masterful photographs – 45 in full color and 132 in matte-black gravure – Dean’s camera takes us to the white sands of Hawaii, the rivers and streams of Big Sur, the majestic valleys of British Columbia, the awesome deserts of Arizona and Utah, and the towering cliffs around Lake Powell. Wrappers, binding and interior in very good condition.”

The book is in the United States’ Library of Congress: http://lccn.loc.gov/72075166



Author: Roland Barthes

Photographer: Wilhelm Von Gloeden

Translator: Angus Whyte

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Police description:

“A compilation of photographs which depicted both adult and juvenile males, who were posed in the nude. None of the photographs depicted the individuals in sexually explicit activities.”

Located: In one of the cardboard boxes in the downstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom with hundreds of other books.

Current value: $326

This is a book with photographs from the late 1800’s. Gloeden had been persecuted by the Nazi’s in the 1930s regarding these photographs:

21 Q. All right. I’m going to ask you to take a
22 look at 599, and see if we can….
23 May I approach, Your Honor?
24 THE COURT: Yes.
25 Q. BY MR. SANGER: I’m going to show you 599.
26 That appears to be a book of photographs that were
27 taken some time ago; is that correct?
28 A. May I look through it?
1 Q. Yes, please.
2 They appear to be old photographs?
3 A. They look like they could be old
4 photographs. They have the sepia tone into them.
5 Q. All right. And you said that as far as you
6 know, there’s nothing illegal about an adult
7 possessing that book in the United States, or in
8 California, let’s say?
9 A. Yes.
10 Q. The United States in general, okay.
11 Were you aware that that particular author,
12 that photographer, was prosecuted and acquitted
13 during the Nazi regime prior to World War II for
14 those very photographs?
15 MR. SNEDDON: Your Honor, I’m going to
16 object as immaterial.
17 THE COURT: Sustained.
18 Q. BY MR. SANGER: Let’s put it this way: As
19 you look at that, that appears to be a historic
20 book, a book of recording historic photographs; is
21 that correct?
22 A. I don’t know what you mean by that.
23 Q. All right. Did you do any research as to
24 any of the authors of any of these books?
25 A. No.
26 Q. All right. So in other words, that day you
27 were there, your job was to look at things and see
28 if they appeared to be within the search warrant and
1 you seized them?
2 A. Yes.
3 Q. All right. All right. Let me show you —
4 let me ask you, before I show you something else,
5 you seized some other things that have not been
6 introduced into evidence here; is that correct?
7 A. Yes.
8 Q. All right. You seized some paperwork from
9 Mr. Jackson’s son’s room; is that right?
10 A. I believe so.
11 Q. Okay. And you seized some other things.
12 You seized a Christmas invitation from Liza
13 Minnelli; is that correct?
14 A. Yes.

Amazon description:

For over a century the art photographs of Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856 – 1931) have been admired and collected, maligned and banned, and have generally been a landmark in the study of the male nude in art. This small (in size) volume of the artist’s photographs represent all the photos taken in Taormina, Sicily, a near mythical spot where artists have flocked for many years. von Gloeden originally moved to Taormina on physician’s orders, leaving his homeland of Prussia and his successful career as an actor for the warmer, healthier climes of Sicily. While there, he gradually converted his home into a backdrop where he could use his camera to captured Sicilian youths in staged, classical poses – an homage to Greek and Roman myths and times. The book’s Introduction is by Roland Barthes who states ‘He mixes nudity and truth, natural phenomena and essence. These little Greek gods have peasants’ hands, hardened feet… clearly visible foreskins which are unstylized, that is, not slenderized and tapered: our attention is drawn to the fact that they are clearly uncircumcised. The baron’s photographs are at the same time sublime and anatomical.’

This book is graced by a fine preface written by Ulrich Pohlmann, a terse essay which surveys the artist’s life and makes a fine argument for the inclusion of von Gloeden’s photographs in the museums of the world. And then come the actual jewels – sepia toned moments of classicism using the working class Scilian youths for his Golden Mean models. Many of the photographs very comfortably present full frontal nudity of these young men and with the sexual revolution of the 1960’s these photographs abounded in books and calendars in support of the New Male Image. Following his death in 1931, von Gloeden’s collection of over three thousand glass plate negatives were left to his long time friend and model Pancrazio Buccini. When Mussolini’s Fascists entered Taormina in 1936, the negatives were seized, and Buccini was accused of “keeping pornography.” Though Buccini was acquitted, the negatives were not returned until after World War II. Very few of the plates survived; most of what we know of the Baron’s work has come to us from the collections of his admirers. But for whatever reason history will alter their use, these beautiful creations are true milestones in figurative photography.

Major exhibitions

* Royal Photographic Society, London: 1893 (21 pictures shown); 1895 (3); 1907 (10); 1908 (3)
* British Journal of Photography Exhibition, London, January 1909 (60 Gloeden prints, half of them studies of youths & maidens)
* Internationale Ausstellung zur Amateurphotographie, Berlin (1899)
* Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, Kunsthalle Basel (1979)
* Wilhelm von Gloeden – Auch ich in Arkadien, MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen (2008): 400 photos on exhibit, 800 in the catalog


Author and Photographer: Ed Templeton

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Police description:

“This book appeared to be signed by Ed Templeton in 2003. The signature was on the inside front cover. This book appeared to be a compilation of photographs which pertained to problem issues with adolescents and teenagers. These issues seemed to focus on antisocial behavior on the part of adolescents including alcohol consumption and sexual behavior. Specifically, the sexual behavior depicted in this book contained photographs which depicted male and female subjects, in various stages of undress, including full nudity.”

Located: In one of the cardboard boxes in the downstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom with hundreds of other books.

Current value: $125

Amazon description:

There are teenage smokers and drinkers. There are those whose despondence is clearly evident as they confront the camera with vacant eyes. This, quite simply put, is The Golden Age of Neglect – a classic example of Ed Templeton’s work which is deeply anchored in street life and street style, music (rock, punk, and rap), and graphic culture (wall paintings, murals, tags, and graffiti). This is the vision of an artist who crosses the realms of art, sports, sex, drugs, violence, fashion, and youth. A fixture of the Los Angeles skateboarding scene, Ed Templeton has been producing photographs, documenting a real story of his life, international tours, and encounters in the skateboarding world for over 10 years. Fuelled by incredible raw energy, irreverence, and spontaneity, his work is comprised of an extraordinary number of photographs and canvases, as well as a body of graphic work from drawings, sketch books and collages to montages and correspondence. This book is the reprint of the original version, which quickly rose to cult status shortly after its first printing in 2003.

Ed Templeton is an artist, photographer and skateboarder. In 2000, Ed’s art world fame snowballed, culminating in a $50,000 Grand Prize in an Italian art contest for his Teenage Smokers series in 2000 – and a solo art show called Situation Comedy in 2002 at Museum Het Domein in Sittard, Netherlands.


Author and Photographer: Simen Johan

Essay by: Lyle Rexer

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Located: There were two copies of this book, one was in the downstairs arcade library, the other was in one of the cardboard boxes in the downstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom with hundreds of other books.

Police description:

“This book contained numerous photographs of children some of which appeared to be altered such as “morphing” a child’s face onto the body of an older person.

Steve Robel’s testimony, March 15 2005

8 Q. All right. Now, having talked about all
9 those books, among the books as you went through,
10 did you notice from time to time there might be more
11 than one copy of the same book.
12 A. Me, no, did not notice that.
13 Q. Did you notice that it appeared that a
14 publisher or an author had sent books to Mr.
15 Jackson.
16 A. I am unaware of that.

Photographer Simen Johan on her own work:

My photographs are composites of multiple-image fragments that I digitally manipulate and combine, including both images that I have photographed myself and found images. By combining different elements, my objective is to create artificial scenarios that appear vaguely familiar and produce numerous associations. I want to evoke a sense of familiarity that will seduce the viewer into allowing his or her own experience, imagination, and understanding of existing popular imagery to become tools for interpreting my work.

Book description:

“The power and pathos of Johan’s images springs from his intuitions about the texture of childhood experience and from his method. He works in collage, the technique at the heart of Surrealism. Collage frees him to walk the world with his camera and receive its impossible permissions. Something ordinary will strike him — a driveway, an abandoned house by the side of the road, a woman’s cheek – and he will shoot it, or sample it digitally if it comes from another source, and file it in his electronic unconscious (the computer). Children, dolls, and the peculiar constructions at the heart of his photographs (Dolls stuffed with meat and bird corpses, among others) Johan usually photographs in his studio. How he assembles these elements into digital tableaus is the mystery, and the process of adding, subtracting and recombining can be lengthy. “I don’t finish quickly.” he has remarked. Discards are strewn along his digital highway. ~Lyle Rexer”

The book is in the United States’ Library of Congress: http://lccn.loc.gov/2004297659


Author: Larry Stevens

Police description:

‘A compilation of photographs and writings, which pertained to homosexual activity between men. The photographs depicted naked males engaged in sexually explicit activities including oral copulation and anal sex.’

Located: In one of the cardboard boxes in the downstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom with hundreds of other books.

Listed in university libraries such as Cornell’s:

Cornell University Library
Author/Creator: Stevens, Larry.
Title: Man :a sexual study of man illustrated with photographs and art prints/text material by Larry Stevens.
Published: Burbank, CA : DSI, [1970’s]
Location: Kroch Library Rare Manuscripts (Non-Circulating)
Call Number: Human Sexuality HQ76.

Contains poetry, drawings, cartoons, photography.

This book was particularly emphasized by the prosecution and was even brought up in their closing statement. Probably because it was the only publication in Jackson’s possession which depicted male on male sexual activity. They suggested this vintage book, that Jackson had in a cardboard box among hundreds of other books, “proved” that the singer was homosexual, while the dozens of heterosexual porn magazines that the singer possessed and kept in places such as his nightstand were not an indication of his sexuality – according the prosecution’s theory at least. 

In Sneddon’s closing statement the prosecutor would attempt to suggest that this book had been kept on Jackson’s “coffee table” [Sneddon’s closing statement], but the reality was that it had been found in a box among thousands of other photography books downstairs and there was no knowledge of whether or not Jackson had even seen or opened it. The book is a rarity from the 1970s.

Detective Janet Williams, April 19th

18 Q. BY MR. SANGER: All right. Behind the piano
19 that you just pointed to is an alcove area; is that
20 correct?
21 A. Yes.
22 Q. Can you point to that?
23 And there are quite a number of books in
24 that area as well, correct?
25 A. Yes.
26 Q. And that’s where you found 838; is that
27 right?
28 A. Yes.
1 Q. Most of the books in that area are art
2 books; is that correct? Or art and entertainment
3 kind of books?
4 A. I believe so. I don’t remember exactly, but
5 I believe there were quite a number of those.
6 Q. All right. And then on the — where you’ve
7 drawn the other arrow to the boxes, and you
8 indicated you found the other exhibits that you’ve
9 talked about today, there are — there were a number
10 of boxes there; is that correct?
11 A. Yes.
12 Q. You don’t know whether those boxes were
13 coming or going or had been sitting there, do you?
14 A. Correct.
15 Q. You don’t know whether or not Mr. Jackson
16 had even looked inside those boxes, do you?
17 A. Correct.
18 Q. All right. Now, Mr. Jackson is an artist;
19 is that correct? A performer?
20 A. He’s a performer, yes.
21 Q. And he’s an artist. He writes and composes
22 music and choreographs dance, that sort of thing; is
23 that correct?
24 MR. SNEDDON: I’m going to object as
25 immaterial; lack of foundation.
26 THE COURT: Overruled.
27 You may answer.
28 Q. BY MR. SANGER: Is that correct?
1 A. Yes.
2 Q. And you saw a tremendous number of books
3 that pertained to that sort of thing, art and dance
4 and entertainment, music, correct?
5 A. I remember seeing books of that nature, yes.
6 Q. Do you know if people send books to Mr.
7 Jackson?

[…]

5 Q. All right. Let’s start with 596, “Man, A
6 Sexual Study of Man.” Where was that the first time
7 you saw it?
8 A. This was inside one of the boxes.
9 Q. And the same location as the other item?
10 A. Yes.

The Nudist Magazines

The prosecution also confiscated and introduced to the Court a number of nudist magazines that they found in Jackson’s possession. Most were vintage magazines from the 1930s, some from the 1960s. In his motion referenced at the beginning of this article and in his opening statement at the 2005 trial District Attorney Thomas Sneddon claimed that the nudist magazines were found in a box at the foot of Jackson’s bed, but during the testimonies of his own officers who carried out the search it came out it was not true. The nudist magazines were found inside the big cardboard boxes  in the dowstairs area of Jackson’s bedroom and it is not known if Jackson ever opened them.

The titles are:

591 Solaire Universalle Day Nudisme Volume 11 #5 May 1961; Eden Quarterly Issue 13, Copyright 1963
592 Nudist- March 1935
593 American Sunbather, May 1961
194 Nudist, February 1935
595 The Nudist, May 1935
598 The Nudist, June/July 1935
600 The Nudist August 1935
601 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, May 1937
602 The Nudist, February 1936
603 The Nudist, June 1936
604 The Nudist, August 1936
605 The Nudist, October 1936
606 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, April 1937
607 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, December 1937
608 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, October 1937
609 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, February 1937
610 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, January 1937
611 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, December 1937
612 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, September 1938
613 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, July 1939
614 Eden Quarterly, Issue 7
615 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, November 1937
616 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, November 1937
617 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, February 1938
618 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, March 1938
619 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, September 1937
620 Eden Quarterly, Issue 8
621 Sunshine and Health, The Nudist, June 1937

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Detective Janet Williams, 19th April 2005:

10 Q. Okay. These magazines are, I think you
11 said, from 1931; is that correct?
12 A. They’re from different years; 1935, ‘37,
13 that era.
14 Q. That’s true, actually. These are from 1935.
15 And the title of the publication is “The
16 Nudist”; is that correct?
17 A. Yes.
18 Q. These appear to be collector’s items, do
19 they not?
20 A. They could be.

Nudist magazines from this time period are very collectible and can reach upwards of $500 or more on auction sites.

Jackson wasn’t shy about his interest in photos of women from nudist magazines and had in fact openly purchased some just a few years earlier while shopping at Recycled Records Store sometime circa 2000:

“He also bought a bunch of old nude stuff-clipped out pictures from nudist magazines and old shots of posed nude women.”

Before 1965 nudist magazines had to airbrush the genitals out of photographs and the content of nudist magazines focused heavily on the nude female form; “A true milestone in fine art publishing,” excerpt from the book “Naked as a Jaybird” by Dian Hanson:

Boone’s original magazine, The Nudist, debuted in 1933, just about the time young Connie was learning to swim. It was a serious, philosophical magazine, much like the early German journals, but America was not Germany, and to keep his distribution Boone was forced to obscure the genitals in his photographs. A few years later he changed The Nudist’s title to the less confrontational Sunshine and Health, but the airbrush stayed busy.

Boone was known as The Dictator in nudist circles. He loved to preach and he loved to fight—as long as he won. He confronted the courts over and over on the issue of censorship, demanding the right to display the naked human body—every dangling bit of it—in his magazine. In 1941 the government resurrected the Comstock Law, a Victorian law that prohibited sending obscene material through the mail, in an attempt to defeat him.

It only enraged him. Through the ’40s and ’50s “Uncle Danny” fought for pubic hair. On January 13th, 1958 he won. Nudist magazines were judged to be nonsexual, and therefore not obscene; they could travel through the mails and show what no other American magazines could: full frontal nudity. New magazines sprang up like violets after a spring rain.

[..]

In 1965, the United States government decided to get Milton Luros. His girlie magazines, tame by today’s standards, were considerably more explicit than anything else on America’s newsstands. The tool then used to trip up purveyors of obscene materials was the Comstock Law, but because Milton owned his own distribution company and moved his magazines in his own trucks there was little chance to snare him with the mails. Thus a trap was laid with the help of a news dealer in Iowa who persuaded American Art to send him several titles via the US postal service. Luros was subpoenaed and ordered to stand trial in Sioux City, buckle of America’s conservative Bible Belt. It was not exactly a jury of his peers.

Again from Talese’s Thy Neighbor’s Wife, the trial “lasted three months, was heard by a cranky judge and a jury that consisted almost entirely of farmer’s wives.” Luros was convicted of conspiring to disseminate obscenity, but the government hadn’t figured on the zeal of Stanley Fleishman, Milt’s first amendment lawyer. Fleishman, horribly crippled from childhood polio and shy with women, understood the necessity of erotic literature and devoted his life to fighting for its legalization. He took Luros’s case to the highest federal court and got the conviction overturned.

In late ’65s, Luros returned to North Hollywood fearing nothing and nobody. He’d beaten the government and set a national precedent against censorship.

“Before the Iowa case,” says Jaybird designer Steve Goldenberg, “I spent a lot of time airbrushing out pubic hair. After, I was airbrushing it in.”

One must remember that most Americans of this time had never seen pubic hair in print. Every nude outside of nudist magazines had her pubic region airbrushed smooth and featureless as a mannequin’s. In my collection I have magazines of this period in which the original owners carefully drew in public hair to make the models more realistic. All this denial of simple, normal female anatomy made many men desperate for images of natural pudenda. Reitman was one such man, and Jaybird was the vehicle to satisfy his desire.

The pornographic magazines and DVDs

The pornographic magazines and DVDs found in Michael Jackson’s possession were all heterosexual (or the kind of lesbian themed which are also targeted to heterosexual men) and all legal.

 The list of items seized:

1 E X H I B I T S
2 FOR IN
3 PLAINTIFF’S NO. DESCRIPTION I.D. EVID.
4 471 Photo of female image 3711
5 472 Photo of female image 3711
6 473 Photo of female image 3711
7 474 Photo of female image 3711
8 475 Photo of female image 3711
9 476 Hustler centerfold,
10 August 1992 3711
11 477 Playboy centerfold, Miss October 3711
12 478 Registration card for
13 briefcase 3711
14 479 Playboy centerfold, Miss November 3711
15 480 Playboy centerfold,
16 Miss March 3711
17 481 Hustler centerfold, June 1993 3711
18 482 Page 28 from “G-Spot”
19 article 3711
20 483 Playboy centerfold, unknown date 3711
21 484 Penthouse Page No. 153-154 3711
22 485 Centerfold, Miss May 3711
23 486 Penthouse, Page 8 3711
24 487 Penthouse centerfold 3711
25 488 Playboy centerfold 3711
26 489 Penthouse centerfold 3711
27 490 Penthouse, August 1991 3711
28 491 Penthouse centerfold 3711
1 E X H I B I T S
2 FOR IN PLAINTIFF’S NO. DESCRIPTION I.D. EVID.
4 492 Club International centerfold 3711
5 493 Penthouse, double page 6/211 3711
6 494 Penthouse centerfold 3711
7 495 Penthouse, May 1992 3711
8 496 Hustler, Centerfold Special Holiday Honey 1991 3711
9 497 Penthouse centerfold 3711
10 498 Penthouse centerfold 3711
11 499 Penthouse, November 1991
501 Playboy Magaine, Centerfold Miss November, SBSO 31
502 Playboy Nagazine, Centerfold Miss February (Not same:
503 Playboy Magazine, Centerfold Miss December, SBSO #3
504 Al Golstein’s 100 Best Adult Videos Advertisement, SBSO
505 Playboy Magazine, Centerfold SBSO #31722
506 Hustler Magazine Cover, May 1992, SBSO #317BBB
508 Page from Unknown Magazine, SBSO #317CCC
509 Brown Paper Envelope, SBSO #317F
510 Stiff Dick for Lynn Magazine (In Notebook), SBSO #317
511 Barely Legal Magazine, SBSO #3171
512 Just Legal Magazine, (Premier Issue) (In Notebook), SBSO
513 Finally Legal Magazine (In Notebook), SBSO #317L
514 Playboy Magazine, February 1993 (In Notebook), SBSO #317M
515 Hustler Magazine, Barely Legal (In Notebook), SBSO #3170
516 Playboy Magazine, December 1994 (In Notebook), SBSO #317P
517 Playboy Magazine, May 1994 (In Notebook), SBSO #317Q
518 Hustler Magazine, Barely Legal (In Notebook), SBSO #317R
519 Penthouse Magazine (In Notebook), SBSO #317S
520 Visions of Fantasy Magazine, A Hard Rock Affair (In Notebook), SBSO #3171
521 Visions of Fantasy Magazine, Sam Jose’s Black Starlett (In Notebook), SBSO
522 Double Dicking Caroline Magazine (In Notebook) SBSO #317V
523 Big Tits and a Hard Stud Magazine
524 Hustler Magazine, sBSO #317X
525 “The Second Female G-Spot” Article (In Notebook) SBSO #317BB
526 File Folder Title PRN, SBSBO #317DDD
527 File Folder Titled, “Thank You” SBSO #317EEE
528 Celebrity Skin Magazine (In Notebook) SBSO #317FFF
4 531 Oui, March 1998 in binder 3701
5 532 Over 50, Volume 5, #9, 1996 in binder 3700
6 533 XX rated, April 1995; XX
7 Close Up, April 1995 in binder 3701
8 534 Just 18, Volume 4,
9 Issue No. 10 3700
10 535 Plumpers centerfold 3700
11 536 Hustler, August 1992 in binder 3700
12 537 Hustler, April 1998
13 (No cover) in binder 3699
14 538 Penthouse, March 1992 in binder 3699
15 539 Juggs, June 1996
16 in binder 3699
17 540 44 Plus, June 1996 in binder 3699
18 541 Plumpers, May 1996
19 in binder 3698
20 542 Club International, March 1998 in binder 3698
21
543 Live Young Girls, September
22 2003 in binder 3701
23 544 Finally Legal, July 2003 in notebook 3702
24 545 Finally Legal Freshman Class
25 Orgy, August 2002 in binder 3702
26 546 Purely 18, October 2002 3703 in binder
27 547 Purely 18, December 2002
28 in binder 3703
1 E X H I B I T S
2 FOR IN PLAINTIFF’S NO. DESCRIPTION I.D. EVID.
3 548 Tight, November 2002
4 in binder 3703
5 549 Hawk, November 2002 in binder 3704
6 550 Hawk, January 2003
7 in binder 3704
8 551 Live Young Girls, June 2003 in binder 3704
9 554 Girlfriends in binder 3709
10 555 Live Young Girls in binder 3709
11 556 Parade 3709
12 557 Finally Legal, February 2003
13 in binder 3710
14 558 Girls of Barely Legal in binder 3710
15 559 Hawk, February 2003 in binder 3710
16 560 Girlfriends, Special Editions
17 in binder 3711
18 563 White binder containing The Girls of Penthouse, August
19 2003 in binder 3708
20 564 White binder containing Barely Legal, July 200
21 in binder 3708
24 Gallery 5/2002 3708
25 580 Binder containing Playboy
26 Couples Volume 2, Issue 2 3707
27 584 Original evidence bag 3707
28 3602
1 E X H I B I T S
2 FOR IN PLAINTIFF’S NO. DESCRIPTION I.D. EVID.
4 585 White binder containing Barely Legal, Anniversary
5 2002 3707
6 586 Original evidence bag 3705
7 587 White binder containing Naughty Neighbors, December
15 317-O, Hustler Barely Legal 3621 3643

DVDs:

Pimps Up, Hos Down (1998 documentary)
Fresh Picked Pink
Dirty Teens Come Clean
Hot! Wet! Tight! Pink!
Fuck Me, I’m Legal
Michael Ryan’s Believe It Or Not
Sloppy Dogs Presents: Fuck Me, I’m a Bad Girl
Adult World #2

TWO ARTICLES:

18 482 Page 28 from “G-Spot”
525 “The Second Female G-Spot” Article (In Notebook) SBSO #317BB (The Second Female G-spot)

Police description:

“None of the material within the above-listed periodicals appeared to depict illegal activities, including child porn.”

“The persons depicted within the film and the DVD covers did not appear to be under eighteen years of age.”

Most of these adult magazines were found in Michael Jackson’s nightstand, in a box at the base of his bed and in a briefcase in a closet of his bedroom suite. Some others were found in a cabinet in his office bathroom and in the master bathroom inside his bedroom suite. Jackson’s fingerprints were found on them, and his attorney Thomas Mesereau in his opening statement admitted that they were Jackson’s magazines:

18 The prosecutor told you that there were
19 girlie-type magazines and sexually explicit material
20 in Mr. Jackson’s home, and there were. Mr. Jackson
21 will freely admit that he does read girlie magazines
22 from time to time. And what he does is he sends
23 someone to the local market, and they pick up
24 Playboy and they pick up Hustler, and he has read
25 them from time to time.

The prosecution spent days displaying the magazines that they had confiscated from Jackson’s bedroom on a big screen. [5] Observers wondered what point they were trying to make with the detailed, graphic presentation of this completely legal collection that only pointed to Jackson’s sexual interest in women, other than perhaps trying to publicly humiliate him and prejudice the conservative jury against him in the absence of real, relevant evidence.

The juror’s themselves later stated that they were “puzzled” regarding the inclusion of all these items, juror Hultman said after the acquittal, “…because those are adult magazines, and anyone can own them. It doesn’t prove the charge.” [LA Times, June 15th 2005]

The prosecution’s theory was that this material was not an indication of Jackson’s own sexual interest, but an indication of “grooming young boys”. They claimed that Jackson showed such material to the 2003 accuser, Gavin Arvizo – a claim that we fully address when we discuss the Arvizo allegations, but here we note that even though Gavin Arvizo denied it on the stand, his brother Star Arvizo admitted that they had gone into Jackson’s bedroom and slept there while the star was not even at the Ranch, so they had plenty of opportunities to rummage through Jackson’s stuff and see some magazines that Jackson had. Sneddon tried to suggest that Jackson deliberately left out such magazines for children to see them, but the reality is that Jackson’s bedroom was closed, protected with an entrance code (Star Arvizo contradicted himself on how they found out the entrance code) and even inside the room the magazines were not laying around, but were in Jackson’s nightstand, in a box at the base of his bed and in a briefcase in a closet.  (Apparently the Arvizo kids only found the briefcase stash.)

Internet pornography

In the 2003 search police also confiscated sixteen computers from Neverland, including three computers (which contained four hard drives in total) from Jackson’s bedroom, and sent them to the FBI for a forensic examination of their hard drives. None of the computers contained any illegal material or had any traces of access to illegal material on the Internet, including no attempts to find such material.

A link to the full FBI document revealing their searches of his hard drives and repeated notations of “nothing” being found in any of them.

Once again, only legal adult heterosexual pornography was found cached in his hard drives from 1998 through till 2003, and according to court transcripts, the majority of these were photos of topless women [March 23rd transcript].

As defense attorney Mesereau stated in his closing statements there was:

No illegal child pornography, either in a website or anywhere else. No websites where you try to meet children, like pedophiles often do, and the rest.”

Court transcripts showed that other people, for example friends like Marie Nicole Cascio and relatives like Michael Jackson’s cousin Elijah Jackson, used Michael Jackson’s computers and accessed various websites from them. In fact, the forensic analysis of the hard drives revealed that someone accsessed a heterosexual adult website from one of the computers in Jackson’s bedroom on the 17th of November 2003, when Jackson had not even been at Neverland for 3 weeks at this time (he was in Las Vegas shooting a video) [March 23rd transcript]. Apparently the person was Jackson’s twenty-something cousin, Elijah who sometimes went by the name “Marcel Jackson” – as the user name linked to that access was “Marcel Jackson”.

This is the portion of the items on Jackson’s computer that the prosecution wanted to focus on [2]

Item #346: MacIntosh Power Book G3 laptop computer found in Jackson’s master bedroom;
which contained:
21 graphic nude female images

Item #347a: Power Mac G4 located in Jackson’s master bedroom; which contained:
19 graphic nude female images;
Records of multiple visits to the following websites:
http://www.varsityteens.com (cached from archive.org)
http://www.adoptablekids.com
http://www.adoption.com
Item #347b: Power Mac G4 located in Jackson’s master bedroom; which contained:
10 teenage sex imaging;documentation of user LD as “King 777 tut / privacy 969.”
11 Item #344 Sony, Vaio model PCV —- W20 laptop computer, located adjacent to the master
bedroom; which contained:
12
– Adult erotica: user ID:“Marcel Jackson / Dr. Black.”

Other internet usernames found on these computers was: BigMike

When the prosecution talks about “teenage sex” images they always refer to completely legal material with people over the age of 18. This is obvious from the fact that none of the material that they found was illegal. These so called “teen” adult websites depict young women who are 18-23 of age, for example the “college/university girls” theme that can be found on websites like Varsityteens.

The visits to the adoption sites on these computers were only cited in an attempt to show that Jackson had used these computers, as he had publicly stated on many occasions he would have liked to adopt children, and not that he was seeking them out for nefarious reasons. Whoever visited those sites had expressed an interest in adopting both female and male children. [March 23rd transcript]

Not even the prosecution could claim that any of this material was illegal, but they argued that they wanted to introduce them to show that Jackson knew how to use a computer (something he never denied). Judge Rodney Melville, however, ruled that this material was irrelevant and did not allow the prosecution to refer to this evidence in court. [5]

A nude photo of Jonathan Spence?

Besides all the material shown above the prosecution’s motion also mentions two photographs allegedly found in the 1993 search. One is described as “a photograph of a boy, believed to be Jonathan Spence; fully nude” (Jonathan Spence was one of Jackson’s young friends in the 1980s), the other is described as “a photograph of a young boy holding an umbrella; wearing bikini bottoms, partially pulled down”.

These claims, and especially the claim about the alleged Spence photo, are sometimes used on various Internet forums and comment sections against Jackson as some major, bombshell evidence of his guilt, but in reality the prosecution never proved even the existence of these alleged photos, let alone introducing them to Court and giving the Defense a chance to cross-examine them.

The parties can claim many things in motions but then they need to prove them in Court to be accepted as facts. Prosecution motions are just that: biased, never proven, never cross-examined claims, theories and opinions by one of the parties. In actuality, in this case prosecution motions often included claims which were twisted or even turned out to be totally untrue in Court – some even refuted by the prosecution’s own witnesses.

This prosecution claimed these photos in this one motion but when they finally introduced their 1993 findings to the Court they only introduced the art books found in the 1993 search that we have mentioned above. After this one motion they never even mentioned these alleged photos again either in Court or in other motions requesting the introduction of items found in 1993. There is no evidence of their existence.

Please also consider that right after the raid of Jackson’s homes in 1993 the police stated that “the search warrant didn’t result in anything that would support a criminal filing” (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 1993). Moreover, when the prosecution tried to introduce testimony about Jonathan Spence on March 28, 2005 (see Court Transcripts – March 28, 2005), the Judge turned it down exactly because all the prosecution could offer regarding him were testimonies about the supposed “grooming” of Spence (at least that is how the prosecution called the fact that Jackson bought him gifts – as he did to almost everyone, young and old, he ever was friends with). That was all the evidence they could offer to the Court about Spence and that is why he was not allowed by the Judge to be introduced to the Court as one of Jackson’s alleged victims. A nude photo of Spence found in Jackson’s possession would have been just what the prosecution needed to be able to introduce testimony about him, but they never produced any such photo. One has to wonder if this is indeed the bombshell evidence that it was turned into in Internet folklore why was it not used in Court by the prosecution to get Spence introduced as an alleged victim? And when Jackson’s lawyer, Thomas Mesereau was asked about that alleged photo in a recent podcast by King Jordan Radio, he too said he had never seen any such photo.

For the record, Jonathan Spence never claimed any wrongdoing by Jackson and he and his family still talk fondly of the entertainer.

Keep in mind that this prosecution was very zealous against Michael Jackson, throwing “everything but the kitchen sink” at him, but the only material “evidence” they could come up with in this case were art photography books, old nudist magazines and legal, heterosexual adult material (see earlier in this article). They spent days with presenting Jackson’s heterosexual adult magazines to the Court which puzzled the jury because they felt it was irrelevant. That the prosecution was forced to harp on irrelevant evidence instead of real, damining evidence is a good indication that they did not have any damining evidence.

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