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5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet, June 3, 2014
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This review is from: Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days (Kindle Edition)
I have just finished reading it, and although I love the way it's written, I can say that it left me with a heavy heart. Because Michael's life was so difficult and painful, and nobody seemed to be there for him. I've been his fan for many years, and I've read lots of books about Michael. This book doesn't have much information I did not know before, yet it is written with the kind of affection and warmth that gets right through to you. You can feel desperation of these two guys who were left practically alone to deal with everything that was going on. At times they did not even get paid, and they could not just turn around and walk away because they could not leave Michael and his children unassisted and unprotected, period. There would be nobody to step in. And I want to thank them for that. For being there even when things got bad. Not too professional to get so emotional about a client? Well, I don't care. Seeing the way Michael's life was back then, it makes you feel sympathy for the man. Makes you less judgmental. Less biased. And it helps you understand Michael and the way he was a little better.

As for personal information, I could not find anything that would disturb me. All the stories involving children are delivered tactfully. Although one of Michael's lady friends was named by her real name in the end, and I don't think that was appropriate, they should have stuck to using their code names. In all the rest - I love the book. It's about Michael the man, and not about Michael the King of Pop. Precious to anyone who got tired of constant criticism aimed at him. Bittersweet. It makes me slightly happier to know he did enjoy his time with his kids. At least, he could have that much.
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Initial post: Jun 3, 2014, 1:12:51 PM PDT
They only named "Friend" because they wanted Jackson fans to believe she was real, when it's clear she isn't. Interesting how no one but them saw this person and that both women magically agree to not have pictures taken with him. There's literally no one who can verify the women's existence. And no one has came out in five years, even in the face of Jason Pfeiffer claiming he'd been intimate with Jackson and the newest pedophile accusations.

It's okay for them to not want him to be seen as a child molester; however, Jackson was clearly not heterosexual. Call me cynical but they heavily pushed this book on fans by claiming Jackson had women. No other credible people or staff, throughout his career, had seen him with women. It all smells curiously like B.S., and they're going to make a nice chunk of change off fans who normally wouldn't pick this book up at all. It's almost funny...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014, 5:57:59 AM PDT
I'm sorry but you haven't followed MJ very well. It has been documented by various sources that he was very much into women and has had several girlfriends over the years. There are a few who have even done interviews (Stephanie Mills, Ramonica Harris, etc). There are some people that actually respect his privacy and don't want to be hounded by the press or even worse called liars because people really want MJ to be gay, which he is not.

It's obvious by your tone that you don't care for MJ very much, which is your prerogative, but please don't spout misinformation as facts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014, 4:49:06 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 5, 2014, 12:26:42 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2014, 9:59:00 PM PDT
I respect your opinion, however I don't agree. Just because a man that is notoriously private keeps his relationships out of the public eye, doesn't mean that he is gay. I listened to an interview that SM did in which she said that Michael was VERY much into women, there have been other people who saw him and Ola making out on the set of Thriller.

I see you are one of those people that believe whatever the media feeds you. We can agree to disagree on this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2014, 12:29:54 AM PDT
dawn says:
Stuart Backerman??? hahaha. Any other non-credible sources up your sleeve??

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014, 5:00:14 PM PDT
Little Lou says:
Amazon Junkie and David L.,

Michael is being taped (unknowingly) talking about his relationship with Diana. He wasn't only a huge admirer; he had a relationship with her, which was more than platonic. His brothers noticed that he was coming home happier than usual after visiting her for several days.

Anyway, he's talking on tape about how he didn't go to Diana's wedding because he was jealous and how it took him a "helluva long time" to get over his relationship with her. He also talking on tape about other non-platonic relationships he was in. In fact, the person who tapped the phone line was the husband of the lady Michael was talking to. He wanted to make sure that his wife and Michael wasn't having an affair. So obviously this guy felt that Michael was heterosexual enough to pose a threat to his marriage.

They (Michael & his wife) didn't know they were being taped and she's asking him about different women that she know he's been seeing. And on the tape he's sharing information with her about his different tryst.

Also, remember the family that Michael stayed with in New Jersey? The Cascio... Well their oldest son did some worked for Mike and he stated how he would have women over to Neverland from time to time, staying the night - in his bedroom. And he talked about how he had a long standing relationship with a girl in London.

Michael would've him chauffeur him around in his Bentley, while he did some heavy making out sessions with a lucky female fan he chose from the meet and greet period after his concert. The guy said he could hear the sounds of kissing coming from the back seat.

And there has been stories told to the media, how he and that lady who starred in the Thriller video were locking lips. And one of these witnesses was just a neutral individual -- they weren't a fan or neither did they work for him. This person had no reason to lie.

Lisa Marie stated that physically being with Michael was intoxicated, meaning that he was a terrific lover. She left her husband for Michael.

Overall Michael DID like females and had relationships with them. I feel he was eccentric and damaged. With the abuse he went through most of us would be to. However, I understand that he didn't flaunt or want to be a show-off when it came to his relationships with women. Partially for their sake (their privacy would be destroyed)... He tried to be a gentleman, unlike some of his brothers and dad.

He could've had most women, since they literally threw themselves at him, but he chose not to be a pig and he gets ridicule for it. Just because he's not parading around with a woman on each arm, he's not heterosexual. Ha!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2014, 11:00:23 PM PDT
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Jim says:
It's obvious you don't know much about him, just repeat the few superficial pieces of misinfo you gathered from the Anglo-America media, which almost never tells the truth about MJ anyway.
These bodyguards talked about these women BEFORE those allegations were made, soon after MJ died actually so it's hard to see how they are connected.

The evidence is overwhelming that MJ was mostly asexual but clearly interested in females not males.

For one thing it was proven during the trial itself!
Ironically, Sneddon by displaying the only sexual material they found in his home and which they could prove MJ actually bought himself, showed that MJ regularly read Playboy, Hustler, Penthouse etc. and watched hetero adult porn DVDs. His collection went back to 1991!
His hard drives only had hetero adult pictures and pictures of naked women. No naked men or boys!
That means that while he supposedly molested Jordan, Wade and Jimmy he somehow was sexually aroused by naked women and heterosexual sex acts. Does that make any sense to you?

Sneddon tried to make the case that MJ had more than 80 copies of hetero adult mags
because he used them to groom boys! Which doesn't make any sense since:

1. Except for Gavin Arvizo who, as it was proven in court, found some of mags himself while MJ wasn't even in Neverland, noone ever claimed that they even knew that MJ had these adult mags! Wade Robson first saw them during the trial and said he had no idea MJ had them. None of MJ's accusers, except Arvizo, ever claimed that they knew about these mags let alone that
MJ showed them to them. So how exactly did MJ used them to groom boys?

2. Why in the world would you need more than 80 copies, some of then purchased AFTER the Arvizos already had left Neverland just to show them to boys? For that you would need maybe one or two not 80!

It's Occam's razor: if a man regularly reads hetero adult mags and watches hetero porn and does not have gay let alone kiddy porn that man is heterosexual.

Moreover, they also found a cut out article about the G-spot andthe second G-spot in his bedroom!
Now, why would someone read about the G-spot if he wants to have sex with males?
Again, use Occam's razor.

In this video you can see how MJ reacts to some...well..female features:
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81114877/

In case you don't know what "fishing" meant watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STYyMscq2C4

Furthermore, countless witnesses described MJ's interested in women over the years
going back to when he was just a teenager.

If a 12 year old boy picks up Playboy you can be sure he is NOT gay!
see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GgXpvTxar4

Other examples:

women who knew him talk about him being a flirt, one even describes him as a macho:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T00QfGNQiPk

Aaron Carter talks about him picking up girls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlpYJxyO1k4

Shana Mangatal one of his girlfriends talk about him:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2d7DZ1z_V8

another bodyguard talks about his girlfriend in London:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb18JBYVA8c

this is showing him flirting with a young blonde and asking for her phone number:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skJVsXqWfRc

this is an interview with the same blonde:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT_WmoxVRVs

Dr Hoefflin, 1984 (MJ's plastic surgeon)
"We would also spend time together over the years going through books and magazines. Michael would always look at magazines of pretty girls, never boys. Dr Hoefflin, 63, said: "Michael loved beautiful women. After Thriller came out he asked me to take him to the Playboy mansion to see the stunning girls. I was friends with Hugh Heffner, made those arrangements and was with him when he described how beautiful and desirable all the women were.
All the time I was ever with him - whether it was on tour or off tour - he would always comment to me and others about pretty girls he would see."

Schmuley Tapes, 2000/1

SB: If a woman walks round with all her cleavage showing...
MJ:Frank loves it.
(Michael gestured to Frank Cascio, who was sitting right next to us. We all laughed.)
MJ: Of course you want to look.

Aaron Carter, 2003
However, Carter insisted that he thought Jackson liked women.
"He'll see a girl and comment on her," Carter said, "or want to touch her [bottom]. He likes girls."

Tim Whitehead 80s,
He's not gay; I really feel certain of that." said his first cousin Tim whitehead, who has toured with Michael as a roadie, " Many times a good-looking girl would walk by and Mike would whisper, ` Hey, what do you think of her? She's somethin else, isn't she?"

Pete Bennett, Promoter, 1974/5
He had an eye for pretty girls. Often when I would be in his company, Michael would point a girl out and admire her looks or figure."

Michael Lovesmith, former fellow Motown recording artist, 70s
Don't believe the nonsense about Michael being gay and stuff. When there were girls around he'd talk about them to the guys and run around pinching their asses and then run away. He was a real funky street dude, know what I mean?"

From Frank Cascio's book My friend Michael-- he grew up with him knew him as much as anyone
on Invincible MJ wrote to him (stop fishing) meaning don't fight with me when it comes to girls.

Sometimes Michael invited members of his fan clubs to Neverland, and he occasionally formed a special relationship with one of the women. One time I was driving Michael into town. Someone was next to me in the passenger seat of the Bentley, and Michael was in the backseat, kissing one of his fans.
"Easy back there," I said. "Relax, calm down."
"Just keep driving," Michael said, in a joking way. "Don't worry about it, just keep driving."

Michael's dalliances with fans were infrequent, and discreet, but they were hardly unheard of. He tended to like tall, slender women whom I'd describe as nerdy in a sexy way. Once, in London, I was in his suite when he brought a friend he'd known for years into his bedroom. They were in there for about an hour, and when he emerged, his pants were unbuttoned. I smirked at him.

"Shut up, Frank," he said, smiling sheepishly. The woman, equally sheepish, said good-bye and left.

Around this time, Michael had another friend-I'll call her Emily -who visited the ranch regularly. She was a nice, cute girl, slender, with brown hair, in her early to midthirties. Emily didn't want or need anything from Michael. They just liked spending time together -talking, walking around, hanging out in his bedroom. It was a romantic relationship, but as far as I know, he didn't tell anyone about Emily but me. Michael kept her a secret-she didn't stay in his room because he didn't want her to be seen coming out in the morning-and even I didn't see real evidence of the romance. That's how I knew he was telling the truth. He wouldn't have been so secretive if he hadn't had something he wanted to hide. That was the longest relationship I saw Michael have: Emily was at the ranch frequently over the course of about a year.

...Every so often, fans were allowed to visit Michael in his hotel room. We called the girls fish-because there were lots of fish in the sea-and we called the most aggressive ones barracudas. We'd fight over them, joking about which girl was for him and who was for me. I'd say, "Let's be realistic, you're just the decoy." That's why on the Invincible album notes when he thanked me he wrote, "Stop fishing."

You can also listen to the Glenda tapes on Youtube where he is talking about women, including
how it took years for him to get over Diana Ross, how he is seeing a girl now called Melissa and how
much he would like to have a real relationship with a girl where he doesn't have to look over his
shoulder all the time. He says nothing about men or boys. Just girls. And this conversation was
recorded without his knowledge, it was played in court in 2005.

Not to mention Lisa Marie Presley, while saying all kind of bad things about MJ over the years, NEVER
denied that they had a real marriage. Besides, anyone who knows LMP knows that she would never
marry let alone stay married for 2 years and follow the same guy for 4 more years if he can't deliver.
Just listen to her interview with Howard Stern to see how ....well...pragmatic she is.

Funny how people take the claims of proven liars who didn't even know MJ that much, like Blanca Francia or
the Neverland 5 or people who were fired and then sued him like Bob Jones and accept those claims as clear evidence
that he was a pedo while disregard the testimony of dozens and dozens people in his life who didn't have an ax to grind,
who were not fired, who didn't have an agenda just simply talked about what they saw and heard while being around him.

Why in the world should I believe Evan Chandler, who demanded 20 million from MJ and drugged his own son to get the confession he wanted to hear,
why should I believe Janet Arvizo who was mentally ill with a history of false abuse claim, and who like Chandler wanted money from MJ (and pretty much everyone else she and her kids came in contact with)?
Why should I believe Blanca Francia who was fired for stealing, said one story under oath to the police then
changed it and sold it to Hard Copy for 20 000?
Why should I believe Wade Robson who changed his story over and over again and who
sues the Estate for 30 million claiming that because MJ prophesized he would be the next Spielberg he set his fate and now he can't work because of that? Why should I believe Jimmy Safechuck who claims that he only recently realized that he was abused because he saw the Wade Robson lawsuit and he is now a father?
None of those stories make any sense whatsoever. These claims are so absurd in light of their history and their explanation why they come up with this now they make Janet Arvizo look like a sane person and that says a lot.
Moreover: no real abuse victim would hang out with their abusers AFTER the abuse stops like Wade and Jimmy did with MJ.
Imagine any of the Sandusky victims walking behind Sandusky smiling and holding his umbrella like Jimmy did with MJ in 1994:
http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/michael-jackson/images/7127127/title/michael-with-lisa-marie-presley-photo

As for Wade you have to read this to see how nonsensical his claims truly are, how many times he already contradicted himself, how desperate he is to use ANYTHING, even discredited tabloid reports and his father's death to prove that he is now telling the truth (noone who actually tells the truth would need those obviously ridiculous claims)
Read this lenghty analysis why Wade's claims don't make a freaking sense:
http://mjjtruthnow.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/wade-robson-2/

You can forget the Jason Pfeiffer nonsense, even Arnold Klein admitted later that it's all BS which was obvious for everyone who actually took a look at Pfeiffer (duh!) even if MJ had been gay he wouldn't have touched THAT. Pfeiffer's claim actually shows that many people simply lose it when it comes to MJ.
Theresa Gonsalves wrote a book after MJ died in which she described her sexual experiences with MJ.
Watch the interview with her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zYOQv6Qj0
So why don't you believe her? She has about as much credibility as Pfeiffer or any of those boys.

MJ wasn't a particularly sexually active person. He would spent months and months if not years without sexual contact with anyone (except himself if you know what I mean)
If you believe otherwise please tell me whom he had sex with in say 1984,1985 or 1998, 1999,2000 etc?
He had better things to do than think about where to put his genitalia on any given day.
But the evidence clearly shows that whatever sexual interest he had it was for adult FEMALES only and that becomes clear for everyone who actually takes the time to do some in-depth research instead of just running away with the distorted picture the media and his enemies
have created.
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