Katherine Jackson Missing! (Update: She Has Been Found, But Unanswered Questions Remain!)


In regards to the latest developments concerning Michael’s mother Katherine Jackson I will post here as much as I can find or that becomes available. This story is developing very rapidly so any updates you care to contribute, please do! This is an urgent matter that supercedes all other topics and issues right now, as this pertains directly to the welfare of the four people whom Michael loved the most and were most important to his life. My prayers right now are that this situation will come to a peaceful resolution, and soon. While I have tried very hard to refrain from judgements, I do have to say that I think what is being done right now to Michael’s three children is beyond cruel. Katherine is their legal guardian and they have the RIGHT to know what is going on with her.

As for Katherine, she has done this sort of thing before (when she just needed desperately to “get away” from things for awhile). Many of you may recall that in the early 80’s she abandoned her family for a brief while to escape home to Alabama and take some time to sort through issues in her life. Although Michael and his siblings were very worried, she stood her ground and kept her distance until she felt she had resolved her issues. But that was much different, as all of her kids were grown by then and she had no small children to see after. Now she has the legal guardianship of three minor children in her custody, and is responsible for their welfare. I just don’t buy she is doing this intentionally. Whoever is behind this HAS to know exactly what they’re doing, and what could result if the court decides to step in. Let’s hope and pray this situation does not end tragically for Katherine or Michael’s children.

Michael Jackson’s Mom Reported Missing In Ongoing Family Dispute

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 11:38 AM EDT, Sun July 22, 2012

Katherine Jackson is in the midst of a dispute over her finances and legal affairs.
Katherine Jackson is in the midst of a dispute over her finances and legal affairs.

Los Angeles (CNN) — A nephew of Katherine Jackson reported the Jackson family matriarch missing late Saturday night after her grandchildren were unable to get in touch with her for a week.

It is the latest chapter in a messy dispute between several of Jackson’s children and her advisers over her finances and legal affairs.

Jackson’s nephew, Trent, filed the report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. But one of her sons involved in the dispute said she was fine and resting in Arizona.

“I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us,” Jermaine Jackson tweeted.

“This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor’s advice. Period,” he added.

The missing persons report follows a letter made public Wednesday in which two daughters — Rebbie and Janet — and three sons — Jermaine, Randy and Tito — charge that Jackson, 82, was being mistreated by the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate and mis-advised by her manager and lawyer.

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According to Jackson’s lawyer, Sandra Ribera, Jackson left her Calabasas, California, home on July 15, to fly to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attend a Jackson brothers concert two days later.

Traveling with her was her oldest daughter, Rebbie.

But when Paris, Michael Jackson’s 14-year-old daughter, called her aunts Rebbie and Janet over the past several days, she was told each time she could not speak to her, Ribera said.

“yes, my grandmother is missing . i haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now,” Paris tweeted Sunday morning.

In another tweet, she gave out her bodyguard’s phone number and asked people to call the authorities if they saw Jackson.

“The kids were trying to get a hold of their grandmother and they haven’t been able to reach her for almost a week,” Ribera said. “They are told she’s unavailable.”

“I’m concerned that she’s not safe,” Ribera added.

Jackson has not called Michael Jackson’s three children, who have lived with her since their father died three years ago, the lawyer said.

Jackson “has never gone 24 hours without talking to her kids,” she said.

“I’m concerned that she would never do this,” Ribera said. “We have no idea what’s going on with her. No one has talked to her.”

CNN reached out to Janet Jackson’s representatives several times but did not hear back.

Jackson’s manager Lowell Henry questioned Jermaine Jackson’s claim that a doctor ordered her to leave her home and not communicate with her grandchildren.

The sheriff’s rhomicide-missing persons unit has been asked to investigate, Ribera said.



Jul 22, 2012 1:39pm

Questions Raised Over Whereabouts of Michael Jackson’s Mother

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There is concern Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old matriarch of the famous Jackson music family may be missing, after Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, tweeted that her grandmother has been missing for the past week, but other family members and her attorney say she is fine.

“Yes, my grandmother is missing. I haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now,” Paris Jackson tweeted.

Jermaine Jackson, one of Michael Jackson’s brothers, had tweeted Friday that his mother was in Arizona, following doctor’s orders to rest.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told The Associated Press they believe that Katherine Jackson is staying with other relatives, but they are trying to speak with her after a missing person’s report was filed Saturday night.

Katherine Jackson reportedly left her home in Calabasas, Calif., July 15 to fly to Albuquerque to watch her four sons in concert.  But since then, Paris says she hasn’t been able to get in touch with her grandmother. Paris and her siblings have been living with their grandmother since their father died three years ago.

Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Sandra Ribera, released a statement saying that Jackson left her home with plans of attending her sons’ concerts, but did not end up going to any of the performances.

“Prior to her departure, a doctor was brought to her home and represented that he had been sent from the office of her longtime physician.  Based on this representation, Mrs. Jackson agreed to meet with the doctor who subsequently ordered her to fly rather than drive to her sons’ concerts. Mrs. Jackson followed what she believed to be her doctor’s instructions,” the statement said. “Moreover, Katherine Jackson’s longtime physician recently confirmed that his office did not send a doctor to Mrs. Jackson’s home last weekend before she left on her trip. It has further been discovered that the doctor that Katherine Jackson last saw has been publicly reprimanded by the California Medical Board for fraudulent activities and has ties to Dr. Conrad Murray.”




Katherine Jackson believed safe after being reported missing amid estate squabble

Anthony McCartney

July 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Authorities said Sunday they believe Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and the guardian of his three minor children, is safe in Arizona with family members after she was reported missing.

The disclosure came after another concerned family member officially reported her missing Saturday night amid a dispute over the estate of her superstar son.

A person familiar with Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts said she is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona and following a doctor’s orders to rest. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch was reported missing by a relative on Saturday night. Sheriff’s officials later said they believe she is in Arizona with a relative, but they were still trying to establish contact with her.

Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts caused concern for some family members in recent days, and her granddaughter Paris Jackson issued a frantic plea on Twitter early Sunday.

“I haven’t spoken with her in a week I want her home now,” she posted from her Twitter account. She also tweeted a number for people to contact in case they saw her grandmother.

Katherine Jackson also hadn’t been in contact with her attorneys, who worked Sunday to learn more information about her whereabouts and why she had suddenly become incommunicado, including with her grandchildren.

“First of all, let’s hope that this is all just a big misunderstanding and a totally benign situation,” her attorney Perry Sanders Jr. said Sunday. “Assuming that she did actually leave on doctor’s orders, no matter which doctor, it has certainly created an absolutely irregular situation whereby she has been out of contact with her grandchildren.”

The mystery of Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts was compounded by a recent visit from her son’s former physician, Dr. Allan Metzger, who examined her July 14 after being brought to her home in Calabasas by someone close to the family, said Katherine Jackson’s attorney Sandy Ribera.

The visit came one day before Katherine Jackson was scheduled to depart on an RV trip to the Southwest to watch her sons perform at concerts. The elder Jackson never made any of the shows and Metzger apparently told her not to take the trip, Ribera said.

Metzger is not Katherine Jackson’s primary physician and her regular doctor wasn’t aware of his house call until concerns about Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts were raised, Ribera said.

A phone message left for Metzger at his Beverly Hills practice was not immediately returned Sunday.

Metzger treated Michael Jackson earlier in his career and met with the singer once in the months before he died. Defence attorneys for the physician convicted of killing the pop superstar called him as a witness to try to show the singer was attempting to obtain a powerful anesthetic for home use.

Despite being a defence witness, Metzger aided prosecutors by telling jurors that he refused Jackson’s request and warned him of the risks.

Paris Jackson referenced Metzger’s visit in a tweet early Sunday, writing, “the same doctor that testified on behalf of dr murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother… just saying.”

Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the June 2009 propofol overdose death of Jackson at age 50.

The family drama unfolded days after it was revealed that some of Katherine Jackson’s children had written a letter to the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate, alleging his will, which left his fortune to his children, his mother and charity, was a fake.

The undated letter, signed by Janet, Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson, claimed Katherine Jackson was being manipulated by the executors, John Branca and John McClain, her health had been affected, and she suffered a mini-stroke.

The legitimacy of the letter was confirmed by Randy Jackson on Twitter, and Janet Jackson retweeted his post.

The estate has denied the accusations. Katherine Jackson obtained permission from a judge to probe the validity of her son’s will, but never pursued the matter in court.

On Friday, Jermaine Jackson tweeted that his mother was resting on the orders of a doctor in Arizona.

“This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything,” he posted. “We are following doctor’s advice. Period.””

Katherine Jackson has been caring for Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket Jackson since their father’s death. It was unclear who is taking care of the children in her absence.


Radar Staff

Her sons Jermaine and Randy say she’s safe and under a doctor’s care in Arizona, but eight hours after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department publicly asked Katherine Jackson to get in touch they still haven’t heard from her.

As RadarOnline.com revealed, a missing persons report was filed late Saturday by Katherine’s nephew Trent Jackson, after a week of her grandchildren, Prince, Paris and Blanket, not being able to reach her.

“We have nothing further to report on the case of Katherine Jackson at this time,” a spokesperson at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station told RadarOnline.com exclusively just after noon Pacific Time on Sunday. “She has not been in contact.”

This is not what authorities had hoped would happen. At 4 am Sunday, they publicly asked her to contact them.

“Katherine Jackson is reportedly with family members,” the department said at that time. “Late Saturday night, a different family member reported that he was unable to speak with her and is concerned for her well being. Deputies are continuing to make efforts to reach her and ask that she contact the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”

The mystery of Katherine’s whereabouts comes amid the latest Jackson family controversy. Katherine’s children Randy, Jermaine, Tito, Rebie and Janet all signed a letter addressed to the executors of their brother’s estate demanding that they step down.

Their letter included the allegation that Katherine was so stressed by their handling of the estate she’d had a “mini-stroke,” something Paris and Katherine’s reps have all denied.

Updates (7/23/12)

I was so relieved as of late last night to know Katherine was okay-or at least “okay” in the sense that no imminent harm had come to her. But in the wake of this news, a lot of bitter and nagging questions remain unanswered. This story is continuing to take some very conflicting and-if you’ll pardon my tabloid cliche’-“bizarre” twists. Here are just a few of the stories that have come down the pike today:

X17 EXCLUSIVE – Katherine Jackson Not Missing, Arizona Sheriff’s Dept. Confirm She’s “Having A Good Time With Family”

 Posted on Sun Jul 22, 2012 09:00 PM PDT

“Katherine Jackson is not missing and she’s having a good time with family,” confirms the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

X17online can exclusively report that a law enforcement official was sent from the department to interview Mrs. Jackson at the undisclosed location in Arizona where she is currently staying. The visit was a direct request from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department … who had been notified by Katherine’s nephew, Trent, that the Jackson matriarch had been missing.

The law enforcement official who interviewed Katherine Jackson for 30 – 45 minutes also spoke with X17 exclusively and gave us a first hand account of the visit:

    “When I got there, Katherine Jackson and her family were at the dinner table and had just finished a game of Uno. In fact, their dinner plates were still in front of them. She seemed like she was having a good time. She was happy, safe and healthy. Basically Mrs. Jackson was vacationing with her family here in Arizona.”

We’re told Mrs. Jackson is currently staying with her daughter Rebbie, her granddaughter Stacy and also her great grandson, London. The law enforcement official tells us “this was strictly to check on Mrs. Jackson’s welfare.”

The Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff’s Office was notified about the outcome of the visit with Mrs. Jackson. We’re told the office “seemed ok with it and were appreciative” that the Pima County Sheriff’s official paid Mrs. Jackson a visit.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has filed their report confirming Mrs. Jackson’s safety.

From the same site, earlier today, came this report and photo, which is now making the rounds through cyberspace. The pic shows a healthy and smiling Katherine sitting at a dinner table enjoying a game of Uno with daughter Rebbie and family (Hmmm…wonder if the very prominent placing of the Coke cans was supposed to be a deliberate jab at the estate and their recent deal with Pepsi? Lol):

EXCLUSIVE FIRST PHOTO – Katherine Jackson Relaxing With Family In Arizona, Playing Uno

Posted on Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:15 PM PDT


Here’s proof that Katherine Jackson is happy and healthy with her family in Arizona … playing the card game, Uno.

X17online has exclusively obtained the first photo of the Jackson matriarch relaxing at an Arizona resort while visiting with her daughter Rebbie, her granddaughter Stacy and also her great grandson, London.

As X17 first reported, Katherine was interviewed by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff who conducted the interview gave us the following first hand account:

    “When I got there, Katherine Jackson and her family were at the dinner table and had just finished a game of Uno. In fact, their dinner plates were still in front of them. She seemed like she was having a good time. She was happy, safe and healthy. Basically Mrs. Jackson was vacationing with her family here in Arizona.”

X17 also reported exclusively that Michael’s mom did let the children know she was leaving town, contrary to various online reports who claim she disappeared.

Looks like Mrs. Jackson does, in fact, love Uno!


However, it looks like this drama is still a LONG way from any peaceful resolution!

X17 EXCLUSIVE – Katherine Jackson’s Nephew, Trent, Being Investigated For Filing Bogus Missing Persons Report, Named In Investigation For Elder Abuse

Posted on Mon Jul 23, 2012 09:40 AM PDT


There is a pending investigation with the LA County Sheriff’s Department for elder abuse naming Katherine Jackson as the victim. Those being investigated include her nephew Trent Jackson, estate executors [for Michael Jackson’s estate] John Branca and John McClain, and Jackson family advisors Lowell Henry and Perry Sanders, Jr.

Now that it’s confirmed Katherine Jackson is safe with her family in Arizona, the Jacksons are ready to take aim at the family member, they say, is “the very person and persons we are trying to protect our mother from.”

Trent Jackson, the son of Joe Jackson’s brother, currently lives with Katherine Jackson at their Calabasas home. For years, the family has suspected that Trent has been profiting from stories surrounding his cousins … Paris, Prince and Blanket, even selling exclusive photo opportunities and stories to a tabloid website.

The Jackson family released the following statement:

      “This fallacious missing persons report was created by the very person and persons we are trying to protect our mother from. We feel that there is a conspiracy to deflect the attention away from a letter we wrote asking for the resignation of executors, John Branca and John McClain, as well as some of her “advisors” and “caregivers.”

We believe there is strong evidence that supports the falsification of documents in order to takeover and profit from the estate of our beloved brother, Michael Jackson. We want answers.

The only feud that exists is between the Executors of the Estate and this family. This is being handled by the proper authorities and due process will take place.”

A source tells X17online one website claims they have a source within the Jackson family giving them exclusive stories and the family now believes, “without doubt,” that the source is Trent.

As for the pending elder abuse investigation, certain family members have already been interviewed by authorities, and we’re told, they’re “closing in” on Katherine’s nephew.

When asked for a statement on the investigation, LA Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore declined to comment.


And now, is the FBI going to get involved?

The Jackson Strife: Family bickers over whereabouts of Michael’s mom

By Alan Duke, CNN

updated 3:45 PM EDT, Mon July 23, 2012

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were not allowed to see Michael Jackson’s mother in Arizona as part of a missing person investigation Monday.

“Randy’s security refused to allow them in,” attorney Sandra Ribera told CNN Monday. She said she was referring to Randy Jackson, Katherine Jackson’s youngest son.

Because the 82-year-old matriarch of the Jackson music dynasty was taken across state lines, Ribera said, she hopes the FBI will investigate the circumstances of what she called her disappearance.

It is the latest chapter in a messy dispute between several of Jackson’s children and her advisers over her finances and legal affairs.

The lack of contact with her since July 15 led her nephew Trent Jackson to file the missing person report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department late Saturday, Ribera said.

An Arizona law enforcement officer reported that he met with Katherine Jackson on Sunday in the presence of Rebbie Jackson, her oldest daughter, and she said was “fine” and did not want to return to California, a source close to the investigation said.

Jermaine Jackson, in a statement posted on Twitter Sunday night, said his mother “is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice.”

But Michael Jackson’s three children, who have lived with their grandmother since their father’s death three years ago, still have not heard from their grandmother a week after she the Calabasas, California, home, Ribera said.

Jermaine Jackson’s statement insisted the children were not “being ‘blocked’ from speaking with Mother.”

“She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest up and de-stress, away from phones and computers,” he tweeted.

His statement did not explain why Paris Jackson, the 14-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, was rebuffed in several attempts to reach her grandmother on the phone. That led to Paris posting messages on Twitter early Sunday pleading for help in finding her.

“Yes, my grandmother is missing,” Paris tweeted. “I haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now.”

She asked anyone who sees her grandmother to call police, even publishing her bodyguard’s phone number.

Paris and her brothers, Prince and Blanket, have been in Katherine Jackson’s custody since their pop icon father died three years ago.

Jackson “has never gone 24 hours without talking to her kids,” Ribera said. “I’m concerned that she would never do this. We have no idea what’s going on with her. No one has talked to her.”

Jermaine Jackson’s statement said he and his siblings took their mother to Arizona “in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.”

Dr. Allan Metzger was brought into Jackson’s home “under false pretenses” on July 14 by saying he was sent by her primary care physician, Ribera said. “We came to find out that her doctor has no association with Dr. Metzger.”

Metzger was a defense witness in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray last year, testifying that he treated Michael Jackson off and on for two decades for “his profound sleep disorder.” Murray was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death.

“The same doctor that testified on behalf of dr murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother … just saying” Paris Jackson tweeted.

The doctor advised Katherine Jackson that it was better for her to take a plane on a trip planned for the next day, rather than ride in a RV driven by Trent Jackson, Ribera said.

Jackson left with her oldest daughter, Rebbie, the next day to fly to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attend a Jackson brothers concert two days later, she said. But she never arrived at the concert, Ribera said.

A letter was made public Wednesday in which two daughters — Rebbie and Janet — and three sons — Jermaine, Randy and Tito — charge that Jackson was being mistreated by the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate and badly advised by her manager and lawyer.


And Roger Friedman, apparently having one of his more lucid days in regards to his MJ/Jackson family reporting, writes:

Paris Jackson Only Went to Uncles’ Show Last Night Hoping to See Grandmother–Still Missing

07/23/12 3:08pmRoger Friedman

Paris Jackson went to the Greek Theater last night in L.A. not to support her uncles–but to see her grandmother. She and her adult cousins–who are watching Paris, Prince, and Michael–were told grandmother Katherine Jackson would be at the show. She was not. As far as anyone knows, KAtherine Jackson is still in Phoenix with her daughter Rebbie and cousins. She has not had any communication with her custodial grandchildren. My sources say her cell phone and laptop have been removed.

“The children are very worried,” says a source– and rightly so. Mrs. Jackson went to Phoenix with the intention of seeing her four sons appear in three shows–in Phoenix and Las Vegas. She never appeared at any of them and has not been heard from since. And now the brothers have played in Los Angeles, and still Mrs. Jackson is missing. She is not “fine” by any means if she’s being prevented from contacting her grandchildren and her attorneys. As of this afternoon, no one has heard from her. This is a serious situation.

For one thing, she is the legal guardian of three minor children. Second, she is the heir to a large estate–her son Michael’s. The feeling is that she won’t re-surface until she agrees to the demands that five of her children laid out in a letter to Michael Jackson’s executors last week. This is unbelievable. Certainly Rebbie Jackson Brown can be made to produce her mother in a court if pressed by the guardian ad litem for the children. More to come…

PS Paris Jackson has been pulled off of Twitter. There have been no new messages since yesterday.

And TMZ is wrong–Katherine was not taken to Phoenix to a spa…


Several of you have also asked what I make of Jermaine’s tweets. Well, let’s have a look at those and I’ll tell you:

Let me put to bed today’s nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported “missing”

This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.

Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist “missing person” report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told.

No-one is being “blocked” from speaking with Mother. She is merely an
82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from
phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family,
but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is
fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns.


After such unnecessary distractions, now going to focus on our show at the Greek Theater in LA. Unity…unbroken


My personal take: What I’m reading between the lines with Jermaine is a lot of exasperation with the situation. However, his tweets don’t seem to take into account the very real and genuine fears of either Michael’s kids or the fans, which were fueled by this lack of communication. Yes, maybe some things are none of the world’s business but when you have minor children reporting that they can’t get in touch with their legal guardian-and a missing persons report (regardless of who started it, or why) I think it might behoove Jermaine to show a little more compassion and a little less arrogance (and again, let me stress, this is coming from someone-myself-who has always tried to take the high road with this family. But even I have to say, this latest episode has been too much).

A little communication could have gone a LONG way in preventing all of this from blowing up. It doesn’t take five minutes to pick up a phone. Or to let a child speak to her grandmother.

UPDATE (7/23/12) I don’t know how much credence to give this latest story, but this is getting crazier and crazier!


Ok, here is a better source that someone linked to on Facebook. Looks like it’s a legit story (sigh!):


UPDATE: (7/24/12) New video footage broadcast on GMA this morning shows what they are “claiming” is an altercation between Janet and Paris in the driveway of Katherine’s Calabasis house (I stress “claiming” because it’s hard to say just from looking at the footage, and we all know how the media loves to sensationalize things):


Here is a more full length version of the video which shows how the whole thing unfolded. It shows everyone actually being friendly and hugging until the moment when it appears Janet tries to take Paris’s cell phone. I still haven’t seen any evidence of the slapping incident which some outlets have been reporting (there’s a huge difference between trying to ‘slap” a phone out of Paris’s hand, and slapping her in the face, which is what the reports have been implying!):


Michael Jackson’s Kids ‘Ambushed’ As Family Drama Escalates

Wonderwall, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 11:33am (PDT)

By Kat Giantis

According to a statement from Katherine’s lawyers, “Certain Jackson family members ambushed [her] home after their vehicle tore through security gates on the tails of the SUV containing Michael Jackson’s children. After exiting their vehicles, Jackson family members ran up to Michael’s children as they yelled and began to aggressively grab at the cell phones in their hands.”

Security apparently hustled the kids off to a “safe location” and the cops were called. In a statement, police said “a physical altercation had occurred, a battery. It involved members of the Jackson family.”

“It was just total chaos when Jermaine, Randy and Janet descended on the house,” a source tells Radar Online. “Paris was absolutely hysterical and kept telling her uncles to just bring her grandmother home. The plan to take the kids out of the house was going to be a publicity stunt. The kids were going to be paraded into the house in Arizona where Katherine is staying and those photos would be published on a website favored by Randy Jackson.”

Surveillance video seems to show the children greeting their relatives before things take a turn. Prince makes a beeline into the house with Randy following, while Janet appears to grab for Paris’ cell phone before the teen storms away. Both Janet and Randy look to be recording the confrontation on their own phones.

TMZ, which has a photoostensibly showing Janet and Jermaine outside the house on Monday afternoon, believes this has all been part of a long-standing plan to “convince Katherine that Michael’s will was a fraud and the executors had to go.”

TMZ reports the children’s cousin, TJ Jackson (he’s Tito’s son), will make a bid for temporary guardianship, and the trio supports the move.

“I know it’s completely unfair for them to do this to you and your brothers,” TJ, 34, tweeted to Paris on Monday. “We will keep trying. I love you.”

Last week, Janet, Jermaine, Randy, Rebbie and Tito signed a letter demanding the resignations of the estate’s executors and branding Michael’s will “fake, flawed and fraudulent.”

“We feel that there is a conspiracy to deflect the attention away from a letter,” the siblings said Monday in a statement to ABC News, calling the missing persons report on their mother “fallacious.” “We feel there is strong evidence that supports the falsification of documents in order to take over and profit from the estate of our beloved brother, Michael Jackson. This is being handled by the proper authorities and due process will take place.”

Paris, meanwhile, refuses to play along. She tweeted her agreement when one of her followers opined, “Now people can see why your dad was away from his siblings.” Her response: “Exactly.”


 More media coverage, courtesy of sanemjfan and Lunajo67:


Michael’s children are not the only ones being affected by this! Heartbreaking clip as Marlon breaks down, unaware of his mother’s whereabouts and unable to understand why he can’t talk to her!


More Updates! (7/25/12): I’m sure you’ve all heard the sad news by now that Katherine has lost guardianship of the children. Well, at least for now. Their guardianship has been transferred to TJ Jackson. Diana Ross and Debbie Rowe have been notified, according to the sources I have seen. Diana Ross may be called upon before it’s over. There is still a chance as of now that Katherine can regain custody but I would imagine a LOT of things will have to change before that happens.

I call this a sad situation because it really feels like a betrayal of Michael. He wanted his children to be with his mother, and unless she is just absolutely incapacitated, I really feel that is where they need to be. However, right now what has to be considered is what’s best for them, their well being, and their safety.  Personally, I am not so much angry as I am simply sad, shocked, and bewildered by this surreal turn of events.

So here is Randy’s interview with Rev. Al Sharpton. What do you think? Are you buying his version of events?


Judge suspends Katherine Jackson as guardian of Michael Jackson’s children

From Alan Duke, CNN
updated 3:13 PM EDT, Wed July 25, 2012
Watch this video

Los Angeles (CNN) — A judge appointed TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Tito Jackson, as temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s three children in the absence of their grandmother Katherine Jackson.

“We have reason to believe that Mrs. Jackson has been held against her will,” Katherine Jackson attorney Sandra Ribera told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff at a hearing Monday.

Beckloff suspended Katherine Jackson as custodian for Prince, Paris and Blanket, because she may be “prevented from acting as a guardian because of the acts of third parties.”

He also ordered “that the children not be removed from California without a court order, by any person.”

Jackson family feud continues
Katherine’s absence stirs Jackson feud

The judge also ordered that Diana Ross, whom Michael Jackson named as backup guardian in his will, and Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of the two oldest children, be given notice of the order.

The order will be reconsidered at a hearing next month, and the judge left open the possibility that custody could be returned sooner if Katherine Jackson returns home.

Katherine Jackson finally called her home Tuesday night after being out of communication for nine days, her lawyer said.

TJ Jackson, whom Katherine Jackson left in charge of the children when she left home on July 15, said he was disturbed by how she sounded.

“I’ve never heard my grandmother talk like that,” he said about that phone call. “She wasn’t sharp. Her words were slurred. Her choice of vocabulary, I never heard her use those phrases.”

His lawyer said that “maybe she was trying to speak to him in code.”

Ribera said one of the children told her it sounded like she was not alone during that call.

Katherine Jackson attorney Perry Sanders said the call was made after he met with Jermaine and Janet Jackson at a spa near Tuscon, Arizona, on Tuesday night to resolve the controversy over Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts.

They did not, however, allow him to meet or talk with her, he said.

Katherine Jackson, 82, left the home she shares with Michael Jackson’s children on July 15. She had not contacted them before Tuesday, though a Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigation concluded she was safe in Arizona.

Jackson family feud caught on tape

Katherine Jackson has custody of Michael Jackson’s children and a 20% share in her son’s huge estate. Her husband, Joe Jackson, and her eight surviving children were completely left out of Michael Jackson’s will when the pop star died in 2009.

Authorities got involved when her nephew Trent filed a missing persons report with the Sheriff’s Office over the weekend. Security camera video obtained by CNN captured a tense scene at the Calabasas, California, home she shares with her grandchildren, Prince, Paris and Prince Michael II.

Siblings Janet, Jermaine and Randy Jackson attempted to persuade the older children, Prince and Paris, to leave Katherine Jackson’s home with them Monday. Paris and Prince resisted, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The video shows Janet Jackson apparently trying to take a cell phone away from Paris and scolding her niece for using her phone to write about family issues on Twitter, according to the three sources.

Paris, Michael Jackson’s 14-year-old daughter, posted a Twitter message at about the same time: “gotta love fam.” Meanwhile, 15-year-old Prince is seen walking away from his Uncle Randy into the home’s security office. Paris soon followed, and Randy and Janet Jackson appeared to be recording the incident with their cell phones.

Minutes later, sheriff’s deputies broke up a scuffle involving Randy and Jermaine Jackson and Trent Jackson, who works for their mother, according to several people who witnessed it. No one was arrested, although a battery report was taken and an investigation is ongoing, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.


Adding a few more things before I turn in tonight. This interview with Tom Meserau aired earlier this evening  on Showbiz Newsmaker:


Transcript of Katherine Jackson’s Statement to ABC News:

Hello, I’m Katherine Jackson, and there are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped and held against my will.

I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It’s very stupid for people to think that.

But anyway, I am devastated that while I’ve been away, that my children, my grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I’m coming home to see about that, also.

So I spoke to my grandson, TJ, last night, that I left there to be in charge of my children — and I never leave home without leaving them with instructions of who to stay there with them, the nanny and all of them — and someone had let go the cook, the nanny, and also the housekeepers. I don’t know who did that but they don’t have that power and they shouldn’t have done it.

And now, the people are saying they are there with nothing to eat. I am sure they have something to eat but it’s probably not healthy because the cook is not there.

But since I have also been away, my guardianship, which I just said, my children, have been taken away from me, my guardianship has been taken away from me. And, but, I spoke to my grandson TJ and also I spoke to Prince and Paris last night and told him I would be home today and they’re waiting for me to come.

And I told him it wasn’t necessary for him to go down and sign for guardianship. … I don’t know who instructed him to do that — but that’s what, but he wanted me to come home before that happened, but the ruling in court today was about the guardianship and I think it was based on a bunch of lies, but I have a good idea who’s doing that and who’s behind that.

But I am grateful for my children that they saw that I needed rest and they wanted to take me away for a while, just a short vacation and rest up. But one thing I have to say … that I’m here at Miraval. They have taken good care of me and have made sure that I got the rest that I needed.

One reason I haven’t called is I just gave up my phone and I didn’t want to have any phone calls while I was here.

My assistant, Janice Smith, have been calling back home to see how things were going and she had been keeping in contact with my nephew, I mean my grandson, and he says everything is going fine. But I was still thinking about the children and I still worry about them, but they are fine.

Before I left, as I said, I put everything in order with the appropriate people to take care of my children for me and it’s really bad to hear that what’s going on at home, and the children have been taken away — but I know that … I’ll get there in time to get them back. And after I finish this, I will be on my way home.

I have to thank Miraval again for taking very good care of me and making sure I got good rest.

We don’t get much — we saw an electric show because it was lightening and we saw a rainbow.

I had a very good time here — and if anyone wants to rest I think they should come here.

Because there’s a lot of lies that have been put out there and I am going home to straighten them out and this kind of stuff doesn’t make sense. So I want to say goodbye and I am on my way home.

I don’t know what anyone else makes of this, but to me, this statement sounds very unlike Katherine. It seems rambling and even a bit incoherent at times. If her phone calls to TJ sounded anything remotely like this statement, I can certainly understand his concern! This just seems very surreal.

UPDATE (7/26/12): Now that I have had a chance to actually see the video, I have a somewhat different take on the statement. Katherine DOES seem under a lot of duress. However, we don’t know what the exact nature of that duress is. Obviously, she has just learned that she has been stripped of her guardianship, and is upset, as well as emotionally upset with the entire situation. (Her statement that the kids would not be able to eat healthy without the cook being there sounds very much like typical, grandmotherly concern, but between the lines, what I sense is a lot of agitation at her own helplessness over this situation). I think she is under a lot of duress here. I am not implying that she is being forced to read this statement; only that her body language and the duress in her voice seems to me to be that of someone who is trying to appear calm on the surface while not letting on just how stressed and emotional she actually is (she’s not doing a very good job of it if that is the case). This seems like a very sad situation in which we are seeing this elderly woman genuinely confused by events unfolding. One thing worth keeping in mind is that, as a mother, I am sure Mrs. Jackson loves ALL of her children (Michael wasn’t an only child by any means, lol). It has to be unendurably tough for a mother to be put into a position where she must take sides.  It is also genuinely sad that, if indeed the purpose of this “vacation” really WAS to enable her to relax and de-stress, that this ends up being the pay-off for it (MORE stress, right?).  As my own grandmother used to say, “No rest for the weary.”


MORE UPDATES: It seems almost sad now to think that only about a week ago, the biggest ongoing oncern with the kids was who they were choosing to associate with on Twitter. I would give anything now to be able to turn the clock back and have that be my biggest worry for Michael’s children. What a difference a week makes, huh! If anyone ever doubted Paris’s loyalty to her father, I think recent events have certainly (or should have certainly) put those to rest. As we are seeing, what with the recent flurry of her posting his lyrics and references to him, is that he is still her emotional center, her sustenance and her strength when times are bad.

Source: Family meltdown has Michael Jackson’s kids grieving their father all over again

Pop Tarts
Published July 26, 2012
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    Blanket, Prince and Paris Jackson. (Reuters)

LOS ANGELES –  It has been a tumultuous two weeks for Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson, the three children of the late Michael Jackson. Their grandmother Katherine Jackson was reported missing, then located in Arizona with family members, but was still not in contact with them. On Monday, police were called to the kids’ Calabasas home following reports of a physical altercationbetween various family members.To top off the drama, on Wednesday a Los Angeles judge suspended Katherine’s guardianship and appointed Tito Jackson’s son TJ as the temporary caregiver for his young cousins.Katherine Jackson told ABC Newsthat she was “devastated” by the court’s decision, debunked the widespread rumors that she had been abducted and held against her will, and insisted that she was returning to Los Angeles to be reunited with her grandchildren immediately.
According to a source close to the family, serious damage has been done, and Michael Jackson’s kids are mourning their dad, who died suddenly in 2009, more than ever.

“These people (family members) are all the people that their father tried so hard to keep them away from, and now the kids are caught in the middle of it. It is making them grieve Michael all over again,” the insider told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Blanket in particular is very sensitive and very withdrawn, so this throws him into even more of a shell. Prince usually follows the lead of his sister Paris, who has a strong personality, and both are missing their dad terribly.”

Paris has taken to tweeting lyrics from her father’s songs to express her emotion, including a key phrase from “Will You Be There:” “Everyones taking control of me, it seems that the worlds got a role for me .. im so confused will u show to me you’ll be there for me.” She also tweeted an instagram photo of herself proudly donning an MJ shirt.

Our source said the children will most likely move into TJ’s home nearby, to avoid a repeat of Monday’s debacle outside the Calabasas digs.

“The siblings keep referring to that house as their house but it is not. It’s the home for Paris, Prince and Blanket. At least if they are in TJ’s house, this can’t happen,” said the insider.

We’re also told that there is a high probability TJ will become more than just a temporary guardian.

“Jackie (son) and Trent (nephew) have done a really sound job in shielding [Katherine] from all this madness and the siblings’ desire to challenge the will and take control of the estate,” continued the insider. “This has to be overwhelming and heartbreaking for her, she doesn’t want to be in a big fight, but doesn’t know which way to turn… I will be surprised if she does get the children back.”

In a press conference following the judge’s guardianship ruling on Wednesday, an attorney for Katherine, Perry Sanders Jr. confirmed that paperwork would be filed to reinstate Katherine’s role immediately and that the court made it clear that her guardianship was suspended not on the grounds of wrongdoing, but because she was “out of pocket and paperwork could not be filed for her.” He also downplayed the escalating drama, and said it was a “misunderstanding” but “nothing like what media sources say.”

And while head-honcho Joe Jackson appears to have stayed away from the recent wind of family drama, it doesn’t sound like that will last long.

“Joe always said to the kids when they were young, and Michael actually used this in one of his songs, ‘throwing rocks and hiding your hand’ which is like causing problems and then pretending you had nothing to do with it,” added the source. “Joe in involved and knows how to pull strings from afar. We’ll see him emerge in all of this soon.”

A legal representative for Katherine Jackson did not respond to a request for further comment and a rep for Joe Jackson could not be reached.


Paris Jackson Finds Comfort In Father’s Lyrics During Family Dispute

Posted: July 25, 2012

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Paris Jackson may not be able to turn to her late father, Michael Jackson, for guidance anymore, but she can still turn to his music for solace.

The 14-year-old girl has been stuck in the middle of a hectic, and sometimes violent battle between  her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, her aunt, Janet Jackson, and the rest of her father’s siblings.

Paris claims that her aunts and uncles are purposely keeping her from contacting her grandmother. Rumors even circulated last week that Katherine Jackson had been kidnapped by Janet Jackson and her siblings.

Paris wrote on Twitter: 8 days and counting . something is really off , this isn’t like her at all .. i wanna talk directly to my grandmother!!<|3

According to Randy Jackson, Katherine was taken to a hospital in California and spent last week resting with her family. Randy said that Katherine is now on her way back home and that she was in “much better health.”

The turmoil inside the Jackson family has to do with guardianship issues regarding Paris, Prince, and Blanket, as well as the division of Michael Jackson’s estate. Janet and her siblings claim that the will, which left Michael’s estate to his mother, was fraudulent.

According to ABC, a court battle over Michael’s estate and the legal custody of his children is imminent.

While the Jackson family fights over the legal issues surrounding Michael Jackson’s death, Paris Jackson is looking for a stable figure in her life.

The 14-year-old girl took to Twitter, writing:

everyones taking control of me , it seems that the worlds got a role for me .. im so confused will u show to me you’ll be there for me
Jackson’s song “Will You Be There.”


ABC reports that Michael Jackson’s estate has earned $475 million in gross profits since his death.

Do you think the Jackson family will be able to settle their dispute peacefully?


MORE BREAKING NEWS! And here is an interesting development! Prince-who up till now has remained silent throughout this ordeal-has finally broken that silence with a very telling Tweet. Keep in mind that while a lot of people (especially in light of recent events) have been prone to dismiss Paris as a bit of a drama queen, Prince has maintained his reputation as a very quiet, steadfast, and sober-minded young man. Thus, we know he is someone who weighs his words carefully and doesn’t speak these things lightly. Here is what he had to say:
I would first like to start off this tweet by thanking the fans that have always stood by me and my family, my dad really appreciated your support and I still treasure it to this day. As I am sure everyone is well aware of the events that have been going on. I have been holding off on backing up my sister and her tweets avidly because I was waiting for the time to reveal my side. As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I’m really angry and hurt. The following image is of a group chat I had started to several family members. This group text message I had started was replied to but they didn’t know that I could see the responses. For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother. “If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth”-Michael Jackson Jr.
Prince posted a photo which shows the group text message (the kids begging to talk to their grandmother) and Janet’s texted response: “Don’t let them pls.” As of right now that link is not working, but hopefully it will be back up soon. I will go ahead and post it here because chances are, this is probably just a temporary glitch with Twitter and the link will probably work again later (actually, it appears that Prince’s photo may have blown up Twitter, lol! Hopefully a screencap will be made available soon).
Okay, here is the screencap:
While I think Prince’s text definitely puts an interesting spin on things, I would still caution against rushing to rash conclusions. After all, we still don’t know what reasons Janet may have had for this and they could be perfectly valid. However, I have to be honest in saying that my initial gut reaction hasn’t changed. The fact is, those three kids ARE (or WERE, as the case may be) Katherine’s legal and moral responsibility as their guardian, and access to their grandmother should never have been denied. I just don’t think there is much way to justify that, no matter how much they might try to dice and spin it.
UPDATES: (7/27/12):
More media coverage from July 24th:

Katherine Jackson agrees to share custody with TJ

Friday, July 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Guardianship for the three children of the late Michael Jackson will be shared by Katherine Jackson and her grandson Tito Joe Jackson, known as TJ.

The three children – Paris, Prince and Blanket – are heirs to the Jackson estate, which is estimated at $1 billion.

Michael Jackson’s will named his mother as guardian, but for nearly 10 days, Katherine Jackson was absent from the estate, taking an unannounced vacation with some of her children.

The grandchildren tweeted that they were unable to reach her.

The judge overseeing the probate case took emergency action at a hearing this week and appointed 34-year-old TJ as guardian to replace Katherine.

On Friday, Katherine’s attorney said that papers will soon be filed that will allow shared guardianship. TJ will deal with the children’s school matters and household personnel, including security, while the 82-year-old matriarch will be free to focus on the children’s day-to-day activities. She would also remain in control of the children’s family allowance.

The joint filing is expected to be made in court next week.

Meantime, the judge has appointed a probate court investigator to find out more about the status of the three children. The investigator will have direct access to the grandkids and is authorized to interview them at their school on an unannounced basis.

Jackson Judge Orders Probe Into Children’s Welfare

by The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES July 27, 2012, 02:53 pm ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered an investigation into the well-being of Michael Jackson’s children and a lawyer for the family matriarch said she will move to share guardianship of the children with the adult son of Tito Jackson.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff told a court investigator to interview the three children independently and provide a report for review only by the judge, not attorneys involved in the case.

The order does not spell out a reason for the investigation, but it is likely intended to give the judge another perspective on how Jackson’s children are coping after a week of family turmoil that included the absence of their grandmother and a dispute in the driveway of their home amid a feud over the estate of the pop superstar.

The court investigator was ordered to interview the children at school at a time to remain undisclosed. Beckloff received a similar report a few weeks after Jackson’s death in 2009 and its contents remain sealed.

Beckloff said during a hearing earlier this week that there were no indications that Katherine Jackson had done anything wrong.

Under the proposed guardianship change, the 82-year-old Jackson would share oversight of the children with Tito Jackson’s son in a deal that would relieve her of some of the day-to-day stresses of managing a famous family, her attorney Perry Sanders Jr. said.

The decision was made after a meeting between Katherine Jackson and Sanders on Thursday. He said Michael Jackson’s eldest son has told attorneys he approves of the arrangement.

A formal filing for co-guardianship is expected next week. If approved, it would make Tito Joe “TJ” Jackson a co-guardian of the children — Prince, Paris and Blanket — who range in ages from 10 to 15.

TJ Jackson’s attorneys suggest the co-guardianship arrangement in a filing Friday. It states that if either adult guardian dies or is unable to serve, the other will act alone in raising the children.

Under the plan, responsibility for managing staff and security at the home would shift to TJ Jackson. Katherine Jackson would keep control of a family allowance worth tens of thousands of dollars a month, Sanders said.

“Mrs. Jackson is extremely pleased with the prospect of enjoying the pleasure of raising Michael’s children without the day-to-day tedium of items such as managing the large staff that goes with such a high-profile family and focus her attention on being a grandmother and raising Michael’s children,” Sanders wrote in a statement.

“She is eager to simply enjoy her great relationship with these children, while deeding over some of the stressors that go hand in hand with being a guardian,” he wrote.

TJ Jackson, 34, is the children’s first cousin and performs with his brothers in the group 3T.

Beckloff on Wednesday suspended Katherine Jackson’s guardianship duties temporarily and appointed TJ Jackson as temporary guardian. The judge said he would likely re-instate Katherine Jackson as guardian upon her return.

Katherine Jackson had been at a Tucson, Ariz., spa since July 15 with her daughter Rebbie and other relatives and had not spoken to her grandchildren during that time. She returned to the Los Angeles area on Thursday.

“The minor children are very attached to (TJ Jackson) who has been very involved in their lives since the death of their father,” TJ Jackson’s attorneys wrote in the court filing. “Recent events have highlighted the need for continuity for the minor children.”

The filing was required by Beckloff, but Sanders said it would be superseded by a joint petition next week.


Randy Jackson ‘fears for mother’s life’


Randy Jackson fears that the executors of his late brother Michael’s estate are ‘trying to manipulate’ people.

Jackson family matriarch Katherine lost custody of her late son Michael’s three children ‘ Paris, Prince and Blanket ‘ on Wednesday after being away at a spa in Arizona for nearly two weeks. The court bestowed temporary charge on the siblings’ 34-year-old cousin TJ.

Katherine’s lawyer Perry Sanders announced that she is now seeking joint custody with TJ.

Randy is disturbed by this news.

‘When TJ asked my mother if he should ask for temporary guardianship, my Mother told TJ NO ‘ twice (sic),’ Randy released to X17 Online in a statement.

‘In order to obtain temporary guardianship, TJ lied to the court. Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and I would never harm our mother and we are doing our best to protect her and the Estate knows that. I want to know why Perry Sanders would consider a negotiation based on lies.’

It has apparently been incredibly difficult for members of the family to communicate with Katherine and the kids since TJ was named the children’s guardian Wednesday.

‘The Estate denied Rebbie, Janet and Jermaine access to the house when they returned home to Calabasas with a letter written by Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Estate, who is not a resident of the home (sic),’ Randy said.

‘The Estate is trying to isolate my Mother from her family JUST LIKE THEY DID TO MICHAEL, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will. The same people that are trying to manipulate my mother are the same people that were involved with my brother when he died. It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother’s life.’


Randy Jackson’s Claim That Michael Jackson’s Will Is Fraudulent DebunkedRandy Jackson’s Claim That Michael Jackson’s Will Is Fraudulent Debunked

 Posted on Jul 25, 2012 @ 04:00AM


By Jen HegerRadar Assistant Managing Editor

Randy Jackson told Reverend Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show Tuesday that his brother, Michael Jackson‘s 2002 will is fraudulent, but a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that the will was validated more than two years ago by a court.

Michael’s siblings contend that his 2002 will is invalid because he was in New York City on the date it was signed, and the document states that it was signed in Los Angeles. However, our source offers an explanation.


“One of the witnesses mistakenly wrote Los Angeles as the place the will was being signed, because he lives in Los Angeles,” the source says. “The witnesses have confirmed to the Court beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were with Michael Jackson in New York City in 2002 when the will was signed. The executors provided sworn declarations clarifying the error in the 2002 will, and the judge accepted that as fact, and the will was validated.”


However, even if the 2002 will were to be ruled invalid, “Michael’s 1997 will would be admitted to the Court in which Michael left everything to the children and to Katherine. On the off chance that Michael’s siblings were to contest that will, and say that was fraudulent, Michael would have died intestate. If that were true, then his mother Katherine would be cut out of Michael’s will and everything would go to the children,” the insider says.

Further supporting evidence of the 2002 will’s validity, a letter was submitted to the court in the Michael Jackson probate proceedings which is dated August 26, 2003, sent to Michael Jackson, John Branca, and John McClain, from Barry Siegel, a CPA, who resigned as co-executor, and co-trustee of the Michael Jackson Insurance Trust.


The letter’s subject line is: Last Will Of Michael Joseph Jackson

And it reads:

“Gentlemen, “The undersigned hereby acknowledges his previous resignation as co-trustee of the Michael Jackson Insurance Trust. The undersigned herby advises you that he declines to act as a co-trustee of the Michael Jackson Family Trust and as co-executor of the last will of Michael Joseph Jackson”Jermaine, Randy, and Janet Jackson have all lawyered up and in hopes of getting the executors tossed. However, the statute of limitations has expired to contest the will, and the judge has validated the 2002 will. Michael Jackson intentionally left his siblings and father, Joe Jacksonout of his will.”Very truly yours, Barry Siegel”

Since Jackson’s 2009 death — when he was nearly $500 million dollars in debt — the executors have earned a whopping $475 million, nearly getting the number out of the red. John Branca and John McClain negotiated a lucrative deal with Pepsi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the late singer’s Bad album, as well as striking a pact with Cirque du Soleil for a Jackson-themed tour.


 UPDATES: 7/30/12: For what they’re worth:
ROLAND S. MARTIN EXCLUSIVE: Janet Jackson, Others Family Members Barred From Mom’s California HomeJuly 29, 2012
By Roland S. Martin
RolandMartinReports.comThe executors of Michael Jackson’s estate have barred a number of the late singer’s siblings, including Janet Jackson, from the California home where their mother, Katherine, is raising the late singers three children.The details of who is and isn’t allowed onto the Calabas, California is detailed in an email obtained by CNN’s Roland S. Martin.

Howard Weitzman, who represents John McClain and John Branca, sent the email Wednesday to Charles Schultz, an attorney for TJ Jackson.

Weitzman writes that after the drama over the last two weeks, which including allegations that Katherine Jackson had gone missing for 10 days and was unable to reach Paris, Prince and Blanket Jackson, which led to her having to share guardianship of the children with another grandchild, TJ Jackson, it is necessary to bar certain family and friends from the property.

“Given the circumstances of the last two weeks, and in order to protect the children and Mrs. Jackson, the Executors believe that it would not be appropriate to allow the following individuals to enter the residence or its grounds and we instruct the security to preclude the following from entering the residence or the grounds: Randy Jackson and any of his children, Janet Jackson, Rebbie Jackson and any of her children, Jermaine Jackson, his wife and any of his children, Janice Smith, or anyone else who was involved in the recent events that led to Mrs. Jackson’s separation from and inability to communicate with Michael’s children, or any agents or representatives of any of these individuals,” Weitzman wrote.

“There will be no other security or drivers allowed on the property except those employed by the Estate of Michael Jackson. Joe Jackson is precluded from entering the property. Howard Mann who is in litigation against the Estate and is working with the Jackson siblings that wrote the “letter” should also not be allowed on the premises.”

The “letter” Weitzman is referring to is the one signed by Randy, Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie and Tito Jackson, alleging that the 2002 will authorizing Branca and McClain to be the executors of estate is fraudulent. Tito later apologized for signing the letter.

“Of course, Paris, Prince and Blanket, T.J. and his brothers, Tito, Marlon, Jackie and their spouses, current security (hired by the Estate), staff (per T.J.), Meg Lodise, Michael Kane, Sandra Ribera, Parry Sanders, Trent Jackson, you (Charles Shultz) and anyone else authorized by T.J. (other than the Excluded Individuals listed above), may enter and remain on the premises,” Weitzman wrote.

Weitzman’s email does not mention Michael’s sister, LaToya, and whether she can visit the property. She has publicly called on her family to stop the infighting.

According to a Jackson family source, the estate is allowed to make such demands because it pays the monthly lease payment on the Calabas home. Katherine Jackson controls the $70,000 monthly stipend the estate allocates to each Jackson child – a total of $210,000 – any way she sees fit, including school costs and other expenses.

Katherine Jackson is currently in the process of trying to purchase the home so the estate won’t be able to dictate such terms, the source said.

Weitzman writes that if law enforcement needs to be made of the letter, Schultz, T.J. Jackson or anyone else is authorized to show it to them.

“It is imperative to the Estate that from this point forward a safe and appropriate environment be provided for Michael Jackson’s children and his mother as well,” Weitzman wrote.

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Katherine Jackson ‘Furious’ With Son Randy For Trying To Overthrow Executors Of Michael’s Estate

By Jen HegerRadar Assistant Managing Editor

Katherine Jackson is furious with her son, Randy, for trying to overthrow the executors of Michael Jackson‘s estate, without her knowledge or consent while she was holed up at the Miraval resort in Tucson, Arizona, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

“Katherine was completely unaware that Randy had orchestrated his siblings signing a letter sent to the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate demanding their immediate resignation. Now that Katherine has been home for a few days, she recognizes that Randy was the one that planned this, and she is absolutely furious for him doing so. Katherine has never had a stroke or a mini-stroke as the ridiculous letter says. Katherine will never speak out publicly against her children, it’s just not who she is. Behind the scenes, however, Katherine is extremely upset and disappointed in Randy’s actions that have brought so much unwanted chaos into all of their lives,” a source close to the situation tells us.

Last week, Katherine lost guardianship of Michael’s three kids after they were unable to reach her for over nine days. Judge Mitchell Beckloff gave temporary custody of the kids to Katherine’s grandson, TJ Jackson, son of Tito. Katherine and Tito have agreed to share custody of the kids and will go to court in the very near future to formally ask the judge to sign off on it.

Meanwhile, Katherine has issued a stern warning to her children to “stop talking to the press about their family business. Katherine specifically told Randy that if he wants to pursue this ridiculous claim that Michael’s will is fake, to remain quiet about it. If Randy does find evidence, which Katherine knows is very unlikely to happen, to take it to court and not play it out the in press. That is what the courts are for Katherine reminded Randy. Everyone loses when Randy takes his claims public, and it just causes undue stress on Katherine and Michael’s children,” the insider told us.





UPDATE: (8/2/12): New tweet from Jermaine; says he has rescinded signing the letter:

Yesterday, I had a phone call with my son Jaafar that broke my heart. He asked: “Is it true that we cannot visit grandmother’s house as a family anymore?” Enough has become enough… After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael’s words about love not war. In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch. Accordingly, I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the Estate, and which should never have gone public.   I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict. Whatever the tabloid and on-line misrepresentations have led people to believe, my primary concern has only ever been rooted in the welfare of our mother in the environment where she lives. No-one on the outside has a clue about the stresses and pressures she has been under long before recent events and I, like everyone in the family, adore the ground she walks on. We are also still raw from the loss of Michael three years ago. The ever-present grief has haunted me with questions about whether we stepped off him too much or whether we did enough to help when a corporate world surrounded him. So when it comes to the well-being of loved ones, and especially our mother, we are perhaps understandably and unapologetically over-protective. As attorney Perry Sanders has since confirmed, a health check detected high blood pressure with Mother. Rest was the sole reason she went to Arizona. Prince even carried her bags down the stairs and urged her to rest-up, because we all come from the same caring place. When she was away, and with the children in the responsible care of Tito’s son TJ, there was never a malicious attempt to “block” the kids from talking with her. We simply worried that a call home would first entail, or lead to, conversations with individuals we are in dispute with and that would, therefore, increase pressure on Mother — and pressure was what a doctor said she didn’t need. This was why we went to the house in Calabasas to talk directly with the kids and merely discuss arrangements for them to meet with their grandmother. We were denied that access by security — and it was clear that mutual suspicions had allowed events to spiral out of control. I regret that events were ever allowed to reach such a stage. I regret any distress caused to Prince, Paris and Blanket. That was never, ever the intention of myself, Janet, Rebbie or Randy.  Moving forward, the most effective way to best serve Mother’s welfare, and that of Michael’s children, is to start a collective dialogue, in private. Mistakes have been made and irrational things have been said on both sides in a highly-charged emotional environment. It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing. I truly hope that we can find it in our hearts to do so. Because above and beyond anything else, what matters…is family.


 UPDATES: (8/03/12):

Katherine Jackson shocked to learn reports of her kidnapping

Katherine Jackson learned that she had been reported missing after a broken television in the Arizona spa where she was staying suddenly began broadcasting a report about her alleged kidnapping, according to court documents filed Thursday.

The 82-year-old matriarch wrote that none of her companions — a group that according to other filings included Janet and Jermaine Jackson — informed her that her grandchildren were trying desperately to get in touch with her. Her cellphone was taken, her room phone didn’t work and “when one of the people with me asked if I could communicate with my iPad and I replied yes, my iPad was also taken away,” she wrote.

The television set in her room didn’t work “despite repeated requests to those with me to have it fixed,” she said.

“One morning I woke up to the sound of the television. While there was no picture, I heard a broadcast that stated I was missing,” she wrote.

Her account of the trip that set off a very public family feud came in filings seeking reinstatement as guardian to her late son Michael’s three children. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff returned guardianship to her after a hearing Thursday and agreed to her request that her grandson Tito Joe “T.J.” Jackson share guardianship.

T.J. Jackson, 34, was named temporary guardian last week after Beckloff heard family concerns that Katherine Jackson was being held against her will out of state. The judge said Thursday that T.J. will stay on as a temporary guardian until an Aug. 22 hearing where he will be named co-guardian.

The filing was accompanied by affidavits from the pop singer’s two older children, Paris, 14, and Prince, 15. The children wrote that they consented to the shared custody arrangement for themselves and their younger brother, Blanket, 10.

Paris Jackson took to Twitter to demand her grandmother’s return. Randy Jackson, her uncle, has said Katherine Jackson was on doctor’s orders to rest at the spa. In a previous court filing, T.J. Jackson has said he believes his grandmother was induced to go on the Arizona trip by someone pretending to be a doctor.

In her account, Katherine Jackson said that on July 14, “a doctor was brought to my home stating that he had been in contact with my longtime personal physician and was coming to check on me because my personal physician was unavailable.” That person, she said, suggested she fly to Arizona. One of her attorneys, Perry R. Sanders Jr., wrote that he flew to Tucson in an attempt to speak with her July 25 and met with Janet and Jermaine Jackson but was not allowed to see his client.

In their court filings, however, her lawyers noted speculation of a plot to “gain control over Mrs. Jackson as a means to get at funds” belonging to the music idol’s children.

“As co-guardian, TJ will be able to ensure that no outside forces try to divert the family allowance or any other resources … to anyone or for any reason other than the benefit of the minor children,” attorneys Sanders and Sandra Ribera wrote.

Outside court, lawyers for T.J and Katherine Jackson said they didn’t want to speak about the trip anymore and hoped the incident was behind the family. The judge also removed an order that barred the children from traveling out of state. They are to mark their father’s birthday later this month with a celebration in Gary, Ind., the family hometown


Blair G. Brown statement on behalf of Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson, and Rebbie Jackson:



63 thoughts on “Katherine Jackson Missing! (Update: She Has Been Found, But Unanswered Questions Remain!)”

  1. Michael Jackson’s children caught in the middle of whatever power play this is. Paris, age 14, has to take to twitter to try to find her legal guardian. This is a horror show, and words are really failing me now.

  2. Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5)

    Posted Monday 23rd July 2012 from Twitlonger

    Let me put to bed today’s nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported “missing”

    This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.

    Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist “missing person” report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told.

    No-one is being “blocked” from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family, but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns.

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  3. Jermaine’s long awaited Tweet revealed nothing in terms of communication between KJ and MJ3. In fact, it totally bewildered me when Jerm said, “Everyone has been well aware of this within the family…” Aren’t Paris and her brothers family?? For some unexplained reason they were left out of the loop!! Why?? This evening, Jermaine has been all too transparent in his arrogance and insensitivity. He really should be ashamed!! He then went on to talk about he and his brother’s Unity tour concert tonight. Clumsily he Tweeted:

    Jermaine Jackson ‏@jermjackson5 July 22, 2012

    “After such unnecessary distractions, now going to focus on our show at the Greek Theater in LA. Unity…unbroken”

    Really? What unnecessary distractions could he possibly be talking about???

  4. My internet provider went down for the weekend, so I did not get this information until just this morning. Two things come to mind.

    After that dreadful letter some siblings released earlier last week excoriating the estate executors, and KJ’s statement that she was blindsided by it, could it be that the “girls” Rebbie and Janet, have KJ hidden away trying to convince her to rechallenge the will/executors, as fruitless as that would be due to the statute of limitations, or, could this be some attempt on the part of the greedy Jackson sibs to make KJ appear “incompetent” (i.e., first the ministroke per Randy, now the need for rest to de-stress, per Jermaine, so as to somehow gain custody of Michael’s money, err, his children?

    Then, I came across a publication this morning stating that Paris was dancing the night way at the Unity tour in LA, so what are we to believe? I agree with another poster here, and have said many times, this girl doesn’t need to be on twitter; she’s a gutsy girl but, at 14, still a child with the emotions and lack of judgment consistent with the age. And if Jermaine and Randy cared one whit about their mother’s emotional health, they would stay at home (wherever they “live”) and keep their own kids in their own homes, not at Mother Katherine’s!

  5. Hi Raven;

    Feel free to delete this comment – here is the latest from Roger Friedman, as of today, July 23 at 3:08 p.m. According to him, Paris has still had no contact with her grandmother and only went to the Jackson brothers concert last night in order to see her grandmother. Nothing is making any sense. Pray this is all resolved soon. I don’t know what to think anymore.


    1. I’ll leave your comment, of course. But I will paste this article into the main post along with others I found today.

  6. The latest news (KJ having fun with her family) made me feel worse — how could she enjoy it while “MJ3” are without their grandma who is their only guardian for a week if not more?

    Either she’s no longer fit for her role, or “MJ3” have never really been her priority just like MJ himself has never really been.

    His siblings have proven why he left them nothing.

    What has been happening is criminal against any child in similar situation, not just MJ’s children.

    1. Totally agree Sofia. Michael’s kids went from being parented 24/7 by Michael to spotty monitoring at best. I have lost track of how many times they have been pranced around for public consumption. I think the bottom line is money and it’s obvious that the Jackson family does not really have MJ’s kids best interest at heart. I keep wondering why, if Katherine’s health is at stake, why would you make her take a trip miles from where her family doctor is located and then you don’t inform the family doctor you are taking her out of town? Just a hunch, but maybe in fact, the purpose was to get Katherine away from MJ’s kids. Paris is turning out to be a strong willed young lady. Bottom line, who is guiding, supporting and most importantly loving these kids? If Katherine is not fit anymore, which it appears more and more likely, does the will not say Diana Ross would be the choice? Prince cannot turn 18 any too soon as far as I am concerned!

      1. And to think so many thought Michael was such a “bad” parent all because he had the kids wear masks in public! Big whoop-de-do. I’m willing to bet a lot of those people who yakked so much about his “parenting” and were going on and on about what a “normal” life the kids could have now that he’s gone are really having some second thoughts right about now!

        I think I would be willing to trade masks (worn for the children’s own safety and protection) over this madness any day.

    2. Sofia, Nancy, all, yes yes and yes. We are in the twilight zone now. And to think I was actually starting to believe some of the Jackson family as they did the talk show rounds with their solemn, teary looks, talking about how they’d tried to help Michael blah blah blah. No wonder he took such measures to keep them away. No wonder he couldn’t sleep. I wonder if their behavior now would surprise him. These last few days have given me a new insight into this family. His older children are fierce, they learned that from him. I believe they will watch over Blanket. The question is, who will watch over them. At this point KJ is obviously not fit, because even if she is healthy, the fact that she can fall prey to her children like this means she is not able to care for MJ’s children. They need a guardian who can protect them with the vigilance and ferocity that Michael had. Debbie Rowe? Diana? I don’t know what the answer is, but again we have a 14 year old child tweeting to the world that she hasn’t seen KJ in 8 days. The police have been involved. There was a battery at the home of the children. It’s really a circus, except it’s real. And we are powerless, watching what happened to Michael start to happen to his kids.
      I hope the courts and their attny get involved starting tomorrow!

      1. I too was believing and wanting to give the benefit of the doubt to the family. The last couple of days have shaken that belief in a profound way. If Katherine, God forbid, is not fit to be the children’s guardian anymore the only next logical choice is Diana, per Michael’s request…if she is willing. Of course all that is speculation and I sincerely hope that KJ will return or be returned to her home with her grandchildren as soon as possible. Failing that it’s only a matter of time before the courts get involved. Maybe this is naive to say but I can’t believe this is all happening. But now I empathize with Michael’s family struggle more than ever.

        1. I have always said, from Day One, that those children’s place is with their father’s family. Part of me still wants to hold out thinking we don’t know the whole story, but all of these latest developments simply do not bode well at all. The thing that really concerns me most is that I know there have always been a lot of shady characters that have been involved with this family’s business. Jack Gordon, for example,comes to mind as someone who had way too much influence and power in dividing the family. There have been many others. Who knows what’s really going on here? It’s not the adults I’m concerned with, as they can take care of themselves. My concern, of course, is for Michael’s minor children-and yes, Katherine, too, who is elderly and probably under a great deal of duress herself right now. But even she is not as helpless as those kids are right now.

          1. Very true, especially since we really don’t know what’s really going on. Although Jermaine has since Tweeted the fact that the missing persons report has been dropped, and Paris, earlier today, Tweeted that she still hasn’t talked to her now un-missing grandmother for 8 days. Hmmmm.

    3. About that picture of her playing cards…how do we know it was actually taken over this weekend? It could have been an older picture. I wonder if the authorities have looked at this.

  7. Photo: Mrs. Jackson Safe & Sound in Arizona
    (Posted by MJJ-777)

    MJJ-777 post includes an image of KJ sitting at a table with other extended family members, including daughter Rebbie, playing a game of Uno. Apparently she was also visited by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. The account also claims MJ3 were told that their grandmother would be going on a trip. Of course this doesn’t explain why Paris posted Tweets about not being able to speak to her grandmother for a week. Confusing.


    1. I also wonder if the authority who visited Katherine talked to her alone or in front of other family members.

      If there is any elder abuse going on, it is the responsibility of law enforcement or social workers to interview the possible victim alone…not in the presence of family members.

  8. I will tell u what doesn’t make sense – kj not calling mj3 for 8 days. Regardless of how u feel about the jackson family I don’t believe she is that negligent. She knows pj has taken to twitter, n the police r involved so why not call mj3. She doesn’t look like she is being held hostage in the photo. So does she not want to call or is paris lying.

  9. Janet in my opinion is a deciding factor. I do not know of her to act callously. Either her brain has been infiltrated by her brothers, or there is more to this than just the will. Also how could pj be partying at her uncles’ concert with her grandmother AWOL. does that make sense to anyone? Where the hell is Debbie Rowe in all this? Hmmm laytoya has been usually quiet.

  10. This concert thing makes no sense at all. Where was blanket n prince , did they not want to see their grandmother also. Did they not go to the concert to see their grandma? What is obvious to me is the intentional effort to separate mj3 from kj. If there was something wrong in the house why not take all 4 at the same time? Personally I believe Paris has not been entirely forthcoming . I just cannot see kj playing a game while her granddaughter does not know where she is. It would be so easy to pick up a phone n call. The Jackson clan like mj worship their mother I just cannot see them holding her hostage. I wonder if at any point we will ever get the truth.

  11. Its getting really crzy now…they came to take the children away! And Janet is clearly into this…if these Jackson’s know something against the estate why don’t they openly involve the children…communicate with them?

  12. Paris wants to be an actress. I say star in a kickass take no prisoners action flick. This young woman is iron-born n definitely not the wilting , shrinking violet doll. Where she gets her strength I don’t know, but if it weren’t for her we may never hv known what was going on behind close doors. She is one person I would definitely not want to piss off. Good for her not taking this lying down.

  13. So now there are reports that TJ Jackson, Tito’s 34 year old married son wants to file for temporary guardianship of MJ3, and the children are supportive of him; it seems he has always recalled his uncle Michael fondly. But how does that help anything? Still around the Jacksons with all their bickering and cashgrabs; although he appears to support Paris on twitter, I don’t think anyone is naive enough to believe this would solve anything except to put an “adult” at the helm. What should happen to these children? Inconceivable that the two oldests’ mother would step in. Diana Ross? Nearly as old as Katherine. Let’s pray the guardian ad litem, Lodise, speaks for them and some amicable arrangement is made for their comfort and safety. I saw that video on GMA; Janet, Jermaine and Randy, dressed as hoods themselves, tailing the kids home from school and snapping pix of the kids after an unsuccessful attempt to wrest Paris’ cellphone. Shameful, whatever respect I might have had for them is gone forever. Only good coming from it is now the world knows why Michael Jackson kept his distance from them all.

  14. What I see, is that Katherine had mini-stroke, her children take her to Arizona to rest, and said, that they would explain everything to PPB. Then someone convince Jacksons, that the estate is responsible of Katherine’s mini-stroke. Then they wrote this crazy letter. After a week came out the missing person report and then they suddenly realize, that they forgot to speak with MJ children. What really shows how much they care about them. Then there where some idiotic attempts to solve the situation, what made everything only worse. And now they are afraid to tell Katherine what is going on, that is way Katherine haven’t call to Paris. Then she would understand the size of scandal. But the scandal may become only bigger. Someone must really be strong enough to solve this problem, not hide from it. I want also say, that if someone is responsible of Katherine mini-stroke, than it is AEG and her children, not Branca and McClain, who are done really good job.
    Sorry about my English.LOVE.

  15. I have considered the possibility that this altercation at the house “could” have resulted from Jermaine, Randy, and Janet trying to get the kids away from Trent.

    Whatever the excuse, however (and I am only speculating this as a possible explantation) it still doesn’t excuse putting these kids into the middle of a such a circus.

  16. Raven, hello, I’m really baffled.
    I do not want and I can not judge anyone, for goodness sake. I can not even pass judgment on MY family, think if I just believe that I could understand and judge Jackson’s Family!

    But I would like to remind you and myself that, immediately after the acquittal of the 2005 trial, despite the apparent union of the family in the days of the process (union of which neither the family nor the same Michael could do without ), Michael became a man in voluntary exile.

    He has put a lot away from the brothers and all his family, bringing with him his children and further away.

    I think if you look deep behaviors and choices, and that Michael had done throughout his life towards his family, we understand very well what seems impossible.

    I pray for Paris (I wish she would not expose herself, who had behavior similar to Prince), Prince and Blanket, I woul like Michael to protect them.

  17. Reports are tomorrow that the lawyer for the kids will be in court (among others), and if KJ is a no show, the paperwork is done for one of Tito’s sons to become temp. guardian.
    It’s been a week of insanity, don’t you think? And Janet? Wow. Just hope this works out so the children are safe, protected, and happy. That’s all.
    Nicoletta, I agree with you. I think we have all seen things these last few days that have been eye opening.

    1. I want what is best for the children, of course. But I can’t help feeling very sad that it has (apparently) come to this. Michael’s wish was for his children to be with his MOTHER. Unless Katherine is just absolutely incapacitated, I can’t help but feel in some ways that this is a betrayal of him and of the children. I am not talking about Taj because he is simply stepping up to the plate to do what needs to be done, but rather, I’m referring to the situation that has led to this step having to be taken. I honestly don’t know what to think right now. I know people keep saying let’s wait until we know all the facts, but I just don’t like where I see this heading. But I’ll refrian from saying too much right now. I’ll try to get my thoughts together and do a more comprehensive post on this in a day or two, and as I see how things develop.

      1. It is indeed a betrayal, a deep one. Even if the siblings who still stand by their signatures on last weeks’ letter (Tito backed out), and have some proof, this was not the way to handle it. If this is just a power play to gain control of Katherine and try to get their hands on more money from the Estate, then they are far worse than I ever gave them credit for. If/when Katherine gets back, imagine what it will do to her to find out that she is no longer the guardian of Michael’s children.

        1. She may already know and may already be preparing for just such a reality. This is total speculation on my part but she may feel she can’t handle the responsibility anymore or perhaps needs extended breaks from time to time…enter TJ and his wife. Teenagers, as any parent knows, can be very difficult to parent and it would be of no suprise that Katherine may feel it has become too much for her to handle on a day to day basis. Who could fault her for that? No one. If TJ and his wife are able and willing to take on more responsibilities concerning MJ3 that sounds like a very good work around…for lack of better words.

          1. TJ is correct. I mistakenly referred to Taj earlier, but it is apparently TJ who has taken guardianship.

          2. Thanks Raven!

            Looks like my speculative comment ended up being wrong after all since it has been reported that Katherine didn’t know what was going on while she was in Arizona and she was shocked with the guardianship issue upon her return. What an incredible mess this has turned out to be and it is sad to see this very public rift that appears to have formed between MJ3 and some of their aunts/uncles…and perhaps some of the cousins well!!

            It is also sad that Prince, who doesn’t comment on family stuff publically, felt the need to say what he did on Twitter…his Tweets on the subject subsequently disappeared with Paris affirming that they were his Tweets.

            Frankly, all this is making my head spin with a great deal of confusion. Time to take a step and re-affirm that there is much we don’t know and too much that can be speculated on. Ugh!!

          3. Well, as I said before, I think Prince stepping up to the plate and tweeting that message does speak a lot of volumes. I’m not saying his word carries more weight than his sister, but I think what it does do is to serve as a very credible corroborator to her word, especially given that Prince has always been “the serious one” who generally stays quiet on most family issues. It leads me to believe that if this child feels THAT seriously about something to take to the world with it, his words are at least deserving of serious consideration in return. Now, yes, it could be-as per my reply to MJJLover, that there are things he may be unaware of; yes, it could be POSSIBLE that certain actions have been taken for his own protection. But there is just no way to know that. The child-like the rest of us-can only comment on what he sees and knows to be true-at least, HIS truth, which is that he didn’t see his grandmother for ten days and no contact for nine days, and no explanation given.

  18. It all comes back to the fact that Michael had his head on straight as far as his kids and career were concerned. He did not, however, take good care of himself physically or emotionally, nor did those around him. He also knew it was in his kids and his own self interest to keep an arms length from his family. What we have seen played out in the last few days explains Michael’s reasoning behind this. Michael was a loving, sensitive person. His family cannot seem to even handle a private situation in a rational manner. Katherine is whisked away, Michael’s children are not allowed contact with their legal guardian, there is a confrontation between Michael’s children and Janet and Randy…is there anyone in this family that has a sensible, mature, rational bone in their body? I for one, have wondered how long Katherine would be able to care for Michael’s kids. It could be that the Jackson siblings are concerned about their mother’s welfare, but was this the way to handle it…no! Personally, I think that removing Mike’s kids from that household would be the best thing. They need a parenting figure that can better guide and keep on top of these kids. It seems like Taj Jackson might be the secure, calm and loving household they need. Michael chose his mother because of his deep love for her and felt her choice as guardian would be the best choice,but the reality is that she is 82. It appears the Jackson siblings can take control of Katherine and their concern for the best interest of MJ’s kids is nonexistent. Get the kids out of that circus and hopefully if Taj is their guardian he will remember his uncle as he guides and loves those children. I also hope they he returns them to a life of privacy. It all breaks my heart…I have been thinking about Michael so much during all of this. How dare anyone question him as a parent! After he died there was all this talk about now the children could have a normal childhood…I hope people are looking at the situation now and realizing how great a parent Michael actually was. Sorry…I could go on and on…thanks Raven for all that you do!

    1. I agree, Nancy, all well said, and thank you Raven for this blog. It is very well done and researched, and I wish I had known about it long ago.

      1. Thank you, Kris. I definitely try, lol. I’m only one person but I try to research my articles as thoroughly as possible. One thing we know is that Michael was (and continues to be) the subject of so much misinformation. I strive to maintain a healthy balance between my opinions and presenting factual information. I figure as long as I can maintain that balance at least 97% of the time, I’ve achieved my intended goal. What I always try to keep uppermost in mind is that-while I know diehard fans make up most of my readership-I am also receiving a lot of traffic from the “just curious” and those who are simply seeking general information about Michael, so I always try to keep that focus in mind with every article that I do.

    2. After he died there was all this talk about now the children could have a normal childhood…I hope people are looking at the situation now and realizing how great a parent Michael actually was.

      Nancy, those have been my exact thoughts for the last two days. Amen!

      1. Exactly! Those people who claimed the kids will have a better life without their father and find some normalcy and regularity, should really think again now. But I never could imagine something like that – that this family, who lived all their life in the limelight, would be able to create themselves such a tsunami for the enjoyment of the media.

      2. I also very much agree!! Michael was driven to give them a quiet life with as little drama as possible. And in large part he succeeded despite his fame and the paparazzi, etc. Well done Michael!!! Of course that success was tragically shattered with his death and now the Jackson family (Michael’s sibs primarily) can’t seem to get enough of drama. My prayers to KJ, MJ3 and Taj & family as they all are in the midst of re-defining their relationships and responsibilities to one another.

        1. Agreed! Michael did a stellar job in raising his children and providing them with a NORMAL and quite life, as much as he could, given his status. People are beginning to open their eyes now (unfortunately) to realize that with Michael, his children didn’t have to deal with such public drama. How strong willed his children are, is a testament to his parenting skills and his love for his children.

          Michael, you were always the greatest!

  19. Is Katherine walking back to LA? She should have been home long ago.

    The house in Calabasas is enormous. TJ Jackson could move his family in and take care of Katherine along with the children.

    1. Geraldine Hughes posted an excellent note on Facebook that addressed that very issue. She called it a win-win situation:

      Let’s not rush to judgment based on the temporary guardianship given to Tito’s son today. Let’s all wait until Katherine Jackson surfaces. According to her attorney, it is only temporary and he will not allow her to be permanently stripped as guardianship. Because of the age of MJ’s kids, they are old enough to voice their opinion as to who THEY want to be their guardian. We see that they love… their grandmother to death and will not allow her to be taken completely away, while, on the other hand, she needs help with them, and to be protected from anyone trying to take their custody. This might actually be a win win situation. The judge granted the temporary order until August 22, 2012. TJ has always been close to MJ kids. They love him, he’s young enough to handle and help raise them, and he has a vested interest in Michael Jackson’s estate. Also, the judge ordered him to move into their home, therefore, they don’t have to be uprooted from school, home, etc. Even if Katherine is not reinstated as guardian, she can continue to live with them, help look after them, while not being under too much pressure and guarding her health. This ruling does not cut her out of MJ’s will as being his heir. I just don’t like how this came about. I think Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie & Randy’s intention might have been good (thinking only of their mother’s health), but it might have backfired negatively for Katherine. Let’s wait and see and keep our prayers up for the entire Jackson family.


      It did make me feel somewhat better to read her take on this, as it helped put the situation in perspective for me. When I first saw those headlines about Katherine being stripped of her guardianship, all I could think of was the tragedy of Katherine losing Michael’s children and being separated from them. But that’s now how this would shape up at all. They will still be in the same home; Katherine will still be there. She just won’t be the legal guardian in charge of everything. That could actually work out for the best, since at her age she doesn’t really need that enormous responsibility anyway. From the sound of it, it’s not as if she would be out of their lives. The arrangement would be very much what you described.

  20. I have been thinking and following the crazy events for the past 10 days now. At first, I used the approach…”I don’t know” sceptically and gave the Jackson family (JJR) the benefit of doubt, may be they really know what they are talking about.
    But as the days following there attitude and actions showed complete disregard for the children of Michael. Not allowing a phone call, which could have pressured the children?

    Now that KJ has been stripped of guardianship, and the terrible way the JJR handled the situation, I am beginning to think of the motive…why did they do this?

    One thing is clear, by challenging the WILL their interest is only removal of the present Managers…nothing else. They should know the legality of the fact that they cannot get any share in the estate directly whether the WILL is valid or not. But the
    fact is if the present managers are replaced by more amiable ones who are favourable to the Jackson brothers, they can make a lot of money by using Michael’s estate to do all the business deals and projects…the ones these brothers wanted Michael
    to do all his life. So MJ estate will be financing Jackson children, their homes, their projects, business deals…who needs the direct inheritance?

    But the only kink in my theory is Janet…whats up with her? Surely she has her own estate…thats the missing piece of the puzzle.

    Any takers?

    1. Idealistically, I have always dreamed that one day the estate and the Jackson family could work TOGETHER. It would be a win-win situation if everyone could just unite in a common cause. Part of the problem here (and what is creating so much confusion and division) is that we don’t even know who the good guys and bad guys are anymore. I would LOVE nothing better than to be able to be on the side of Michael’s whole family, giving my undivided love and support.

      But the reality is-and just to repeat what I said the other day-I think it is important that Michael’s family and Michael’s estate remain two entirely different entitites. While I think it would be good to have his family on board for approval on some projects, etc., they really do not need to be running the business end of things, for sure. (In all fairness, they haven’t asked this, but it’s a question many are raising, all the same). They have proven time and again that they have poor judgement when it comes to business matters, and as I said before, there would be conflict of interest because the estate of Michael Jackson represents the wealth that Michael amassed as a SOLO artist, not as a member of The Jacksons. Thus, I don’t think it would be fair for Michael’s hard earned money to go towards financing Jacksons projects and Jacksons business deals (and let’s face it, that is what would happen if too much control was given over to them).

  21. You know Raven, I have to say that this is really disturbing my soul. To have Janet apart of this….. Is like wow. Michael always said that Janet was like his twin. It’s like wtf is really going on here.

    1. I still say probably more than we know, that’s for sure. All we can comment on, of course, is what we see and hear and how things LOOK to us from the outside. I agree wholeheartedly with all those who say we should wait until we have all the facts before rushing to judgement. However, that doesn’t mean (or shouldn’t) that we just turn off our ability for rational reasoning in the meantime. I can only react to how things look from the outside, but I think it is pretty obvious now that there WAS a deliberate plot in place. The only question remains: Why?

      1. Maybe Janet is trying to protect them. Why can’t they just talk to the Kids?!?!?!?!?!? They lost their Father, now they can’t speck to their caregiver, who has guardianship of the kids?????? Forget the Nanny, the cook, and the bodyguard; they are your responsibility.

        1. I have considered a lot of possibilities. There has always been so much drama surrounding this family, and not the least of it has been simply the pitfalls of being a too rich, too famous family whom so many have tried to get a piece of. We all know the history of shady characters who have come between this family and caused problems-and in some cases, created some very dangerous situations. This was one reason I had started the series on the stalkers, psychopaths, extortionists, and other shady characters who surrounded Michael, to provide a glimpse into this sometimes all-too-terrifying world that he grew up in. And, of course, the rest of the family has had to deal with a lot of this insanity and danger as well (hopefully I can return to the series once the current drama dies down a bit). One thought that has been uppermost in my mind is that, possibly, there could be things going on that they CAN’T let the children know about-for their own safety and/or protection. I’m wondering if this thought has occurred to anyone else. It’s the one thought that keeps nagging at me even though my gut reaction is “No excuse.” But then I think, What if…? Could the kids’ lives be in danger from something we are unaware of? Of course this is why those who keep saying, “Let’s wait until we have all the facts” are saying that. In other words, until we know the whole story as to WHY certain actions have been taken, we may not be in a position to judge. All I can say is that unless this is a case where there really IS something that extreme going on, there is certainly no excuse for what was done. But we may never know-or at any rate, we may not know until years down the road.

  22. I’ve been watching all this drama as it unfolds and I am utterly annoyed and upset with how the Jackson family have handled this, without considering Michael’s three children and how this circus would affect them. They seem to forget, that despite wise beyond their years, Prince, Paris and Blanket are just children and don’t deserve to deal with this pressure. Can you imagine being a child and having to deal with ALL this, publicly? It is unfair to the kids. And this is why Michael kept his kids far away from his siblings and family as possible. Michael was smart and knew his family well and did everything to protect his own children, he certainly did not want them part of a dysfunctional circus.

    Hopefully with TJ being part of the guardianship, things will settle down. And I must say, Paris is one strong, bold and outspoken girl! Good for her, she won’t take crap from anyone. Michael sure raised his children well.

  23. I heard a report last evening from Alan Duke of CNN who said that Jermaine and Randy recently approached the Estate about paying their overdue back child support to Alejandra Jackson, mother of four of their offspring. Of course the estate reneged. Would J&R’s argument be that Michael always took care of such obligations for them, and, therefore, the Estate should do the same? I feel so badly for Michael and have seen for some time now the tremendous financial pressure he must have felt, taking financial care of his brothers’ CHILDREN when they were not sufficiently motivated to fulfill the responsibility. Michael always thought of the welfare of the CHILDREN, even though he might have been more than ticked off at his own brothers. So now R&J must turn to the Estate for back child support payments? Perhaps this denial by the Estate pushed them both over the edge of reason in their attempts to obtain what they feel is due them based on Michael’s prior largesse.

    I also hope the drama dies down; however I fear certain family members will continue to escalate the matter in pursuit of their claim for what is NOT rightfully theirs.

  24. One thing that stands out in all of this for me is that Michael Jackson raised some amazing, incredibly smart, unbelievably strong, poised, courageous children. He didn’t have them long, but instilled much in the time he had them, and it speaks volumes about him as a human and a parent. I already knew this, but not to the extent that it is being displayed now. I am so proud of them. They are fearless.

  25. Both the fact and the way these kids are mourning their father are heartbreaking… It is so sad that they have to suffer what their father did, in addition to the loss of their most beloved one.

    I don’t believe for a minute that WHOEVER caused this kind of pain to the children had any excuse on earth!

    1. I know. It is very sad. They really seemed, for all appearances, at a time in their lives when they were finally being able to move on. This has thrown them right back to square one all over again. It is probably more stressful than even the Murray trial, which they were probably shielded from for the most part. What has happened now hits straight to home for them; that is, pulling the security blanket of their existence out from under them. Their sense of security is no doubt still a very fragile thing right now. Deep down, they have to know just how precarious their sitaution actually is. They are essentially orphans; their beloved guardian is an 82-year-old woman who will not be here forever; one of them has no mother at all; the other two have a mother who has never been a part of their lives; they have people who are complete strangers to them jockeying to try to get their own piece of them (cough Matt Fiddes cough). No doubt, this latest incident has probably plunged them into a very real sense of insecurity, which is the last thing they need right now.

  26. Since by firing off the original letter was just a letter and not any type of legal challege, JJRR might have mistakenly thought that they could wage this war in the court of public opinion. However, Michael’s legions of fans have followed his career, private life, family life and parenting, to such a degree that they the fans are not going to take any bs or apparent threat to Michael’s children, legacy, fortune/trust. JJRR have probably lost any respect and will never be trusted by Michael’s fans.

    Certainly Michael’s children’s courage the past 10 days have been a testament to the love and confidence he instilled in them, not to mention again his parenting skills. My heart just aches for them. It is almost as distracting for me as when Michael died.

    It is also interesting to read the comments of many non-fans who now make comments that they are convinced that Michael was the sane one, understanding why he lived apart from his family.

    How prophetic were Michael’s words, “If we can’t feed your baby, then don’t have a baby?”

    1. Exactly. While I’m not at all happy that this situation happened, I am at least grateful that it’s forcing some people to at least re-assess whatever thoughts they may have had about Michael as a parent to these children (for the negativity persists, despite everything Paris said at the memorial and every testimony from everyone who ever saw him with his kids). Other than the balcony incident, which can be explained away easily enough as a proud parent caught up in the moment and making a bad decision, Michael was an exemplary parent who never-at least to our knowledge-put his children in the center of any dangerous or traumatic situations. I know he wasn’t always with them 24-7 (in his profession that would have been impossible) but he always ensured they were well provided for, and most importantly, was never out of contact. Those kids were at the center of his world, and they never had reason to doubt that.

      Now as for Katherine, I believe she has done as good a job as she is able at her age. For three years she seems to have done a mostly fine job without incident, other than the stun gun incident with Blanket which I believe (same as with the balcony incident) was just a case of an isolated incident being blown out of proportion by the media. As was said, the problem is that she has been prevented from fulfilling her guardianship duties by “third parties.”

  27. I agree with how this is showing what an excellent parent Michael was, with the behavior of the children and how they are conducting themselves is also showing that. I will add that hopefully this will give more insight to, and maybe soften the hearts of, so many who criticized him for so many reasons. This is one more peek into what he had to deal with all of his life. And when this is your family of origin, not only do you not have those healthy relationships to support you through your life, you also do not know (unless you have done intensive therapy or something like that) how to choose new relationships that are healthy and supportive. When there are so many unresolved family of origin problems, we tend to seek out those same types of relationships in an unconscious effort to resolve things. For me this explains why Michael always seemed to be drawing in so many shifty, greedy, not trustworthy people for his whole life. In some ways he spent his whole life re-living his family dynamics, and of course well all know how that turned out.

  28. Hi Raven, I have a comment concerning the undated letter purportedly signed by Michael in February 2003 firing John Branca. The return address on this letter is Aventura, Florida which was at the time and likely still is the residence city of Al Malnik. I am not sure what conclusion can be drawn from the place of origin of this letter. Even if the Will was not among the documents turned over to LeGrand, that would not have prevented Michael from constructing a newer will which would have superseded the July 7, 2002 will, irrespective of whether or not Branca retained the 2002 will and did not turn it over with other documents. A will is NOT like a contract which requires an affirmative act of revocation to thereafter be considered invalid. Wills are done and redone all the time when life’s circumstances change and the testator wishes to add or delete someone or something. It is the most currently dated will which prevails; surely the Jacksons cannot believe that Michael died intestate, and if there was a will dated subsequent to July 7, 2002, someone, somewhere, would have produced it by now. Also, when Michael’s No. 1’s album was released in November 2003, John Branca was on the list of persons to whom Michael dedicated the album. Would he have dedicated an album to a man he had fired earlier that same year? In my opinion, the facts, though not totally known to the fan community, certainly point to the July 7, 2002 will being genuine and properly admitted to probate.

    1. I do believe the will is most likely genuine. However, I acknowledge the very valid questions and concerns that some family members have, as I think it’s important to note that they DO have reasons for those concerns and aren’t just talking out their backsides (some outlets try to make them look completely delusional, and that is certainly not the case). I like to try to keep an open mind to understand why some people believe the things they believe because it helps me to better understand the full situation. That being said, I simply haven’t seen much reason to doubt the validity of the will other than the fact that Michael was in New York (and could have just as easily signed there as LA, as has been pointed out many times).

      One other thing I look at is the fact that some of Michael’s feelings towards his family may have softened somewhat after the 2005 trial, when he saw how the family stuck by him. But still, even having lived a full four years after the trial, he did not (to our knowledge) have another will made, and so the terms of the 2002 will and what was specified there are all that anyone has to go on as far as knowing what his wishes were. I think this may be some of what the family is referring to when they say stuff like, “We know what Michael’s last wishes would have been” but unfortunately, knowing what those wishes “would have been” and what is written and validated in black and white in a living will are two entirely different things. Legally, they don’t have a leg to stand on. And while I admire a willingness to stand up for what one believes, I don’t approve of or condone how some things have been carried out-namely, putting Michael’s minor children into the middle of it.

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