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S1: Episode 2. The Chandler Allegations Part 1--The Confession

In this episode, the audience learns how the Chandlers begin and develops their friendship with Michael Jackson. The Chandlers first visit Neverland in February 1993, and Jordan says the abuse began a few months later. Jordan denies any abuse until his alleged confession as he was waking from anesthesia in July. Evan Chandler asks Michael Jackson for 20 million to not take his allegations public, but Jackson refuses to negotiate. When Evan is court ordered to return Jordan to his mom, he takes Jordan to a psychiatrist which leads to a criminal investigation of Jackson. The episode concludes in August 1993 with the surprise raids on Neverland and Jackson’s L.A. apartment.

Recommended documentary about the Chandler Case: We recommend watching the Square One documentary by Danny Wu, for a more concise summary of the evidence in the Chandler case. Wu is the first to interview Josephine Zohny about her experience with accuser Jordan Chandler.

June Chandler's 2005 testimony

Mary Fischer’s GQ article Was Michael Jackson Framed?

Ray Chandler’s book, All That Glitters

In later court documents, Ray Chandler reveals that he moved in with Evan to start working on his book in August 1993, when the Chandler allegations went public. Here are those court documents.

Because the majority of the book is from Evan's perspective and because it's written dramatically with an abundant use of dialogue, many, including myself, suspect it is largely ghostwritten by Evan.

Geraldine Hughes' book, Redemption

Hughes was the legal secretary working for Chandler's lawyer, Barry Rothman, during the time of the Chandler scandal. She reports seeing Jordan Chandler alone in Rothman's office for hours before he ever went to the authorities.

Jordan Chandler Interview with Dr. Richard Gardner

Frank Cascio describes his visits to Neverland in 1993 and says he sees Jordan on these visits.

Debbie Rowe's testimony about Jackson's March 1993 scalp surgery

Part 1 Testimony

Part 2 Testimony

March 1993 is right before Jackson starts spending a lot of time with the Chandlers at their house in April and May.

Thoughtful commentary of Rowe's testimony

Rowe talks about the severe post-op pain Jackson was experiencing in the months following surgery. She also describes how his scalp never fully healed because of his lupus, and describes the thick painful keloid scarring on his scalp. Her testimony reinforces the idea that Jordan Chandler should at the very least have seen distinctive scarring and possibly observed the inflated masses on his scalp in the months after surgery. She describes the progressive stretching procedure over 3 months after the March 1993 surgery. She explains how lupus made Jackson's skin "friable," inhibiting healing, which is why his surgeries never took. This 1993 scalp surgery was ultimately unsuccessful and fell apart. Rowe also describes how Jackson was taken advantage of by his doctors. Rowe is similar to Jackson's brother Jermaine by saying Jackson's fear of the pain was almost worse than the actual pain. She says Jackson didn't want to wear the hairpiece anymore so that was the reason behind the scalp surgery in 1993. Rowe confirms the accounts of many other friends when she describes how talking on the phone (including talking to her) was one of Jackson's favorite things to do.

AEG trial testimony by Dr. Sasaki

Sasaki describes the scalp surgery he performed on Jackson in March 1993. He states that he progressively cranked metal plates to stretch the skin, and says the procedure is very painful, especially 4-6 weeks after surgery, which is when Jordan Chandler will later allege the abuse took place.

Jackson's makeup artist Karen Faye's AEG trial testimony

Faye describes how Jackson's inflation device was removed just prior to leaving on the Dangerous Tour in 1993.

AEG trial testimony about Jackson’s post-operative neuroma

Analysis of testimony about Jackson's neuroma

Larry King’s interview with Jackson’s dermatologist, Arnold Klein

Klein describes how without his hat, Jackson had a big ball on top of his head from his tissue expansion surgeries.

Dr. Richard Strick Interview

Strick was appointed by DA Tom Sneddon to examine Jackson’s medical files, and in an interview he explains Jackson's repeated plastic surgeries were actually to correct the progressive damage from lupus tissue breakdown.

Former Neverland maid Blanca Francia's testimony

Her testimony includes a description about how there were no beds at Jackson's hideout, just sleeping bags.

Jermaine Jackson's comments about Michael’s preference for sleeping on floor

Former Jackson driver Gary Hearne's testimony about Chandler visits

Freddie Mercury's comments about Michael's sleeping on floor

J. Randy Taraborrelli’s descriptions of Jackson's room at Havenhurst without a bed

From his book, The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story.

Corey Feldman's Disneyland Cot Story

Feldman's Disneyland account supports the idea that Jackson always offers the bed to guests. Feldman spent a lot of time with Jackson when he was a young teen, and has always denied any abuse.

The Cascio family story about Jackson friendship

Part 1

Part 2

The whole family describes how Jackson enhanced family togetherness--there were never any attempts to undermine the parents' authority or push the family aside to spend more time with the kids. They had a long-term friendship of almost 30 years.

Emmanuel Lewis about Jackson’s living with them after his scalp burn

Part 1

Part 2

Lewis also describes how the friendship brought his family closer, there were no attempts to isolate or undermine his parents.

Schleitter Family Letter on friendhip with Michael Jackson

They explain how Jackson friendship was with the whole family and promoted togetherness--he never tried to isolate the kids.

Schleitter Family in documentary explains positive impact Jackson's friendship had on their whole family

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley with Jimmy Carter in Georgia in May 1993

Jermaine Jackson's book reference to the Georgia visit

Reference is in Jermaine's book, You Are Not Alone.

National Enquirer article that Victor Guiterrez says first sparked his interest in the Chandlers

Jackson wearing his hat at the World Music Awards in May 1993

Because of Jackson's March surgery, Jackson still needs to wear the hat to cover and protect the surgical site during healing.

Evan Chandler credits for the Robin Hood: Men in Tights screenplay

Carrie Fisher’s book, Shockaholic

Fisher was a dental patient of Evan Chandler's during this time in 1993, and says he offered unnecessary dental work to feed the drug habits of his patients, including herself.

Normal dose of Toradol

Common side effects of Toradol

Rare side effects of Toradol

Frank Cascio on the motivations of Evan Chandler

Jackson told Frank that he thought Evan's anger was because Jackson failed to follow up on Evan's screenwriting proposal.

Account by painter and Jackson friend David Nordahl on Evan Chandler

Nordahl says that Evan's screenwriting ambitions and his rejected $20 million dollar proposal when first meeting Jackson were what was behind Evan's later demands of $20 million.

LA Times article on Jackson deal with Sony that includes involvement in film.

UPI article on sources reporting that Evan Chandler asking for $20million deal

LA Times on lack of evidence in the Chandler allegations and Evan’s filmmaking aspirations

Transcript of recorded phone calls between Evan Chandler and Dave Schwartz

Audio excerpts of recorded phone calls between Evan and Dave

Anthony Pellicano indicted on weapons charges in 2002

Anthony Pellicano sentenced for illegal wiretapping and racketeering in 2008

The Central Park Five case

This case illustrates the danger of how deceptive and coercive police questioning can lead to false confessions. Similar to what Evan Chandler does with Jordan Chandler, the police make sure the Central Park 5 kids know that the only way they can go home is if they confess. Evan Chandler similarly lets his son know that the only story he will accept, is for Jordan to confess a sexual relationship with Jackson.

American Psychological Association Guidelines

These are the best practice guidelines for interviewing potential child sex abuse victims.

(From: The Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, A Division of the American Psychogical Association)

Sodium Amytal

In this literature review of the evidence, the unreliablity of memories reported under the influence sodium amytal is explained. The American Medical Association refutes the validity of recovered memories with the aid of sodium amytal.

Use of sodium amytal, a barbituate derivative, in dental procedures

Reference for this source, Chapter 8

Use of sodium amytal (amobarbital, a barbituate) in dental procedures

Ray Chandler on starting book with Evan

Ray claims in legal documents from October 2004 that he moved in with his brother Evan to start on their book 2 days after allegations made public in August 1993.

Psychiatrist Mathis Abrams

Abrams was the psychiatrist who first reported Jordan's allegations of abuse. In this article, Abrams notes that he had no opportunity to evaluate whether or not there was coaching after reporting Jordan's allegation for the first time to authorities.

Police Raid Neverland Ranch in August 1993

Raid on Neverland Ranch on August 21st, 1993 and first reported on August 23rd

(BBC site currently unavailable for this source)

Thanks to the following sources, which helped guide my research

These sources have collected documents and followed the sex abuse cases over many years:

The Michael Jackson Allegations

Vindicating Michael

Turning the Tables on the Chandlers

(currently a private site)

Thanks also to the website, Reflections on the Dance for the interview with painter David Nordahl.

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