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Notes on Episode 2: The Confession

Evan Chandler as the primary character in the Chandler Case:

Early on in my research, I took caution that Evan Chandler's unethical and unhinged behavior didn't overshadow what might be a valid accusation of abuse. This first episode spends much more time on Evan's words and behaviors than Jordan's. But it didn't take long for me to realize that Evan's jealousy, rage, and vengefulness were likely the primary factors in Jordan changing his story to confess abuse. In his own words, Evan hammered his son about confessing to abuse, and made it clear he would repeatedly harass Jordan and "take Michael down," if Jordan continued to deny molestation. I consider Jordan's confession to be unreliable. Evan strikes me as deceptive, clever, and fixated on making Jackson pay for cutting him out and ignoring his screenwriting job proposal.

Not only did it quickly became evident that Jordan's father Evan Chandler was an untrustworthy character, he also appeared to have uncontrolled mental health issues. In his own book, All That Glitters, there are references to Evan's paranoid state of mind and he is clearly identified as having an obsessive personality, unable to let things go when he believes he's been wronged. I think it's important to consider that Evan may have said things to Jordan he did not divulge in his book. Because of Evan's pattern of deceptive behavior, I don't trust his account.

Further Information on the Sedative Evan Chandler used on Jordan:

Diane Dimond, who worked as a reporter for Hard Copy during the Chandler scandal, and who was called Evan’s closest ally in Evan’s book, claims that she saw the actual sedation record for Jordan's tooth extraction. She says the sedation record only listed Vistaril and Robunil as the agents used on Jordan, nothing else.

However, Robinul is used to reduce gastric secretions and salivary flow during surgery. Robinul is not used to sedate patients, so it couldn’t have been the drug used to help Jordan avoid the pain of surgery.

Vistaril (Hydroxyzine) is described as "remarkably safe" for children for use in dental procedures. But it is an antihistimine, and is also regularly combined with stronger sedatives in dental procedures, such as Demerol. In All That Gllitters (p. 89), Evan Chandler told Jordan that the anesthesia he would be using was "dangerous" for kids, indicating he used more than just Vistaril. Also, in Jordan Chandler's psychiatrist interview, he states that he specifically asked his father to put him to sleep, and he says he was "put to sleep" by his father's anesthesiologist. In Evan’s own account, Jordan wakes from his sedation. Vistaril does not put patients to sleep. It induces a calming effect without impairing mental alertness. This suggests Vistaril was combined with a stronger agent for Jordan's sedation, possibly sodium amytal or Demerol.

From Evan’s past actions and words, it makes sense that he would use something stronger than Vistaril.

First you have Carrie Fischer’s account, that Evan Chandler was less a dentist than a drug dealer to the rich and famous, and she sought him out because she was an addict and he was willing to do unnecessary dental work for morphine.

You also have Evan’s account of how he interrogated Michael Jackson when he was under the influence of pain medicine that Evan himself injected.

Finally, you have Evan saying in his book that because of Jordan’s denials he almost gives up on his secret plan. But then he has the idea to pull Jordan’s tooth. This tooth extraction is used in Evan’s own account as the next step in the plan to get Jordan to confess, so it makes sense that Evan would use or would say he used something that was thought at the time to be a truth serum in this procedure.



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