The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson’s involvement with children staying at his Neverland Ranch were suspicious but was he really capable of molesting children.
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As the media covered the death of Michael Jackson two weeks ago details of his life began to emerge. One thing that came out was that in 1993 and again in 2003, Michael Jackson was accused of misconduct with children staying at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County California. Although never convicted on any charges brought against him, the stigma from those accusations dogged him for the rest of his life.
Even at his death some were still wondering if Michael Jackson molested children. Did he? Let’s see.
In 1988 Michael Jackson bought the sprawling Sycamore Valley Ranch and renamed it Neverlandafter the mythical place in Peter Pan. A land where children never grew up. That was his dream, a place where children could be children.
Jackson had always been a charitable person. He donated millions of dollars to various organizations which included Aids Project Los Angeles, The American Cancer Society and Children’s Defense Fund. He wanted to use his wealth to help those who were struggling and in need and he was liberal in his giving.
Jackson demonstrated a particular concern for children who were suffering with illnesses and he would often visit hospital children’s wards passing out toys and gifts to the children. It gave him a thrill to see smiles on the faces of those children, some of whom were terminally ill. He made a special effort to make time for them and they appreciated it.
After purchasing Neverland Ranch, Jackson began to invite some of the children and their families for day visits to his home. The children would visit the zoo and theme park that were on the grounds, take rides on a miniature train and partake in other rides and activities that were on the 2,900 acre ranch. Eventually, some of the children started to spend the night and that is where the trouble began.
In 1993 Michael Jackson was accused by Evan Chandler of inappropriate behavior with his son Jordan Chandler. Jackson, according to the father, had touched Jordan in an inappropriate way. Jackson denied that he had done anything wrong and criticized the media for putting a negative slant to their coverage of the story. Jackson’s friends and legal advisers persuaded him to settle out of court, which he did for $22 million in January of 1994.