This was meant to be a short post but became rather lengthy so I decided to post it here, too. It was nothing but a stream of consciousness of thoughts running through my head today. Please pardon any mistakes.
Some people, including LaToya, keep saying that Michael was killed for his music catalog. Well--I say he was killed because they could *not* get his catalog. Here's why:
Do not get me wrong--Sony sucks. Michael said so himself. They make millions off their artists then ditch them when they are not well above par. It is not about music anymore--it is about commercialization and visual appeal, not auditory appeal--and remember, this is music we are talking about, it should only sound good, not look good.
Back to the catalog--according to Lynton Guest who I consider to be a very valuable asset when it comes to understanding the music industry, said that in 2007 Sony basically gained control of the Sony/ATV collection. This was later made clear by Michael's own Estate who has stated in court documents that though the Estate "owns" half the complete control of the catalog lies with Sony. Sony basically got what they wanted from Michael back then. They didn't really need him dead.
Now let's shift to AEG and Tohme Tohme. I see no direct correlation to Sony with AEG (specifically Randy Phillips), Tohme Tohme or Conrad Murray, specifically *before* Michael's death. There could be a connection but I see none thus far. Tohme was in full control of Michael's life since mid-2008 up until, well, we are not sure, he was supposedly fired in March, got his letter of termination in May yet was still around and helping lead a press conference on June 25th as he walked up to UCLA with none other than Randy Phillips, his supposed ex-brother-in-law (which I have never been able to verify, if true wow, if not oh well, doesn't make their relationship any less suspicious). It seems Tohme never really left, even after being fired, even after Michael telling people he was afraid of Tohme, even after Tohme shut Michael's electricity off, even after Tohme tried to sell everything Michael ever owned--he tried to sell his life, basically. Tohme Tohme headed the Colony Capital venture and Randy Phillips headed the AEG venture--both AEG and Colony Capital, thanks to the two men named above, had stake in the "This Is It" tour. These are the two men who brokered the deals--responsibility lie within THEM. If Michael had canceled the tour then AEG thought they would get not just the catalog but everything he owned, per the contract. Tohme would have probably gotten a chunk--after all he was being paid directly by AEG per the contract that was addressed to none other than him. Yes, that CONtract was signed by Randy Phillips and addressed as a LETTER to Tohme Tohme--see this relationship more clearly now? These two are bosom buddies--WHY? Tohme was suppose to be Michael's manager, not Phillips' best friend and business partner. This was not a genuine contract, either, it was not accompanied with a cover letter addressed to a lawyer, hell, not even one of Michael's attorneys was listed anywhere on that pathetic piece of paper that seems to have at least one forged signature.
Anyway, what I am getting at is if "This Is It" failed, as in Michael either did not cancel or did not perform perfectly for 50 shows then specifically Tohme Tohme and Randy Phillips were in deep shit. Tohme had arranged the Colony Capital deal, Randy Phillips the AEG deal (and the ill-fated LA Gear deal so he'd already been burned once with a Michael-related deal). Barrack and Anschutz would not be happy campers. I do not think Tohme and Phillps wanted not only to lose their careers and millions of dollars but to also permanently have this failure attached to their names, either. Do you?
I just put in the exact phrase "desperate acts desperate measures" in Google and guess what pops up? (http://tinyurl.com/3bxhoom) Articles claiming Michael Jackson was a desperate man who killed himself. This pisses me off to no end. It is WRONG. Michael was NOT desperate and did NOT kill himself--he was trying his BEST to do what he did BEST besides being a parent--perform and entertain the world with his talent and love. Did you see a desperate man in the video footage taken just hours before he died? NO. What the above searches should say is Randy Phillips and Tohme Tohme were desperate men who needed a man killed to bail their asses out! Murray was in the right place at the right time--or wrong place depending on which side you are on. If it were not for the unbiased coroner's office then Michael's death probably would be listed as an accidental OD or suicide--and this is simply NOT true.
Do you see this battle we have to continue fighting? It makes me sick, literally sick. I will continue to fight, though. Every night when I look into Michael's eyes, I say I am not looking at eyes that are windows to the soul but rather I am looking *into* his soul now. He may not cry anymore but the world does because of what not only was done to him but what is continually being done to him and those who love him. The truth deserves to be heard and heard over all the lies about Michael harming himself and being things he was not.