Joe Jackson went on Larry King Live last night to discuss the charges against Dr. Conrad Murray, now released on $75,000 bail. “I didn’t like those charges. He got off too easy,” the Jackson patriarch told King, adding that he believes his son’s death involved “other people” besides Murray, who he says is simply “the fall guy.” Is Michael Jackson the new JFK? Watch the vid below to hear Joe’s paranoid ramblings:
According to Joe Jackson, Murray did not act alone. “There’s other people involved with this whole thing, but I think that [Murray is] interrogated, he would come clean and tell everything he knows.”
LaToya Jackson agrees with her father. In a statement read by King, LaToya claims, “Michael was murdered, and although he died at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, I believe Dr. Murray was a part of a much larger plan. I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served.”
So what would motivate someone (or some people) to assassinate the King of Pop? Joe claims that Michael knew he would be murdered because others suspected he couldn’t finish all 50 dates of his This Is It concert at London’s 02 arena. “Michael said it himself that he would be killed, he told his mother that,” says Joe. “He was afraid to do all of these shows because he was afraid he wouldn’t have a chance because he couldn’t. You can’t do all those shows back to back. Even his kids said he had told them he would be murdered.”
We’re not sure of Joe’s logic here. So what he is implying is that AEG Live, the concert promoter that invested $30 million in production of the show, feared that Jackson would bail out on the dates and leave them holding the bag—so they conjured up a plot to kill him? You have to wonder if Joe Jackson is familiar with insurance. And even if AEG was concerned about Jackson’s ability and/or interest in playing all the shows, they had to be betting that any performance he did do would be endlessly marketable on, oh, we don’t know, DVD?
So who are the mysterious “other people” Joe believes were involved in his superstar son’s death? Joe has no idea, but he insists these culprits are real. King asks Jackson who to blame besides Murray, and he replies, “All those people that was involved with Michael. I don’t know exactly what all those names are, but there are a slew of them…All of those guys are no good guys as far as I’m concerned.”
Although he maintains that Murray is just the fall guy, he still isn’t satisfied with the charge of involuntary manslaughter. “Justice to me would be the murder charge.”
Could there be a conspiracy here? Nothing about Michael Jackson’s life or death would surprise us at this point. But Joe’s claims that there were more malicious forces at work besides Murray’s negligence would be more accountable if he had much more solid proof to back it up. Mostly, he’s going on hearsay and gut feelings. It looks to us that his incessant plea for “justice” is really a plea for attention.