Jermaine Jackson speech in Berlin

Tom Sneddon Dead — Michael Jackson Prosecutor Dies at 73

Tom Sneddon — the prosecutor who tried twice to nail Michael Jackson on child molestation charges — has died.

Sneddon — who served as D.A. of Santa Barbara County for more than a quarter century — famously lost the case against Jackson in 2005, in which Jackson was accused of plying his alleged victim with wine, sexually assaulting him at Neverland and holding his family hostage.

But Sneddon went after Jackson more than a decade before, trying to prosecute the singer for allegedly molesting a boy at Neverland.  Jackson made the boy’s civil case go away at a cost of $20 million and the boy and his family refused to cooperate with Sneddon, so the case went away.

Sneddon, who had 9 kids, fiercely believed Jackson was a child molester.  For Jackson’s part, in one of his tracks you hear him say, “Tom Sneddon is a cold man.”

He died of cancer.

Thomas Sneddon died on November 1, 2014 from complications of cancer, aged 73, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, California, U.S

Jackson 5ive (1971–1973) TV Series

Season 1

It All Started With...

S1, Ep1 – 11 Sep. 1971 It All Started With…
Diana Ross comes to town, catches The Jackson Five’s act, and offers to get them a recording contract.
Pinestock, U.S.A.S1, Ep2 – 18 Sep. 1971 - Pinestock, U.S.A.
The brothers’ plans to put on a concert temporarily get put on hold when they realize a greedy millionaire wants to level the forest where they’re slated to perform.
Drafted S1, Ep3 – 25 Sep. 1971 - Drafted
When Michael and Marlon accidentally get drafted into the army, it’s up to their three older brothers to rescue them in time for their concert.
Mistaken Identity S1, Ep4 – 2 Oct. 1971 - Mistaken Identity
A mix-up at the printers finds the Jackson brothers adorning Wanted posters.
Bongo, Baby, BongoS1, Ep5 – 9 Oct. 1971 Bongo, Baby, Bongo
Michael is kidnapped by a monkey who forces him to play the bongos.
The Winner's CircleS1, Ep6 – 16 Oct. 1971 - The Winner’s Circle
The Jackson brothers agree to race a horse that won’t run.
CinderJacksonS1, Ep7 – 23 Oct. 1971 - CinderJackson
The Jackson 5ive is invited to attend the birthday ball of the Princess of Pop; but Michael is stuck at home with a head cold on the night of the ball. A mysterious package from Gary reveals his Hairy Godfather who is going to help him get to the ball.
The Wizard of SoulS1, Ep8 – 30 Oct. 1971 - The Wizard of Soul
Michael wanders into the Land of Soul, where he sees each of his brothers play a familiar Wizard of Oz character. Featuring the songs “The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage” and “Oh How Happy.”
The Tiny FiveS1, Ep9- 6 Nov. 1971 - The Tiny Five
The Jacksons find themselves accidently miniaturized. They struggle to avoid large household perils and reverse the mishap that shrank them. Featuring the songs “The Wall” and “I Will Find a Way.”
The GroovatronS1, Ep10 – 13 Nov. 1971- The Groovatron
The Jacksons, toured to exhaustion, build an Afro-wearing musical robot they name “The Groovatron” to stand in for them. However, their plan heads downhill when the robot is stolen. Featuring the songs “Maybe Tomorrow” and “Nobody.”
Ray & Charles: SuperstarsS1, Ep11- 20 Nov. 1971- Ray & Charles: Superstars
Ray and Charles, the brothers’ pet mice, become envious of the success of their owners and decide to become stars on their own. The two become an overnight sensation and the brothers fear it will go to their heads. Featuring the songs “Come Round Here” and “We’ve Got Blue Skies.”
Farmer JacksonsS1, Ep12 – 27 Nov. 1971- Farmer Jacksons
Needing a break from superstardom, the Jacksons decide to run a farm. Featuring the songs “My Cherie Amour” and “Honey Chile.”
Jackson IslandS1, Ep13- 4 Dec. 1971 - Jackson Island
The five brothers crash land on their way to Hawaii. Michael hits his head on a coconut and dreams of pirates and buried treasure. Featuring the songs “Ready or Not (Here I Come)” and “La La Means I Love You.”
The Michael LookS1, Ep14 – 11 Dec. 1971- The Michael Look
Stranded in London without his stage clothing, Michael is tricked by jealous performers into dressing in shabby rags. However, the stunt becomes a British fashion sensation. Featuring the songs “Darling Dear” and “Don’t Know Why I Love You.”
Jackson Street, U.S.A.S1, Ep15 – 18 Dec. 1971- Jackson Street, U.S.A.
The Mayor of Gary, Indiana, declares a street in town will be renamed “Jackson 5 Boulevard” and invites the Jacksons to perform. Featuring the songs “Petals” and “She’s Good.”
Rasho-JacksonS1, Ep16- 8 Jan. 1972 - Rasho-Jackson
The brothers become alienated from one another after an argument and refuse to perform together, all becoming “The Jackson Ones.” Featuring the songs “One More Chance” and “I Found That Girl.”
A Rare PearlS1, Ep17 – 15 Jan. 1972- A Rare Pearl
The Jacksons fall in love with an attractive flight attendant named Jacqueline Pearl. Featuring the songs “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Momma’s Pearl.”

Season 2

Who's Hoozis?S2,Ep1- 9 Sep. 1972- Who’s Hoozis?
Michael bumps his head in a bicycle accident. He dreams he is a storybook prince, his brothers are dwarves and that he is offered a poison apple. Featuring the songs “Sugar Daddy” and “I Wanna Be Where You Are.”
S2, Ep2 – 16 Sep. 1972 - Michael White
S2, Ep3  23 Sep. 1972 - Groove to the Chief
Michael in WonderlandS2, Ep4 – 30 Sep. 1972 - Michael in Wonderland
A magic beanstalk grows outside the brothers’ Indiana apartment. Michael climbs to the top, finding a fabulous land, …and a giant. Featuring the songs “Love is Here” and “Girl Don’t Take Your Love From Me.”
S2, Ep5 – 7 Oct. 1972 - Jackson and the Beanstalk
 S2, Ep6 – 14 Oct. 1972 - The Opening Act

Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson at Her Final Wedding: Never-Before-Seen Photos – PEOPLE Magazine

Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson at Her Final Wedding: Never-Before-Seen Photos
Best man José Eber (far left), Larry Fortensky and Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson (far right)
Herb Ritts

It was the eighth – and final – trip she would ever make down the aisle.

And now, for the first time, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has released photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky’s lavish 1991 wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch exclusively to PEOPLE.

This inside look commemorates PEOPLE’s Oct. 21, 1991, cover story on the biggest and most media-saturated wedding in Hollywood history. (Remember, this was in the days before weddings like George and Amal Clooney’s and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s.)

In the photos, the blushing, bronzed bride is dressed in a pale yellow $25,000 Valentino gown (a gift from the designer). She is seen with her groom – her seventh (she married Richard Burton twice) – and with her close friend, Jackson, who hosted the wedding for 160 high profile guests on his 2,700-acre Santa Ynez Valley, California, estate.


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Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor

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As about a dozen helicopters hovered overhead, a brazen paparazzo even parachuted into the ceremony, landing 20 feet from the shocked bride and groom. (Despite the fact that the wedding was guarded by a former Israeli army officer and a 100-man security force.)

Taylor, then 59, is seen in the photographs sharing a laugh with an upbeat Jackson, and standing with her new hubby, then 39, under the gardenia-draped gazebo where they became husband and wife.

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Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor

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While Taylor’s ex-husband Eddie Fisher predicted that her marriage to Fortensky “should last [because it's] the first time Liz has married a regular guy,” it wasn’t to be. The couple divorced five years later.

Taylor died on March 23, 2011, of congestive heart failure at 79. Jackson died on June 25, 2009. Forensky, now 62, still lives in California and says he remained close friends with his ex-wife after they split, reportedly speaking for hours by phone a few times a month.

“I have wonderful memories of my time with Elizabeth and I will treasure her memory forever,” he said in a rare 2011 interview after her death.

Taylor met Fortensky, a twice-divorced construction worker with rugged looks, in 1988 when they were both battling drug and alcohol dependencies at the famed Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California.

Inside the Big Day

At their much-anticipated wedding, the two couldn’t have been happier. As famous faces including Liza Minnelli, Eddie Murphy, Nancy Reagan (Taylor moved the wedding date to accommodate President Ronald Reagan, but he was still unable to attend), then-Twentieth Century Fox head Barry Diller and his date, designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Arsenio Hall, George Hamilton, Merv Griffin, Quincy Jones and Macaulay Culkin looked on, Taylor walked down the aisle, escorted by Jackson and her eldest son, Michael Wilding Jr., then 38.

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Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor

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Fortensky’s best man was Taylor’s hairdresser, José Eber (shown in the picture). Taylor’s longtime friend Norma Heyman was matron of honor.

Hollywood self-help guru Marianne Williamson presided over the nondenominational ceremony (Taylor was Jewish; Fortensky is Protestant), with the couple exchanging vows and rings. Wearing her pavé diamond-encrusted wedding ring for the first time, Taylor placed a loving hand on her new husband’s cheek after their first kiss as man and wife.

“You could just look in their eyes and tell Liz was very happy,” Von Furstenberg said at the time.

Under the massive tent where the glamorous reception was held, the bride and groom toasted each other and their host – who reportedly paid for much of the estimated $1.5 million wedding – with mineral water.

“You’ve been so generous, it makes me want to cry,” Taylor told Jackson. “I’ll never forget it as long as I live.”

Jackson and his date, Brooke Shields, cut into the couple’s first dance as guests sipped Dom Perignon and chardonnay from a nearby winery and dined on platters of rolled salmon and five tiers of chocolate mousse cake.

At about 10:30 p.m., the newlyweds said their goodnights and retired to Jackson’s ranch house, where they spent several nights before a two-day tour to promote Taylor’s White Diamonds perfume, opting to honeymoon later. Syndicated newspaper columnist Liz Smith predicted that Taylor’s marriage to Fortensky “will be fun for her. Under the high gloss of her facade, she is really an ordinary woman who has led an extraordinary life.”

That life became even more extraordinary when Taylor began working tirelessly to battle HIV/AIDS, which became her legacy. Taylor used proceeds from her exclusive wedding pictures to start the ETAF in 1991, raising funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing assistance for those living with the virus.

“My grandmother’s deep love and concern for people led her to create The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which focuses on the immediate needs of HIV+ people, by supporting access to medicine and health care, healthy food, needle exchanges, and safe places to live and be cared for,” Taylor’s granddaughter, Laela Wilding, tells PEOPLE. “She is a champion for us all, and her determination and love is a shining inspiration that we should all support those in need, support each other, despite any differences we have in gender, race, class, or HIV status.”

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Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky on the cover of PEOPLE

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Quincy Jones: ‘I told Michael Jackson he was weird’

The legendary Thriller producer on legalising drugs, dealing with Jacko’s snake … and why Hitler was on cocaine

Hi, Quincy. Good to talk to you, especially considering the time where you are (1.15am). You’re up late!

I always am, fella. All my life. It’s the only time the muse lets you loose, you know? I used to write from midnight to 10 in the morning.

You’ve got some incredible stories. Is it true you once had lunch with Leni Riefenstahl (1) in which she told you that most of the Third Reich leaders were addicted to cocaine?

Not most – all of them! Freud came up with the concept of cocaine (2). I used to work for pimps when I was little, and they used to take it all the time because it closes down any fear or problem with violence.

Did Hitler take cocaine?

Hell, yes, man! He was first in line. He had syphilis, all kinds of shit.

So cocaine doesn’t just ravage communities today, it is responsible for many of the horrors of the second world war?

Yes, and the stuff gets stronger. These kids today look at it like it’s cough medicine.

Are you into legalising drugs?

Yes, I am. I think marijuana should be legalised. I’ve been through all of that, where you have to be secretive and don’t want your parents to know. It’s a very interesting addiction. Any kind of dope is. You walk in the door at A, go to B, go to the 12th floor and it’s over.

Were drugs involved in any of your recordings?

No way. Never. Never, never, never. That’s where you step over the line, brother. No, no, no. Not even close. Not even alcohol. No way (3). Not the way we work, man.

Was there a serious atmosphere in the studio, then, during the making of Off the Wall and Thriller?

Hell, no, man – it was as loose as you can get! We’d be joking and having fun. Are you kidding? You gotta know how to party [laughs]. If you get uptight, the music’s going to sound like nothin’. I used to say, “Always leave a little room for God to walk in the room.”

Were you scared when Michael bought Muscles the snake into the studio?
Yes, I was, man. He wrapped himself around my leg.

So he was literally your trousersnake?

Yeah! He used to crawl across the console … I wasn’t very comfortable with that.

And didn’t Bubbles the chimp bite your daughter?

Yes, he did. You got a good memory, man.

Did you ever have to take Michael to one side and tell him he was being too weird?

Only when we first met, when he was 12.

When you were young, you and your brother saw a man hanging by the back of his coat on the first rung of a telephone pole, with an ice pick stuck through his neck. How did you survive your childhood?

You have to find out who you are. My mother went to Boston University – she was the smartest lady, she spoke 12 languages, and could type 140 words a minute. Then, when I was seven years old, they came and put her in a straitjacket (4) and took her away. So at seven years old, I didn’t know what “mother” meant. That affects your mind. You have a different sense of survival because mummy’s breast isn’t there anymore. That’s when I let music be my mother. And music has never let me down once.

Is it true you owned a pair of gloves worn by the legendary boxer, Joe Louis?

That’s right. My dad got me them. He used to work for the roughest gang in the history of Chicago, the Jones boys – black gangsters. It was 1941 and they made $110m dollars – that was the equivalent of a billion back then. Al Capone ran them out of Chicago and they went to Mexico. That’s what it was like back in the 30s.

Did you run errands for them as a kid?

No. Later on I did, for a couple of pimps. It was fun.

Out of all the people you’ve worked with, who has impressed you most?

Do you want me to run some of them off for you? It’s just a little list. Oscar Peterson, Charlie Mingus, Roland Kirk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Kenny Clark, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Gene Krupa, Louis Jordan, Dinah Washington, Andy Williams, Billy Eckstine, Charles Aznavour, Aretha Franklin … It’s ridiculous, man.

So you’re saying, you can’t choose?

Yes, it’s my long-winded way of saying that! You can’t compare Lesley Gore with Frank Sinatra, or Michael Jackson with Ray Charles. They’re too distinctive.

Which three most dramatically impacted on 20th-century popular culture?

Let’s see, we’ve got bebop, doo wop and hip-hop. That’s a hell of a relationship, and they don’t even know each other. It’s sociological, man. What was the question again?

Which three changed the world?

It’s a wide range of influences. I was lucky enough to get the Fender bass, when I was in Lionel Hampton’s band. I was like, “What the hell is that?” Without that Fender bass, there would be no rock’n’roll, no Motown – nothin’. Trust me. The electric guitar came in in 1939, but it didn’t have any chutzpah without the electric bottom.

Frank Sinatra called you Q. What did you call him?

Francis, or FS.

Were you nervous of him?

Nervous? Not even close, man! I was living in France, studying with Nadia Boulanger [tutor to Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland]. And I come in one day, they say, “Grace Kelly called, Mr Sinatra wants you to bring your house band” – I had the best house band in the world. So we played with Frank, and he said five words to me: “Good job, kid. Koo-koo.” I never saw anything like him on a stage. He was like a magician, from another planet. He had it down. The most magical thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Frank was bipolar, and one of the greatest friends I’ll ever have. I have his ring on, with his family crest, from Sicily. I’ve never taken it off.

Bono thinks you’re the coolest man he ever met.

Oh, that’s my little brother, man. I love him. He started Live Aid, and we probably wouldn’t have done We Are the World (5) if it wasn’t for that. I introduced him to all the heads of state in the world that I know, and he did the same for me.

U2 recently gave Apple users a free copy of their new album. Wasn’t that your idea (6)?

I know, 500 million! Maybe so, I don’t know.

Quite a few people are cross about that U2 album arriving unwanted on to their mobile phones, aren’t they?

[Ignoring the question] I’m just sad to know we don’t have a record business anymore. It freaks me out, man. It’s over: 98% piracy everywhere on the planet.

Do you see a solution?

We’re working on it, with China, believe it or not. It’s astounding.

Is it going to save the music industry?

Hell to the yeah! We’ve got three and a half billion people here. They’ve got four times our population. If they come to the table – I can see it so clearly, it scares me, man. We’re going to be dealing with China Unicom, and China Unicom has 880 million cellphones. So we’re really on the right path, you know?

Do you have every celebrity’s number on your cellphone?

No way. I got 19 of them [mobile phones]. I don’t carry one with me. My security guy handles that. Every minute those suckers go off. It’s the age of cocoonism.

What’s that?

Where everybody on the fuckin’ planet is sitting at home fiddling with their goddam phones.

So you won’t be buying an iPhone 6?

They send them to me – I don’t want them. I don’t want to be reached all day.

Apparently you’re a direct descendant of Edward I of England?

Yes. Edward Longshanks. I’m telling you, I’ve got the whole thing laid out in my kitchen. I also found out that Jane Fonda was my third cousin.


Yes, sir. My family is part-African, Huguenot-French and Cherokee Indian. And Welsh on my father’s side. I’ve got a doctorate from Cardiff(7). That was really sweet.

And you’re the exact same age as Michael Caine – not a lot of people know that.

Same year, month, day and hour – 3:40 Chicago time.

Is he the person you’re most likely to call for a chat at 1am?

The irony is, we’re all so goddam busy. He likes to do five movies a year. I love that. That’s what makes him Michael Caine.

Who would play you in a movie?

Terrence Howard. Clint [Eastwood] wants to do it – we’ve already talked about it. But I’m not sure.

Would you have to tone some of it down otherwise audiences would be too shocked? (8)

I don’t think about it. I’m too busy. I’ve got stuff going on that’s mind-shattering.

Do you personify the American Dream?

I don’t know, man. I just know we had the biggest-selling record in the history of music. That’s a good feeling. You should go with your feelings, because your feelings work.

An Evening with Quincy Jones is at Britten Theatre, The Royal College of Music, London SW7 , on Sunday 28 September 2014 at 7.30pm Tickets:


(1) The Nazi film-maker who directed Triumph of the Will.

(2) The Austrian psychoanalyst was an early proponent of the drug.

(3) Er, Quincy has spoken about “smoking” during the recording of Thriller.

(4) She suffered from schizophrenia.

(5) The 20m-selling 1985 charity single. Though Quincy may be confusing Bono with Bob Geldof with regards to Band Aid.

(6) Quincy’s 2010 album Soul Bossa Nostra was released on 700m mobile phones in China.

(7) In 2009, Jones was made a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at an award ceremony in Cardiff, citing his lifetime musical accomplishments and Welsh family roots.

(8) He told GQ in 2012 that, once when he visited his mother in an asylum, she squatted down, defecated into her hand and proceeded to eat it.

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