Unconfirmed reports are in that Evan Chandler, father of Michael Jackson's accuser in his first molestation trial Jordan Chandler, is dead. Reportedly, the elder Chandler was found dead on November 5th of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He left no suicide note.
Evan Chandler famously accused Michael of molestation in 1993 leading to Michael's first major bout with depression and anxiety surrounding negative media attention. Chandler originally approached Michael's people with a demand for money saying he had a doctor's note saying sexual abuse might have occurred; at this time the boy had not said anything about abuse. Chandler was turned away and filed a civil suit against Michael using a confession extracted from his son with sodium amytal as evidence of the alleged abuse. Sodium amytal alters the mind to allow others to implant memories; in other words, Jordan's father brainwashed him into saying Michael Jackson molested him. Jordan told police and psychiatrists he and Michael kissed, masturbated, and engaged in oral sex. (I'm sorry for the graphic nature of the post, but you need to understand just how heinous his allegations were.) Police raided Neverland Ranch and searched his mother's home Hayvenhurst. Michael was forced to submit to a strip search and photographing of his body, including his genitals, anus, thighs, etc.
Evan Chandler was tape recorded speaking with his son's stepfather saying, “Everything’s going according to a certain plan that isn’t just mine… and if I go through with this, I win big time. There’s no way I lose. I’ve checked that inside out. I will get everything I want, and they will be destroyed forever. June will lose [custody of the son]… and Michael’s career will be over.” When asked how the accusations will affect his son, Evan replied "That's irrelevant to me...It will be a massacre if I don't get what I want. It's going to be bigger than all us put together...This man [Jackson] is going to be humiliated beyond belief...He will not sell one more record".
Jordan Chandler's own mother opposed the trial saying she believed Michael would never hurt a child much less her own son; she said her ex-husband was lying. LaToya Jackson added fuel to the fire by claiming Michael was a pedophile and she would give proof to any media outlet prepared to pay her a half a million dollars. Michael's physical and emotional health suffered during the trial prompting his wife, Lisa Marie Presley, and others close to him to consider settling. He settled the case for $22 million in 1993 so he could get on with his life.
The terms of the settlement did not prevent Jordan from testifying in the criminal trial, but Jordan chose not to because he did not want to pursue the case (and probably felt guilty for his father's lies.) The District Attorney, Tom Sneddon, and his minions aggressively interrogated over 30 children who stayed at Neverland Ranch and 100's of other witnesses. None of them reported any incidents of sexual abuse. Sneddon brought all his "evidence", including pictures of Michael's genitalia and Jordan's description of his genitalia in front of two grand juries; the description did not match the photos according to USA Today reporters who were allowed to view them. The so-called evidence was rejected by the grand juries and Sneddon's case fell apart. Michael never stood trial on the criminal charges.
After receiving upwards of $20 million in a settlement, Evan Chandler tried to sue Michael Jackson again in 1996 for $60 million. Chandler alleged Michael violated the terms of their settlement by denying he abused his son, giving an interview to Diane Sawyer on 60 Minutes denying the allegations, and writing songs about the media witch hunt on his HIStory album. Chandler also demanded he be allowed to produce and release his own album called EVANstory. Thankfully, Chandler was laughed out of court.
Unconfirmed reports say Jordan later retracted his story saying his father lied and he was sorry. The same reports say he came out again after Michael's death to set the record straight lamenting, "I never meant to lie and destroy Michael Jackson but my father made me to tell only lies. Now i can’t tell Michael how much i’m sorry and if he will forgive me ... Now for the first time i can’t bear to lie anymore. Michael Jackson didn’t do anything to me, all was my father lies to escape from being poor.”
Well, Jordan is far from poor today. His mother divorced his scheming step father shortly after the settlement. Michael sent the last of his payments in 1999; today Jordan lives in a multi-million dollar mansion in Long Island under an assumed name. Michael never spoke to Jordan again.
Even in death, Michael is still hounded by charlatans and leeches intent on capitalizing off his name at all costs. At least Charon has ferried one of them from our midst.
Remember, you read it here at Planet Jackson Worldwide News; Even TMZ is not reporting this yet and NONE of the major news sites are running with this yet.
Update: NBC and other sites are starting to pick up on this story. Remember you saw it here first.