While the Los Angeles Police Department is focused on Michael Jackson’s principal doctors ‘ Conrad Murray and Arnold Klein ‘‘there are others worth investigating.
I’ve told you already about Dr. Neil Ratner of Woodstock, New York. He was the anesthesiologist who traveled with Jackson in the 90s.
Now I’m told there’s another doctor closer to Michael geographically: Dr. Stuart Finkelstein of Cerritos, California. Ironically, Dr. Finkelstein lists himself as an addiction specialist. When I tried to talk to him last week, he read me a statement and got off the phone. Finkelstein has gotten a lot of publicity for working with Britney Spears and Robert Downey Jr., among others. One article referred to him as “the rock and roll doctor.”
But sources who were close to Michael Jackson have lots of stories of Dr. Finkelstein traveling with the pop star in the mid-1990s on tour in places like Bangkok.
According to one observer, Dr. Finkelstein would supply Michael with the drugs he wanted, then tape the “antidote” to what he’d given him to the singer’s headboard.
“I refused to take part in any of it,” says this longtime Jacko friend. “I was asked to transport ‘patches’ to Bangkok during the ‘Dangerous’ tour. I refused. When I arrived the doctor found me and said it was’ good thing I didn’t because it was syringes and liquid opiates and I would have been hanged in Thailand for bringing them in without being a doctor.”
This source continues: “Michael was addicted, he was tortured in life. The doctors would ‘balance’ his drugs, just enough, so he could PERFORM and make his benefactors rich…Other doctors were just aboard for the celebrity ride. The exciting Michael Jackson ride would end, if the supply would dry up…I threatened doctors, but new ones would appear.”
The source of these quotes asks to remain anonymous. But the person is very much part of Michael’s inner circle. One day “they” may tell the whole story of who did what to him.
Meanwhile, last night’s ABC interview with Joseph Jackson was the lamest of all. In all the PR and flackery, no mention was made of Joe Jackson’s illegitimate child, the two times Katherine Jackson filed for divorce, the daughter-in-law who died in the Jackson swimming pool, or this Jackson family value: how Jermaine stole Randy’s wife and kids from him. Someone should interview Margaret Maldonado Jackson, Jermaine’s second wife, for the real perspective on the Jackson family. Ouch!
But one thing was clear: the Jacksons have not failed to exploit Michael’s death or earn money from it. His casket remains without a permanent home and Michael has only been dead for less than three weeks. What a family.