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Monday, June 06, 2005

Inmates Await Michael Jackson Verdict

Posted by a4g @ 6/06/2005 01:35:00 PM

As the jury deliberates the fate of super pop icon Michael Jackson, and the world's media attention focuses on chi-chi Santa Barbara, California, a forgotten group of men waits in quiet vigil anticipating the verdict that could mean, for them, the time of their lives.

To cover the forgotten aspects of this blockbuster trial, Point Five returns again to the California Men's Colony, in the bucolic hills north of Jackson's Neverland Ranch, to interview the men who--depending on the decision of a jury of twelve men and women-- might just become Jackson's closest friends.

Entering into the gray concrete world of these hardened criminals, its hard to imagine a more glamorous or exciting change than the star-power of Michael Jackson might bring to their dull and ordinary lives. We suspected that these men would respond like any other person to the awesome power of Celebrity. And sure enough, the very name "Michael Jackson" sent visible waves of excitement through the prisoners we spoke to.

"Damn that's a purty mouf," said James Blackwell, who we had interviewed in our last report from the prison and who at the time expressed similar sentiments. A swarthy, barrel-chested inmate doing hard time for armed robbery and drug possession, Blackwell looked longingly into the photo of Jackson we provided. It was clear that the thought of being so close to a real celebrity was nearly overwhelming. "Real purty."

When asked about the thrill of meeting a star of Jackson's caliber-- not from afar, but up close and personal-- Jamal Ali Olatungi, in for 15 years for second-degree murder, said, "It's been a long time since I touched a woman..."

Yes, Jamal, we understand the power of Fame.

Many would write off hardened criminals as uncaring, but among inmates at the California Men's Colony, we found "a desire to spoon" among the top responses to Jackson's possible stay.

Still, some prisoners were clearly worried about someone as important as Jackson being subjected to the harsh conditions in prison. "Mike", who we met in the exercise yard, said, "I hear his back is giving him trouble. He don't know nuthin'. Trying to sleep through the night in a maximum security prison, he's gunna learn all about 'back problems.'"

Wow, those must be some uncomfortable mattresses! Let's hope prison officials can ready a better quality of bunk for Jackson before he arrives.

Still, the prisoners didn't seem to mind the possibility of Hollywood-style glamour invading their correctional facility should Jackson be found guilty. "We've got a list all ready, everyone that wants to be his 'friend,'" said Blackwell. "I'm fifth. It took a lot of cigarettes to be fifth."

It's the hard fact of celebrity-- everyone wants to be your friend.

And dinner in the communal mess hall with "The Gloved One", and the chance that the King Of Pop might grace the prisoners with a capella version of a hit such as "Billy Jean" or "Thriller"?

Larry Billis, doing 25 to life for the gruesome torture killing of a rival gang member, sums it up best, "I'm going to make that f**kin' little freak beg for mercy. That candy-a** pervert is going to bleed out of holes he doesn't even know he has. I'm going to use him up and leave him to die."

We understand, Larry. After all, we went a little overboard the first time we met a celebrity, too. But if you just remember that Michael is a person just like you, all those jitters and insecurities will melt away.

All in all, it seems that even hardened killers aren't immune to the excitement and glamour of star power.

Here's hoping their world get turned upside down should Jackson and his animal menagerie come for a twenty-five year visit!

Linked on Mudville Gazette n' Outside The Beltway.


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At 6/06/2005 08:37:00 PM, Blogger Dymphna ...
This pathetic human being is probably one of the saddest specimens I've ever seen. He's repellant...you can only wonder how he came to be so warped and twisted.

He won't do time. If he's convicted, he'll either flee or kill himself. There won't be any prison time one way or another.

This is not a well man. If we were truly just and had any sense of mercy we'd put in him a funny farm for life. For the safety of others, he'd be the youngest member of the farm.

Don't you wonder at what happened to the young M Jackson that he is trying so hard to regain his child self, the one he never had? I'm not excusing him, just thinking of what it must have been like.

He's not the only one with a big karmic debt here.
At 6/08/2005 12:30:00 PM, Blogger Ingrid ...
I feel terribly sorry for Michael Jackson and his family. Anyone can see he is not a well man. Everything surrounding the trial is a circus and inhumane. He is so famous I think he ought to have been given special dispensation and not humiliated and ruined so publicly before the Jury even deliberated. The whole thing is killing him. I am surprised he is still alive. People are so cruel. It makes me feel very sad.

By the way, I love the skin of this blog. I've noticed it is powered by Blogger and wonder if it is a template that is freely available somewhere? I have looked for an email contact address here but cannot find one. I would be most grateful if someone could let me know where to obtain such a skin. Thanks.
At 6/10/2005 10:05:00 AM, Blogger John ...
Rape is not funny.
At 6/10/2005 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous Neverland Ranch Visitor ...
I concur!

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