A disturbing new revelation has surfaced in regards to a 2003 police raid on Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Estate. The pop star, whose reputation was often overshadowed by child abuse allegations, had an extensive collection of pornography, which included images of children, animal torture, and gore.
The extensive pornography collection belonging to Michael Jackson was revealed in newly surfaced documents obtained by Radar Online. The raid was carried out by police as part of an investigation into child molestation charges against Jackson. The previously unseen documents unearthed by Radar Online show that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department seized more than 80 video recordings and computer hard drives. The Sheriff's Department also seized notes, diaries, documents, photographs, and audiotapes, the documents show.
It is said that the images of children and animal torture may have been used in Michael Jackson's reported efforts to seduce young boys. Ron Zonen, who is the former Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney who helped prosecute the child molestation case against Michael Jackson, said that much of the material found would have been used to "desensitize" the children.
Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, where the pornography was found, can be toured in the video below.
The police described much of the material found at Jackson's estate, from the notes to the books and certainly the images, as being used in part to desensitize the children, noting that disturbing, pornographic material "can be used as part of a 'grooming' process by which people (those seeking to molest children) are able to lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims."
The report details many of the disturbing finds, including a book found in Jackson's possession called Room to Play. The book didn't just contain numerous photographs of children, the report stated, but also contained images where children's faces were superimposed onto mature, adult bodies with their private parts exposed and on display.
One insider spoke more in-depth about that particular book, stating, "In a book Jackson called Room to Play, there is a deeply disturbing photo of a [murdered child beauty queen] JonBenet Ramsey look-alike with a noose around her neck. There were also photos and videos featuring sadomasochistic sex, bondage, transsexuals."
There is no doubt that the documents coming to light "paint a dark and frightening picture of Jackson," one investigator told Radar.
The source detailed the findings as horrific.
"The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will."
Jackson also had in his possession "disgusting and downright shocking images of child torture, adult and child nudity, female bondage and sadomasochism."
Authorities described photos of children in obvious distress, "bleeding, in pain and tormented." One insider claims that there was one photo of a child holding what appeared to be a goose that had been bludgeoned to death.
Magazines and videos with titles like Hustler's Barely Legal and Naughty Neighbors were found in Jackson's bedroom and bathroom. The source told Radar that Jackson had "truly perverse sexual appetites, and the twisted photos tell a sadistic side of him that nobody really knew."
At the time that the Sheriff's Department recovered the massive amount of child pornography from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch estate, then-District Attorney Tom Sneddon and his team wrote in their charges against Jackson that the materials "are relevant to the issues of the defendant's intent and his method of 'grooming' young boys to satisfy his lewd desires."
In addition to Jackson's stockpile of child pornography and animal torture photos, authorities also found numerous photos of children located inside a safe in the employee break room of Jackson's home.
"We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse," said Zonen. "There's not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation."
In 2003, Jackson was charged with seven felony counts of child molestation and two felony counts of providing an intoxicant to a minor under the age of 14 in order to seduce him. The charges were filed after a young boy named Gavin Arvizo came forward. Jackson was facing up to 20 years in prison, and the prosecutors had plenty of evidence showing that Jackson had molested the child, but Jackson was acquitted by a jury of all charges in June of 2005.
Before his death, Jackson reportedly paid out nearly $200 million in "hush money" to as many as 20 sexual assault victims, lawyers said.
Jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of propofol.
The police documents detailing the disturbing stockpile of child pornography in Michael Jackson's possession can be seen here.
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