Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 15, 2005 - Social Science - 352 pages
The explosive definitive account of the Michael Jackson saga, chronicling the King of Pop's battles against child molestation charges from 1993 to 2005, from award-winning journalist

Diane Dimond, who broke the story first, over twelve years ago


Michael Jackson has long captured the world's attention, first as the dynamic lead singer of the Jackson Five, then during his highly successful breakout solo career. But somewhere along the line Jackson transformed himself into something hardly recognizable and was investigated -- not once, but twice -- for crimes we could hardly imagine.

Even now, after his unexpected acquittal on multiple charges of child molestation, there is a sense that the real truth behind the allegations is not known. The character of Michael Jackson -- from his humble beginnings to his rich career and the birth of Neverland Ranch -- is destined for great debate among fans, journalists, historians, and psychiatrists for years to come. In the meantime, there is Diane Dimond, the journalist of record on the Jackson case.

In November 2003, when the Santa Barbara county sheriff's department conducted another raid on Neverland Ranch, Diane Dimond and her camera crews were the only ones there to capture the moment and report the news to the world. Now, for the first time, Dimond recounts the multifaceted details of the Jackson case, utilizing her extensive notes and sources. What she tells us is a shocking story.

Be Careful Who You Love will take you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade, while giving readers a dramatic glimpse of one reporter's vigilance and unending quest to uncover the truth.
 

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Yes, slightly trashy, but it's been on my shelf for ages and his passing had me curious to find out all that he had been accused of. I'm of the mind that Dimond has devoted herself to making money off ... Read full review

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I read this book from cover to cover, in just over a day.
Well sourced, well written, gripping story. Hats off Diane for courageous ballsy journalism!

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Body Search
8
August 1993
17
The Jackson Family Speaks
33
Leads to Follow
39
May 1992May 1993
43
JuneAugust 1993
57
Raid on Neverland
69
May 1994
162
The Neverland Five
171
A Career in Decline
183
Searching NeverlandAgain
191
Into the Justice System
198
Jury Selection
212
The CriminalTrial
219
Pajama Day
227

Jordie Chandler
82
October 1993
89
The Civil Suit
97
November 1993
104
The Music Stops
115
December 1993
120
December 1993
141
Special Treatment for Special Friends
147
January 1994
151
Charges of Conspiracy
235
Prior Bad Acts
251
FebruaryJune 2005
271
June 13 2005
297
The Difficulties of Proving Child Abuse
305
Epilogue
317
Index
323
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Diane Dimond served as chief executive investigative editor and on-air correspondent and anchor for Court TV's investigative unit. Prior to joining Court TV, Dimond was involved in Fox News Channel's continuing live coverage of the war on terrorism and also worked at MSNBC, where she anchored news hours and covered the 2000 presidential campaign and recount. She has also worked for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and WCBS-TV in New York, and has cohosted a nightly news program on CNBC. In 1990, Dimond became the investigative reporter for the syndicated program Hard Copy, and in 1993 she broke the Michael Jackson story. Time magazine cited her continuing coverage of the case among "The Best TV of '93." Diane lives in New York with her husband.

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