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Just as the above picture of a license plate belonging to Michael Jackson shows (it was stored with items found in the Jackson family storage unit that came into the possession of New Jersey businessman Henry Vaccaro), 'all boys' was the dominant sentiment of Neverland Ranch, too.
Fictitiously billed as a place where all children--regardless of gender--had the 'right of way', Michael Jackson's real goal was always to turn Neverland into a 'Pleasure Island' for prepubescent, pubescent, and adolescent boys, complete with unfettered access to booze, porn, rides, and candy.
His special friends were of a similar make: boys--always boys--usually between the ages of 10 and 14-years-old.
Perhaps I am not completely well-versed on all of Michael's young companions but I cannot recall a single female child Michael was singularly interested in, let alone one he paraded around like he did the boys!
Sure, many of his special friends had sisters--such as Chantal (Wade Robson), Karlee (Brett Barnes), or Quinn and Dakota (Macaulay Culkin)--but it would be foolish to suggest Michael Jackson liked these girls as much as he liked their brothers.
I would even wager he would not have 'taken in' a family if the family only had female children!
Michael Jackson was moved by the boys with whom he'd come into contact. During the time Michael toted Emmanuel Lewis around on his hip, he proclaimed Emmanuel to be one of his 'inspirations'. If we fast foward to Michael's final album Invincible, a sleeper of a record that fell off the charts as fast as it came on, Michael's most tender song on the album was the song 'Speechless'.
It contained very romantic lyrics. A few snippets: "Your love is magical/That's how I feel"; "When I'm with you I am lost for words/I don't know what to say/My head's spinning like a carousel/So silently I pray/Helpless and hopeless/That's how I feel inside"; and "I'll go anywhere and do anything just to touch your face/There's no mountain high I cannot climb/I'm humbled in your grace".
Curiously enough, this very 'romantic' song was inspired by children, as he told Vibe magazine:
VIBE: Tell me about the new CD Invincible. "Speechless." It's very loving.
MJ: You’ll be surprised. I had a big water balloon fight, I’m serious, in Germany and what inspires me is fun. I was with these kids and we had big water balloon fight and I was so happy after the fight that I ran upstairs in their house and write “Speechless.” That’s what inspired the song. I hate to say that because it’s such a romantic song. But, it was the fight that did it. I’d had fun, I was happy, and I wrote it in it’s entirety right there. I felt it would be good enough for the album. Out of this bliss comes magic, comes wonderment, comes creativity. It’s about having fun, it really is.
Contrast this with his tepid discussion of another love song on the album, featuring lyrics like 'body cling to mine' and 'feel the sweat', obvious references to sexual activity. It's worth noting he could not write it alone.
VIBE: "Break of Dawn."
MJ: Freeze and myself wrote “Break of Dawn.” It’s just a beautiful, strolling in the park kind of song. There’s a good summer feel about it. It’s one of my favorites. It’s Denzel Washington’s favorite song. He blasts it all the time.
According to an article by Roger Friedman, the German kids by whom Michael Jackson was inspired were then fourteen-year-old Anton Schleiter and his sister. Anton was yet another boy who dressed like Michael Jackson and appeared to be a 'special friend'.
There is nothing normal about Michael Jackson writing a tender 'boy-girl' love song about children. On page 235 of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's book The Michael Jackson Tapes, Michael related a painting of children on his wall and how he felt about it, which is similar to his explanation of the 'Speechless' song:
"...one kid is screaming in the wind because he is feeling so good. He is just screaming to be screaming. I love that. Romance. Romance."
A child being a child is 'romance'? Perhaps Michael did not fully understand the connotation of the word or boys being boys stirs up within him feelings of intense sexual love typical between two lovers! This is likely, given the romanticism of 'Speechless' and to whom it is dedicated.
The sister of Anton Schleiter goes unnamed in the article, although Michael did name her in his Invincible album's 'Thank You' section. However, it is really no surprise a female child would go virtually unnoticed, given Michael Jackson's history: he did not like little girls nearly as much as he did little boys.
The 2003 raid of Neverland revealed yet more evidence that the ranch was a 'Boys only' paradise.
Investigators searching for evidence to corroborate Gavin Arvizo's molestation and his family's alleged internment at Neverland found a very interesting letter from a little girl named Renia that can provide a glimpse into the ranch's boy culture.
For clarification purposes, little Renia's letter reads as follows:
"I am stupied (sic) and I don't think I deserve to be in your Applehead Club. Those are all the reasons I get this way. I am very sad because I am a faget (sic). I know that you don't really like me because I am a girl. You don't like me because I get this way. I get in this (sic) for many reasons. One reason is because I am a girl and I know you don't like girls as much as boys. Baby Rubba, Dom, Angel, Frank were all your babies and since I am a girl I can't be. They get whatever they want whenever they want. Golf carts quads they all got to sleep with you and I never did. Face it I know I am not liked by you all. (Applehead Club) Maybe I should not come on any trips so I can make everyone happy. Not even my brothers like me instead they just talk about me and assume I won't care. But I do! I'm sensitive and I have to run away or something. I am so ugly and nobody likes me. Please don't tell anyone because if you do I will be really upset. I do have 1 question that I want to ask you. Well I hope this tells you why I get this way and will probably never get out of it. - The stupied (sic) girl Renia"
To me, this letter is heartbreaking.
Michael Jackson and his insensitive Applehead cronies made a female child feel ugly, hated, and like a 'faggot', a word she was certainly unable to fully comprehend. Yes, that was the conduct of a self-described 'lover of all children'!
So, what was it about Neverland Ranch that would make a little girl feel unwanted and less than a boy child? We can only ever speculate, since it's Proprietor-in-Chief left Neverland after the 2005 trial and is dead.
However, little Renia's letter reveals a lot about Michael's preferences.
At the very least, we know Michael Jackson did not like (or like as much) to conduct sleepovers with female children. A common theme from most of his special friends was that they shared beds with Michael, whereas those who had sisters typically slept somewhere else.
Macaulay Culkin's May 11, 2005 testimony attested to, once again, Michael's lack of girls, or the sisters of his 'special friends', in his bedroom:
21 Q. How many times do you think you’ve stayed in
22 Michael’s room?
23 A. A handful of times.
24 Q. How about your sister?
25 A. Not as often.
26 Q. How about your brother?
27 A. Whenever I was there, my little brother was
28 kind of always tagging along with me, so he was
1 usually anywhere I was.
Macaulay's statements certainly jive with Renia's assertion that she'd been excluded from the typical Neverland sleepovers, however, we don't know if Macaulay's sisters were purposefully kept from sleeping with Michael. All we know is that Renia received a less than friendly reception to the point she felt the need to self-deprecate.
On a similar tip, Michael Jackson's former chief-of-security, Robert Wegner, spoke to Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz about the sleeping arrangements at the ranch. Unsurprisingly, according to him, little girls were as rare as unicorns during the sleepovers in Michael's bedroom:
Mankiewicz: "During the three years that you worked for Michael Jackson, how many children spent the night in his bedroom?"
Wegner: "I can't tell you how many children. I can tell you how many times. Now it's in excess of this and I'm being conservative, it was a hundred. Now that doesn't mean 100 children—"
Mankiewicz: "Could have been the same child a number of times."
Mankiewicz: "Of those children how many were boys and how many were girls?"
Wegner: "To my knowledge I think he had one female girl in there one time, the rest were all boys."
So, out of at least one hundred children, Wegner could only recall one little girl to have slept over in Michael Jackson's bedroom. Of course, this could simply be what he could recall, as both Karlee Barnes and Chantal Robson testified to having slept in Michael's bedroom, not to mention Wade Robson testified to having had a sleepover where Michael's niece, Brandee, was also present.
But family doesn't count.
Both of these sisters, however, could only count on a few fingers how many times they'd slept in Michael's bed and all times it was when their brothers were in the room, too. So girls were a non-factor in Michael's private quarters.
As per Renia's letter, Michael Jackson not only excluded her from his bed but from his clubs, secret groups to which members had to conform to rules set forth by Jackson himself.
Chantal Robson's testimony in Michael's trial on May 6, 2005 corroborates the cold shoulder little Renia received in terms of admission into the Applehead Club, not to mention the 'Boys only' secrecy of the organization:
10 Q. Ever heard of the “Apple Head Club”?
11 A. No.
12 Q. Never?
13 A. Apple Head Club? No.
14 Q. How about the “Doo-Doo-Head Club”?
15 A. No.
16 Q. Have you ever heard those expressions?
17 A. Yes. Not “Club.”
I wonder if the Applehead and Doo Doo Head Clubs are akin to the He-Man Woman-Haters Club from The Little Rascals? It is possible, especially since Michael Jackson, to no surprise, collected Little Rascals memorabilia.
In the film adaptation of the classic TV show, the club's leader, Spanky, forbade Alfalfa to date Darla, a girl; Jordie Chandler, a most probable member of any or all of Michael's clubs, did tell Dr. Richard Gardner that Michael Jackson did not like him talking to girls:
JORDIE CHANDLER (JC): "Right. Like, he didn't like it if I would want to call a girl or something. You know, I wouldn't know, like, there were other options."
RICHARD GARDNER (RG): "Are you saying that he would pull you off the track of going out with girls."
Not to mention, in the 'Thank You' section of Invincible, Michael exhorted longtime 'special friend' Frank Cascio to 'stop fishing', a term Michael used to denote checking out women. This could correspond to groundskeeper Jesus Salas' April 4, 2005 testimony that Michael Jackson had been upset about Frank bringing people, perhaps women, to Neverland:
12 Q. All right. Mr. Salas, I show you People’s
13 Exhibit No. 20. We’ve shown this to you before.
14 You’ve identified it as Frank Tyson.
15 You mentioned that at some point during your
16 employment, Mr. Tyson -- you mentioned something
17 about a problem with Mr. Jackson that Mr. Tyson had.
18 Do you recall that testimony?
19 A. Yes, I did.
20 Q. How do you know about that problem?
21 A. I believe about Mr. Jackson’s frustrations.
22 Q. Okay. You were present when Mr. Jackson
23 expressed some from frustrations?
24 MR. MESEREAU: Objection; leading.
25 THE COURT: Overruled.
26 You may answer.
27 THE WITNESS: Yes, I did.
28 Q. BY MR. AUCHINCLOSS: And what was -- can you
1 tell us what he was frustrated about?
2 MR. MESEREAU: Objection; foundation.
3 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: I’ll withdraw and reask.
4 THE COURT: Okay.
5 Q. BY MR. AUCHINCLOSS: Did Mr. Jackson tell
6 you what he was frustrated about? That’s yes or no.
7 A. Yes.
8 Q. What -- did Mr. Jackson tell you what was
9 frustrating him?
10 A. He did not know about Frank bringing people
11 at Neverland Valley without his permission.
12 Q. Okay. Bringing guests without Mr. Jackson’s
14 A. Yes.
Of course, we can only ever speculate to whom these 'people' were that Jesus Salas saw Frank Cascio 'sneak' into Neverland.
The rumor around the Michael Jackson fan community was that French fangirl, Joanna Thomae, had been caught in a compromising position with Frank. When Michael found out, he'd been furious; of course, not at Frank for bringing people to Neverland and disrespecting his home but at Thomae for possibly being the 'wench, bitch, heifer, or ho' that corrupted his 'special friend'.
All of this may be apropos of nothing, just speculation and innuendo, but it seems at least possible Michael Jackson was jealous.
But let's bring it back to the point.
How is it that Michael Jackson, who claimed to love all children equally, made a little girl feel like an outcast? Could Renia have been a special case of a girl Michael did not like?
If we remember in Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's The Michael Jackson Tapes, pages 251-252 mentioned a fourteen-year-old orphan girl to whom Michael took very little interest. It was obvious from the dialogue between the Rabbi and Michael that the latter could not have cared less about the girl! Shmuley related:
"Michael later agreed to a very short meeting with this girl, but he took very little interest in her and never asked about her again. Why Michael seemed to take interest in some kids, and had little to no interest in others, is something that I never understood."
It really is an important question.
The Rabbi later detailed a younger girl with leukemia that Michael became fond of until she passed away. With that, it would seem Michael did not necessarily have a total dislike of girls; maybe the fourteen-year-old orphan had approached the cut-off point, where she no longer possessed the innocent spark of childhood Michael Jackson 'demanded'.
But Renia was shunned, was she not? Given her handwriting, she seemed to be a young girl.
Perhaps the final note of importance is the 'illness' variable: the little girl mentioned by Shmuley had a terminal illness to which Michael could cling onto to make himself look better and feel more like the Shepherd of Children he'd imagined himself as being...
Did Michael Jackson like girls as much as boys?
The answer would be a resounding 'No!'
Clearly, he behaved in a manner that would lead to a female child suggesting that the only way to make other people happy was by running away, so they could be rid of her! His special friends were always boys, and girls were seemingly incidental. He certainly barred them from his secret clubs, which happen to be very suspicious in their own rights.
Or maybe Michael Jackson tolerated girls as a necessary evil. Of course his true feelings were revealed privately--as Renia's letter proves--but having girls around at the ranch could have been a ploy to diffuse suspicion regarding his obvious questionable behavior with boys.
Whatever the reason, Michael Jackson made his preferences known: he liked boys. He was never a blind 'lover of all children'. Renia merely became a victim of that hypocritical farce, because it is inconceivable that she could have done anything to merit such treatment. She was a child after all.
It's good she'd left a letter behind to show us all the true nature of Michael's 'child-loving': no girls need apply.
According to the album jacket for Michael Jackson's dubious Invincible album, it is reasonably believed that our Renia--who helpfully left behind her letter to Michael revealing the truth about Neverland--is Marie Nicole Cascio. In his 'Thank yous' section, he wrote:
Special thanks to Connie (Momma Rubba), Big D, Renico, King Dom, Baby Rubba, Angel and Frank...my other family.
'Renico' is obviously Renia. This, of course, makes all 'glowing reviews' regarding Michael's treatment of all members of this family a little suspicious.