Episode 081 – Vindication Day Special with Aphrodite Jones

The MJCast present their fourth annual special episode recognising Michael Jackson’s acquittal from false child molestation allegations on June 13th, 2005. On each of these annual episodes, The MJCast’s Legal Correspondent Charles Thomson along with hosts Jamon Bull and Q, bring a very special guest onto the show to discuss their experience with the trial that so deeply affected Jackson’s life.

A photograph originally used as evidence in Michael Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial.

In this year’s show, the guys welcome author of the newly released special edition of Michael Jackson Conspiracy, Aphrodite Jones. Aphrodite is a journalist and the author of several bestselling true crime books, one of which was turned into the Oscar-winning movie, Boys Don’t Cry. During Michael Jackson’s 2005 trial, Aphrodite initially found herself on the side of the prosecution. However, after the trial was over, she reassessed her stance, and admitted that she got it wrong. She went on to write one of the most comprehensive books about the trial, Michael Jackson Conspiracy, which includes a Foreword by Tom Mesereau. Self-published in 2007, the book went on to become a cult hit, and is being re-released in a new edition this week. Michael Jackson Conspiracy is the last book Aphrodite published, though she has gone on to be a successful true crime documentary host as well as host of her own podcast, called Sex, Love & Murder.

The new edition of the book features colour photos, exclusive links to footage of accuser Gavin Arvizo being led in a police interview, Michael Jackson discussing a children’s holiday with Martin Bashir and Neverland Valley Ranch during the trial era.

Jamon, Q, and Charles talk with Aphrodite about her early life, her experience being one of the few reporters given permanent seats in the courtroom throughout Jackson’s trial, how she fell under the pro-persecution spell and how she changed her mind. Topics also discussed include her interpretation of how the media handled the trial and how it impacted Michael in his final years.

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Aphrodite’s 2005 photograph of fan made posters from Michael Jackson’s criminal trial.

 

9 Replies to “Episode 081 – Vindication Day Special with Aphrodite Jones”

  1. SHIRLEY ALVES

    Just wondering why that pic of MJ was used in the trail as evidence.

    And wondering why the date on it is Mar 16, 2006??? Was it a pic Aphrodite took of the photograph?

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  2. SHIRLEY ALVES

    I too was disappointed that Tom Mesereau took on the Cosby case… It sort-of tainted MJ’s innocence verdict a wee bit… (or, IDK, maybe it doesn’t… maybe it shows that the MJ trial outcome wasn’t just the doing of Tom but rather, it’s because Michael truly was innocent! Which is a GOOD thing)

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  3. SHIRLEY ALVES

    in response to Aphrodite’s claim that MJ’s son was named Prince because “he wanted to be royalty”… Umm, NO. His grandfather’s name was Prince. He was named after him. Duh

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  4. SHIRLEY ALVES

    Oh my GOD!!! It was BASHIR who suggested Gavin hold MJ’s hand in the documentary?!!!
    Wow. >:(

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  5. SHIRLEY ALVES

    I think the title of the book is meant to show the general public the truth about what really went on in court, in contrast with what the media was reporting/saying on a daily basis at that time.

    I have had this book for ages, and it is absolutely hands down, my favourite MJ book.

    I wish every single person had to read this book. It should be a mandatory read in high school… like To Kill a Mockingbird. An eyeopening lesson in media slant, greed, public perception tampering, and the reality of existence of the jaded minds of a public hungry to take down anyone who has reached a pinnacle of success in their field. So sad. Turning and twisting a magical and sweet and innocent reality into something so lewd and disgusting.

    SMH. It just breaks my heart. He deserved better. And this book helps to teach people the truth.

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    1. Elise Capron Post author

      We’re so glad that that this episode inspired all these thoughts from you! Thank you for listening to it and for sharing your comments. We fully agree that it is a great resource to understand the trial and its many complications.
      Stay BAD!
      -E

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  6. brigha

    Very disappointed that you didn’t get to question Aphrodite about comments made in the King Jordan interview. Call me a cynic, but her attitude seems to fluctuate depending on whether she has a book to sell.
    On a separate note, Charlie made an excellent point re the lack of further accusations. With the doctrine of chances being how it is, it has to be significant that Finaldi’s trawl for further claimants proved fruitless, especially since the media are always telling us that the MJ estate is rolling in money. I admit I was fully expecting that Finaldi was trying to emulate a Savile-type money grab and I’m baffled as to why it didn’t work. Could it simply be that Americans are more honest than Brits? Maybe religious belief has something to do with it?

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  7. Des

    Ones again excellent work,ones again I want to thank you for your hard work.You all have jobs commitments families,you have your own lifes to live but you still find the time to spread the truth about Michael by giving us facts.If people take a little time and search about Michael many of them will change their opinions like Aphrodite,because it just opinions that they have and sometimes only by reading the headlines from tabloids.For me when we lost Michael it was and still is(what a loss to our world)not that he died We all going to die but what we lost,the world needs more Michael Jackson.This man that he brought the world together that he sowed us how to love that he respected woman,children,the planet and every living thing,he was called weird,asexual,pedophile and more,but he stood tall and never gave up,my biggest inspiration .Thank you again all of you for all that you do.

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