By BEN JACKSON Published: 12 May 2010
TRAGIC recordings of Michael Jackson in which he pleads
for financial help and fears for his life are revealed
by The Sun today.
The Sun has not paid for the tapes. They were handed to
US journalist Daphne Barak after she wrote a book on
Ms Barak told The Sun yesterday they had been passed to
her by friends, who wished to remain anonymous.
The messages come from 2003. Throughout the recordings Jackson, appears anxious and paranoid his life is under threat.
In the first message he is determined to move away:
"It is Michael calling. It is very important, I want that 150
in that account for me, because... I am very concerned about
my life. I am hearing a lot of stories that (name withheld)
is still trying to sabotage (inaudible) me and I want to be
in a different environment and, um, I've found a place that
I like and now (inaudible) I want to be away for a while where
they can't find me. So please help me, help(inaudible) help me,
and, um, more important than (inaudible).We are brothers."
We think the man's bad. We think he is the Italian Mafia.
I don't trust him In a second, his voice is slurred and slow,
which Daphne believes is due to medication. He expresses concern
about a figure who he says could be involved with the Italian
Mafia. "It is Michael. Ahh, it is 4:30 in the morning here that's
why I sound very sleepy (laughs) and I'm really worn out...
but please check the message I left a day or so ago.
I am very concerned. I don't trust that man. We think he's bad, we think he is Italian mafia. Please... we must be smarter than him. So please, help me with this. I need to get that, those funds
so I can do that, I wanna be away. . . I don't want to be in Neverland right now."
"If you get this message call me immediately at 805 *** ****.
What I want to talk to you about is very top - top secret...
I need a German or Swiss bank... "
A little later Jackson calls again asking for cash to
be put into an account. He appears to use a code word
"Sun Screen" - possibly suggesting protection money.
"I am very embarrassed. But, um, there should be that
I have some finance that's coming up January, February 2nd,
and um... that's why I, we need to have on Sun Screen to
the account 150. Please don't be mad at me for... (inaudible)
It's something that's very important to me and my family,
because I'm (inaudible) that I'm being stalked and
I think it is (name withheld)."
Only one tape - in which Jackson discusses investing
in a project linked to the emerging craze for super-heroes
- shows the singer at his most lucid. Jackson urges his
friend to work with him, saying:
"I would love to work together, but as far as timing...