Michael Jackson's burial delayed by Jackson family dispute!
Did you ever wonder why Michael Jackson's body lay unburied for three months?
A new book, "Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson," by Randall Sullivan, reveals that Michael Jackson's burial was delayed for three months due to a bitter dispute between his estate and sister Janet Jackson!
According to Sullivan, Janet Jackson put out $40,000 of her own money to have her brother buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Glendale, Calif., but refused to let the funeral happen until the money was repaid.
And another story in the book tells of a purported mad race among some family members to remove items from Michael's house in the hours after he died on June 25, 2009.
The mad search for Michael Jackson's money hidden in black trash bags and under carpets!
Sullivan reports that Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, then 79 years old, arrived at the home and telephoned Grace Rwaramba, the recently terminated longtime nanny to Michael's children, asking about the location of money at Michael's home.
Rwaramba is said to have described Michael's practice of hiding his cash in black plastic garbage bags and under the carpets.
Sullivan says that he was told by the owner of a private security company that dispatched a team to Michael's home the night of his death that he saw La Toya Jackson and her boyfriend load black plastic garbage bags into duffel bags and place them in the garage.
But La Toya would claim that nearly all of her brother's money was gone by the time she arrived at his home. A spokesperson for La Toya said hat the claims about her are "completely untrue" and that the "boyfriend" Sullivan names in his book is in fact not her boyfriend, but instead her business partner.
Katherine Jackson's lawyer, Sandra Ribera, said that "Katherine Jackson's number one priority since the death of her son Michael has been the well being of Michael's children. The implication that on the night of her son's death Mrs. Jackson would be doing anything other than grieving with and consoling her grandchildren is simply ridiculous."
Book reveals more about the strange abduction of Katherine Jackson!
Sullivan's book also claims to shed light onto Katherine Jackson's alleged "abduction" this past summer in which the family matriarch was taken to Arizona from her home in Calabasas, Calif., - where she has lived with Michael's three children, Paris, 15, Prince Michael, 14, and Prince Michael II "Blanket," 10, since the late singer died. Three of her children cited her need for a "short vacation and rest."
Sullivan reports that a representative for Katherine Jackson said it was Janet who arranged for a doctor to go to her mother's home to examine Katherine. The doctor then advised her not to take a trip to New Mexico by car to see her sons' "Unity Tour."
The next morning, Sullivan reports, Katherine Jackson was taken to the airport by her daughter,Rebbie, her granddaughter, Stacy Brown, and her personal assistant. But instead of taking a plane to New Mexico, she was sent to a spa in Arizona where Janet was waiting for her.
During this same time, five of Katherine's children, including Janet, wrote a letter to the executors of Michael's will, claiming she had suffered a mini-stroke and threatening them with legal action.
Sullivan reports that Katherine's representatives believed that these five Jackson siblings were now trying to demonstrate her incompetence to be the guardian of Michael's three children, ages 15, 14 and 10, obtain conservatorship over Katherine, and gain access to the late singer's fortune.
Paris Jackson's panicky Tweets:
Paris Jackson used Twitter asking the public's help in locating her grandmother because she was missing. Paris said she had not had any communication with her grandmother in days, which was out of character for her to go anywhere and not keep in contact with her grandchildren. Paris accused family members of taking Katherine away from her grandchildren.
A few days later, Katherine Jackson, in an exclusive appearance with ABC News from the Arizona resort, read a prepared statement, saying she was not abducted, especially not by anyone in her own family.
Reading from a paper on July 25 with three of her children, Jermaine, Janet and Rebbie, seated next to her, Jackson debunked rumors that she had been kidnapped. However, in her absence, a judge granted guardianship of the late singer's three children to Katherine's 34-year-old grandson, Tito "TJ" Jackson.
Shortly after returning to her home in California, Katherine Jackson said she was "duped" into going to the spa in Arizona and was kept from communicating with her three grandchildren, according to court documents that were filed as she attempted to become the kids' legal guardian again.
Then, just days after TJ, the son of Jackson's son, Tito, was granted guardianship, Katherine Jackson was reinstated as guardian of the three children and announced in late July an agreement with "TJ" in which she would be seeking joint guardianship with her grandson.
In response, Randy Jackson, another of Katherine's sons, told ABC News that the agreement was based on "lies."
"In order to obtain temporary guardianship, TJ lied to the court. Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and I would never harm our mother and we are doing our best to protect her and the estate knows that," Randy said in an exclusive statement to ABC News.
On Aug. 22, a California judge ruled in Katherine and TJ Jackson's favor, appointing them co-guardians of Michael's children. The judge made the ruling despite a last minute, in-court plea from a woman, Debra Jackson, who claimed to be Michael's cousin and asked the judge to delay the appointment of TJ Jackson as permanent co-guardian because she and her son were abruptly cut off from the lives of the children, which the woman described as "cruel and not in their best interest and well-being."
"It's clear to me that the children have a very strong, loving relationship with TJ and that they love the grandmother very much,"Judge Mitchell Beckloff said.
Less than one week after the ruling, on Aug. 31, all three of Michael's kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket, traveled to Gary, Ind., with La Toya to mark what would have been their father's 54th birthday in his hometown.
We're sure we haven't heard the last of this and certainly not the last from the family that, at one time, was pop music royalty.