Michael Jackson dreamed of creating children's hospital, tapes show
The private words of a feeble Michael Jackson to his doctor rang out in the Los Angeles courtroom where Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial in the singer’s death.
Barely comprehensible and slurring his words, Jackson intimated to Murray his dreams about a children’s hospital he wanted to be remembered for. He said the hospital would include movie theaters and game rooms.
"God wants me to do it. I’m gonna do it, Conrad," the singer told the doctor.
"I know you would," Murray replied.
The recording of the exchange from six weeks before the singer’s death, prosecutors say, is the clearest evidence the doctor knowingly continued to give his patient the powerful anesthetic that ultimately killed him.
Why and in what context Jackson was recorded may never be known -– it was recovered from the personal iPhone that Murray turned over to police a month after he was interviewed by police.
Stephen Marx, the forensic computer examiner who found it, could only say in his testimony Wednesday that it was created 9:05 a.m. on May 10, 2009.
What is clear, prosecutors have said, is that two days after the recording was made, Murray ordered an additional shipment of propofol, the surgical anesthetic that killed Jackson. Murray told police he gave the singer the drug almost every night in the two months leading up to Jackson’s death June 25, 2009.
Jurors heard Jackson telling Murray what he has often said publicly –- that he related to children because his music career had interrupted his own youth.
"I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain, I feel their hurt," he said.
-- Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray in court.
Credit: Los Angeles Times