stars to us ordinary folk, everyone is at risk from those without
Michael Jackson stood trial
for a crime. He was found to be innocent, but the cost exacted on
Jackson’s career and on him emotionally, financially, and physically,
was enormous. Jackson was an unusual man, uniquely talented, whose art
changed the world. He was victimized by those without conscience who
saw his vulnerabilities and were determined to victimize him. As bad as
it was, it could have been worse.
You have heard about the Arvizo family. But another man Jackson
trusted, and invited into his home, also lied without conscience. If
the Duke of Manchester had had just a little more credibility Michael
Jackson might not have avoided being unjustly convicted of a crime he
did not commit.
It is time all of us take
steps to reduce the risk presented by psychopaths. We have the tools.
We just need to use them.
On one level, Alexander
Montagu is a hereditary peer of the realm holding multiple titles, the
highest being Duke of Manchester. On another, he is a man whose life
has focused him on victimizing others.
The Duke of Manchester, has
been identified as, “having psychopathic
tendencies,” since 1984, when Dr. Williamson of Pine
Lodge Clinic, conveyed this opinion to Montagu’s solicitor, Mr. Voltan
Varszenghy, who repeated this assessment to Judge Lisink, during a
hearing held September 6, 1984, this appearing in the transcript from
Montagu had inherited the title of
Viscount of Mandeville, given to the ducal heir in June, 1985 at the
death of his uncle, the previous Duke. His father, Angus, had succeeded
to the title, becoming the 12th Duke.
Alex’s reaction was recorded in this article, published in
Australia,June 5th, titled,“Mary
and Alexander: It’s a title fight.”
Two months later Alexander was
standing in the dock, facing conviction on multiple criminal charges.
The Age, an Australian paper, published this article, titled, “Duke’s jailed heir
weeps in dock.” Included
is a quote from Judge Byrne, who heard the case. The paper summarized
Byrne’s remarks as, “Montagu’s pathetic state and
gross personality disorder were largely responsible for his crimes, but
he (the judge) said that the offenses had been, “carried out with a degree of
direct quote is telling.
The Manchester estates were
even then were seriously depleted in status due to the excesses of
and Squalor, the book by Marcus Scriven, includes
the shocking excesses of the 12th duke, barely touching on the 13th,
Alex. This will most likely change as Scriven has not given up
following the ducal antics and is very aware of the problems presented
In 1985 Alex had not yet
developed a reliance on using his title to gain continuing access to
credulous potential victims. His methods had been more direct.
This changed. After being
released from prison in Australia in 1985 Montagu began traveling,
eventually ending up again arrested for lying upon entry to Canada in
September, 1991, as reported by the Sun Journal from a release credited
to AP. The article, titled, Diana’s
Cousin Selling TitleappearedSeptember 21, 1991. His
techniques began to focus on the use of his title.
of articles, published between 1986 and 1991 follow, all are
shocking and filled with direct quotes from the Viscount. Then, a calm
fell on his life. Although he had neglected to get a divorce from his
first wife, Marion Stoner, Alex had, again, married.
Unknown to the bride, the
marriage was bigamous. Alex then faced a serious need to avoid
deportation from the United States. He signed the marriage license as
‘never married,’ and failed to mention even Stoner’s name to Wendy
Buford, who soon afterward gave birth to their son, Alexander, Jr.,
according to Buford Montagu.
Over the next 15 years the
couple was evicted 11 times, according to Wendy, each time because
Alexander spent the money for rent or the mortgage elsewhere.
Psychopaths court chaos because it keeps their victims off balance and
Wendy was never permitted to
know anything about their finances. Asking if the rent was paid was
pointless. Alexander would always lie, Wendy said.
When evicted for non-payment
of rent or mortgage, Alex focused anger on the landlord, routinely
destroying the property. This has included pouring cement down the
toilets. according to his present wife Laura. With Montagu
the barrage of such behavior was constant and consistent, according to
Alexander’s mother, Lady
Mary, evidently realizing the potential for a public relations
disaster, carried the paperwork for the Stoner divorce in 1996, asking
Alexander only to sign and return papers. This was accomplished and the
divorce secured. However, Montagu and his mother, Lady Mary Montagu,
still failed to mention the issue to the wife and daughter-in-law who
was enduring continual chaos, trying to do the right thing in her
Alex did not legitimize
their union even though another child was born in 1999.
This was the status quo when
Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997. As people around the world
reeled in disbelief, many looked for the opportunity to say ‘goodby’ to
a woman who had touched them deeply.
Michael Jackson was, also, an
ardent admirer of Princess Diana. Jackson was moved to pay his respects
to Britain’s Princess but was unwelcome in London. Instead, he attended
the private memorial service taking place in Los Angeles, September 13,
1997, at St. James Episcopal Church as a guest of the Manchesters,
returing with them to their hotel afterward for refreshments.
An AP photo of the group leaving
the service appears here. The woman at the right of Jackson is
Wendy Buford Montagu. Once at the hotel, Jackson made the acquaintance
of Alexander, Jr.. Charming movies were taken of the 4 year old lad
playing hide-and-go-seek with the megastar, oblivious to the identity
of his new friend, but delighted to find someone willing to take time
Jackson invited the family
to Neverland on Martin Luther King Day in 1998, where young Alex again
delighted in spending time with his mother and her friend and child,
with Jackson on the rides at Neverland.
While young Alex never saw
Jackson again, according to both him and his mother, Wendy Buford
Montagu, these moments remained very much alive for him, bright points
in a life otherwise often frightening because of his manipulative
Jackson had settled a law suit
filed for sexual abuse by the Jordan Chandler and his parents on
January 25, 1994 for $15331250. This occurred three years before
Alexander, Duke of Manchester, asked Jackson back to his hotel and
introduced him to his young son.
On July 2, 1993, in a private telephone conversation, Chandler was
tape-recorded as saying,
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was no reason why he (Jackson) had to stop calling me … I
picked the nastiest son of a bitch I could find [Evan Chandler’s
lawyer, Barry Rothman], all he wants to do is get this out in the
public as fast as he can, as big as he can and humiliate as many people
as he can. He’s nasty, he’s mean, he’s smart and he’s hungry for
publicity. Everything’s going to a certain plan that isn’t just mine.
Once I make that phone call, this guy is going to destroy everybody in
sight in any devious, nasty, cruel way that he can do it. I’ve given
him full authority to do that. Jackson is an evil guy, he is worse than
that and I have the evidence to prove it. If I go through with this, I
win big-time. There’s no way I lose. I will get everything I want and
they will be destroyed forever … Michael’s career will be
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the same recording Chandler dismisses all concern for his son.
2003 Jackson was, again, targeted, and again it appears financial gain
might have been the motivating factor. Before filing a criminal
complaint the potential litigant contacted Barry Rothman, the attorney
who had handled the 1993 case, according to this article on Wikipedia.
Although people who had signed into the register at the Jackson estate
in Santa Ynez had been contacted, no credible victims of possible
sexual assault were eventually included with the case of Gavin Arvizo.
v. Jackson was a
media circus, costing tax-payers millions. Jackson was found innocent
after exhaustive efforts by Los Angeles DA Tom Sneddon.
a Jackson trial became likely, news of the previous multi-million
dollar settlement rippled through the media.
subject was discussed by Wendy Montagu and her husband, the Duke.
During this time Wendy received a call from Montagu telling her he had
been subpoenaed. Wendy was unaware Alexander had provided a Declaration
for the court. The Declaration was
entered into the court record on April 20th, 2005.
to Wendy Montagu, and her son, Alexander, Jr., now an adult, the
declaration is a fabric of lies with only the faintest relationship to
stated, for publication, to her knowledge her husband had never met
Jackson before the morning of the Princess Diana Memorial on September
13, 1997. She recalls the introduction took place through a
quasi-business acquaintance of Montagu’s who owned a car refurbishing
business in Beverly Hills. Montagu, an obsessive name-dropper,
according to Wendy, occasionally mentioned having met Janet Jackson,
agreement with Jackson was for him to attend the service as their guest
and then accompany them to their hotel to meet their son. Room service
was ordered for a simple snack. Jackson played hide-and-Seek with then
four year old Alex. Wendy said she was sure Jackson was there less than
two hours, not the twelve hours mentioned in the Declaration.
Michael called young Alex a few times and spoke briefly to him. There
were less than five phone calls, as Wendy recalls. Jackson allowed
young Alex and his father to spend the night at Neverland, in his
absence on December 31, 1997. Father and son occupied a guest house
with twin beds, never seeing Jackson.
a friend, and their two children, along with Alex, the Duke, spent the
day at Neverland on Martin Luther King Day in February, 1998. Jackson
joined them later in the day, allowing filming of the inside of his
home and himself as he, young Alex, and the rest of the party, enjoyed
the rides at Neverland. Wendy said she sensed Jackson felt
uncomfortable with this unexpected invasion of his private space.
they never saw Michael again Alex attempted to arrange the sale of a
plane to the star, for which he hoped to get a commission.
Montagu found out about Alex’s involvement and the Declaration when she
began receiving calls from her friends on March 25th, telling her about
Alex’s interview on MSNBC.
She was stunned to hear her husband’s claims their home and car had
been vandalized. Nothing of the kind had taken place.
only did Alex fail to mention it at the time, he and Wendy had carried
on occasional chats about the pleasant time they had enjoyed with
Jackson. The only sour note Wendy remembered was the non-purchase by
Jackson of the plane, on which Alex hoped to make a commission.
may have finally understood he would not be one of a larger number of
complaining parties. His testimony would not stand up under scrutiny
because Wendy, and the family friend who had also visited Neverland,
would contradict his statements in every instance. It is impossible to
know what was going through his mind at having made such an outrageous
this is not atypical of psychopaths. Psychopaths lie. Less intelligent
ones, like the Duke, fail to think out the consequences, being used to
carrying off lies by using threats, character assassination, and
change the story without reference to reality.
2006 the Duke, never legally married to Wendy, attempted to force her
to pay alimony and child support through a plan which included a
perjured account of violence against himself and nine months of stalled
attempts to keep the children from seeing their mother. Ultimately, the
court awarded physical custody to Wendy. The Duke left the area,
abandoning the children and never paying support.
years later he informed the Trust, who had been paying support, his
children were illegitimate. On July 19, 2011, the Trusts managed to
reverse the restriction on providing support to the abandoned children.
Telegraph July 20, 2011, Duke
of Manchester’s illegitmate children have claim to estate, judge rules
are a danger to everyone of us. They use the system for their own ends.
There are no limits to their lies or to their desire to either use, or
destroy, those around them, costing us in countless ways, they work to
kill our trust in each other because in the resulting chaos they are
find power and so benefit.
Alex has survived. Michael Jackson is dead. It is impossible to assess
the impact Alexander Montagu had, individually, on Jackson’s health and
well being. We will never know. The predator does not always bring down
its prey. But we should remember and be warned.
humanity moves toward understanding the impact psychopathy has had on
every part of our world we face a multitude of choices, together and as
individuals. A young man, Alexander Montagu, Jr., chooses to remember
wonderful moments spent with a world-famous icon, a kind and aware man
who could participate in the small delights of childhood. Young Alex
did not know Michael Jackson was a global icon. He knew him as a friend
who listened and cared. Alex Jr., now 18, is narrating the videos of
himself and Jackson so you, too, can see a side of Jackson captured in
find the good and hold on to it. Good is more powerful than evil,
bringing with it the power to heal the deepest wounds. Moments
of Happiness, My Time with Michael Jackson narrated by Alex