the public from psychopaths.
movie stars to us ordinary folk, everyone is at risk from those
by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
movie stars to us ordinary folk, everyone is at risk from those
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.
have heard about the Arvizo
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.
Duke of Manchester, has been identified as, “having psychopathic
tendencies,” since 1984, when Dr. Williamson of
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
from the hearing.
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
“Mary and Alexander: It's a title fight.”
Manchester estates were even then were seriously depleted in status
due to the excesses of previous holders.
, the book by Marcus Scriven, includes the
shocking excesses of the 12th
duke, barely touching on the
, Alex. This will most likely change as Scriven has
not given up following the ducal antics and is very aware of the
problems presented by psychopaths.
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.
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 Title
1991. His techniques began to focus on the use of his title.
, 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
Alex had, again, married.
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.
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 under control.
was never permitted to know anything about their finances. Asking if
the rent was paid was pointless. Alexander would always lie, Wendy
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 Wendy.
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 lights.
did not legitimize their union even though another child was born in
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.
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.
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 to play.
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.
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 father.
had settled a law suit filed for sexual abuse by the Jordan
Chandler and his parents
n 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.
FROM THE WIKI
On July 2, 1993, in a private telephone conversation, Chandler was
tape-recorded as saying,
There 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 over.
same recording Chandler dismisses all concern for his son.
In 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
People v. Jackson was a
media circus, costing tax-payers millions. Jackson was found
innocent after exhaustive efforts by Los Angeles DA Tom Sneddon.
As a Jackson trial became likely, news
of the previous multi-million dollar settlement rippled through the
The 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
was entered into the court record on April 20th
According to Wendy Montagu, and her
son, Alexander, Jr., now an adult, the declaration is a fabric of
lies with only the faintest relationship to the truth.
Wendy 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, never Michael.
The 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.
Afterward, 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
Wendy, 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.
Although 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.
Wendy 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.
Not 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.
Alex 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 charge.
But 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 bluffing.
Psychopaths change the story without
reference to reality.
In 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
Psychopaths 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
Young 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.
As 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 time.
Always 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 Montagu, Jr.