In just a two weeks, the Dr. Conrad Murray trial has already produced several shockers. The image of Michael Jackson’s lifeless body, the frantic moments after Jackson slipped in a coma, learning Jackson’s kids, Paris and Prince, watched their father die. For Jackson’s fans, it’s almost been too much.
But yesterday, one of the most heartbreaking moments of the trial took place. During an attempt to show the jury Dr. Murray was aware of Jackson’s reaction to the powerful drugs he was administering, the prosecution played a four-minute audio of a semi-comatose Jackson. On the tape, which was recorded by Dr. Murray’s cell phone, Jackson talked about staging the greatest comeback in history.
In a deep, slurred voice, Jackson talked about his upcoming “This Is It” tour, saying: “Elvis didn’t do it. Beatles didn’t do it. We have to be phenomenal.”
Despite his longing for a comeback, Jackson’s main concern was always children. During the audio recording, he said that nothing in his life mattered more than helping children.
Jackson said: “That will be remembered more than my performances. My performance will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them. I love them because I didn’t have a childhood … I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it.”
Toward the end of the four-minute recording, there was a period of silence. Dr. Murray asks Jackson if he is ok. Eight seconds pass before Jackson responds. He tells Dr. Murray, “I am asleep.”