Michael Jackson stashed pictures of nude children in secret sex closet at Neverland, video of 2003 raid shows
Investigators from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office uncovered several disturbing items from the raid
A video of the 2003 raid of Michael Jackson's Neverland mansion by 70 members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office following allegations of sexual abuse made by 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo shows deputies uncovering the singer's collection of pornographic material, many of them featuring young, semi-naked boys.
After Arvizo alleged Jackson had shown him how to masturbate, despite his consistent refusals, the Santa Barbara County Attorney's Office launched a criminal investigation against the "King of Pop." The aforementioned raid of Neverland shortly followed, with investigators finding Jackson's secret closet which was hidden in the back of his bedroom and reinforced with three deadlocks.
According to the Daily Mail, inside the closet was memorabilia like a photograph signed by Macaulay Culkin and which read, "Don't leave me alone in the house," stuffed animals, games, and even naked photos.
A report filed by the officers who raided the mansion detailing their findings said they had uncovered at least seven collections of works, in Jackson's bathroom and bedroom, which showed boys in their teenage years or younger who were partially clothed or fully naked. One of those collections, titled 'Taormina Wilhelm Von Gloeden,' was "nude photos of teenage boys from the late 1800s," according to court filings.
Other findings included a book "depicting nude children" found in Jackson's arcade room, a book which contained "nude photographs of men," and multiple other books which included photographs of "naked and semi-naked gay men" and nude and semi-nude pictures of "pre-teen or early teenage individuals" in the master bedroom.
An investigator expressed how, based on his training, he could conclude such materials were most likely used as part of the "grooming" process, and by which, the perpetrators seek to "lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims."
It was a view backed by Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen, who said at the time: "A lot of this stuff was used to desensitize the children, and Michael admitted taking one child after another into bed with him for long periods of time. We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse. There’s not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation."
Detectives also found several life-sized mannequins — some of which were superheroes like Superman and Lara Croft — racing cars, Disney merchandise, and a large number of dolls across the mansion. Jackson was ultimately charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in relation to the allegations made by Arvizo, but was found not guilty on all counts in June 2005.
Watch the video of the raid here: