The Sunday Mirror reports Michael Jackson went into mid-air meltdown and tried to flee America as he flew to Santa Barbara to be arrested and handcuffed. “Jackson was adamant he was going to do a runner because he was so nervous,” a witness remarked. “But his attorneys managed to talk him out of it. There was a lot of shouting. They told him the authorities would jam the guidance systems on the plane. They said the plane would be forced into an emergency landing. Even if he did succeed in leaving the country, he would be extradited back to the United States. Jacko was sitting in his chair rocking backwards and forwards chattering to himself with his head in his hands. He was a total basket case.”
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Jackson’s Ride Along The Strip Angers Vegas Sheriff
November 22, 2003 – Las Vegas Sheriff Bill Young tells The Las Vegas Sun he was unhappy that Metro Police had to use its resources to ensure the peace during Michael Jackson’s jaunt along the Strip on Thursday. “We had cops having to shadow this parade,” Young said. “I don’t see it as a good use of our resources. We’ve got enough crime to look out for.” Young said he also was bothered by the way people ran into the streets to greet Jackson’s motorcade as it came to a halt at stoplights. “I was very concerned about people running out and getting run over,” he said.
Las Vegas Is The New Neverland
November 22, 2003 – Jeff German of The Las Vegas Sun opined that Michael Jackson’s decision to stay in Las Vegas following the singer’s child molestation arrest has been an economic boon for the city. German writes, “Footage of previous Jackson appearances in Las Vegas aired continuously during live cable network coverage of the unfolding drama. His trek to surrender to police in Santa Barbara was carried live, as well as his circus-like return to Las Vegas. It probably was millions of dollars’ worth of free advertising, and tourism officials didn’t have to pay a dime for it.”