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Michael Jackson Surveillance Video Erased

3/16/2011 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The surveillance video of Michael Jackson's home the day he died has been erased -- lost forever, because the LAPD never knew MJ's death would turn into a criminal case.

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TMZ broke the story ... the LAPD only copied 4 minutes of footage from the surveillance videos trained on Michael's house the day he died.  The video shows Jackson coming home from rehearsal at around 12:30 AM. 

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers will ask a judge today to order authorities to turn over the nearly 24 hours of surveillance video surrounding MJ's death.

But here's what we found out.  The tape recirculates every 24 hours, and when the LAPD pulled the video shortly after MJ's death, the case was not a homicide investigation so all cops wanted to do was establish a time line -- so the only relevance of the video was showing when MJ entered the home.

We're told cops never looked at the rest of the surveillance video.

The video would have shown who entered the house and when, on the day MJ died.  It will now and forever remain a mystery.

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91.

LI_Mom    

The question here is whether investigators still HAVE the tape or whether they copied what they needed & then returned the tapes to someone a long time ago?

Is the rest of the tape actually blank/erased OR has it been taped over as is being said in other reports?

Why would investigators 'tape over' a surveillance tape... they'd use a fresh tape IF they planned on surveilling the scene of the crime? No, cops didn't do any taping over... someone else would have.

I can see cops not thinking much of this at first since it was apparent Michael died from an overdose pretty quickly. And celebrity deaths by OD just don't seem to shock anyone in LE.


I think it's entirely possible the defense had prior knowledge that a family member or friend erased the tape in order to protect Michael's 'privacy' & so they will try to convince a juror that it's possible some other person could have been spotted in the (now erased & unobtainable) tape.

Defense asks for the impossible & then will argue that since they couldn't get what they asked for, it would have exonerated the defendant.

I hope this jury isn't as easily fooled as the OJ jury was.

1295 days ago
92.

MichaelJACKSON    

**************MJ FANS******************

Some agency...ahem....is part of the cover up...IF LAPD is suggesting that video survelience showed that MJ arrived at home at 12:30!!!!! Michael left Staples at 1:30. We have Karen Faye and MJ followers to back it up!!!!! Beside in police affidavit, they said Murray arrived MJ home at 1:00 and he waited outside the gates for MJ entourage to get there!!!!!

Please spread this info, don't let them re-write facts as it suits them!!!!!

MJ LEFT STAPLES AT 1:30, HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN AT HOME AT 12:30

1295 days ago
93.

Tinkerbell    

Why would the LAPD think that just showing that MJ came home at certain time was important? It is silly

1295 days ago
94.

Speed Demon    

How convenient! Trust these retards to deal with something as important as bringing justice for someone's family and they totally screw it up! Guess its not that much of a surprise knowing how some high-profile people have all been on this witch-hunt, which obviously ended in a mysterious death without a trace of anything suspect! something screams MURDER!

1295 days ago
95.

mymjj5.    

I think it's entirely possible the defense had prior knowledge that a family member or friend erased the tape in order to protect Michael's 'privacy' & so they will try to convince a juror that it's possible some other person could have been spotted in the (now erased & unobtainable) tape.
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You've got to be kidding me. If the Jacksons had the footage, security would have been singing like a caged bird about it. The media would have had a field day harassing the Jacksons about the surveillance. Don't even spectulate on it because the mainstream media hasn't even raised a remote eyebrow about it. The Jacksons were on every news telecast after michael's passing. no one has ever accused them of taking surveillance footage. don't be absurd and for goodness sakes stick to your day job if you have one.
No one randomly took the surveillance footage. The LAPD already admitted to taking it, reviewing 4 minutes and erasing 23 hours and 56 minutes .....pleasezzzzzz

1295 days ago
96.

mymjj5.    

Some agency...ahem....is part of the cover up...IF LAPD is suggesting that video survelience showed that MJ arrived at home at 12:30!!!!! Michael left Staples at 1:30. We have Karen Faye and MJ followers to back it up!!!!! Beside in police affidavit, they said Murray arrived MJ home at 1:00 and he waited outside the gates for MJ entourage to get there!!!!!
Please spread this info, don't let them re-write facts as it suits them!!!!!
MJ LEFT STAPLES AT 1:30, HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN AT HOME AT 12:30
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I'm glad you said it. a couple of online sources claim that Michael left the staples center at 1:30 am. the web is being wiped clean of a lot of info regarding the last day of michael's life. especially the reports by the production staff/team within 48-72 hours of michael's passing. yet tmz will stick to the Associated Press version that michael arrived home at 12:30am. This is why the footage has been erased. Murray cannot prove he was at holmby hills before 1:30am to start medications for michael as stated in the affidavit. Murray is a liar, a killer and unfortunately for him the fall guy.

1295 days ago
97.

mymjj5.    

The LAPD is a joke. If michael arrived at 12:30 am, why not view and copy the footage when murray arrived at 1:00am? That would have settled it once and for all. But instead the LAPD erases the very surveillance information that would confirm murray's statement as recorded by the police placing him at Holmby hills in time to start medications by 1:30am. Nothing is lost to the ages. it's not a mystery by a long shot. The affidavit is not worth the paper its written on and neither are the "Officers" (total dishonor to the title) assigned to this case.

1295 days ago
98.

mymjj5.    

Beside in police affidavit, they said Murray arrived MJ home at 1:00 and he waited outside the gates for MJ entourage to get there!!!!! Please spread this info, don't let them re-write facts as it suits them!!!!!
MJ LEFT STAPLES AT 1:30, HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN AT HOME AT 12:30
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Love your post!
Per Kai Chase on NBC Today, it was normal for Murray to arrive at Holmby Hills at 9-930pm nightly and just right upstairs. Since Murray was the only staffer allowed upstairs why on earth would he be waiting outside? Surely he would just go indoors as always getting medications and oxygen prep for michael (jmo).
Also why would murray arrive at holmby hills before michael if michael had to called him complaining of dehydration and sleeplessness?
unless michael called murray while at the Staples Center or during the ride home.....which is silly........murray is lying his butt off as ususal. the defence team is still grasping at straws.
......tmz has to stick with the assoicated press version as well as whatever harvey told abc news (AP version)....
murray has no defence. the fans can pick through all the lies with little to no effort.......pleaaassszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

btw: the assoicated press really tried to rewrite the facts the following year after michael's passing.

1295 days ago
99.

sofi    

The surveillance video of Michael Jackson's home the day he died has been erased forever because the LAPD never knew MJ'S death would turn into a criminal case.

We're told cops never looked at the rest of the surveillance video.

So what's the truth? Was the tape erased or the police didn't bother to look at the surveillance video?

1295 days ago
100.

anna    

first the survellance video was missing now its erace this is so wrong i want justice for poor Michael he dont deserve this.
LOVE U FOREVER MICHAEL.

1295 days ago
101.

Marie    

The police probably erased the tape and put porn on it. Bunch of losers.

1294 days ago
102.

Frank    

Oh yes, of course, the biggest celebrity of all times died and the cops did not save each and everything within reach? That's fishy, isn't it? Oh, ey hey, wait, they can't show the whole video, since it would prove the hoax.

beLIEve

1294 days ago
103.

mymjj5.    

Has anyone seen any coverage on the mainstream news media regarding the LAPD erasing the footage? Will there be an official investigation or any disciplinary action taken against anyone?

1294 days ago
104.

r.schildt    

This is a mystery. One quiestion: How come this has not been detected earlier?? Why has this been kept a secret? Is it really a mistake by LAPD or is it not?Don´t be satisfied by simple answers.

1294 days ago
105.

Ulja    

,,and when the LAPD pulled the video shortly after MJ's death, the case was not a homicide investigation so all cops wanted to do was establish a time line .
&&&???
May be, policemen would think that Michael has died of chronic illness or of an " old age" while he has returned late at night off rehearsal for 50 concerts ??? May be, in order to suspect the murder, blood on a floor, a knife in a body or a rope on a neck are necessary ? What has prevented them to think, what there could be a murder? Presence of MJ's bodyguard or other reason.?..

1293 days ago
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