Joe Jackson was the family member that informed the media that Michael Jackson’s burial service would be moved back from his birthday. Joe Jackson said that there were members of the family that had affairs to get in order and that making the burial service on what would have been Michael Jackson’s birthday — August 29 — would have been impossible for many. He said that the family was hoping that the Michael Jackson burial service would take place on August 31 but might have to push it back even later.
Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson must have been allowed back into the family loop after signing the court declaration that wife Katherine would be the one in charge of raising and caring for Michael Jackson’s three children. Why? Because the 80-year-old elder Jackson was correct.
Last month, Joe Jackson appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and was the very model of estrangement. He answered question after question with “I don’t know.” Where is Michael going to be buried? What did the family autopsy say? “I don’t know.”
According to TMZ, Joe Jackson knew this time around. At present the burial service is set for September 3. The family had discussed an August 31 burial date but that day had been deemed problematic due to public school’s opening.
But Michael Jackson’s burial has been a source of contention within the family since the pop singer’s death, according to several reports. It seemed that two family members — Joe and Jermaine Jackson — were holding out for a burial at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The rest of the family were set against Neverland because Michael had told them he hated the place, that it had been defiled by the searches and investigation by law enforcement that took place there in 2004. He left and never went back.
And it was his wish to never set foot in Neverland again that drove the decision to have the memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Michael Jackson will be buried at Holly Terrace in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The burial service will be limited to family and close friends.
But one has to wonder if the Michael Jackson burial service might actually be on August 29. Why? What better way to ensure that the burial service is uninterrupted than to have it on the day they originally planned? What better way to avoid the potential crowds, the throngs come to wish the King of Pop a final farewell? And besides, what could possibly be more important than attending the burial service of your son or brother that you wouldn’t postpone or reset a business date or forego some promotional event?
Nothing like adding fuel to the conspiracy theorists’ fire…
“Larry King Live,” CNN Television