Michael Jackson was born in Indiana in 1958. The seventh of nine children, Michael and his siblings had a knack for music. Their father, whom Michael claims was abusive, organized a band featuring a handful of his sons called The Jackson 5.
After appearing in The Wiz with Diana Ross, Michael becomes a solo singing sensation in '80s with hit songs like "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller."
As Michael's popularity grew, so did his odd behavior. The "Bad" singer adopted a chimp and began getting plastic surgery. Sleeping in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and buying the bones of The Elephant Man lead to the nickname "Wacko Jacko."
Ensconced in "Neverland", sleeping in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and buying the bones of The Elephant Man lead to the nickname "Wacko Jacko."
In 2003, Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation of a young boy and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in order to commit that felony. At his 2005 trial he wore pajama pants to court due to a back injury. Jacko denied the allegations and was acquitted on all counts.
After the trial, Michael went into seclusion in the Persian Gulf. Saddled with financial and health problems, Jacko returned to the United States but rarely emerged in public. Jacko's face is almost always covered with a mask. He also keeps his children --like his third son Blanket who born via surrogate and was dangled over a hotel balcony as a newborn --out of the spotlight.