They Broke Into Michael Jackson’s Neverland. This Is What They Saw…
Back in 2003, Michael Jackson's iconic Neverland Ranch was searched and seized by 70 police officers from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department. The search came after Jackson was accused of molesting children on the property, accusations that were never truly resolved. After the search, Jackson was devastated and fled the ranch, saying that the property had been "violated." Eventually, Neverland Ranch went into foreclosure.
Years later, a group of photographers snuck onto the abandoned grounds and documented what they saw. Recently, those same photographers were interviewed for VICE, explaining what the experience of Neverland Ranch was like, years after the abandonment of the property and Jackson's sudden death. You can see some of their photos and insights below.
This is the entrance to Neverland Ranch. Naturally, all the photos were taken at night, as the photographers had to visit under darkness to prevent them from getting caught.
They also published these photos anonymously, saying that what they saw there was equal parts compelling and totally bizarre.
According to one photographer, this logo of a boy sitting on the moon was everywhere around the property: Painted on the ground, in sculptures, furniture, and more.
They also captured some of Jackson's old collectible memorabilia.
According to the photographers, they didn't even have to break into the house: Once they climbed the gate, the rest of the property was open.
Overall, they said the vibe of Neverland Ranch was pretty uncomfortable because they were struck with the feeling of invading someone's privacy -- but it also gave them insights into the peculiar mind of Michael Jackson himself.
They were able to see almost all of the property, save for the petting zoo area which was inaccessible.
The massive clock in the garden is stuck at 2:55, which happens to be the time the photographer snapped the photo.
Overall, the experience was unique -- and luckily, these guys were able to remain undetected and share the images with the world.