Conrad Murray Tells His Story, Part One… by Uinterview

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson‘s former physician, recently released his book This Is It, which tells his side of the story regarding Jackson’s tragic death. Now, Murray is telling his full story in an exclusive four-part video interview with uInterview.com.

Conrad Murray On Michael Jackson

Back in 2011, two years after Jackson’s death, Murray was tried for involuntary manslaughter. It was alleged that Murray bore some of the blame for Jackson’s overdose on propofol, a general anesthetic the pop singer had used to help him sleep. Murray was found guilty and was sentenced to four years behind bars, but was released in 2013 after serving just two years. A few years removed from his imprisonment, Murray has gone public with his story – including his intense friendship with Jackson – in This Is It, and in a recent interview with uInterview.

“I met Michael Jackson as a referral. One of my patients was a security guard for his detail and stated that there was a celebrity in the nearby area that had three children who were not doing very well, they were ill,” Murray told uInterview. At the time, Jackson was, “very undernourished, gaunt, feeble, generally weak person, and he also had a viral illness that accompanied that of the children.”

A few years down the road, when Jackson was preparing for his London tour, he propositioned Murray with the option to become his personal physician, meaning that Murray would have to abandon his medical practices. In the end, Murray agreed.

“Michael was telling me then that he had been looking at me for a long time. Actually, that’s the time when he says, ‘Conrad I have looked at you for a very long time you know? You are the best. I love you, my children love you. Whenever they’re sick you’re the first person that comes to mind, ‘Daddy, daddy get Dr. Conrad. He’s the one,'” Murray said, adding, “I think by that time when he was going to England he had sized down what appeared to be his family, and mentioned there were only four members in his family — his three children and myself and Michael.”

Back in 2005, before Murray became intimately involved in Jackson’s life, the “Man in the Mirror” singer had faced myriad allegations of child molestation. Murray insists that those allegations were of concern to him and that the safety of his children was his top concern, despite his deep friendship with Jackson.

“Michael and I had been around each other for a long time, and I didn’t allow friendship to cloud my vision. It was important to me, let that be clearly defined,” Murray said. “This was a man who was asking me to be a member of his last encapsulated family, he wanted my children and his children to live in adjacent residences, we would break bread together, drink wine together, play together and be friends. It would be important for me to make sure that Michael Jackson was not a danger to any child, including my son, who was a newborn.”

As Jackson’s personal physician, Murray interacted with Jackson every day. “He was always pleasant, always polite,” said Murray, who revealed that Jackson would have dinner prepared for him by his chef every night. Murray also revealed that Jackson, known for his dynamic dance moves, had a deep antipathy towards exercise. “Michael would not exercise, no weights, five pounds or anything would have him running to the other side of the room.”

Murray’s best memories from living side-by-side with Jackson involved hearing the legend sing. “He would sing for me, and I think I took it for granted at the time,” Murray admitted to uInterview. “Michael Jackson is singing a song every morning or he’s practicing his moves for me and I’m just there as a big listener. The memories are embedded in my mind. I can’t forget. He clearly has the voice of a sparrow, voice of an angel. He is absolutely magical when he sings.”

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Q: How did you meet Michael Jackson? -

I met Michael Jackson as a referral. One of my patients was a security guard for his detail and stated that there was a celebrity in the nearby area that had three children who were not doing very well, they were ill.

Q: How was Jackson’s health during your first visit? -

I would say a very undernourished, gaunt, feeble, generally weak person, and he also had a viral illness that accompanied that of the children. I felt he was significantly dehydrated and he required hydration so he could’ve appeared a little worse than he actually would have been – but very thin.

Q: How did you become his personal physician? -

I had been his personal physician since 2006, actually, with the exception of that call and thereafter continued. Then, I became his personal physician for the London tour — that was something different. That’s when I was asked to give up my practices, which I had built up for a number of years — and there was more than one practice — in order to do this. Michael was telling me then that he had been looking at me for a long time. Actually, that’s the time when he says, ‘Conrad I have looked at you for a very long time you know? You are the best. I love you, my children love you. Whenever they’re sick you’re the first person that comes to mind, ‘Daddy, daddy get Dr. Conrad. He’s the one.’ I think by that time when he was going to England he had sized down what appeared to be his family, and mentioned there were only four members in his family — his three children and myself and Michael. He wanted an ongoing, unending relationship, and I actually had him slow down because my forte is medicine, that’s what I love to do. So, deciding to go with Michael in the first place was a very difficult challenge, the decision did not come easy but I felt I could work it out.

Q: What was it like living with Jackson? -

He was always pleasant, always polite. He insisted that I had a meal prepared for me everyday. Of course, I went to him mostly at night, starting around 9 p.m., and he would have his chef, before she left that day, or he, whoever was working with him at the time, prepare a meal and leave it in the warmer for me. I really did not use it most of the time. I’d give it to security because I did not really care to eat that late. But, it was just his gesture of kindness and love. He wanted to make sure I had food. He woke up in the morning, usually, and first he would go do stretches. He hated exercise, could not show him a gym — that’s totally ridiculous. Michael would not exercise, no weights, five pounds or anything would have him running to the other side of the room. But, he would go through his traditional stretches, he would look in the mirror to ask me to look in his eyes and he wanted to make sure his eyes were always porcelain looking. And I said, ‘Michael, no matter who you are once you wake up first thing in the morning your eyes look a little red, not porcelain. It changes gradually during the day.’ That would be the case. Then he would sing, he would sing for me and I think I took it for granted at the time. You know? Michael Jackson is singing a song every morning or he’s practicing his moves for me and I’m just there as a big listener. I took it for granted, but the memories are embedded in my mind. I can’t forget it. He clearly has the voice that is better than the sparrow, voice of an angel. He is absolutely magical when he sings.

Q: Were you concerned about the pedophilia charges brought against him? -

Michael and I had been around each other for a long time, and I didn’t allow friendship to cloud my vision. It was important to me, let that be clearly defined. This was a man who was asking me to be a member of his last encapsulated family, he wanted my children and his children to live in adjacent residences, we would break bread together, drink wine together, play together and be friends. It would be important for me to make sure that Michael Jackson was not a danger to any child, including my son, who was a newborn. He was exonerated from the case, as a result of which he then stated to me he would never go to California and perform a single song. He would never do a concert in that state. He had no desire, no love for Neverland Valley Ranch. He was through with that place. He wanted a Neverland as big as Nevada at one point. He was trying to acquire the Sultan of Brunei, a secondary residence in Las Vegas, for $22 million. But, he did not have all the money to acquire the property. So, going to London, doing all of the concerts, was a new measure for Michael to amass wealth that he can again use and become independent.