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The explosive, definitive account of Michael Jackson’s fall from grace has now been updated with four new fascinating chapters. Award-winning journalist Diane Dimond, who first broke the story of the King of Pop’s battles against child molestation charges from 1993 to 2005, takes you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade. This audio version gives listeners a dramatic glimpse of one reporter’s vigilance and unending quest to uncover the truth.

Michael Jackson has long captured the world’s attention, first as the dynamic lead singer of the Jackson Five, then during his highly successful breakout solo career. But somewhere along the line, Jackson transformed himself into something hardly recognizable and was investigated - not once, but twice - for crimes we could hardly imagine. Even now, after his unexpected acquittal on multiple charges of child molestation, there is a sense that the real truth behind the allegations is not known. 

The character of Michael Jackson - from his humble beginnings to his rich career and the birth of Neverland Ranch - is destined for great debate among fans, journalists, historians, and psychiatrists for years to come. In the meantime, there is Diane Dimond, the journalist of record on the Jackson case. In November 2003, when the Santa Barbara county sheriff’s department conducted another raid on Neverland Ranch, Diane Dimond and her camera crews were the only ones there to capture the moment and report the news to the world. Now, for the first time, Dimond recounts the multifaceted details of the Jackson case, utilizing her extensive notes and sources. What she tells us is a shocking story. 

Be Careful Who You Love will take you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade, while giving listeners a dramatic glimpse of one reporter’s vigilance and unending quest to uncover the truth.

©2005 Diane Dimond (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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DD delivers again with all new chapters

Diane Dimond was the first to break the allegations against Michael Jackson and has continually been an outstanding resource on these allegations,. Be Careful Who You Love gives a detailed and extensively researched account on the allegations against The King of POP.. The book also discusses the many factors that created Michael Jackson the pop star as well as Michael Jackson the man. Very few reporters have been successfully able to show both sides of the legendary pop star but Be Careful Who You Love does just that. I have used this book extensively in my own research on the allegations against Michael Jackson and continually go back to this book to reference things I may have missed. The new chapters give some great new insight on the years after the 2005 trial as well as give a inside look at one of the unindicted co-conspirators Vincent Amen. Mr Amen gives an exclusive interview to Diane Dimond on what his thoughts are today on the part he played in the Gavin Arvizo story. Many people have seen the Emmy award winning documentary Leaving Neverland and Be Careful Who You Love gives great context to the allegations in that documentary. Again I can't say enough about this important piece of work except listen and you won't be disappointed.

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A MUST READ FOR ANY MJ FAN... OR NOT

Diane Dimond takes you thru a riveting step by step account, done in a fast paced narrative that has you intently waiting to absorb more & more information regarding the case and private life of Michael Jackson. Much is quoted directly from the infamous trial, so we can form educated opinions. Additionally, we learn what was going on behind the scenes... and she has receipts! This book is an eye opener for ppl who have been fortunate enough not to have been molested. For those of us who have, especially by a man in a very powerful position... please take the time to realize that a man can do good deeds and still have a secret, deviant, even evil side. This book is a gift, bc authors so rarely give us unvarnished truth. The only angle Diane Dimond has is to ensure we get accurate information. A tremendous thank you for producing a book covering an important issue that too many want to ignore. *EXCELLENT*

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Reality Bites

I've heard Mrs. Dimond interview about this book on the Ed Opperman podcast and make me reconsider my "on the fence" position at the time. Mrs. Dimond is a great journalist , one of the few, and her work here presented should be taken seriously and with gratitude. Fear not...is just the truth.

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Lots of hidden information

This is an even more detailed book, bringing Even more light to Leaving Neverland. It really is amazing what money can buy, but in the end karma caught up to this monster.

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Great Listen

Excellent details on everything you wanted to know on the Jackson case and life during and after. wonderful detail account by Ms. Dimond.

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Be careful what you read😞

Hate this book. Obvious bias and sensationalism. Wish I had never picked it up. Realized the many lies and misconceptions after 1st two chapters. Michael Jackson was innocent according to people who knew him, she did not. The FBI investigated him for 10 years, nothing they found to come close to child molestation. Don’t waste your time on this nonsense, it is equal to ‘Leaving Netherland, total BS.

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such lies

This is a bogus, untruthful book of false information. The true facts are not told. This us written to tell stories to make money.

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Bring’s you back . .

I enjoyed the book as it bring’s you back to the trial and how shocking it was to have someone SO famous accused of such a shocking crime. AND with so many boy’s!
I remember watching Ms. Dimond during those day’s and I always like her professionalism. This book is chalked full of details and court papers, and lot’s a direct quotes from those involved.
As much as I love Michael Jackson, (paid $100 to go see him in Irvine) it left me feeling queasy about him. And felt he should have gone to jail!

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Great, but sad.

Dimond is a good writer and reader, and the content is excellent. What’s sad is that the damage is done, and many people will continue to either deny or ignore the evidence against Jackson.

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Much more than expected

Eye opening. I was a fan until realizing how wrong I was to believe the pretense of Michael's life was all about being a good person. My eyes were opened, and this famous man, who's musical talent was remarkable, needs to be seen by others.

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No balance! Tabloid speculation in book form.

Where do I start!? Di Dimond just drags up the same old stuff tabloids have been writing for years to sell papers and make cash off Michael Jackson.

I didn't pay to read on audible as I got a free credit and thought I'd give it a listen. I'm an MJ fan and I've always been open to hearing both sides of the argument. I'm the sort of person Diane ridicules and mocks from the opening chapter, for not being willing to see another side of MJ. She's quite wrong about a very large proportion of his fans, who as parents themselves have been very prepared to consider the question "Is there a dark side to Michael?". The fans have spent hours and hours viewing footage, reading documents, scrutinising everything! This makes it easy for us to add balance to the salacious headlines. Here's another slant on just a few of the points she makes in the first few chapters to prove how easy it is:

- the ex employees Diane claims saw MJ being inappropriate have also been convicted of stealing from him and were dismissed from his employment. Disgruntled ex employees maybe? These ex employees have also accepted six figures from tabloids to say they saw inappropriate behaviour.
-Diane claims children have been molested e.g. Macaulay Culkin, Emanuel Lewis and Brett Barnes. Yet to this day, they say nothing ever happened?
-She says MJ had Jordy on his lap at the World Music Awards and was bouncing him up and down for sexual gratification. There was a lady sat in the seat next to Michael with a little girl on her lap...is she a paedo now too? There were no available seats for the children so they all shared seats with the adults. What you are saying is...in front of cameras and hundreds of eyes on him, including the prince of monaco, MJ was openly rubbing up against Jordy? Really?!
-Diane suggests that because Michael was angry at the police photographing his intimate areas he must be guilty. Maybe he was just really distressed. I know I would be!

Whatever Michael did or didn't do, Diane Dimond always twists it towards her own conclusions of guilt. Instead of adding some reasonable balance to things, she chooses to draw twisted conclusions to even the most innocent of scenarios and then mocks fans for being too closed minded! She needs to take a hard look at herself. Someone once told me "people see in others what they see in themselves". Never a truer word spoken Diane!

The book is trashy and Di Dimond is just another journo trying to make a quick buck off a dead man. Sad.

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