Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson Remembered

How the child superstar grew into an icon beloved by the world – and the eccentricities that later defined him

KING OF POP:
OFF TO NEVERLAND

Instead of a castle, the King of Pop chose to live in an amusement park. In 1988, Jackson bought a nearly 3,000-acre expanse of land in California's Santa Ynez Valley and built Neverland, named after Peter Pan's world and complete with a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and more rides. After police searched the ranch as part of his 2005 child molestation trial, Jackson abandoned Neverland, saying it was "violated."