Michael Jackson ‘obsessed with cloning himself’
Posted July 7, 2009on:
Michael Jackson was obsessed with immortality and the idea of cloning himself, according to his former chauffeur Al Bowman.
The King of Pop reportedly attended a Las Vegas conference on human cloning with longtime friend Uri Geller, according to Mr Bowman.
Mr Bowman, who drove the pair to the event in 2002, said Jackson was particularly impressed with a group called the Raelians, who believe the key to eternal life is cloning.
Remembering Jackson’s reaction following the conference, Mr Bowman said: “Jackson was very excited.
“He bounced out of that conference like a small child. He was smiling and on a high. I heard him and Uri talking in the back of the limo.
“He was talking about the prospect of being cloned. He grabbed Uri by both arms and told him, ‘I really want to do it Uri, and I don’t care how much it costs’.”
The Raelian sect, who believe the human soul dies when the body dies, believe in recreating individuals from their own genetic make-up.
They have a scientific arm called Clonaid, which regularly holds fund-raisers in order to share its latest research.
Mr Bowman, 50, Jackson’s driver for 10 years, told the Daily Mirror he remembers the singer talking about the cloning of Dolly the sheep in Britain in 1996, saying that the singer was “totally fascinated by it”.
“Michael said he wanted a mini-version of himself cloned to carry on his legacy. He was hoping that Michael Jackson could live for ever,” he said.
The Raelian movement began after a former racing car journalist, Claude Vorilhon, claimed he was contacted by an extraterrestrial who told him – in fluent French – that humans were created in laboratories by people from another planet.
The creators, known as the Elohim, a word in ancient Hebrew meaning “those who came from the sky”, told him to spread the word on Earth in preparation for their return.
Since then the Raelians have grown into an international movement, and are believed to have up to 55,000 members.
In 1997, the group founded Clonaid, who claimed to have cloned a human being in 2002.
Mr Bowman added: “I used to drive so many celebrities around LA, and so many of them became obsessed with these weird religious sects – Michael was no different. People in Hollywood are the most creative people you’ll ever meet, but they’re also the most stupid people around. They believe almost anything and then they hand over all their millions to these groups.”