While Michael Jackson is widely regarded one of the greatest performers and recording artists in human history—he was the King of Pop, after all—his story was not without its dark chapters. A slew of controversies, including a number of serious allegations, sullied what was otherwise a long and highly influential career.

While different individuals may have their own opinions about what Jackson did and didn’t do, the fact remains that he was beloved by millions upon millions. Even those who weren’t fans still find his mysterious life worth exploring.

Recently, a group of four people infiltrated Jackson’s now-abandoned Neverland Ranch in search of answers to some of the questions that plagued him throughout his career. What they found there, however, was something they weren’t ready for…

The Neverland Ranch was once Michael Jackson’s pride and joy; it was a dreamland where he could act out all his fantasies. After all, he didn’t have much of a childhood after being thrust into stardom at such a young age.

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After it was raided by investigators in 2003 following a series of child molestation charges, Jackson abandoned it until his death in 2009. The ranch has been sitting in legal limbo ever since, with no clear potential residents emerging.

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That’s why one group of friends decided that they had to sneak a peek inside by breaking in. While that action may have been questionable (certainly in terms of legality), the pictures they shared were nonetheless fascinating…

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A great deal of their findings ended up being just what you might expect, considering Jackson’s reputation. Even if he wasn’t guilty of the allegations against him, it was no secret that he was fond of children.

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Yet there was definitely a lot of other creepy stuff to be found around the complex, too, such as the strange magazines and demonic statues below. People know Jackson for a lot of things, but the occult is rarely one of them.

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Some of the décor was truly disturbing, especially given the severe allegations levied against the previous owner. One might think that considering such accusations, Jackson wouldn’t have wanted to have something like this made…

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Neverland was also once home to a wide variety of exotic animals, but those facilities have long since been abandoned. After all, once the complex was deserted, there was nobody left to take care of the animals.

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Above this old cash register was a bizarre portrait of Jackson as an alien overlord. Could he have been trying to tell us something? If nothing else, he probably just thought that it was an amusing image.

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There’s something especially eerie about all of these abandoned bumper cars, especially at night. One can only wonder how often Jackson liked to invite his guests to join him in his own little amusement park ride. If only that was the weirdest residing there…

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There were even more statues of children. Each one of these structures was so realistic and highly detailed that it was almost unsettling, all things considered. They definitely were approaching the “uncanny valley” territory.

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Is this the weirdest place on Earth? That depends on how you look at it, and what your feelings are about Michael Jackson himself. Regardless of how you feel about this enigmatic figure, though, there’s no overstating how interesting his Neverland Ranch remains!

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Something about the history of the ranch, combined with all the creepy statues, gives Neverland an extra unsettling vibe. This is certainly fascinating for anyone who has ever grown up listening to Michael Jackson’s music and followed his career!

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