via LA Times:
The Jacksons of Gary, Ind., rose to fame on pitch-perfect harmonies, synchronized dance moves and an unwavering devotion to family as personified by their pious and steadfast mother.
But in the last week, those qualities have come to seem as out of date for the famous family as the bell bottoms and butterfly collars they sported on “The Ed Sullivan Show”four decades ago. In a bitter public feud that has played out in tabloid leaks, Twitter posts and police reports, some family members accused others of kidnapping the 82-year-old matriarch, Katherine, in a bid to enlist her in a fight over the vast fortune of their deceased superstar brother, Michael.
The tumult boiled over Wednesday when a Los Angeles judge stripped Katherine Jackson of custody of the late pop icon’s three children. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff transferred guardianship temporarily to a cousin after hearing allegations that Katherine Jackson was being “held against her will” at an Arizona spa and had sounded “strange” in the one phone call she made to relatives since leaving L.A. on July 15.