In 2003, the Neverland Ranch was searched by 70 police officers after accusations arose that Michael Jackson had molested children on the premises. After the investigation, Jackson abandoned the property, saying it has been "violated." In 2006, the property went into foreclosure.
Currently, the ranch is still in real-estate limbo, but one group of photographers spent time between 2007 and 2008 taking pictures of the abandoned amusement park. The photographers have chosen to remain anonymous and only to be identified through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles names.
"It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing," says photographer, Leonardo. "I was aware that the park had been abandoned for quite a while, and I knew that Jackson was in Dubai at the time and that he wasn’t able to pay his electric bills. It just so happened that the day I was out there, it was pretty windy. It was a good cover because there were guards on-site, and the wind sort of blocked out my noise. I was able to sneak in without being heard. I had no expectation to make it in, but I just wanted to see."
The pictures of the abandoned amusement rides are something special.