When Michael was five years old, his mother became a Jehovah's Witness and out of all of the children, Michael, LaToya, and Rebbie were the most serious about their religion.Because of the faith, the children were not permitted to socialize with others outside of the religion. The family was viewed by the neighborhood as being strange, that they thought they were better than other people, and when the neighborhood found out that they were Jehovah's Witnesses, some people were scared of them. Michael's voice was discovered at age four. Michael was a fascinating child. His mother felt that he was different from the other children in the family.
"I don't believe in reincarnation, but you know how babies move so uncoordinated? Michael never moved that way. When he danced, it was if he were an older person."
Michael, it appears, was a handful.When he was three, Joseph spanked him for something he had done. Michael took off one of his shoes, and threw it at his father. Apparently, Joseph held Michael by one leg upside down, and gave him an unforgettable beating .At first Michael was afraid of his father, but after all of the abuse, he grew to hate his father. Michael eventually started leaning more towards his mother. "Because of Katherine's gentleness, warmth, and attention, I can't imagine what it is like to grow up without a mother's love. The lessons she taught us were invaluable. Kindness, love, and consideration for other people headed her list."
J. Randy Taraborrelli, "MICHAEL JACKSON - The Magic and the Madness" pages 7-12