Jackson legacy expected to thrive after trial

By LINDA DEUTSCH | December 1, 2011 | 4:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Experts say the legacy and posthumous earning power of Michael Jackson may have been enhanced by disclosures of his hidden anguish and victimization by a money-hungry doctor.

Jackson died before he could launch a series of highly anticipated comeback concerts in London as he tried to regain the towering status he enjoyed when he released the "Thriller" album in 1983.

Still, the death of the superstar has breathed new life into record sales and boosted other projects to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for his estate, even as his already tarnished personal life took another hit by revelations about his drug use.

Jackson zoomed to the top of the Forbes Magazine list of highest earning dead celebrities and his executors are moving quickly on more projects designed to burnish the performer's image and expand the inheritance of his three children.