La Toya Jackson: “Michael Was Murdered!”

They don’t call her “Detective La Toya” for nothing. On the eve of the first anniversary of his death, Michael Jackson’s big sister La Toya Jackson is standing by her infamous assertion that the “Thriller” star was murdered because he was “worth so much more dead than alive.”

The singer’s death, last June 25, sparked a litany of conspiracy theories following La Toya’s declaration that her brother was murdered. His personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and is awaiting trial this fall after allegedly giving the pop icon an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol.

“I never had a doubt. You must remember from the day that I found out that Michael was no longer with us, when my mother screamed ‘he’s dead’ on the phone, I just went into this, ‘Who did it?,'” La Toya told England’s GMTV on Thursday.

“Michael was murdered for his catalogue – that’s the bottom line. He was murdered for his catalogue and they knew that, and they knew Michael was much more, worth so much more dead than alive. His children deserve the truth. I think his parents deserve the truth, his family and his fans. Personally I think it is a slap in the face, not just to Michael but to the entire family. It’s totally unfair, it’s wrong and it was not an accident.”

La Toya added: “I always wanted the world to see Michael the way we did. He was such a good-living, caring, kind person.”