Born in the Bronx in 1944, Evan Robert Charmatz showed an interest in the entertainment industry at an early age. While attending the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, Evan and classmates Phil Feliciotto and Tom Johanson, as well as Evan’s brother Ray, formed a cover band called The Candy Men. With Evan on rhythm guitar, Phil on lead vocals, Tom on lead guitar, and Ray on bass guitar, the band had fun playing college gigs and frat parties. “Then one summer Phil and Evan got together and wrote that first song. We ended up getting a contract with Columbia Records,” Tom Johanson told us. After that, the band changed their name to The Fugitives, and they put together an album. “The whole album didn’t get released, but we had three singles that were released,” according to Tom.
Their double-sided single “Mean Woman” with “I’ll be a Man” on the B side was released in 1965.“We did get to play a lot and did some TV shows… got a lot of coverage. We lived the rock star lifestyle for a while anyway,” Tom reminisced. They appeared on local programs in the New Jersey and Philly area. “We played with The Birds. [Bob] Dylan used to come in and listen to our songs,” remembers Phil. With the one single’s moderate success on the East Coast the band had high hopes; they felt that they were going to make it big. “We looked good and everyone wanted us because we had the perfect rock and roll look.” The band soon changed their name to Fantasia and signed with Kama Sutra Records. For the most part the band members got along with the exception of Phil and Evan who, according to Tom, had “little personality squabbles sometimes—they didn’t get along that well. Evan was the business manager and he was very outgoing, and Phil was kind of introspective and a little wimpy, so I guess that kind of bothered Evan.”
At the new label the band recorded a song entitled “Got to Get Away” and had high hopes for the single’s success and the possibility of appearing on national TV. “We were excited for the Sullivan Show and everything. And then the third song kind of bombed out. I guess Phil was the one who got discouraged and he decided to go on his own. That kinda broke up the band,” said Tom.
Asked if Evan had taken a break from school at this point to focus on his music career, Phil Feliciotto said no. “Oh, he continued with school. I went to a party at his apartment one time and there was nothing but med students there. They were all doing drugs and here I am thinking, I’m the one who looks like the hippie that everyone assumes does drugs. It really made me look at that profession differently. They were all high.”
Apparently Evan had something of a reputation as a ladies’ man too. “Well, you wouldn’t want to leave [Evan] behind to watch your girlfriend. One time he dated this girl named Barbara Fontana. She was the daughter of a mob guy and it got messy. Things always got messy between Evan and these women that he would date. A cat would bring home a bird…Evan would bring in these women. I guess it was his gift to us,” he laughed.
Evan’s brother Ray would later exaggerate his brother’s supposed good looks, going as far as to claim he was better looking than Rob Lowe. He claimed that Evan “never had a problem attracting women. Blessed with movie star looks, a keen sense of fashion, and far more intelligent than the average bear, they flocked to him like ewes to a rutting ram. His problem was holding on to them.” In later years Evan would have numerous plastic surgery procedures that would ultimately disfigure his face and make him nearly unrecognizable. Because of that, claims of his extraordinary good looks still remain unproven.
After the band broke up, they all went their separate ways with Evan continuing his education to become a dentist, reluctantly following in his father’s footsteps. He obtained his dental license in 1972 and was working in New York when he met June Rochelle Wong, a beautiful woman of Asian and African American ancestry who had briefly worked as a model. The two married and moved the following year to West Palm Beach, Florida where Evan set up a dental practice. But Evan “hated being a dentist” a family friend told journalist Mary Fischer, “he always wanted to be a writer.”
His aspirations to break into the entertainment industry followed him throughout his life. Evan saw his former band mate and nemesis, now calling himself Phil Cody, living in California and having great success as a songwriter. Phil co-wrote “Solitaire”with Neil Sedaka, a song that would be covered by both The Carpenters and Elvis Presley. Evan in turn, determined to make it in the industry in some way, changed his name to Chandler—a former colleague told Fischer that he believed Charmatz was “too Jewish sounding” – and moved to Los Angeles with his wife June in tow, hoping to make it big as a screenwriter in Hollywood.
But Evan Chandler was having little success in both his screenwriting career and his dental one, and by December of the following year he was in trouble. In 1978 he was employed at a family dental center in a low-income area of LA. Evan performed restoration work on sixteen teeth in the mouth of a single patient, all during the same visit. An examination of the work by the Board of Dental Examiners revealed that Chandler, “left decay under the alloy, decay around the preparation, fracturing and crumbling restoration” of many of the patient’s teeth. The dental board sighted “gross ignorance and/or inefficiency” and revoked his dental license, all while Evan and June were expecting their first child and finances were tight. The revocation was later stayed; the Board instead suspended him for ninety days and placed him on probation for five years. Chandler later petitioned the dental board to terminate his probation, stating that he had been a sole practitioner in private practice since June 1983, which was not true since he had actually incorporated a self-named private practice 5 years early in August,1978. But despite the blatant lie, the board granted his petition and terminated his probation in December 1983.
Dental Board Records:
By that time, Evan’s marriage to June was in trouble and the couple divorced in 1985. An unnamed friend of June’s would later say that, “one of the reasons June left Evan was because of his temper.“ June received full custody of their son Jordan, who was five years old at the time, and the court ordered Evan to pay $500 per month in child support.
June moved on from Evan very quickly; that very same year she married David Schwartz, founder of the very successful Rent-A-Wreck company, and like Evan he was many years her senior. June and David went on to have one child together, a daughter named Lily born in 1987.
In May 1992 a random mechanical failure would alter the course of Michael Jackson’s life forever. When his vehicle broke down on Wilshire Boulevard, he happened to be spotted by the wife of Rent-A-Wreck employee Mel Green. After learning of the situation, Mel drove to Michael’s location, picked up the star, and delivered him to the vehicle rental business. Excited, the company’s owner David Schwartz called his estranged wife June Chandler, telling her to come over with their 6-year-old daughter and her son from her previous marriage to meet the star. Jordan Chandler, then 12, was a huge Jackson fan, and his mother June would say that he would even dress up and dance like him as a child. Jordan would later claim that it had been his stepfather’s idea for Jackson to take Jordan’s phone number at this point, claiming that Schwartz had offered Jackson a deal: “You don’t have to pay for the car if you just take Jordie’s number and give him a call.” By her own admission, June had also been keen to encourage a friendship between Michael and her son, telling Jackson about the time that Jordan had sent him a drawing after the singer’s hair caught on fire during the filming of his Pepsi commercial — in reality, it was June who had written the letter and had given it to one of Jackson’s bodyguards in the hospital, including Jordan’s picture and her telephone number. Mel Green, a Rent-A-Wreck employee, said that she seemed pushy with the issue, recalling, “It was almost like she was forcing [the boy] on him. I think Michael thought he owed the boy something, and that’s when it all started.”
When she met Michael in 1992, June’s second marriage was falling apart. David was having financial problems, and the couple were spending most days apart. Her ex-husband had also moved on, dissolving his first California dental practice on June 23, 1987, just a month prior to his second marriage to his wife Nathalie, a French law student who was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1988. Chandler would try his hand at a second dental practice in California and incorporated this practice, located in pricey Beverly Hills, on September 21, 1987. Together Evan and Nathalie had two children. Their son Nicholas was born in 1988 and their daughter Emmanuelle in 1992—the same year that Evan obtained a permit for conscious sedation at his practice. The couple purchased an expensive four-thousand-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Los Angeles.
By all appearances Evan was stretching himself thin considering he wasn’t making his child support payments and had a new young family to support. Seeming to reflect that Nathalie was the one shouldering the financial burdens in the relationship, the couple’s family home had been placed solely in wife Nathalie’s name within months of its purchase with Evan acknowledging that “ he transferred his interest in said residence to wife in December 1992 and he has had no interest in said residence since that date.” Dave Schwartz later testified that June told him about incidents were Evan had become physically violent with several people, including his second wife Nathalie, June’s mother and Evan’s own mother.
June testified that she had heard of a January 1992 incident between Evan and his wife Nathalie that had turned physical. Given the fact that their daughter Emmanuelle was born in July 2, 1992 Nathalie would have been approximately three months pregnant at the time.
Evan Chandler’s violent tendencies were confirmed by his brother Ray in his book All That Glitters
July 1966– Evan and Raymond Charmatz are members of a band named The Fugitives who’s single “Your Girl’s A Woman”, co-written by Evan, breaks into the top 40.
Evan spends 4 years in college followed by 4 years of dental school according to his brother Ray.
September 19, 1972 –
At 28 years old (born 1/25/1944) Evan registers his dental license with the New York Dental Board. It’s unknown what address he used in 1972 but his license is currently listed with the board at the address he committed suicide in.
He meets June at NYU’s free clinic (Ray says ‘73 when finishing school)
Evan Chandler moves to West Palm Beach to practice dentistry– changing his last name to Chandler. According to Mary Fischer’s source he felt Charmatz was too Jewish sounding. But feeling that Chandler might have changed his surname for a more sinister reason, I requested information through the FOIA. In my correspondence I included surnames, Chandlers date of birth and other personal information relating to him.
According to clerks at the National Archives:
“We located a file, which contains approximately 450 pages and covers the period from 1972 through 1978. The main subjects of the file are Robert William Masteller and others. The file relates to violations to the Federal Reserve act, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, receiving stolen U.S. Government property, bank Fraud, and embezzling. It is possible that there is an Evan Chandler (or some variation of that name) mentioned in the file, but we are unable to identify such information without doing a page –by-page view.” – They estimated a two year wait on any information.
Late 70s – Hoping to become a screenwriter Chandler moves to Los Angeles with his wife, June Rochelle Wong.
July 19, 1977 Evan Robert Chandler DDS was granted a California state certificate number DB 026607 by the board to practice dentistry.
August 29th 1978Chandler registers a business located at located at 1000 Granville Ave., Ste. 16, Los Angeles CA 90049 with the California Secretary of State — different place from the Crenshaw Family Dental Center on Crenshaw Blvd. December 8, 1978 Evan Chandler saw patient Deborah Cross. Chandler performed dental services on Ms. Cross performing work on approximately 16 of the patient’s teeth in a single visit. A subsequent examination of the work showed it demonstrated gross ignorance and/or inefficiency in the performances of professional dental services in that the work performed on Ms. Cross’s teeth as indicated herein was improperly done, findings of decay, fractured and crumbling restoration.
January 11th 1980 Jordan Chandler is born.
February 25, 1980 Evan Chandler causes for suspension or revocation of respondent’s certificate. Respondent herein has been advised and assisted in the past by counsel and acknowledges that he has the right to retain counsel to represent him at this time. Respondent knowingly and intelligently waived his right to counsel at this time and is representing himself.
April 28, 1981 Evan Chandler ordered to pay dental board restitutionin the amountof $243.00. He also receives a 90 day suspension of his license, 5 years probation, additional hours of schooling and is required to pass a section of the dental exam.
June 1, 1981 Effective on this date and pursuant to stipulation and settlement and order, Evan Chandler’s certificate to practice dentistry in the state of California is revoked, and revocation was stayed. Petitioner is placed on probation for a period of five years upon certain terms and conditions.
1980-1981 – Upset with his suspended dental license, Chandler leaves town for New York, where he tries to write a film script but is unable to sell it.
1981-1982– Victor Gutierrez is living in Arizona were he becomes a Mormon.
October 13, 1982, Evan files with the board a petition for termination of probation of his dental license. On October 22, 1982 the board denies the petition.
June 1983 Evan claimed that he was the sole practitioner of dentistry in his newly formed office, stating to the board he “has been unable to obtain professional malpractice insurance because of the restrictions placed on his license by the board. He desires termination of the herein probation to improve his chances of securing such insurance.” Seems like practiced without insurance for bit.
November 21, 1983, Evan filed the pending petition for termination of probation.
December 29, 1983 Evan Chandler’s dental probation is lifted.
1984 – Victor Gutierrez claimed to have left Chile at this time. In actuality he fled Arizona and changed his social security number in the process.
1985 – June and Evan divorce, June gets custody of Jordan, Evan has to pay $500 a month in child support. June married David the same year.
1986 – Victor Gutierrez attends an internationalNAMBLA meeting where he claims they talk about Jackson. Victor’s obsession with Jackson and boys begins here, says he hears for the first time: “Michael is one of us.” Claims they hope Jackson could be one of them so they could use him to gain acceptance in the mainstream.
July 31 1987 Evan and French law student Nathalie marry.
September 21st 1987 Evan opens his dental practice on 9100 Wilshire Blvd 330 West Beverly Hills, CA 90212
October 14, 1988 Raymond Charmatz files for divorce from him wife Jeanne Marie Santa Barbara Case SB173958
December 7, 1988 Nathalie Chandler admitted to the State Bar of California. September 23, 1988 Ray Charmatz registers contractor’s Business ( asbestos)
March 27, 1990 Raymond Charmatz is taken to small claims court by Office Mart Santa Barbara Case SC109426
January 30, 1991 People VS Scientific Asbestos Small claims case against Ray’s company. Santa Barbara Case SB185712 Expired contractor’s bond, workers comp. Bond amount 5,000 Not in good standing
January 1, 1992 Evan gets a permit for conscious sedation.
March 28, 1992 Evan’s lawyerBarry Rothman California State bar Disciplinary and Related Actions Overview of the attorney discipline system. 3/28/1992 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 88-O-12779 (case #)
May 1992 – MJ’s car breaks down, Jordan’s step father called June in to see MJ there, they offered him a deal where he wouldn’t have to pay for his broken down car if he would give Jordan a call.
June introduced Jordan to Michael and she informed him that they had seen him before, while eating at an L.A. restaurant but they didn’t approach him. She also informed him that when he was hospitalized for his Pepsi burn accident in 1984, Jordan, who was 4 at the time, sent a letter and a picture of himself to the Brotman Memorial Hospital. The letter included their telephone number. In reality, it was June who wrote the letter and gave it to MJ’s bodyguards in the hospital including the picture and her telephone number. She was trying to meet Michael for a long time before May 1992.