T. Boone Pickens is in a Strange Family Legal Feud Over His Son's Tell-All Blog

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The blog 5 days in Connecticut is a rambling, navel-gazing tell-all about a man's struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction. There's little to distinguish it from the reams of self-published addiction stories that populate certain corners of the Internet.

It would be an entirely unremarkable piece of work were it not authored by an adult son of Dallas energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, and if the son didn't accuse his father of child abuse.

"My parents had a terrible marriage; my father hated my mother, and she was terrified of him," reads one post. "He abused all of us. It was up to me to take care of my mom. When my father abused her, I took care of her. She smothered me with kisses, pulling me too close for too long. It felt strange, but I knew she needed me. I was her little husband, the one that loved her unconditionally."

Freud would have a field day with that tidbit, but Pickens leaves it mostly unexplored. It's his domineering father, he suggests, who is largely responsible for driving him into a downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse. He started drinking when he was 12, snorting cocaine and dropping LSD at 15. By then, he was addicted.

T. Boone Pickens says those claims are, in a word, bullshit, and filed a lawsuit in Dallas County back in February, claiming that Michael Pickens is a cyber bully who's filling his blog in hopes of extorting money from his father.

The lawsuit was filed anonymously, with all parties identified only by their initials. "B.P.," for example, is described as "a father, a grandfather, a role model, a leader, an innovator, and a successful entrepreneur," but it wasn't a very long leap to figure out who the parties were.

The evidence so far would seem to back up T. Boone Pickens' assertion that the blog's claims are at least highly exaggerated, if not outright bogus. Pickens is joined in his lawsuit by three other children, T. Boone III, Pamela Pickens and stepdaughter Elizabeth Cordia. And Michael Pickens' own son, Michael Jr., thinks his dad is out of bounds.

"I love my father dearly, and I know he loves me," he told Forbes. "But this blog stuff is out of control, it's not accurate in the least."

Michael Pickens dismisses this, saying his siblings "are being paid monthly to cosign Boone's bullshit," but there are questions about his credibility. There's the history of drug addiction, of course, but there's also a run-in with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to Forbes, he was sentenced to five years probation in 2007 after attempting to drive up the price of his penny stock holdings by sending out hundreds of thousands of faxes to investors addressed to a fictitious "Dr. Mitchel."

A temporary restraining order forced Michael Pickens to take down the more incendiary posts, but he's continuing to blog and share his recovery story. He's been touting a recent radio appearance and has used the example of his nephew T. Boone IV, a TCU student who died of a drug overdose in January, as a pretext for speaking about his own struggles.

The trial is scheduled for September.

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barnes.ann
barnes.ann

Well, maybe he's been dumped from daddy's dole and doesn't know any other way to make a living.  I must say you could blame daddy for not teaching a child to stand on his own.

MouthyGirl
MouthyGirl

It's just too easy to blame your parents rather than take responsibility for your own shortcomings and actually do something about it. Sure, parents have a role but they do not define you, he was a child of privilege and he brags about having access to all sorts of drugs and alcohol as a result of this privilege.  Maybe he's hoping for a Lifetime movie.

Blairm30
Blairm30

What’s all the whining about? Tons of folks have bad childhoods and then grow up to be happy, productive people. Once grown your life is what YOU make of it. Dude, you f’ed up bad. Your dad didn’t make you a criminal. He didn’t force drugs down your throat. You did that all by yourself. We all make mistakes. Own ‘em and move on. At least your old man made restitution for you. How many times does that happen??? He paid for your rehab too. Jeez I know tons of people who’d love that deal. Be grateful and get over yourself.

Dallascite
Dallascite

This is a sad story. Mike is a very sick man in need of help. I feel particularly sorry for Mike’s children having to watch a grown man spin so wildly out of control.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

He appears to be happy aboard pops $60 million GV.

MouthyGirl
MouthyGirl

@Blairm30 Exactly! Once grown, you are GROWN and it is YOUR responsibility to choose your path. This blog is classic entitlement at its worst.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Dallascite   What you're seeing here is a man TAKING control.

Out of control is what he was on drugs and under the influence of drugs and his father.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Lakewooder If THIS man seems happy to you, you must be one seriously depressed individual.

Dallascite
Dallascite

I disagree strongly. Mike deludes himself into thinking his negative ramblings about his family are “taking control”. The only thing taking control of Mike right now appears to be drugs or alcohol. A healthy person would never blame others for their own failings. Ever. The blog only serves to make him look bad, not his family. I am sure he can see that all of the well-researched articles are taking his father’s side. Even his own child agrees that the blog is bogus. Doesn’t he care what his kids think? How could he do this to them? Is he so self absorbed that the only person that matters is himself?

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