Watson: "It is all surmise."
Holmes: "But at least it covers all the facts."
- A. C. Doyle, The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes
It seems strange, but it’s easy to notice a huge amount of lies in all the stories about the death of Jim Morrison – stories told by those who were the real eye-witnesses of whatever happened. The lies are (or rather, were) being told by Pamela Courson (Morrison’s common-law wife) and Bill Siddons (then-manager of The Doors). What was the purpose of their lies? It’s obvious they were hiding something. What do I mean speaking of ‘lies’? First of all, there are just too many versions of the story about Jim taking a bath. According to Siddons, the idea to take a bath came from Jim himself; according to Pamela, it was her idea and she was the one to draw a hot tub; and describing the events to the police, she also said that Morrison threw up blood three times, and she had to give him a saucepan, and she had to empty and wash out the saucepan three times, but she doesn’t seem to remember that all the other times she tells the story to other people. It’s not very difficult to notice that all these versions sound different, which means that none of the above never actually took place, and Pam just couldn’t remember what exactly she was saying the previous time – possibly because she was taking too much drugs and alcohol. The ridiculous Siddons’ statement – of him not wishing to take a look at the body (allegedly because he “loved and honored Jim too much to want to see him dead”) – seems to be very curious, as well as the fact that the ceremony of the funeral – if you could call that a ceremony at all – was very simple (or, rather, secret) by the request of some mysterious “close friends of his” – of which only Pam in fact could be described as a close friend at all – so, it was Pam’s wish to bury her lover secretly and without service? It’s thought that there are a lot of mysteries surrounding the death of Jim Morrison. But in fact there’s nothing mysterious; once you picture the situation in a correct way, it becomes clear that there was no other way for the following events to happen. To get it correctly, first of all you should pay attention to the words which were said repeatedly by Pam and Siddons both during that period of time: that Jim had died “of natural causes”. Be it asthma, a heart attack, or a “sudden case of pneumonia” (and all these diseases aren’t related to each other in any way) – in fact, anything, if it could be described as a “natural cause”. Here’s an analogy: if a person has a lot of money with him, every once in a while he or she would check that it’s not missing by putting his or her hand in the pocket, etc. The situation’s nearly the same here, and the only difference is that we’re speaking about information, not about money. These people are trying to hide the truth, but psychological reasons make them touch the most important theme every once in a while: they say that Morrison didn’t just die, but insist that he died “of natural causes”. Why is it so important for them to underline this? The answer is as follows: Morrison’s death was violent. You can say – and so what? Why not say this to the public? In my opinion, there was a single very important reason for this. Once you suppose that the one who killed Jim was a relative – a son, most likely – of a then-very important and influential person in France, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit, and everything surrounding the death that seemed strange is now seen as not strange, but the only way the things could happen, logically. Of course, everything was made to cover up the crime – not only because of the love of this important person to his son, but also because he was very afraid of the negative influence the outrage (son of one of the most important people in France kills a rock star!) could cause to his political career. These two things explain all the following events: first of all, that it was a murder (not a death “of natural causes” or mysterious “disappearance”); secondly, it was made by a person who was powerful enough to try to hide everything from the public. It should be added that most likely Jim was killed by one or two gunshots in the head. Only in this way the gunshots couldn’t be hidden under the clothes, so they had to keep him and bury him in a closed coffin. There were more shots than one – otherwise, they’d call it a suicide, and it’s unlikely there were more than two – or the possibility of Jim not dying immediately is too low (it's likely that one of the bullets only grazed his cheek, or ear, etc. without doing much damage). However, it could be a single gunshot but from such an angle that no one would believe it was a suicide. Also, if they were to present this version to the public, many people would have hear about it, an official expertise would have been made - and it would clearly show that the bullet was fired from such a distance that it couldn't be a suicide. I shall also mention that another and, perhaps, an even more likely version of the events could take place as well – Jim could have been simply beat to death. A large bruise on his chest, blood that dripped from his mouth and nose, as it was said by the doctor and the fire brigade, as well as an attempt to run out of his apartment that Jim’s neighbours from the opposite apartment mentioned – everything fits in perfectly. However, it makes de Breteuil and his friend (we’ll talk about them later) look even worse – in fact, it makes them look like absolute bastards, as well as Pam. If we suppose – and it’s a likely thing to suppose in this situation – that Jim’s face was badly damaged, the events that followed look natural and fit in with everything else.
Now we can see the way the events must have followed. Pam calls the fire department (perhaps, the first thing she could think of) and asks them to rescue Jim – that means she thought that he was wounded and there still is a chance to rescue him (the words she said to Alain Ronay when she called him to help her that morning also prove this: “Jim is unconscious, and he's bleeding. Can you call an ambulance for me? You know I can't speak French. Oh, please hurry…I think he may be dying.”). Then the police and a doctor arrive, and the most interesting things start to happen. Once the police realize who the murderer is, they inform his parent, and the case becomes secret, and they wait for the decision of those who have power – it’s obviously a political case. Of course there was no autopsy, as the reason of death was absolutely clear. The delay between Jim’s death and the funeral (according to the Christian tradition, Jim should have been buried on the third day of his death, i.e. on the fifth of July, but he was buried on the 7th) could be because of various bureaucratic delays. However, we can think of some other reason. The rumors of Jim’s death have leaked out anyway, and the reporters who tried to call Jim and Pam’s flat were told that Morrison was “not dead but very tired and resting in a hospital”. Maybe there’s truth in it – Jim was unconscious and he was taken to a hospital, where he died on the 5th (most likely under someone else’s name – he had no wide popularity in France and, according to his own words, no one recognized him in Paris) and was buried on the 7th – the third day after his death. Of course, no one could really say if he would die or not, hence the indefinable answers on the phone. At the time they were thinking of various descriptions of death or disappearance of Jim Morrison for the public. Moreover, I think that at the time the operation of covering up the truth about what really happened was up to the French special service. They intentionally launched the disinformation of Jim being not dead – just in case; Jim’s note (fake, I think) which read “Last words, last words, out” also came in handy – or perhaps, really written by Jim, but at a earlier time. There was one difficulty in the situation – they couldn’t bury Jim in an open coffin, or the gunshot wounds on his head would be easily seen, and they couldn’t tell it was a suicide as there were more shots than one. In case the worst should have happened, they also thought of a version of Jim just disappearing mysteriously. The worst was if someway Jim’s relatives, someone from the American embassy or some other people who might ask to take a look at the body and who are difficult to make a deal with, would receive the information about Jim’s death, and the choice would be as follows: either let them see the corpse as it was, with gunshot wounds, or state that they simply have no body, that this person has disappeared and is likely to be alive, but they have no idea of his whereabouts. But none of these troubles happened, and they managed to make a deal with Pamela and Siddons (perhaps there was a reason to call, of all people, Siddons from America; he was very young (22 at the time) which made him even easier to make a deal with), who began to play the French special service’s game and help them in covering up the truth and hiding the events from the public; for example, Siddons stated that Pam was Morrison’s wife, which, as far as I’m concerned, wasn’t true but put her in the position where it was up to her to decide what to do with Jim’s body (by the way, in his will, written in 1969, Jim bequeathed everything he owned to Pamela, but, nevertheless, noted that he was unmarried and a resident of Los Angeles county, California – where, logically, he should had been buried. In her statement to the police Pam also declares herself “Mr. Morrison’s girlfriend”, and calls Jim her “boyfriend”, or simply “friend”. Moreover, answering the question about her boyfriend’s occupation, she says that he’s a “writer” (pay attention – not a singer, not a musician, not a band member, not even a poet)).
In his will, Jim states that he's unmarried and is a resident of Los Angeles county, California.
When asked if Pam was really Jim’s wife or not later, Siddons obviously can’t answer clearly and just plays with words. On Pamela’s side, in the death certificate (which she filled as late as the 7th of July) she called Jim in the form which was the most difficult to associate him with Jim Morrison of The Doors; Douglas Morrison. Moreover, this is the only thing written by Pam: all the rest is written by someone else (it’s easy to see that the handwritings are very different), including the name “James” written in small letters below. To make everything safer, even though it was known that Jim’s relationships with his family were terrible, they decided not to inform the family, so no one could ask to show them who’s lying inside the closed coffin. That’s also the reason no one informed other Doors’ members. Then Jim was buried on Pere Lachaise quietly and secretly. The cemetery was chosen not because anybody honored Jim so much, but rather because the famous cemetery is properly guarded, and no vandals could dig up the grave and look what’s inside the coffin. Also, there was no church service which certainly would have included an open coffin – after all, here’s a man who just died because of “natural causes” – and could attract some attention from other people who could just happen to be on the cemetery during that time. I’m not quite sure that the coffin wasn’t empty at all, though – to make it safer in case someone would attempt exhumation, – and Jim wasn’t buried in some other place. In this case, even if someone digs up the grave and the body’s not there, they could say it was stolen by Jim’s crazy fans or something.
Who’s the mysterious murderer of Jim Morrison? From what Pam’s mother told we know that there was another person in the apartment that morning – it was Count Jean de Breteuil, Pam’s longtime lover, an aristocrat and a dope dealer. But I don’t think that the murderer was him – the murderer was someone who came to the apartment with him, one of the Count’s buddies and a much more important and influential person than the Count was. You can tell how very powerful in France was this murderer’s father, taking in account that the mentioned junkie of a Count would soon die OD’ing on heroin – the same thing happens with Pam some months later. You could say that it's been too many months before her death, but you should consider that it's quite difficult to solve such problems in the USA from France. It couldn't be explained by the needs of national security, so those who arranged this murder had to search for some other ways, hence they needed more time. Moreover, if the murder happened right after Jim's funeral, it could scare Siddons, so he could have started to tell the truth about what really happened in France in order to make his life safe. So in this case they would have needed to commit two murders, which would be very suspicious right after Morrison's death. I think that's the two reasons why they let Pam live for nearly 3 years. The most interesting thing about her death was the fact that, according to her friend James Riordan, “although Pam had been using heroin, she could not shoot herself up. She always had to have someone else do it. Whoever did it, they claim, knew he or she was injecting her with a lethal” – so you can definitely say Pam was killed. Naturally, there’s an obvious reason for killing de Breteuil and Pam – they both were junkies, and junkies can’t be trusted.
There’s another interesting clue that Jim suffered violent death – it’s a picture of a Doors’ fan Brett Meisner taken by Tom Petty on Jim Morrison’s grave. One can clearly see Jim’s ghost in the background – please, notice that no one could prove the picture to be fake, and notice that only those who were killed appear as ghost after death.
On this picture, taken by a Doors' fan on Morrison's grave, Jim's ghost is clearly seen in the background.
|Jim's ghost: zoom
Jim's ghost: zoom.
You could also ask, if quite a few people in France knew about it, why no one yet told anything about it? I think that the answer is obvious – they were in this together, so no one could tell about the others without the clear risk to be accused of a crime himself. After all, that wasn’t the first or the last of their crimes – politicians, policemen and medics do so many malfeasances during their career. Also, they were indifferent to Jim Morrison. For them, he was no idol but just a drunk and a junkie – one of many.
In brief, the events were most likely to happen this way:
1. Pam’s description of what they were doing with Jim that evening: walking, going to the cinema, etc. – are most likely to be true. But they came home not alone, or somebody came to them later.
2. There were four people in the apartment: Jim, Pam, Count de Breteuil and the fourth man who was the one to commit a murder. Possibly, there could be even more people, but these four are for sure.
3. A quarrel began around the morning. Considering the fact that the Count was Pamela’s lover, one can suppose that she was the reason for the quarrel. It’s also obvious that all the four were drunk and, possibly, high on drugs. It’s known that Morrison was a very reckless person who knew no fear. Also, the neighbors reported that around 3 AM there was something going on in Morrison’s apartment – a fight, possibly.
4. Defending himself or his friend, or perhaps just insulted by something, the fourth man shot a few times at Morrison. Most likely, there were two gunshot wounds in the head (possibly, one of the bullets only grazed his head and didn't cause any serious damage). If Morrison was wounded, for example, in the chest, there would be no need of a closed coffin; if there was only a single gunshot, they would say it was a suicide. However, a single gunshot is also possible, as it was likely to be from such an angle that no one would believe it was Morrison shooting himself; also, it was likely to be made from such a distance that it couldn't be a suicide, which would be easily noticed by experts, as an official expertise would have to be made in this case. If there were more gunshots than two, it’s unlikely that Morrison would need reanimation. It’s also possible that Jim was beat to death, and his face and head were damaged so badly that the injuries were impossible to hide without the closed coffin.
5. This fourth person was a close relative of one of the most important and powerful people in France. So, everything was done to hide the details of what really happened and make the public believe Jim’s death was due to “natural causes”. Obviously, the scandal which could be caused by this murder could seriously and negatively affect the political career of the said powerful relative.
6. Most likely, Morrison was yet alive. What Pamela said to Alain Ronay whom she called that morning also proves this, “Jim is unconscious, Alain… He's bleeding… Can you call an ambulance for me? You know I can't speak French. Oh, please hurry… I think he may be dying.” It doesn’t describe a person who just suffered a heart attack. He’s lying unconscious and bleeding – this obviously is a description of a heavily wounded person.
7. Most likely, Morrison was rushed to some private hospital. The police and the medics both knew who shot Morrison, so they did everything they could to try to hide this story from the public. Hence, it wasn’t announced about Morrison’s death – there was a possibility he’d stay alive. However, they needed live Morrison even less than dead Morrison, so he was doomed. Most likely, Jim was taken to a hospital before the powerful relative of his murderer was informed, otherwise that wouldn’t have happened at all.
8. Soon (most likely, on the 5th of July, 1971) Jim Morrison died.
9. The French police and, possibly, French special service did a job to make a deal with Pamela and The Doors’ manager Bill Siddons who arrived from USA. Were they given a bribe or intimidated (both, most likely), but they agreed to tell to the public a version of Morrison’s death which had nothing in common with the truth, and was made to cover up the crime.
10. According to Alain Ronay’s evidence, Pamela (which is to say, the people who told Pamela what to do) wanted to cremate Jim’s body and only gave up the idea because she learned that in such case an autopsy would be required, according to the French laws. This indicates that they wanted to get rid of Jim’s body as soon as possible.
11. Bill Siddons has stated that he never looked inside the closed coffin and never even was curious why it was closed in the first place. But it’s clear, no matter if he looked inside the coffin or not, that he knew the real reason of Jim’s death. Why, then, couldn’t he lie that he saw Morrison’s body without any signs of violent death? He was afraid that the truth could become known in some way later, and he would be accused guilty of giving deliberately false evidence and helping in hiding a crime.
12. Jim’s relatives, friends and band members were not informed to avoid unnecessary problems. Someone of them could ask to take a look at the body – then it would be needed to involve them also in the conspiracy, which was clearly unwanted –it’s not likely that the conspiracy itself could still exist at all if too many people were involved.
13. Morrison was buried as secretly as possible. Prestigious Pere Lachaise was chosen as the cemetery for Jim, which is strange, as few people in Paris knew Morrison at all, and Morrison had no big popularity in France. Obviously, the choice was made because the cemetery is properly guarded – in case someone would try to dig up Jim’s grave (though it’s empty, most likely).
14. Even on the next day after the funeral, Jim’s death wasn’t announced yet. Bill Siddons made his statement right after he arrived from Paris, on the 9th of July. But he could easily set off from Paris right after the funeral, in the morning of the 7th, and arrive to the USA on the same day. What was he doing in Paris for so long? Why couldn’t he tell the news of Jim’s death on the telephone? Obviously, that was the time it took the French special service to complete their job with Siddons – so that he wouldn’t tell the truth even outside of France.
15. Behindhand, the “official version” of Jim Morrison’s death was made, and it’s full of ridiculous contradictions:
1. According to Pam, when she found Jim’s body in the bathtub, the water was cold already, and that was around 6.30 AM. According to the evidence of Dr. Vassille, Morrison died around 5 AM. However, the paramedics, who came to the apartment at exactly 9.24 AM, reported that the water in the bath was still “lukewarm”.
2. In every story about Jim’s death all the details are confused: when exactly did Jim and Pamela come home (from 1 to 2.30 AM); did they come home together or separately; who was the first one to awake – Morrison or Pamela; whose idea it was for Morrison to take a bath – Morrison’s or Pamela’s; did Jim throw up blood or not; was the bathroom door locked or not; Count de Breteuil was present or not; Morrison was buried on the 7th at 9 AM or 11 AM; Bill Siddons didn’t look inside the coffin on his own free will or because he arrived to the funeral so late that the coffin lid was already screwed down.
3. It’s very strange that Alain Ronay, who was present in the apartment after Pamela called him for such a long time, didn’t even bother to take a look at the body of, allegedly, his close friend – moreover, it was for the same reason Siddons didn’t look inside the coffin – because he didn’t want to see his friend dead. What a coincidence.
4. How was the hot bathtub with steam supposed to help Jim, who suffered from asthma (as it’s stated, for example, in the recent “official” book “The Doors by The Doors; with Ben Fong-Torres”, ISBN 1-4013-0303-X; it’s also stated in this book that Pam drew the hot bath to help Jim with his asthma)? The sultriness and steam, on the contrary, are likely to make the problems with asthma worse.
5. Bill Siddons repeatedly makes stress on Jim’s “respiratory problem”, as a proof that Jim died “of natural causes”. How is this problem connected with the heart failure – Jim’s official cause of death?
6. According to Bill Siddons’ words, Jim had complained of the said “respiratory problem” on “Saturday, the day of his death”. When could he manage to do it, if, according to the official version, he died as early as 5 AM?
7. In the death certificate, it’s written in capital letters: “DOUGLAS MORRISON”, and only below, it’s added in small letters (and seems to be separate), “James”. It indicates that they tried to hide his name and true identity.
You can see that Jim was listed as "DOUGLAS MORRISON" with a small "James" added below.
The police report, signed by Pamela.
|Police report, pt.2.
Police report, pt.2.
16. All these reports that contradict each other indicate that none of the described events actually took place, and the eye-witnesses are simply lying – that’s why their reports differ from each other, and that’s why they say different things in different times – they just cannot remember the way they lied before, because in reality that events didn’t take place.
17. The weakest links – junkies Pamela and Count de Breteuil – soon die of OD. In Pamela’s case it’s known that she didn’t shot herself, hence, it’s for sure she was killed.
18. The version about Jim being in fact alive and staging his death is successful in closing public’s eyes on the real reasons why Jim Morrison’s death is surrounded with mysteries.
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