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So much has been written and speculated upon surrounding Jim

Morrison's life, death and after-death that it is no longer

enough to address just the facts. One must now also address the

self-perpetuating mythos that has developed and enveloped the

facts.

In the late nineteen sixties, Doors' singer Jim Morrison

founded a publishing company named Zeppelin Publishing Company

with the help of the legal department of Warner Brothers Pictures

and Atlantic Records. According to promotions for Zeppelin, "Jim

wanted to get his hands on the trademark 'Zeppelin' before Led

Zeppelin did. He did this while everyone in America knew who the

Doors were, but before the other rock group was well known..."

Zeppelin Publishing Company was chartered and put into

hibernation for later resurrection.

On July 3, 1971, rock and roll wunderkind James Douglas

Morrison was supposedly, reportedly, found dead in a Paris,

France apartment he had sub-leased as a writer's studio. His

'wife', Pamela Courson, was the first to discover the body in the

bathroom. Jim lay in the bathtub, naked and half-submerged. At

first she thought that "Jim was pretending", noticing that he had

"recently shaved".

What immediately followed was a series of bizarre and

convoluted events, probable conspiracies, strange coincidences

and surreal news reports surrounding the death of James Douglas

Morrison. Following the death there was a three day news

blackout. This was reported on and questioned widely in the

media, including articles in The Berkeley Barb, Esquire, the LA

Free Press, Sounds, The Baltimore Morning Sun, and many others.

Robert Hillburn writing at that time in The LA Times, called his

obituary of Morrison "Why Morrison Death News Delay??" igniting a

spark that has yet to smolder.

The blackout prevented Morrison's close friends from getting

at the principals and witnesses -- and the corpse -- for close

inspection. Even Jim's parents and his in-laws were prevented

from seeing the corpse.

Pamela had called a local French medical examiner -- Dr. Max

Vasille -- to take charge upon finding her husband's body. Dr.

Vasille listed the cause of death as "heart failure". Several

people viewed the sealed coffin, including Doors manager Bill

Siddons, who apparently chose not to view the corpse. Siddons

official statement to the press was that "Jim Morrison died of

natural causes" and that "the death was peaceful".

Although Jim's death was listed officially as "heart

failure", his personal physician, Dr. Derwin, stated to the press

that "Jim Morrison was in excellent health before travelling to

Paris".

This has recently been complicated by "Queen Mu" writing in

the avant garde magazine Mondo 2000 (Summer, 1991). Apparently

Mondo 2000 surfaced a rare medical file regarding Jim Morrison's

various sexual diseases, and the treatments he was undergoing for

them. There was mention of "cancer of the penis...". Queen Mu

reports:

"... Hey! No one wants to be expunged from the Book of

Life. How many medical workers at UCLA knew that Jim

Morrison was being treated for gonorrhea in the Fall of

1970? Knew of the biopsy that confirmed adenoma of the

penile urethra -- often consequence to repeated gonorrhea?

This is a particularly swift form of cancer whose only

alternative may have been radical castration..."

No autopsy was performed on Jim Morrison's corpse, as is the

usual custom in unusual or suspect deaths in France. Had friends

been able to at least see the corpse this might have been done.

According to several reports, a Morrison confidant Alan Ronay

also helped maintain the blackout surrounding the death. Jim

Morrison's body was quickly whisked away to be buried at Pere

Lachaise. Pere Lachaise is a national French monument and

notables like Balzac, Edith Piaf, Moliere, Oscar Wilde and other

French countrymen are buried there. Regarding Pere Lachaise: Jim

had handpicked the gravesite on several occasions for his

impending 'burial'. He had visited the site as late as three

days before his 'death'. This is reported in Break On Through

and other Morrison biographies.

The media at once showed suspicion regarding Morrison's grave

due to the fact that foreigners are rarely buried in a national

French monument. Reports like those in the Baltimore Morning Sun

questioned how he might have cajoled his way into the cemetery to

be buried.

Upon viewing the Pere Lachaise grave site, Doors drummer John

Densmore stated: "... the grave is too short!" Doors manager

Bill Siddons, when asked about Pere Lachaise, stated: "... how it

happened is still not clear to me". He was quoted in Bam!, a

rock magazine back in 1981 regarding the controversy. At any

rate, Morrison's grave at Pere Lachaise remained unmarked for

several months, adding and maintaining a further cloak around the

corpse and the evidence.

Only two people saw Jim Morrison's dead body -- his wife

Pamela and Dr. Vasille. Dr. Vasille has repeatedly denied

interviews and will not answer questions, and Pamela is dead.

The Occult Connection

Besides the "facts" as laid out in countless books, films,

interviews and press reports, there exists also a wild and

surreal assortment of rumors regarding "what really took place".

Many of these rumors center in on the occult, black and white

magick, Voodoo, magical Christianity and assorted mystical

strangenesses.

In J. Prochniky's biography of Morrison, Break On Through,

there is this description of Morrison-based occult rumors:

"... even more incredible were theories that Morrison

had somehow been "murdered" through "supernatural means".

While Jim was fascinated with the occult, it is quite an

assumption that a jealous rival or jilted lover could cause

his death in a Paris bathtub by stabbing a Voodoo doll or

melting down a Doors album while chanting a curse."

"... Another supernatural-based theory is that

Morrison's body had been driven to great extremes by the

spirit of the shaman he believed had entered his body as a

child on that New Mexico highway. When this spirit or a

demon its talents to influence the world, it abandoned Jim

and left him a physically wasted and mentally exhausted man

who felt betrayed with no desire to go on..."

Another occult theory exists in No One Hear Gets Out Alive by

Sugarman and Hopkins. Regarding Jim's death they state:

"... Other theories abounded in Jim's close circle of

friends. One had him killed when someone plucked out his

eyes with a knife ("to free his soul", as the story had it).

Another had a spurned mistress killing him long distance

from New York by Witchcraft..."

Anthropologist Allison Bailey Kennedy even went so far as to

tie Morrison in with Orphic mystery cults and the initiatory uses

of various spider venoms, which release the "deuende in Gypsy

tradition -- the dark soul that burn incandescently like a

cicada, immolating itself in fiery passion."

Jim Morrison many times claimed connections to the occult and

specifically Voodoo or Vodoun philosophy and magick. It was a

part of his "path". The moniker "Mr. Mojo Risin'" was an anagram

-- a rearrangement of the letters in Jim Morrison. Mojo is a

religious term describing shamanic "power icon" or affiliation.

The African root Mo refers to the dark or darkness. Mojo is a

specific African/Vodoun/Obeah traditional term.

"I think that there are whole regions of images and feelings

that are rarely given outlet in daily life... when they do come

out, they can take perverse forms" said Morrison circa 1968. He

goes on to say that "the shaman is the healer, like the

Witch-doctor." Morrison reiterates elsewhere that "we must not

forget that the snake or the lizard is identified with the

unconscious and the forces of evil..." So says the legendary

"Lizard King". "The Lizard King" was one of Jim Morrison's

occult code names. He was also called "The Exterminating Angel"

in occult circles, according to film critic Gene Youngblood and

others.

In No One Hear Gets Out Alive authors Hopkins and Sugarman

recount Morrison drinking blood with Witch-initiate Ingrid

Thompson. In certain occult traditions, the use of blood

combined with certain sexual acts is regimen, part of a hidden

technology for spell casting. This is especially so in the

Tantric Vama Marg (left-handed) rites. It is also a part of

Western ritual magic, used in groups like La Couleuvre Noir, the

Ordo Templi Orientis, Les Ophitis and others, although it is more

uncommon than common in occult work. This sort of sorcery is

also used in Voodoo/Vodoun Petro rites to summon different Loas

(gods and goddesses).

Speaking of the Tantra Vama Marg and the Voodoo Petro, there

is this description of death mythology pertinent to Jim

Morrison's occult beliefs and possibly his practices. At the

very least he would have known of these ideas:

"...but the human form is no means just an empty vessel

for the Gods... Rather it is a critical locus where a

number of sacred forces may converge. The players are the

basic components of man: the z'etiole, the gros bon ange and

the ti bon ange, as well as the name of the corpse cadaver.

The latter is the body itself, the flesh and the blood. The

name is the gift from God and the spirit of the flesh that

allows each cell in the body to function. It is the

residual presence of the name for example, that gives form

to the corpse long after the clinical "death" of the body.

The name, upon the "death" of the body begins to pass

slowly into the organisms of the soil... A process that

takes 18 months to complete..."

Remember, Jim Morrison's grave at Pere Lachait remained

unmarked for several months so that no one might disturb the

corpse and the surrounding site. The whole event from day one

was part of a blackout, remember.

According to Tibetan tradition, something similar is believed

to exist so far as naming the components of the soul and the

body. The Vama Marg and especially the Bardo Thodol (the Tibetan

Book of the Dead) relate specific death myths concerning what

occurs right after someone dies. Writing in Psychedelic

Monographs and Essays, psychiatrist Dr. Rick Strassman shows

that:

"... Another model of birth and death, and

transformation in which the 49 day interval appears is in

the Bardo Thodol... This is the time when the life forces of

the deceased -- the energetic tendencies accumulated during

"life", "decide on" or gravitate towards or coalesce around

the next incarnate form..."

Rock writer Greg Shaw, writing in Bam! and Mojo Navigator

interpreted Morrison's song The End along these lines also,

stating that each line in the song is a direct quote from the

Bardo Thodol. It all "makes perfect sense, if one is familiar

with the mystical background," said Shaw.

What are the implications for these ideas in light of the

supposed "death" of Jim Morrison? At clinical death, according

to the above, the person actually splits up into his or her true

parts, formerly connected into a whole being.

According to occult lore, it is possible to ensnare or trap

parts of the personality or spirit during this transition. Wade

Davis, author of The Serpent and the Rainbow and Passage of

Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie, has this to

say:

"During initiation, for example the ti bon ange may be

extracted from the body and housed in a clay jar called a

canari. A canari is a clay jar that has been placed at the

inner sanctuary of the hounfour (ritual house)."

"... During the stages directly following the physical

death and the first stages of after-death the ti bon ange is

extremely vulnerable... Only when it is liberated from the

flesh... is it relatively safe..."

Is it Jim Morrison's ti bon ange that is at the root of all

these occult rumors? Was it his ti bon ange that was bought,

sold and then collected on that fateful day in Paris when he

"died"...?

That canari has a name. It is called Zeppelin Publishing

Company. And the bokor, or Voodoo high priest who cajoled

Morrison's ti bon ange into the canari? He runs a company called

the B of A Company (or B of A Communications), formerly of Baton

Rouge, Louisiana, and now of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He owns

an active passport and IDs under the name of James Douglas

Morrison and claims to actually be the no-so-dead rock star!

Apparitions and Appearances After the "Death"

In the first two years after Jim Morrison's "death" in Paris,

many sightings of the rock star were reported. These sightings

range from the totally spurious and ridiculous to the reliable

and very hard to shake.

The LA Free Press and several wire service reports described

someone in 1973 appearing on several occasions in San Francisco.

There Morrison was involved with business and banking

transactions with the Bank of America of San Francisco. The

employee that handled the transactions, Walt Fleischer, confirmed

that someone resembling Morrison and using that name was indeed

doing business at the Bank of America. He did add that he "was

far from sure that this was the 'dead' artist" as Morrison showed

no identification. Could this be because a photo ID was already

on file at the bank, with the name James Douglas Morrison? Yes,

it is still on file.

According to authors Riordan and Prochniky, Morrison was also

seen on several occasions hanging out in "unpleasant places" in

Los Angeles and wearing Morrison's leather garb, all in black.

This was over a period of two years right after the Paris

"death". I researched this a bit further and found out that the

"unpleasant places" meant notorious gay leather bars, and the

underground gay community in Los Angeles.

There were also many rumors that Morrison was also appearing

regularly in Louisiana and had made several radio interviews.

Again, Prochniky and Riordan reveal that:

"... At an obscure radio station in the Midwest Jim

supposedly showed up in the dead of night and did a lengthy

interview that explained it all... After the interview he

vanished into the darkness again. As you might guess, no

recordings of the interview exist and no reliable source

remembers hearing the broadcast..."

An LP record called Phantom's Divine Comedy was released also

in 1974. This was rumored to be Jim Morrison singing with an

anonymous band with the names of "drummer X, bassist Y, and

keyboardist Z". The music reportedly resembled Jim Morrison's

sound quite well. All this again added and sparked the rumor

mills, and stirred public fascination.

However, in a 1992 press released from the Zeppelin group, it

is revealed that Morrison pal Iggy Pop was actually doing all the

singing and helping the "hoax" along. This added more fuel as to

how many people were actually involved in maintaining his "death

hoax". Up until the 1992 press release, the record company that

had released Phantom had refused to divulge the names on the LP,

or the singer's name -- which was indeed Iggy Pop.

Regarding all these rumors, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek

stated: "If there was one guy that would have been capable of

staging his own death -- getting a phony death certificate and

paying off some French doctor... And putting a hundred and fifty

pound sack of sand into a coffin and splitting to some point on

this planet -- Africa, who knows where -- it is Jim Morrison who

would have been able to pull it off."

Jim Morrison's best friend Tom Baker, writing in High Times

(June, 1981) had this to say: "I was very tempted to believe the

rumors that Jim had faked his own death."

A group of fans actually went so far as to try to get

Morrison's dental records, apparently to try to get permission to

dig up his body and match the records to the remains. This was

immediately blocked both by Morrison's parents and their

attorneys -- at least for the time being.

It is known that Jim Morrison had repeatedly planted the

seeds which would lead to this sort of speculation -- that he had

somehow faked his own death and dropped out into a new identity.

At the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1967, Jim started suggesting

that he should pull a "death stunt" to bring national press

attention onto the band. This was when he came up with the "Mr.

Mojo Risin'" anagram which would be used after he "split to

Africa" and wished to secretly contact friends.

Morrison also told Danny Sugarman and Jerry Hopkins on more

than one occasion that he could see himself "radically changing

careers, reappearing as a suited and neck-tied businessman."

Jack Holzman's assistant Steve Harris even remembers Jim Morrison

asking what might happen if he were to suddenly "die"... how

might it affect business, record sales, the press, and would

people believe it? With confidant Mary Francis Werebelow Jim

"entertained long conversations about how the Disciples had

stolen the body of Christ from the crypt, jokingly calling it the

"Easter heist," etc."

In a Rolling Stone article for September 17, 1981, author

Jerry Hopkins recounts many other Morrison sightings:

"The first one I remember was a beaut... He surfaced

in San Francisco shortly after Morrison's death and began

cashing checks in Morrison's name. He was not writing bad

checks, mind you; it was his money he was spending. It was

just that he was dressed as Jim would in his 'leather

period', and that he told everyone that he was indeed the

'dead singer'.

"The telephone operator asked: 'will you accept a long

distance collect call from Jim Morrison?' It was an

interesting conversation..."

"Our conversations were unsettling. He told me to go

to Paris and dig up the corpse, but that you would need

permission from '12 Catholic Bishops' to do it... A visit

to his home was more jarring. There at the end of one room

was a Morrison 'shrine', converted with posters, flowers,

religious icons -- the works!"

Years later, I actually got the chance to visit and interview

the shrine's owner, who claimed to be Jim Morrison. He told me

matter-of-factly details about Hopkins, as well as that other

reporters had actually burglarized the shrine in an attempt to

get a scoop.

Another surreal sighting involved "Donny" of Baton Roughe,

Lousiana. He described Jim Morrison at Morrison's home in 1978.

Donny told his friend "Larry" about it, as Larry was trying to

break in to the world of rock and roll:

"I remember Larry telling me about the whole wall of

one room lined with books all across it. Every one of the

books were about Satan, or had something to do with him. He

also told me about a large chair that looked like a throne,

on which this man sat and watched over his nude children

running around... I guess that you can probably guess who

that kinky old weird man was -- Jim Morrison, The Lizard

King!"

Another person named Rhea (the Greek goddess of fertility)

claimed she was living with Jim Morrison in 1979 with their son

"Jesse Blue James". She matter-of-factly claimed that Morrison

had "evolved into a state of pure energy... And can materialize

and dematerilize at will." She and Jim were also in direct

telepathic communication and in "electromagnetic synch".

The Intelligence Connection and JM2

Rock icon Jim Morrison's father was an admiral in the United

States Navy, privy to intelligence and counterintelligence

information. His name is Steven Morrison.

During the first few years surround Jim Morrison's "death" a

number of interesting articles surfaced. These cited references

showing various intelligence interests either in Morrison's

underground activity; his "death" or that intelligence had even

masterminded Morrison's death itself! One of the more explicit

appeared in the Scandinavian magazine Dagblatte. This article

detailed French intelligence efforts to assassinate Jim Morrison

in Paris. Author Bernard Wolfe writing The Real Life Death of

Jim Morrison for Esquire (June 1972) related the story of:

"Sherry, a Pasadena girl who knew Morrison well: "...I

couldn't make sense out of the stories in the papers.

Suppose he had a heart attack exactly as they reported, is

that what he died of? My God, you might as well say that

Ernest Hemingway died of "extensive brain damage". If you

want to know the cause of Jim's death -- not just the

physiology of it -- ask what triggered his heart to stop...

And whose finger was on the trigger."

In the first few years after Morrison's "death" the owner of

B of A Communications, named James Douglas Morrison, claimed to

be operating as an intelligence agent for a number of domestic

and international groups including the CIA, NSA, Interpol,

Swedish Intelligence and others. There are also connections

between James Douglas Morrison and various occult groups with

probable intelligence connections. [Author's note: from here on

the B of A Morrison will be referred to as JM2].

The enclosed plates show several documents implicating him in

intelligence circles. JM2 also claims to be the "dead" rock star

and former singer for The Doors. The new JM2 dropped the old JM1

rock and roll identity to become a "James Bond" wearing the suit

and tie that Morrison predicted when he was with The Doors.

This author has in fact seen what appear to be stacks of

official-looking documents and letters between the CIA, various

government agencies, national news groups like CNN and NBC and

JM2, involving what looked like personal meetings, projects and

ephemera. Of special interest is that when I viewed parts of the

files, all the reports had a paper-thin metallic band affixed to

them with colored UPC bar codes. There is no way for me to

authenticate the claims of JM2, but everything looked extremely

official and very elaborate.

From about 1972 through 1992 JM2 has left a surreal trail of

paper and appearances all over the world. These include letters

to and from Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and CIA Director

William Colby, through the Washington, DC law firm of Colby,

Miller and Hanes.

A courtroom transcript which I have seen implicates the FBI

and CIA in several coverups regarding JM2's intelligence career.

These show that there seems to be a systematic destruction of

files relating to JM2's spy activities. An enclosed plate also

shows JM2's Swedish Intelligence ID card, obtained from the FBI

through the Freedom of Information Act. Unfortunately the only

copy I have is obscured in the facial area, but the ID numbers

are intact. Also in my possession are files concerning JM2's

rogue financial activities with the Bank of America, and news

reports regarding lawsuits by and against JM2 for bank fraud and

espionage, which he claims was done under intelligence auspices

as part of financial experiments to destabilize foreign

currencies and exchange rates.

There also appear to be hundreds if not thousands of

miscellaneous files -- both classified and declassified --

regarding one James Douglas Morrison, dated after his "death" in

1971. These also refer to "WBC", a nom de plume of JM2. These

look like real letters, documents, and court transcripts

involving intelligence circles. These involve the CIA, Danish

intelligence, and others. There is also an active passport and

banking IDs under the name James Douglas Morrison.

Is this all for real or is this an elaborate hoax? It is not

the scope of this work to determine the truth -- or lack of truth

-- or the consequences of such activities. The important thing

to note for the sake of this study is that someone or some group

are actively pursuing and setting up a mass "urban legend"

regarding James Morrison. They are painstakingly documenting it

also. Whether this is a hoax or not is not as important as the

fact that a lot of official-looking information is being

generated surrounding the myth and legendry of Jim Morrison, his

life and his supposed "death".

Just why might this be?

Multiple Morrisons

Like the "multiple Oswald" theories of Kennedy assassination

buffs, there also exist rumors and urban legends describing the

"multiple Morrison" theory.

The idea that Jim Morrison was in fact several different

people and actors, or intelligence agents has been going on for

some time. Besides the "Morrison" singing on the Phantom (now

shown to be Iggy Pop) there also exist rumors that a Louisiana

banker as well as Richard Tanguay -- a close friend of Mick

Jagger -- perpetuated the hoax. Even High Times ran and old news

story about someone claiming to be Jim Morrison (post 1971)

running for governor of Louisiana! Supposedly Richard Tanguay

(related to vaudeville legend Eva Tanguay) took the Morrison

persona on, on several occasions, and even sang with The Doors

when they toured Europe with the Rolling Stones. Is this

possible?

In fact JM2 has claimed publicly that there have been

numerous James Douglas Morrisons, and that they all knew one

another and met from time to time to work it all out. The

impersonations were part of CIA sociological experiments like

Artichoke or MK-ULTRA.

It is impossible to substantiate wild stories like this.

But the fact that there are people and groups out there making

these claims in a big way and perpetuating "urban legends" about

Jim Morrison is a curiosity in itself... And funny, in a dark

sort of way.

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Hans Dolbrook

with the lizard king who knows?i can't remember when morrisson died if he had beaten his indecent exposure charge in miami or not!we should find out for sure in the next few years,his body is supposed to be moved out of per lai chaise in the next few years is'nt it?is there anyway we can find out where the millions of dollars in royal checks have gone?he must be puking now that the doors have "regrouped." w00t.gifw00t.gifw00t.gif

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He was a little before my time, my Mom loved his music. I never knew there was a mystery surrounding his death. Figures it would be my mother to send this to me. She thinks Elvis is still hiding out somewhere for pete's sake.... tongue.gif

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i remember when light my fire came out on the radio,a few years later i discovered led zeppelin,then aerosmith,kiss,johnny cash,lynyrd skynyrd,etc....

i really did'nt start getting into the doors again until 1989,when i bought my first cd player.one thing i do remember,morrison,hendrix,and janis joplin all died really close together,a few months i think.val kilmer should have won the oscar hands down in 1991 for playing the lizard king,i thought.morrison was born in a bunch of my cousin's hometown of melbourne florida too.by the way,the lizard king is way smarter than elvis was,so i doubt they are hanging in the same hood. laugh.giflaugh.gif

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My 14 year old bought a Doors CD not too long ago. Kinda weird, but I was listening to it and those lyrics are deep! Music to make you think. I remember Janis Joplin. My mom had an 8 track (wince) and I thought Janice was the coolest singer on earth!

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I haven't finished the article just yet...I've printed it off because I want to read it later...anyway I always thought that of all the supposed faked deaths in the music business Jim Morrison is one the only ones that seems to hold water. If I remember my facts correctly (I'm sure the article will set me straight if I'm wrong) The only people to see his dead body where his wife and the doctor that declared him dead...I don't think there was even an open casket funeral. With all the trouble he was facing at the time and the with the money he had I don't think it's too far of a stretch to think that he faked his own death and went into hiding. Maybe he's living on a mountain top in Nepal, or he's my creepy next door neighbor who never comes out during the day...who knows.

I've always been skeptical about it but I think it's quite possible.

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You mean I've actually stumbled upon a true mystery? Mama will just eat this up! grin2.gif

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not really a mystery my friend,more like an undermying curiosity.JDM was'nt married to pamela corulson,they lived together and she died a few years later i think!the odd thing about it,the doors were a lot more popular 25 years after his death than they ever were while he was alive.go figure!!!

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Well, my curiosity is piqued. Most definitely. I need to do some more research. original.gif Anything you all can dig up is most appreciated as well.

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Jim Morrison died in a bathtub in Paris, France on 3 July 1971, he was 27.many fans and biographers have speculated that the cause of death was a drug overdose, or possibly an assassination by American government authorities. Morrison remarked several times near his death that he was "number 3". Referring to himself as likely to be the third person to die mysteriously; Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin being the first two (nothing too mysterious about those deaths if you ask me). The official report listed "heart attack" as the cause of death.

Some fans believe that Morrison faked his death in order to escape the spotlight. Conspiracy theorists point out that Morrison's longtime girlfriend, Pamela Courson, initially told the press that Morrison was merely "very tired and resting in a hospital", that very few people had actually seen the corpse prior to its burial, and that Morrison, in the months prior to his 'death', had often talked jokingly with his bandmates about "splitting to Africa". Doors drummer, John Densmore, upon visiting Morrison's grave for the first time, is said to have remarked that it was too short.

Theories abound! Other sources state the following:

Morrison was fed up with the music industry in LA, so he packed up and went to live in Paris with Pamela Courson. Morrison was a rather large shadow of his former self during his final months. Too much booze (he was a confirmed alcoholic), heroin and women. He and Pam shared an apartment at 17 rue Beautreillis. It seems that Morrison had spent the fated evening at Rock n Roll Circus (now called the "Whisky A Go Go" at 57 rue de la Seine), where he acquired a fix (heroin). It was Chinese and very pure. Some would say too pure. There is one story that Jim died in the club, then his body was taken back to his apartment. Officially, he died in the apartment, in the bathtub, from heart failure. Pam reportedly told the police that Jim complained of feeling ill, and asked her to get a bath ready. Minutes later she discovered him, unconscious in the tub. No autopsy was done, and Pam "could not remember" the name of the doctor who signed the certificate and stated: "Heart problems were aggravated by the abuse of alcohol, followed by an abrupt change of temperature caused cardiac arrest."

Some claim that a mishap caused his death as in the following information:

Morrison came home to his apartment when he saw Pamela Courson and a pile of white powder on the table next to her. Jim and Pamela often got in violent fights about her heroin addiction. Pamela did not want to get into another fight so she told Jim that it was cocaine. Jim had been known to like cocaine so he snorted it. The heroin was too pure and too much for Jim because he did not usually do heroin. He fell to the ground and Pamela panicked and got a tub of warm water ready (to resucsitate him post OD). She put Jim in the tub and called the police. Jim Morrison was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m.

Is he dead? Was it drugs? A heart attack? Murder? Or is he hanging out with Elvis at the local Burger King? Draw your own conclusions original.gif

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Hans Dolbrook

you need to read the morrisson bio,"noone here gets out alive."it's a great read,and it talks about his controversial death.i've read a lot of stories about jdm and other performers,and from what most of them have said,robert plant,roger daltrey,mick jagger,and keith richards seem to put him in the major league ******* category.led zeppelin's john bonham,allegedly decked him after he called bonzo's wife a"colorful metaphor."it fits the profile of all the drunks i have known,great guys sober,intollerant as drunks.if jdm managed to get in on the zeppelin craze,then he has made more from that than he ever did as the doors lead singer/songwriter.

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JLizard

This site has the most intellegent discussion on the subject that I have seen up to date! Some really creative theories from some pretty hard to find sources. If the purpose of Unexplained Mysteries is to keep mysteries unexpained, then maybe it wouldn't be wise to read this. :geek:

Jim Morrison did not die, he faked his death. I learned about this through Mr. Gerald Pitts of www.rodeoswest.com.

Gerald Pitts is a famous rodeo photographer and auctioneer in the pacific northwest. He was filming a rodeo when lo and behold Jim Morrison walked up to him and started asking questions about movie production.

Had it been Hank Williams Jr. or Willie Nelson, Gerald may have known who he was talking to. But it was not, it was the Jim Morrison. A short time later, some of the timbermen in the area told Gerald that they truely believed that the man's claim and that the man he talked to was one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century.

Gerald's sons helped him to learn who Jim Morrison was. Gerald and Jim Morrison became good friends and from 1997 to 1998 produced a video film at a local studio hosted by Te Zins, to announce to the world that Jim is alive. This video, Jim Morrison Formerly of the "Doors" Musical Group Discovered Living in the Pacific Northwest in 1998" is available through www.rodeoswest.com. It also shows that Jim aspires to be in a movie made by Rodeos West Motion Pictures (RWMP) in which he was to portray a hero.

Hollywood quickly picked up on the news, and bigger and bigger offers started coming in from producers to gain rights to the movie. Gerald and Jim listend, but thus far have not committed. The biggest problem with their contracts being that the major film industries want exclusive rights to Jim, and just as it was 35 years ago, Jim wants his freedom and flexibility.

There are several reasons why Jim faked his death. He was quoted as saying "You're drinking with number 3" after he heard that Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin died. Jim told his friends that he was going to fake his death. He was buried before practically anyone knew he had "died". No real autopsy was performed and the doctor never answered to demands of an interview with the public. We also know that Jim like to play pranks. ;)

The Doors and Jim's family ignore Gerald at best, or cruelly belittle him as done on the Doors and Ray Manzarek's website. Public notices have been mailed to these parties, only to have them returned every time. Humongous checks are still being paid to these parties from the royalties of Jim's work.

It is very hard to convince people to call the phone number on Gerald's site, because 35 years of brainwashing has left people, umm pretty brain washed. But if you do,and talk to Gerald Pitts, or if you buy the video, you will soon start to see that Jim Morrison is still alive, and living in the Pacific Northwest.

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SAMURAI-X

Well what happen with pitts photo proof, i haven't heard any of this before and you would think somthing like this happening it would be everywhere, but I do like the fact that he could be alive and well out there :D

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This site has the most intellegent discussion on the subject that I have seen up to date! Some really creative theories from some pretty hard to find sources. If the purpose of Unexplained Mysteries is to keep mysteries unexpained, then maybe it wouldn't be wise to read this. :geek:

Jim Morrison did not die, he faked his death. I learned about this through Mr. Gerald Pitts of www.rodeoswest.com.

Gerald Pitts is a famous rodeo photographer and auctioneer in the pacific northwest. He was filming a rodeo when lo and behold Jim Morrison walked up to him and started asking questions about movie production.

Had it been Hank Williams Jr. or Willie Nelson, Gerald may have known who he was talking to. But it was not, it was the Jim Morrison. A short time later, some of the timbermen in the area told Gerald that they truely believed that the man's claim and that the man he talked to was one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century.

Gerald's sons helped him to learn who Jim Morrison was. Gerald and Jim Morrison became good friends and from 1997 to 1998 produced a video film at a local studio hosted by Te Zins, to announce to the world that Jim is alive. This video, Jim Morrison Formerly of the "Doors" Musical Group Discovered Living in the Pacific Northwest in 1998" is available through www.rodeoswest.com. It also shows that Jim aspires to be in a movie made by Rodeos West Motion Pictures (RWMP) in which he was to portray a hero.

Hollywood quickly picked up on the news, and bigger and bigger offers started coming in from producers to gain rights to the movie. Gerald and Jim listend, but thus far have not committed. The biggest problem with their contracts being that the major film industries want exclusive rights to Jim, and just as it was 35 years ago, Jim wants his freedom and flexibility.

There are several reasons why Jim faked his death. He was quoted as saying "You're drinking with number 3" after he heard that Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin died. Jim told his friends that he was going to fake his death. He was buried before practically anyone knew he had "died". No real autopsy was performed and the doctor never answered to demands of an interview with the public. We also know that Jim like to play pranks. ;)

The Doors and Jim's family ignore Gerald at best, or cruelly belittle him as done on the Doors and Ray Manzarek's website. Public notices have been mailed to these parties, only to have them returned every time. Humongous checks are still being paid to these parties from the royalties of Jim's work.

It is very hard to convince people to call the phone number on Gerald's site, because 35 years of brainwashing has left people, umm pretty brain washed. But if you do,and talk to Gerald Pitts, or if you buy the video, you will soon start to see that Jim Morrison is still alive, and living in the Pacific Northwest.

I have been to that site. It is a joke. It is made to make money.

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tribalactivity

Im sure if Jim Morrison was ALIVE Pamela wouldn't have killed herself with a overdose of Heroin. I believe he died from Heroin overdose himself even though he made out he wasn't a needle user.

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Style

I'm not really buying into it but heart attack seems uncommon for a heroin overdose. Heart Attacks are usually attributed to cocaine overdoses, Heroin overdoses usually result in respiratory failure.

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divine_mockery

Faking his death sounds like something Jim would do.

But I think he really is gone (sadly).

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Big cheese

Being a big Doors fan I would feel it great if Jim Morrison was still alive but alas I fell he is not.

Whilst some controversy may arise in the circumstance of his demise I feel a demise it was non the less he died in Paris.

The music and poetry are still fresh and inspiring so in way he is alive as with all great artists there life is in there work and his work is still very much alive

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Chiron_the_Horse

I have a couple of theories and a story I remember reading in Rolling Stone I think,circa 1985 or thereabouts. This dealt with an American businessman in the south of France who had car trouble. He wound up at a vineyard owned by a white haired man and his wife and their four kids. The white haired man was supposedly Morrison. This man took 3 lie detector tests and passed all of them. The man asked Morrison why he was there. He said he just wanted peace. He loved the area and this was his family. He said it was obvious these kids were the man's. The resemblance was striking. He said he wanted to be left alone and the music business bored him. He begged the man not to give away where he lived. He didn't.

Theories.

1. Remember Arthur Rimbaud? Emotional Suicide,professional suicide. Think Eddie and the Cruisers. This is entirely possible. Hell it is more than remotely. I did it. LOL I gave up the music business 19 yrs ago. I was drawn back in. It is a disease.LOL

2.Morrison loved intrigue,espionage. Who better than a son of a Naval Intelligence officer to be used as a spy. Think about it. It works too.

3. Maybe one more. I know the stuff he was dealing with. Yes, one could have killed him that way. Do not ask me, for I will not tell you how. But I know.

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Visceral

I'm not really buying into it but heart attack seems uncommon for a heroin overdose. Heart Attacks are usually attributed to cocaine overdoses, Heroin overdoses usually result in respiratory failure.

what's the difference?

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JLizard

Jim Morrison is shown at www.rodeoswest.com. It is stupid to say that the site is making money off of this. There is a video available on ebay, but it took time, energy, film, a studio, cameras, etc. to create this vhs video, and unless a major corporation such as Best Buy or Box Office pay for distribution rights this vhs video will never pay for the expenses that went into making it. Ever.

The only way a major corporation would buy the rights to be the distributors of this video is of course IF THEY WERE 100% SURE that it was JIM MORRISON. This is why Gerald Pitts and Jim Morrison had been in talks with major Hollywood studios discussing funding of the rodeo film that JDM has signed to be in. These studios ultimately want exclusive rights and JDM wants his freedom and the negotiations don't move foreward. A lot has changed with JDM- he is quite fond of the rodeo lifestyle.

When you watch this video, you will see JDM from a few different perspectives. I don't want to give it away because yes there sure could have been made into a MUCH MUCH more exciting video, but if you think about it, to have gotten JDM to be this involved in this little video means that JDM and GERALD PITTS have known each other for a long time. They worked together for many months. M-O-N-T-H-S! This is why Gerald Pitts gave up the lifestyle that he loved to pursue bringing JDM in a positive light. Gerald did two things before he met Jim, and he was a professional at them. Photography especially rodeos, and auctioneering, which included hundreds of thousands of dollars on some weekends. The business people in Oregon trust this man.

Finally, note on the website that former DOORS drummer John Densmore called Gerald. Gerald convinced John without a doubt that it was Jim, and Gerald feels sure that it was John because he's watched a lot of Doors film footage so he was familiar with the voice and also with the seriousness and knowledge that this caller had. Gerald waited a couple of months for John Densmore to call back, but as he did not, Gerald posted the information on the Rodeoswest website.

Famous Rock and Roll writer R. Gary Patterson is now working with Rodeoswest as well. Patterson was famous for many books including one that broke open of Paul McCartney of the Beatles not being dead as it was rumored.

I hope that this helps. I'm really not out to convince everyone. I hope that everyone who loved Jim Morrison will soon know that he is alive.

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PatriciaB

The problem is that conspiracies like this one are often built on "facts" that weren't true in the first place. That's certainly the case with Jim Morrison. Most of these stories are built upon things written in No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman. Unfortunately, many of the things they wrote simply weren't true. The most damaging untruth was their reporting that no one saw Jim's body and no police reports were filed. This was simply untrue. Had they not written this, most of the conspiracy theories would never have been able to take root. The truth is that Jim's death wasn't terribly mysterious, and there was very little out of the ordinary associated with it. Jim was a lifelong asthmatic, had been having problems with his asthma before he left the States (Manzarek told me that Jim was coughing constantly during the Miami trial), had filled a prescription for asthma medication before he left the States, and doctors had been called to his hotel room twice during his time in Europe because of respiratory distress. When he had another attack on July 2/3, he refused to let Pam call a doctor and instead went to sit in a hot bath, which is a home remedy often used by moms with croupy babies to help ease breathing. It's a testament to how hot the water must have been that it was still lukewarm when the rescue squads arrived. Pam fell asleep while Jim was in the tub and, when she woke up and went to find him, she found him still in the tub, dead. Pam didn't speak French. She called their friend Alain Ronay who called the emergency services. The rescue squad arrived, followed closely by the police. MANY MANY PEOPLE SAW JIM'S DEAD BODY. MANY MANY OFFICIAL REPORTS WERE FILED. Had these two simple facts been accurately reported later, maybe we wouldn't have so many wild theories about Jim's death today (and maybe The Doors wouldn't have made as much money as they have). There was also nothing mysterious about the amount of time between Jim's death and his burial. In fact, it was really pretty speedy all things considered. Jim died over a holiday weekend. It took time to make arrangements. The police did a very thorough investigation. If there had been any doubt in anyone's mind that the death was above suspicion, no one would have hesitated to call for an autopsy. But the police didn't see anything suspicious and released the body for burial This was also done in a completely normal way. The only thing out of the ordinary is that Pam wouldn't let Jim out of her sight from the time he died until his burial. The body was kept in the apartment and packed in ice. Though the ice man warned Pam to stay away from the body, she sat with Jim, holding his hand and talking to him, until the people from the funeral home came to prepare the body for burial and sealed it in the coffin. Again, MANY MANY people saw Jim's dead body before the coffin was sealed. Jim was buried in Pere Lachaise because he had toured and liked the cemetery and many other artists were buried there. Anyone who's been responsible for these kind of arrangements won't find it odd that there was no headstone for a while. There's often a lapse of time -- sometimes a very long lapse -- while a custom headstone is created. Bill Siddons told me that he and Pam designed the headstone together, exactly how big it should be, what should be written on it, etc. They made a sketch and sent it, with some money, to Agnes Varda asking her to please see that it was done. According to Bill, he has no idea why Agnes never carried out their wishes. Jim's family ended up creating the headstone, and they paid for the grave "in perpetuity" -- forever. (Graves in France are, oddly enough, rented, not purchased, though you can rent them "in perpetuity" which is about the same thing as buying them.)

I hate to be a buzzkill, and I know that this is all a lot more boring than any number of conspiracy theories, but them's the facts. Sorry!

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_Nyx_

Thank you for your input PatriciaB :tu: Gave me more food for thought. Much appreciated. :) The asthmatic condition does make a lot of sense. And I wasn't aware that the graves in France weren't owned by the residents of them.. :blink:

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Col. Kurtz

I dont belive for 1 second that morrison is still alive ,, he was a heroin junky who od`d in a bath tub just like the king od`d on the toilet. Also i think it would be very hard for a pop icon of the 60`s to go unnoticed if he did indeed fake it but i dont think he did,,he was a fast burning star that burned out way to soon. :devil:

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