The Paul Is Dead Mythology(?) tale has been told and retold countless times over the decades. Working in what I call a “Fringe” field of Beatles/conspiracy study, I have become well acquainted with the Paul is Dead- or PID for short- community for quite some time. There are some very well educated, knowledgeable researchers continually seeking the search for answers in the online research and study community. I applaud them for their passion, dedication and efforts. Their combined efforts have really shed a light on the Paul Is Dead enigma, and while they don’t always agree on minute details- the overall intrigue and inspiration flows like endless rain into a paper cup. Two of which researchers that I consider to be on top of the modern Paul Is Dead (PID) research arena would have to be Clare Kuehn and Tina Foster. Do be sure to check out their blogs for more information of their current research and views regarding PID. (Their blogs are linked)
I am not going to discuss Paul Is Dead 101 details in this article because that as I mentioned, has been done countless times by countless researchers. If you are completely unfamiliar with this epic tale of monstrous proportions, I suggest checking here and here for the basic and official “PID” 101 narrative and original rumor information for a basis of the rest of this article. Thenumbernineblog has touched on the PID theme numerous times, and so I felt it is high time to include a bit about the history and the various evolutions this conspiracy theory has revealed to us over the past five decades. Particularly since most PID researchers point to the autumn of 1966 as being the last days of the original James Paul McCartney- then this year; 2016-would be a “golden” anniversary of one of the biggest cover-ups in history taking place, along with the long nearly forgotten anniversary of the death of the original Mr. James Paul McCartney.
The PID study and modern theory has evolved in major ways since the original “rumor” broke in 1969. The advancement of technology, and most importantly our ease of communication in this modern world has allowed the community to grow extensively, sharing information, tossing around hypotheses and the scrutiny of photographic records forensically. Some have hypothesized several motives for the murder and subsequent replacement of JPM, as will be discussed, as well as some other possible motives for the cover-up.
*Please note: for clarity when discussing this sometimes confusing scenario; I will designate the title “JPM” pertaining to the Paul McCartney of pre-66 and “Sir Paul” to the Paul McCartney post-66. I try not to use the name “Faul” as the alleged replacement is often referred, since I try to come from a neutral perspective. But enough of that- let’s get to the good stuff!
Possible modes and motivations for the death of JPM
THE CAR CRASH SCENARIO
The accidental death by car crash is the original theory. Completely plausible, and definitely intriguing however romanticized- according to this theory- Paul was driving too fast on the highway after leaving Abbey Road Studios late one rainy evening, crashed his Aston Martin and lost his life. In order to keep the cash rolling in and to not devastate his sensitive fans, it was decided to replace JPM with a look-alike. This was an accidental death scenario, and allegedly agreed upon by all remaining Beatles and administration.
THE CIA/MI5 MURDER
This scenario goes in a couple different directions. Some claim that JPM was not a willing participant once he realized the plans of the “NWO” (New World Order) to manipulate the minds of the generation through the Beatles mass audience influence. He was unwilling to promote drug use, or use propaganda to cause a paradigm shift to NWO favor. Therefore, he was taken out by British and/or US Intelligence and replaced by a person who would be much more willing to conform. The death and replacement of JPM was to serve as a warning for others in the industry.
There is also a very real issue surrounding Paul’s inquiry into the assassination and cover-up of JFK. In 1966, there is written record of JPM offering his services to provide a soundtrack to Mark Lane’s film, “Rush to Judgement” free of charge! The UK film (and earlier book by Lane) was one of the first to question the CIA involvement in the JFK assassination. Officially, the offer was ultimately turned down by Lane to the disappointment of JPM. Rush to Judgement was a No. 1 Bestseller, and though a few minor articles and paperbacks were released on the subject earlier than Lane’s, “Rush to Judgement” was the first major piece to criticize the Warren Commission and their investigations into JFK’s murder. The theory contends that JPM got a bit too close for comfort regarding the truth of the death of JFK, and hence was taken out by the CIA in order to silence his efforts. How much bigger would the film have been in 1966 had Paul McCartney the Beatle lent his talents? Why would Mark Lane deny such a generous offer?
MURDER BY THE KKK
The Beatles had numerous death threats as discussed in other articles on Thenumbernineblog. One such threat was a pretty serious one by the KKK during the Beatles final tour in the US. On the 19th of August 1966, the Beatles were playing at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee, just a few weeks after John Lennon’s infamous comments regarding Christianity.
The Beatles did play that evening in Memphis, but it was more than a wake up call for the boys with several threats against their lives, protests and demonstrations held at the venue and a “cherry bomb” thrown at them during their evening performance (which they thought was a gunshot). John said this in 1974 about that concert;
“One night on a show in the South somewhere somebody let off a firecracker while we were on stage. There had been threats to shoot us, the Klan were burning Beatle records outside and a lot of the crew-cut kids were joining in with them. Somebody let off a firecracker and every one of us – I think it’s on film – look at each other, because each thought it was the other that had been shot. It was that bad.”John Lennon, 1974
WHACKED BY THE MOB
It has been rumored by several sources that the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein had been threatened by London’s notorious gangsters- the Kray Twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Epstein had allegedly racked up a significant amount of gambling debt in one or more of the casinos protected by the Kray twins. The Mob in general is no stranger to fronting entertainers (for example- Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland) and it has been said that the Twins sought to reconcile Epstein’s debt for a chunk of the Beatles massive income. As far as we know, the Kray’s never received any income from the Beatles successes, (it could have been covered up as well- or laundered in other ways) but we do know that Sir Paul’s friend Robert Frasier was in a similar situation as Epstein, owing a large debt to the London gangsters. Could the murder of Paul McCartney served as a warning to Epstein and Frasier to “pay or else”? When Epstein still refused to pay (and replaced Paul as a haha- gotcha fellas type scenario) was Epstein then “suicided” as payment? It has also been rumored that the Kray twins may have been responsible for the death of Tara Browne- and that JPM was a witness to the murder, making him a target for a silencing. The Kray Twins served a life sentence in prison for their heinous crimes, both have since died serving their sentence. This scenario would oversee the replacement of JPM with a man who was a bit more friendly with the Mob, and easily manipulated to earn for the crime lords.
MURDER BY SACRIFICE
One very sinister theory holds that JPM was killed as a ritual sacrifice by members of a satanic cult. The imposter was imposed upon the band, using forms of hypnotism and the power of suggestion to undermine the charisma of the band, With the ultimate goal to make them break up. This theory also involves the “placement” of Yoko Ono as Lennon’s handler, making the new Sir Paul in full control of the direction the band was taking post Revolver. This theory also involves the mass manipulation and MKUltra-type programming that may have taken place during the post-66 Beatles legacy. The following is a well-done yet low-budget film posted a few months back by “Haven Films” that in my opinion does a great job highlighting some of the “weirdness” surrounding this time period and the curious case of Paul McCartney. The film also touches upon the highly suggestive influences surrounding McCartney at this time and allusions to some of the conspirators involved. Grab your popcorn and your Beatlejuice and watch this fascinating short film.
All these scenarios are of course speculation. Most have come to light only after years have passed from the original conflict or situation. They were relatively unknown at the time of the original rumor going viral in 1969. These are all real threats, and leave us with a vague idea of what may or may not have happened to the man we knew as James Paul McCartney. Personally, I remain on the fence as to the entire concept of “Paul is Dead”. I am not going to dismiss it outright, but I am not going to accept the possibility fully either- at least at this point in time. There are definitely some suspicious and nefarious persons of interest surrounding Paul McCartney during the time period of Fall 1966, and some riveting, unexplained questions. The ever-changing look of Paul McCartney makes it that more difficult to discern between possible “replacement(s)”, the use of doubles while on tour, and/or look alike/bodyguards that he may or may not have used during Sir Paul’s 50+ year reign over the industry. The motivations for murder were undoubtedly there, from several different sources of conflict. It is up to you, if interested, to look into all of these and other scenarios and determine for yourself what makes sense. We may never have all the answers, but first we must have some hard questions in tow before hope of any answer coming forth. Question everything! always. And even if you receive an answer to that question, question again. The truth is there- somewhere. We may just need to ask the right questions.
… to be continued…