Open letter to Fred Seaman

Dear Mr. Seaman,

I have decided to write this open letter hoping that you will someday read it, and have the compassion and or the interest to contact me publicly or privately to discuss some of the questions I have.

I have just finished reading for the second time, your book; “The Last Days of John Lennon“. The first time I read it was years ago, long before this blog existed. I was excited to read it again with a refreshed perspective this time around. First thing I have to say is I believe you. I believe your account that you were roughed up (horribly) by Yoko’s men. I believe your testimony that you had the best of intentions in regards to John’s journals and his desire that Julian should have them. I even believe you when you said that the journals were deceitfully taken by a “friend” of yours, never to be returned to you or to Julian, forced to sign documents that were obvious lies regarding your participation. I appreciate your approach to the delicate subject matter of the book. Your admiration and respect for the man that is John Lennon is definitely apparent and shines through in your words throughout your timeless account. As a fan, (even though I realize your and John’s distaste for fans like me) your book hit me on a personal level, it is wonderful to be able to have some kind of insight into those lost (to the public) years of John’s life. So first and foremost, I want to thank you for doing what you did, and getting your book out despite the potential backlash, litigation and threats to your well-being.

I can’t help but get the impression from your memoir that a whole lot of weirdness was going on around this time at and in the Dakota. You open your book with a story about the architectural design of the Dakota building and the numerological significance of its address and the symbolism present in its exterior decor. You mention the flurry of various psychics and tarot cards readers et all coming in and out of the Dakota on a regular basis. You are a bit vague as to whether you yourself believe in all the spell-casting, psychic phenomena etc. but make it quite clear that certainly Yoko and even John sure did believe, and made it a big part of their everyday lives.  Your entire book is written in a way that seems to  illuminate the idea that in hindsight, there were many moments that seemed to point in the direction of a strange premonition or insight into John’s untimely demise. Perhaps it was simply a case of perfect vision in hindsight, but could it possibly be something more?

Many researchers, myself included, in the last three decades plus have questioned the reported events of that evening, and we are all hoping for a bit of insight to either confirm or lay to rest these speculations once and for all. The biggest question I would really appreciate an answer for is what seems to be the complete lack of information about the identity of John and Yoko’s driver.  Every biography, or recollection of the evening in question seems to skip over this particular detail. Who was driving the limo that night? Was it their personal limo, or did they get a ride with someone else? Did the car drop them off in front of the Dakota building, or around the corner? (I have seen reports of both). I realize that in your own account, according to your memoirs,  you were off duty that night, and were not present.  I suspect though that you know the answer to these nagging questions, and I hope that you will be willing to shed some light on the answers.

The last thing I want to do is drudge up old painful memories for you and the rest of John’s enormous fan base, but I truly feel that we owe it to him to look into this conundrum. Perhaps you, like myself and many others feel that something was just not quite right about the evening in question and the atrocities that occurred. Or perhaps I have misconstrued all the various accounts and other research efforts and have it all wrong. Either way, I would like to know.

I feel as though the identity of the limo driver is very important to the overall investigation. The fact that there is little to no information in this respect is concerning to me. The investigation into this crime was cold the minute it was begun. They had their man, he confessed- no further investigation needed according to authorities. Yet, there are quite a few glaring inconsistencies that I feel need to be addressed.  There are only a handful of people still alive that can answer these begging questions. So I beg of you Mr. Seaman, let’s get the truth out there, or at least the information needed to settle the doubt once and for all. Perhaps, with a little luck this letter spoke to you on a higher plane of consciousness and you will consider my thoughts and seeking of truth as a liberation for John and his legacy for the years and generations to come. If something other than what has been reported happened that evening, we owe it to John to know or at least investigate further for the whole truth.

Thank you Fred Seaman for your important part in John’s life and your efforts to keep his legacy alive.

Best wishes and kind regards,

Desiree

The Number Nine

please feel free to contact me confidentially: Dizzydezy@hotmail.com

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6 Comments

  1. 2 things: 1) be sure to read Pete Shotton’s book about John Lennon first pub 1983, then renamed and repub in 1984. there is a 10 min youtube interview of Pete explaining why Y is the “one” for JL and 2) watch the stop smoking hypnosis scene in the bi-racial thriller ‘Get Out’ to get a flavor of the ease with which it may have been possible to “get into JLs head”. and for extra credit, re-read last JL interviews (Rolling Stone last interview I think) about how everything since 1968/9 goes back to various “bells”. and for extra extra credit re-read albert goldman’s book and then read the interview w/John Lennon with BBC’s DJ rockshow host Andy Peebles to get a flavor of how John keeps talking about being a good househusband who so enjoys (not) baking bread.

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    1. Thanks Sherlock! Will do!
      I think I’ve read/seen all those mentioned, but I didn’t realize Shotton’s book was republished under a different title?? Interesting.
      The hypnosis thing- yeah, I’m with you there. May Pang mentions it as well.
      Thanks for your comment!!

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  2. HI Dizzydezy,

    Yes, the original first edition of Pete Shotton’s book averages around $60 on amazon but you can get a much cheaper copy of the republished 1984 book that has a different title. I’ve not had a chance to figure out if the 1984 edition was edited/changed in any way.

    What I’m getting at is the also how Pete Shotton so easily accepted YO into John’s life when he blurted out “I want to buy a house that I can live with Yoko” within 24 hours of John having previously declared he believed he was ‘Jesus Christ’. How did Pete decide that Yoko was he best thing that ever happened to John, better than the Beatles? within 24 hours of him and John losing consciousness during a late night acid trip in which they “collapsed in a heap” meaning they found themselves holding each other on the floor, which means there is a huge gap in what happened that night/evening/early morning which was the day in which John later that night decided to ring up Yoko.

    This was all during the godawful ‘Revolution 9’ or that hideous ‘Number 9’ track that is still just as awful today like steaming feces. Pete had helped John with the loopbacks for Revolution 9 and then Yoko “helped” finish their first musical song. What does the words ‘number 9’ sound like? it also sounds like “yoko ono” to a degree. over and over and over and over again. when certain phrases or words have been repeated over and over and over again, what does this comprise? recall various failed Dr. Ewen Cameron experiments to “assist” depressed patients.

    ‘Revolution 9’ is John’s desperate call for help, that was his way of recording what was going on with his mental health, and we’ve all completely glossed over the implications of this horrific song (it’s the worst piece of shit that John ever recorded) and illustrates the truly shitty few days and turning point in which John installs Yoko as his partner and replaces his mates and Pete Shotton, and the Beatles and begins his life as a needy 5 year boy who can’t go to the bathroom without his mother (master).

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  3. Also, be sure to read or re-read pages 146 to 152 of Tony Bramwell’s MMT book, Bramwell writes John was getting nervous about YO popping up all over in Jan 1968, she must have stepped up her efforts to “cement’ their afternoon delight relationship that had progressed from back of John’s rolls to YO’s flat. Bramwell writes John tried to break things off with her in Jan but couldn’t go thru with it so instead opted to see if spending a few months in India w/Maharishi to revive his marriage w/Cyn would work, that was why John was eager to get out of London and away from YO.

    Did you know that YO was allowed into the AbbeyRoad Beatles’ recording studio on Feb 11th 1968 during the ‘Hey Bulldog’ session for the first time : marks the first appearance of Yoko Ono in the studio, who asks John Lennon why the group always uses such simplistic rhythms in their songs. Supposedly John was embarrassed performing this great rock classic in front of her.

    Question: who let the stalker into Abbey Road studios?
    Answer: John did.

    Question: Why didn’t he have her turned away at front door?
    Answer: John may have been nervous about all the “stuff” such as his handwritten lyrics, artwork, love notes written to YO he had left at YO’s and concerned about YO blowing whistle on his affair with her. Bramwell writes that John asked him to get his “stuff” back from YO but she wouldn’t even open the door to him.

    Timeline means her first ever “appearance” in Abbey Road (aka EMI, Studio 3) was before Beatles left of India a few days later on Feb 16th, obviously she had decided she was coming along but making it seem as if she were still in London in March/April.

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  4. oops, that’s page numbers 242 thru 256 in Tony Bramwell’s ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ book. Anyone know much about the Maharishi and his organization he started in 1959 and then went after college students in the 60s? Seems very power hungry and ultra greedy for an “enlightened being”.

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