No One Here Gets Out Alive!

Is Everybody In?

The Bold Truth About  Morrison’s Tragic Death

 When legendary poet and lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison, aged 27, was found dead in his bath on a hot day of July  3rd 1971 in the apartment he was sharing in Paris with his girlfriend Pamela Courson at 17 rue Beautreillis, a lot of things had been left unexplained until a couple of years ago, making his death as mysterious and unpredictable as his troubled life. Of course there was the usual fake death theory from fans who couldn’t or wouldn’t accept his rather unexplained departure from our world. Now there is this…The bold and simple Truth finally revealed, little by little, by those who were there and who are still here to tell the Tale as it was… sometimes in French sometimes in broken English….  

What Happens in Paris ….

The absence of an official autopsy has left many questions regarding Morrison’s cause of death. In Wonderland Avenue, Danny Sugerman discussed his encounter with Courson after she returned to the United States. According to Sugerman’s account, Courson stated that Morrison had died of a heroin overdose, having inhaled what he believed to be cocaine . Sugerman added that Courson had given him numerous contradictory versions of Morrison’s death, saying at times that she had killed Morrison, or that his death was her fault. Courson’s story of Morrison’s unintentional ingestion of heroin, followed by his accidental overdose, is supported by the confession of Alain Ronay, who has written that Morrison died of a hemorrhage after snorting Courson’s heroin, and that Courson nodded off instead of phoning for medical help, leaving Morrison bleeding to death.

Jim and Pam
Jim and Pam

We now know that Pamela Courson was lying and so did Alain Ronay who later admitted to a cover-up. Thanks to Sam Bernett and his novel”THE END” was the former manager of the famous Rock’n’Roll Circus, we now know the whole story who was to be recently confirmed by Marianne Faithfull who told MOJO (did she choose the magazine  for its name?) magazine: ”I know who killed Jim Morrison”In fact, it was revealed in 2007 in an article but it was not yet confirmed so it was just another theory even if Jerry Hopkins knew all along everything that happened more or less, even before ”No One Here Gets Out Alive”but the publishers of the biography printed the truth in only half of the books, spreading rumors of a fake death in the other half.

So let’s get to the story and get the facts straight once and for all. Jim Morrison is really dead and he did die of a drug overdose. Everyone knew this French playboy called Jean de Breteuil who was apparently very attractive and had top quality heroin. Morrison was not a heroin addict, he was on pills, on booze and acid, not  heroin but his wife Pamela most definitely was and very often she would send Jim to fetch it for her. So Jim shows up at the Circus and according to Bernett, he is not in a very good mood, all small talk and the place is full of dealers. Morrison picks 2 guys working for de Breteuil and disappears in the cabinets. Then, about half an hour later, a cloakroom attendant came up to me and told me someone was locked in one of the cubicles and wasn’t coming out. It was then that I got a bouncer to smash the door down. Bernett was met by the sight of Morrison’s body, slumped on the toilet. Bernett writes:

The End
The End by Sam Bermett

 ”I recognised the US Army combat jacket and the riding boots from the Camargue region of France which he never took off. It was Jim Morrison, with his head between his knees, his arms dangling.For a few seconds our eyes were glued to the unmoving corpse. We were mesmerised by the baffling spectacle. The flamboyant singer of The Doors, the cool and good-looking Californian guy, was now a collapsed and inert lump lying in a nightclub toilet. Seeing Jim in such a bad way was pretty awful. We were certain he’d been snorting heroin because there was foam coming out of his lips as well as blood. He was scared of needles so never injected drugs. He just snorted them.”

Bernett’s first reaction was to send for one of his regular customers, a doctor. The medic, who Bernett refuses to name, “recognised Morrison but kept his cool. Very calmly, and expertly, he examined the body for a few seconds. He pushed Jim’s head back, lifted his eyelids, opened his mouth, and fixed his ear to his chest to listen to his heartbeat. He looked for marks and bruises on the body and the arms. It was a quick and professional examination. His diagnosis was very confident: ”This man is dead. Apparently the victim of a cardiac arrest.” The doctor was not stupid and spoke of a lethal overdose.

Jean de Breteuil
Jean de Breteuil

In the meantime, Morrison’s two “friends” from the bar who had sold him the heroin had arrived. Ignoring the doctor’s verdict, they insisted the singer ‘had just fainted’ and they would take care of him. Then, according to Bernett, they lifted Morrison’s body out of the toilets and along a corridor that linked the Circus with Alcazar, the club next door which still exists today. That was the last Bernett saw of the body but, from Alcazar, he says it would have been easy to place Morrison in a car or van waiting in the small side street outside, and then take the body to the singer’s apartment across the river in Rue Beautreillis. Minutes after the tragedy, a representative of the club’s owner – a well-connected Paris businessman called Paul Pacini warned Bernett not to tell anyone what had happened.

Bernett says: “I was told, “Since Morrison’s friends want to take him with them, we have nothing more to do with this story. The club has no responsibility for what happens here. It was a sad accident, certainly, but that’s fate. So we saw nothing, we heard nothing, we shut up! OK? It’s what we better do to avoid a scandal.” Bernett adds that he saw little point in calling the emergency services, as he was convinced Morrison was already dead and nothing could be done for him. And he says anyone else in the club that night who had an inkling of what went on – including Marianne Faithfull – was also sworn to secrecy. Incredibly, after Morrison’s body was found in his apartment, no proper investigation into his death was carried out.

Pam
Pam

Pamela Courson, Morrison’s girlfriend since they were at university together in Los Angeles, swore on oath that her lover had been alive and well the night before. She told police they had been to the cinema together and then returned home at 1am – the time Bernett claims Morrison was arriving at The Circus – where she did the washing up and he watched a film, before they retired to bed to listen to music. Then, in the middle of the night, Morrison had woken up coughing and she had watched him leave the room to take a bath “and relax”.

Max Vassille, a compliant French doctor, was happy to write off Morrison’s demise as “death from natural causes”, pointing out that the singer had been suffering from a serious stomach ulcer and asthma attacks after moving from America earlier in the year.He ruled that no autopsy was required, as there was “no evidence of foul play”. Vassille and Pamela Courson have both since died. Morrison’s official death report, still filed at Paris town hall, has been used ever since to quash countless conspiracy theories ranging from security agency plots to theories that Morrison faked his own death to escape the trappings of fame.

Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull

As for Marianne Faithfull, Bernett says she and Jean de Breteuil left Paris for Morocco the moment they heard about Morrison’s death.”De Breteuil was Pam’s dealer, and had supplied the heroin on the night,” said Bernett. “He and Marianne immediately packed their bags and headed for Casablanca, where De Breteuil had relatives. They didn’t want to hang about. She recently gave a very different version of the facts.  

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Wild Horses

The story goes back to the summer of 1971, when she travelled to Paris with her then-boyfriend, heroin dealer to the stars Jean de Breteuil. Upon their arrival Breteuil told Faithfull that he had to pay a visit to The Doors’ singer’s apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis. She says she felt a strange sense of foreboding and stayed behind at the couple’s hotel, knocking herself out with downers. “I could intuitively feel trouble,” she recalls. “I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal and It won’t be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong and he died. And I didn’t know anything about this. Anyway, everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.” 

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pere lachaise    According to a Madame Colinette, who was at the cemetery that day, mourning the recent loss of her husband, she witnessed Morrison’s funeral at Père Lachaise Cemetery.The ceremony was “pitiful,” with several of the attendants muttering a few words, throwing flowers over the casket, then leaving quickly and hastily within minutes as if their lives depended upon it.Those who attended included Alain Ronay, Agnès Varda, Bill Siddons (manager), Courson, and Robin Wertle (Morrison’s Canadian private secretary at the time for a few months). When I think about it and mentally picture that day, it makes me so sad that a guy as famous and as passionate as Jim ended up having such a botched funeral. They were so in a rush for the funerals that nobody was there. Jim wasn’t loved by everyone and he was obviously a ”bad boy” but hey he was only 27 and a rock star and lived according his own spirit. I do not think he deserved to be hushed under the carpet simply cuz all his junkie friends were ashamed and afraid his death would raise too any questions but in the end the Truth always comes out doesn’t it??? Back then it was time to act and everyone felt some kind of urgency… Maybe it all went a little too fast… Maybe there is a way to put a dead person at rest, maybe the Truth would be a good way to start.

The movie will begin in five moments
The mindless voice announced
All those unseated will await the next show.
We filed slowly, languidly into the hall
The auditorium was vast and silent
As we seated and were darkened, the voice continued.
The program for this evening is not new
You’ve seen this entertainment through and through
You’ve seen your birth your life and death
you might recall all of the rest
Did you have a good world when you died?
Enough to base a movie on?  -Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison’s father, Admiral George Stephen Morrison, and sister, Anne Morrison, discuss Jim’s youth and upbringing and rise to stardom in this very rare interview given shortly before the admirals death in 2008. 

Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison and the Escalation of the War in Vietnam

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   George Stephen Morrison (January 7, 1919 – November 17, 2008) was a United States Navy rear admiral (upper half) ( Rear admiral is equivalent to the rank of major-general in the other uniformed services. It is the highest permanent rank during peacetime in the uniformed services; all higher ranks are temporary ranks linked to specific commands or officeand naval aviator. Morrison was commander of the U.S. naval forces in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of August 1964, which sparked an escalation of American involvement in the Vietnam War. He was the father Jim and his fatherof Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the rock band The Doors.  Now let me get this clear: I am in not implying that Jim knew anything about this and if he did, he was oppose to every bit of actions and decisions that were taken on this occasion and he never had any power of changing anything about it anyways. It is a very well-known fact that he distanced himself from his father and his whole family very early in his life and felt no attachment to his father and he never did anything to hide that fact. He even made some very strong lyrics that we can suppose were inspired of his feelings towards his mother and father in ”THE END”. I just really want to clear that out because I do not think Jim should be even associated to these events because he clearly would not be in any way if it was not for the fact that it was his father who was the main actor in this scenario that put the USA in one of the first of very inhumane wars of many to follow. I might even go as far as saying that if there was any link to it, it was his strange death, one of 3 strange deaths that happened to the 3 most iconic USA celebrities and leaders of the 70’s rock music, the 4 ”J’s”:Brian Jones (July 3, 1969), Jimi (September 18, 1970),  Janis (October 4, 1970) and finally Jim (July 3, 1971). Note that this is precisely 2 years TO THE DAY as both Jones and Jim both died on a 3rd of July and all 4 of them died at the age of 27. If some unknown instance would want to pass down a message loud and clear that those death weren’t just a coincidence couldn’t have done it in a different matter. Those 4 deaths happened within 10 months. I think that’s pretty close isn’t it?? Now, there never was any documents linking those 3 deaths together and I’m not saying that there is but…  Of course being such a sensible person as Jim was he must have instinctively sensed something horrible that he just felt he had to get away from… And if he did know a little, he made sure his name would be at the absolute opposite of ANYTHING or ANYONE related in any way to any of this. Don’t you think??? Father..Yes Son.. I want to kill you.. Does that ring a bell?? Certainly it must have raised some eyebrows if it came to the knowledge of some Navy Rear Admiral and the likes. A Navy Seal takes a death treat very seriously, especially if it comes from a wild iconic freak music figure icon from the 70s don’t you think?? Ok let’s leave it at that. Food for thoughts…

The Unknown Soldier, The Doors, 1968

So let’s get to the point. The following string of events happened on  the second and the fourth of August 1964. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, also known as the USS Maddox Incident, is the name given to two separate confrontations involving North Vietnam and the US in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox, while performing a signals intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations, engaged three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats of the 135th Torpedo Squadron. That escalated into a war.. In fact the USS Maddox had reported he had been on the second of August shot by North Vietnamese ships but only hit by a one single bullet from machine gun fire (!). The USS Maddox folded back in friendly South Vietnamese waters and  teamed up with destroyer C. Turner Joy and returned to patrol the North Vietnamese Coasts where they wer allegedly shot by a machine Gun. Therefore on the 4th of August, the sonar his said to have detected what was interpreted has enemy fire from North Vietnam and fired back from both ships has much as they could. It is highly unlikely than there was any presence at all from the Vietnamese forces in these waters at this time and date. The operator and the captain themselves admitted spontaneously that it was more likely a overzelous sonar operator who alarmed commandment and provoked the attack.

Only thing is it was reported later than the North Vietnamese Ships never opened fire and that it was the USS Maddox, commanded by none other than admiral Morrison that opened fire and therefore provoked the Viet-Nam War. If you go on Wikipedia and read both resume of this ”incident” you will find a huge difference in the one written in French and the one written in English, just reading those and you can sure see that there was indeed some sort of cover up. The USA have been dying to implicate themselves in this conflict involving Paul Pot and his dictatorship and communist views on the Vietnamese people. Atrocious wars happened between Cambodia and Vietnam, the USA decided that it was time for them to defend the Vietnamese people from the hellish influences of communism and decided to take part in this conflict in which they were never invited but rather invited themselves. 

Meanwhile at the White House, Shortly before midnight, on August 4, President Johnson interrupted national television to make an announcement in which he described an attack by North Vietnamese vessels on two US Navy warships, USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy and requested authority to undertake a military response. Johnson’s speech repeated the theme that “dramatized Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh as the aggressor and which put the US into a more acceptable defensive posture.  Johnson also referred to the attacks as having taken place “on the high seas,” suggesting that they had occurred in international waters.  He emphasized commitment to both the American people, and the South Vietnamese government. He also reminded Americans that there was no desire for war. “A close scrutiny of Johnson’s public statements…reveals no mention of preparations for overt warfare and no indication of the nature and extent of covert land and air measures that already were operational.” Johnson’s statements were short to “minimize the U.S. role in the conflict; a clear inconsistency existed between Johnson’s actions and his public discourse. While President Johnson’s final resolution was being drafted, Senator Wayne Morse attempted to hold a fundraiser to raise awareness about possible faulty records of the incident involving the USS Maddox. Morse supposedly received a call from an informant who has remained anonymous urging Morse to investigate official log books of the Maddox. These logs were not available before President Johnson’s resolution was presented to Congress. After urging Congress that they should be wary of President Johnson’s coming attempt to convince Congress of his resolution, Morse failed to gain enough cooperation and support from his colleagues to mount any sort of movement to stop it. Immediately after the resolution was read and presented to Congress, Morse began to fight it. He contended in speeches to Congress that the actions taken by the United States were actions outside the constitution and were “acts of war rather than acts of defense.” Morse’s efforts were not immediately met with support, largely because he revealed no sources and was working with very limited information. It was not until after the United States became more involved in the war that his claim began to gain support throughout the United States government. Morse was defeated when he ran for re-election in 1968.

Distortion of the event

Evidence was still being sought on the night of August 4 when Johnson gave his address to the American public on the incident. Messages recorded that day indicate that neither President Johnson nor Secretary McNamara was certain of an attack. Various news sources, including Time, Life and Newsweek, ran articles throughout August on the Tonkin Gulf incident.Time reported: “Through the darkness, from the West and south…intruders boldly sped…at least six of them… they opened fire on the destroyers with automatic weapons, this time from as close as 2,000 yards.”. Time stated that there was “no doubt in Sharp’s mind that the US would now have to answer this attack”, and that there was no debate or confusion within the administration regarding the incident. The use of the set of incidents as a pretext for escalation of US involvement follows the issuance of public threats against North Vietnam, as well as calls from American politicians in favor of escalating the war. On May 4, 1964, William Bundy called for the US to “drive the communists out of South Vietnam”, even if that meant attacking both North Vietnam and communist China. Even so, the Johnson administration in the second half of 1964 focused on convincing the American public that there was no chance of war between North Vietnam and the US.

North Vietnam’s General Giap suggested that the DESOTO patrol had been sent into the gulf to provoke North Vietnam into giving an excuse for escalation of the war. Various government officials and men aboard the Maddox have suggested similar theories. American politicians and strategists had been planning provocative actions against North Vietnam for some time. George Ball told a British journalist after the war that “at that time…many people…were looking for any excuse to initiate bombing”. 

In his book, Body of Secrets, James Bamford, who spent three years in the United States Navy as an intelligence analyst, writes, that the primary purpose of the Maddox “was to act as a seagoing provocateur—to poke its sharp gray bow and the American flag as close to the belly of North Vietnam as possible, in effect shoving its five-inch cannons up the nose of the communist navy ….. The Maddox’ mission was made even more provocative by being timed to coincide with commando raids, creating the impression that the Maddox was directing those missions …”Thus, the North Vietnamese had every reason to believe that the Maddox was involved in these actions.

Provocative action against North Vietnam was considered after the August, 1964, incidents John McNaughton suggested in September 1964, that the US prepare to take actions to provoke a North Vietnamese military reaction, including plans to use DESOTO patrols North. William Bundy’s paper dated September 8, 1964, suggested more DESOTO patrols as well.

Consequences

US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara failed to inform US President Lyndon B. Johnson that the US Naval task group commander in the Tonkin Gulf, Captain John J. Herrick, had changed his mind about the alleged North Vietnamese torpedo attack on US warships he had reported earlier that day.

By early afternoon of 4 August, Washington time, Herrick had reported to the Commander-in-Chief Pacific in Honolulu that “freak weather effects” on the ship’s radar had made such an attack questionable. In fact, Herrick was now saying, in a message sent at 1:27 pm Washington time, that no North Vietnamese patrol boats had actually been sighted. Herrick now proposed a “complete evaluation before any further action taken.”

McNamara later testified that he had read the message after his return to the Pentagon that afternoon. But he did not immediately call Johnson to tell him that the whole premise of his decision at lunch to approve McNamara’s recommendation for retaliatory air strikes against North Vietnam was now highly questionable. Had Johnson been accurately informed about the Herrick message, he might have demanded fuller information before proceeding with a broadening of the war. Johnson had fended off proposals from McNamara and other advisers for a policy of bombing the North on four separate occasions since becoming president.

President Johnson, who was up for election that year, ordered retaliatory air strikes and went on national television on August 4. Although Maddox had been involved in providing intelligence support for South Vietnamese attacks at Hòn Mê and Hòn Ngư, Johnson denied, in his testimony before Congress, that the US Navy had supported South Vietnamese military operations in the Gulf. He thus characterized the attack as “unprovoked” since the ship had been in international waters.

As a result of his testimony, on August 7, Congress passed a joint resolution (H.J. RES 1145), titled the Southeast Asia Resolution, which granted President Johnson the authority to conduct military operations in Southeast Asia without the benefit of a declaration of war. The resolution gave President Johnson approval “to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force, to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty requesting assistance in defense of its freedom.”

NSA Report

In October, 2005 the New-York Times reported that Robert J. Hanyok, a historian for the US National Security Agency, concluded that NSA deliberately distorted intelligence reports passed to policy-makers regarding the August 4, 1964, incident. He concluded the motive was not political, but rather to cover up honest intelligence errors. 

Hanyok’s conclusions were initially published in the Winter 2000/Spring 2001 Edition of Cryptologic Quarterly about five years before the Times article. According to intelligence officials, the view of government historians that the report should become public was rebuffed by policymakers concerned that comparisons might be made to intelligence used to justify the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) which commenced in 2003. Reviewing NSA’s archives, Mr. Hanyok concluded that NSA initially misinterpreted North Vietnamese intercepts, believing there was an attack on August 4. Mid-level NSA officials almost immediately discovered the error, he concluded, but covered it up by altering documents, to make it appear a second attack had occurred.

On November 30, 2005, NSA released a first installment of previously classified information regarding the Gulf of Tonkin incident, including a moderately sanitized version of Mr. Hanyok’s article. The Hanyok article stated that intelligence information was presented to the Johnson administration “in such a manner as to preclude responsible decision makers in the Johnson administration from having the complete and objective narrative of events.” Instead, “only information that supported the claim that the communists had attacked the two destroyers was given to Johnson administration officials.”

With regard to why this happened, Hanyok wrote:

As much as anything else, it was an awareness that President Johnson would brook no uncertainty that could undermine his position. Faced with this attitude, Ray Cline was quoted as saying “… we knew it was bum dope that we were getting from Seventh Fleet, but we were told only to give facts with no elaboration on the nature of the evidence. Everyone knew how volatile LBJ was. He did not like to deal with uncertainties

Hanyok included his study of Tonkin Gulf as one chapter in an overall history of NSA involvement and American signals intelligence (SIGINT), in the Indochina Wars. A moderately sanitized version of the overall history was released in January 2008 by the National Security Agency and published by the Federation of American Scientists.

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13 thoughts on “No One Here Gets Out Alive!

  1. Tobe, it’s that time of the year again. Brian Jones, Jim Morrison. Along with jimi hendrix and Janis Joplin the four j’s. This article was fantastic. Had to give a nod to the ship named “maddox”. Next month. Morrison death was always mystery. I do wish we could have solved Brian Jones. 48 long years. Thank you.

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