Was one of my rock and roll heroes murdered? Was Jimi Hendrix murdered? - Times Online
Holy crap...if true. I was prejudiced against the whole concept, and I still find it a sucker bet to put any credence into something said in a newly published book searching for an audience. Just from looking at who and what he is the guy would be entirely untrustworthy until shown otherwise.
However, the medical evidence bit, if accurate, puts a little different complexion on things. But I'm certainly not going to accept as credible a statement about what the medical evidence was, or it's significance or lack thereof, from a newspaper article - I don't how many times I've read accounts with just this kind of breathless statement about supposedly impeccable authority that turn out complete bs...even from The Times.
From a criminal investigation standpoint, the medical evidence could be entirely as stated here and it still have nothing to do with what the book hawker says. The article is misleading in that it sets up a false "either-or" choice, that if the accepted story is wrong it must be murder as described in the book. That's just a damn lie: even accepting the reportedly new medical findings as true I can suggest off the top of my head several ways/scenarios in which Hendrix could have accidentally died.
Let's wait and see what medical experts tell us about these supposedly new findings. Until then, I'm going to rely on the smart money bet, and refuse to accept the word of someone who 1) was engaged in a profession (rock roadie) primarily peopled by persons who usually had long criminal records, and were notorious for drug use, alcohol abuse, dishonesty, theft and violence, and who either died very young or lived their post-roadie lives as petty or not-so-petty criminals; 2) has remained silent for over 35 years; 3) failed to tell this story when questioned, and in fact lied when first questioned by law enforcement ("they never [specifically] asked" is the statement a conman uses); 4) has just published a book in which the event is featured, and thus would stand to substantially profit financially from a falsehood.
So I'm waiting for the grownups to comment. I'd particularly like to know if has ever told this story to anyone since he supposedly learned it in 1973. I doubt he has, inasmuch as it smells like a recent concoction.
Heh, the author of this book is at this moment (Greenwich Time 06:30 Sunday morning July 12) telling his story on "coastocoastAM"