This may seem out of place on here but I did plan to have posts about music here as well. I just never thought this would end up being the first thing music related that I end up writing about.
Paul McCartney is dead.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Now, anyone reading this is likely split into one of two groups.
Group 1: “Is he?”
Group 2: ” Yeah, he has been for years”
They say ignorance is bliss but for some, they would rather know the truth over the continuation of being decieved.
Myself, I fall into the latter so it always was of interest to me when I first read of a theory that one of the Beatles had died early on and had been replaced with an imposter.
Now could be a good time to grab a tin foil hat but I prefer to let provable evidence speak rather than peoples wild speculations. For this reason I will discuss things from the position of constantly questioning all the information presented regarding this theory.
The question you may have reading this post is “Do I believe the theory?”
My response: I didn’t. (Note my use of tense there)
So what exactly is this theory?
On Wednesday morning at 5am on November 9th 1966, James Paul McCartney MBE left the studio in bad frame of mind (due to a disagreement over the key a song should be in) and in wet weather, he lost control and crashed his car into a pole killing himself from head related injuries.
No tin foil needed yet.
This is where it starts to get difficult to follow…
To continue as the Beatles, those involved conspired to keep McCartneys death a secret by having an imposter pretend to be McCartney. Thus allowing the public to not be affected by the tragedy and the band to continue as normal musically.
Still with me, or have you gone to buy the tin foil?
Sounds crazy right? The first time I became aware of the theory I didn’t believe it either.
Thankfully we all have the ability to research and dig deeper into evidence so that we may actually be able to disprove or confirm the theory. Ok, lets pause for a second.
A few pitfalls we have to keep in mind are the following:
Some people are actually crazy.
Some people have no problem lying eg fabricating things and telling tall stories.
Some people will have bias either for the theory, or against it.
Where do I sit in all that?
I am keeping an open mind and happy to pick holes in any element of the theory for or against it. I believe to get to the truth we must do this and look to find credible ways and methods to try and clarify any aspects of the theory.
Only then do you have a chance of really getting to the truth.
You can go on the internet and start reading all kinds of ideas including a lot of unfounded and unproven ideas and then you as well, could run with those and add to the blind bias one way or the other.
I wouldn’t recommend it as you would just be adding to the problem of the truth being even further kept hidden and lost beneath all the rumour, opinion and fabrications.
So how do we prove or disprove the theory one way or the other?
Lets just list all the information relating to the theory and disect each one.
No bias, just investigative effort and logical reasoning.
In no particular order here’s all I can recall reading online including aspects with multiple versions.
Many state it is November 9th 1966 and the time of 5am on a Wednesday.
Some have said it was around that season eg autumn of that year.
So how do we prove this?
We would need to research things like historical/original reports regarding things like traffic accidents in the area at that time. Another option would be any police records, hospital records locally and mortuary records locally. Death certificates may also be an option although generally, it all depends on what kind of record keeping existed back then in the 60s.
This provides us with a good start to investigating the fatal car crash. Even if the data only states numbers, as long as it can be filtered by area we could discover something.
What caught my eye immediately is this sentence on the wiki article:
The highest number of deaths in any one year was 9,169 people in 1941 during World War II. The highest figure during peacetime was 7,985 in 1966.
So 1966 was a very bad year with the most fatal car accidents of any year outside of wartime.
Those wearing tin foil will likely have cogs starting to turn. To everyone else it should mean nothing significant… yet.
Heading over to UK Government websites leads to the Department of Transport section which holds publicly accessible, full data, on traffic accidents causing casualty in accordance with STATS19 police incident reporting protocol.
You would think that this would provide answers but sadly we are talking about 50 years ago and STATS19 only became used from 1979 onwards so the data doesnt go further back than this.
Given the DtS disclosed the fact that the worst year was 1966, it would be of significant interest to provide all data on that year.
For this reason I have requested it be disclosed and should it be met with a refusal, there is always a Freedom of Information (FoI) request.
We shall see…
Many people said it was an Aston Martin being driven but others state it was a Mini.
This should be easy enough to prove if it is possible to find out which car(s) McCartney owned back then. Also knowing colours and registration plate numbers would be useful.
So just those two elements already allow anyone with an open mind to start researching if there is any truth to the theory.
There are many circumstantial elements people online list regarding the theory and if the deception was done to the scale of just a select few knowing the truth, then even those close to McCartney might not have even been aware for certain.
I say this as the thing that doesnt make sense to me the most is the aspect of McCartneys girlfriend at the time.
It just doesnt hold up to scrutiny very well and raises more questions and suspicions than it satisfies.
I know I will keep adding more to this post but for now, I will just say this…
As time goes on we are running out of involved parties being alive still to ask.
If anyone just through a google search finds this post and wants to comment, please do.
Understand though that if you believe the theory or deny it, whatever your reasoning please elaborate as it will help shape the post in future as I explore all angles.
Who the imposter is
Did the other Beatles know
Did his girlfriend know
Clues left behind
How it has remained unproven for so long
Do they look different
Any aspects that changed from that time onwards
Left handed right handed
Imposter before that day
His real dads last words
Johns clues in album art etc
Johns clues in music after that date
Recent items auctioned showing johns original lyrics eg a day in the life
William Shepherd Campbell
Billy Pepper & The Pepperpots
Who made the album designs art
I hope the truth is found before the last remaining Beatle dies.