The rumours of Paul McCartney's decease started shortly after his alleged demise, and said to be false in the Feb., '67 edition of the Beatles Monthly Book, not in '69 as usually believed. The rumour mill in '69 was blown to bits by official denials from the Beatles and their entourage and journalists finding the alleged impostor in Scotland but recently has been revived by new evidence. As the story goes, there was a disagreement between him and George Martin, the Beatles' producer, or with Lennon, and McCartney stormed out, sped off in a snit in his white Astin-Martin, may have stopped at a bar and became tipsy somewhere along the way, picked up a sexy hitchhiker (who may have distracted him in his driving and who also perished in the accident)(clues from the song She's Leaving Home), the road may have been slippery from rain, he ran a red light, smashed into a van or stone fence, was decapitated, the car caught fire and he was burnt, and he could be identified only by the license plate. Someone named Rita, a meter maid, was supposed to have witnessed it (clues from the song Lovely Rita). And it is claimed the band broke up only 3 years later because of the friction between the impostor and the 3 Beatles.
The date was either September 11 or November 9, but the line “Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock” (see below) indicates the latter date as it was a Wednesday and September 11 was a Sunday. Also, there were photos of McCartney with Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, and Ringo, all taken September 13. But McCartney is apparently missing in October and their manager Brian Epstein is reportedly hospitalized for some kind of depression also in October.
McCartney was in a car crash but it was in '65, but it was minor. Cartocci says there are sources that state there were reports in Nov. 9, '66 British newspapers of such a crash and that one paper said McCartney had literally lost his head, and the cause was icy conditions on the M1 motorway that links London to the Midlands, and that it was in his black mini Cooper. He also says Ian McDonald claims that there was only the one crash, on Nov. 9, and that this is according to McCartney's account, and that he was with Tara Browne (a man in spite of the name), and they both were smoking marijuana. Browne was a member of Swinging London's counterculture and an aristocrat who had a brother who was a founding member of the Chieftains, Ireland's leading traditional-music group. He deceased in a car accident on Dec. 18, '66, and it is thought by some that A Day in the Life was about him. Teen idol Eddy Cochrane was also killed in a car crash in England, which was in '61.
The alleged impostor is said to be a session musician named William Campbell, using the stage names of Billy Shears and Bill Shepherd. He (or Keith Ellison) won a Paul McCartney look-alike contest either in '65 or '66, had a band called Billy Pepper and the Pepperpots, who made 2 albums in '64 on the Hurrah-Allegro label, Merseymania and More Merseymania (1 of their songs, Night Without End, can be heard on You Tube), and may have done imitations of McCartney. He was either from Edinburgh or Toronto (in the latter case he may have been with the OPP). He wasn't exactly like McCartney so he was given plastic surgery. There may have been 2 or 3 look-alikes and/or 2 or 3 people who replaced him in different ways: Klaus Voormann, a long-time friend of the group and pictured on the Revolver cover, may have replaced him musically, and someone else may have replaced him vocally. But apparently there was a principal impostor, who we see especially with Wings. There was also a Swedish look-alike, sound-alike named Jens Hogebock who stood in for McCartney at one point and who we see in the You Tube video Paul Is Dead? Media Myths and Legends by Beacon1966. The deception was done to maintain the huge revenues for the record company and for Britain.
There is also the homicide theory, which says that McCartney was knocked off, shot in the head execution style, maybe even earlier than is usually supposed, like in '65, and the accident is disinfo, and the motive is that McCartney was the leader, and the Beatles were straying from what the notorious Tavistock wanted. The reasoning is that it would take a longer time to groom and train a replacement. The earlier McCartney was limited in his drug abuse, while the later McCartney promoted drug abuse. The Tavistock connection has been suggested because of certain clues such as Alisteir Crowley on the cover of 1 of the albums (see below), who was a Satanist, a co-founder of Tavistock, and an MI5 asset.
The use of psychedelic music and nonmedical drugs to subvert society and radicalize and desensitize it, leading to the nutrionist cult, the feminasty movement, sexual repression, androgyny, opposition to self-defense, indifference about crime, and favouritism towards the abuses and excesses in the media, etc., which is exactly what has happened, hence the opposition to easy listening and bubblegum, is a connected issue.
There is also the clone theory, proposed by Michael Wright.
The major lines of evidence are:
1. highly credentialed forensic pathologist Gabriella Carlesi and computer analyst Francesco Gavanezzi (Chiedi chi era quel Beatle?, 2009, Wired Italia), thru comparative photo analysis, concluded that the Paul McCartney before the accident in '66 and after are 2 different people.
2. McCartney always refused to submit to a DNA test (it would be with his brother Mike).
3. William Campbell disappeared from the public record in '65 or '66.
4. scores of clues on the album covers and in the songs; the LPs are Sergeant Pepper's ('67), Magical Mystery Tour ('67), the White Album ('68), and Abby Road ('69).
5. a Life article on November 7, 1969 published sonagrams of McCartney singing “Hey Jude,” which was recorded in '68, and “Yesterday” from '65. The magazine quoted Dr. Henry Truby of the University of Miami, who found them to be “suspiciously different.” And asks, “Could there have been more than one ‘McCartney’?”
On the Sgt. Pepper's cover, the 4 Beatles are all holding instruments which are inappropriate to them, and only Paul is holding a wooden one (symbolizing a coffin) and it’s also black (symbolizing death). As well, 3 Beatles are facing the camera at an angle, but Paul appears straight on as if he were being propped up by Starr and Harrison. The whole cover is a graveyard scene with the word “Beatles” being spelled out in red hyacinths, the mythological flower of death. The yellow flowers form a bass guitar but with only 3 strings. And, if seen sideways, the yellow flowers resemble a “P” for Paul. Paul is the only one with a hand over his head--a symbol of death-- representing the hand of a religious leader who blesses the body before burial. The hand belongs to Stephen Crane, who is staring at Paul, and who is most famous for his war story “The Red Badge of Courage.” (''red badge'' represents a wound). Crane himself died when he was only 28. Another one of his short stories is “The Open Boat” and concerns 4 men who struggle to survive in a lifeboat. The one most determined to keep the group together dies in the ordeal; the other 3 then act as interpreters of the event.
Other famous deceased people looking at Paul include Edgar Allan Poe, who died in mysterious circumstances (possibly a victim of a type of voter fraud, which was not uncommon at the time; a film adaptation of one of his stories, Masque of the Red Death, starring McCartney's girlfriend Jane Asher was made in '64 (see below), which may refer to a masqerade to hide a violent death, a clue not picked up by clue hunters as far as I know, altho it would seem strange they wouldn't; Marilyn Monroe (a case of homicide passed off as suicide); James Dean, who deceased in a car crash; Jayne Mansfield, deceased in a car crash (at the time considered decapitated, but she wasn't); and Stuart Sutcliffe, an ex-drummer with the group.
As well, there is a doll which has on its lap a white model car resembling an Astin-Martin. And the basss drum was designed by Joe Ephgrave (epitaph grave), the missing letters spelling PITA, which could mean ''Paul in tragic accident;'' this is another clue not picked up by clue hunters as far as I know, and it would seem strange they wouldn't.
The cover opens up, and the inside photo again shows McCartney being propped up by two other Beatles: he is in the embryonic position, which is how Indians bury their deceased. His uniform shows his white bars and epaulets trimmed in black and a patch which appears to read O.P.D., which in England stands for “Officially Pronounced Dead” -- in N. America the equivalent is “Dead on Arrival”-- which was easily identified by Canadians as the OPP emblem (crown on top, initials in the middle, Ontario flag at the bottom) given to him, so skeptics consider this debunked, but impostor theorists claim it was purposely made to look like a D. The patch was given to all 4 Beatles when they were in Toronto, hence the speculation the alleged impostor came from that city.
There are over 60 people in all, people the Beatles admired, and 5 are notorious figures: Karl Marx, Aliester Crowley, Lenny Bruce, Carl Jung, and Marlon Brando.
On the back cover we see the 4 Beatles, but only Paul has his back towards the camera in the same pose as his body is on the front cover. The braids on the other 3 Beatles are now on their left sides, whereas on the front the braids were on the right. These braids had been deliberatly changed, as wearing them on the left side is part of the military funeral dress code in England. McCartney also has 3 black buttons on his coat representing the mourning of the other 3 Beatles. And George's hand is pointing to a line of a lyric: “Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock”, which is supposed to be the time of the accident or when McCartney was O.P.D.
The title song goes:
''It was 20 years ago today
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...
So let me introduce to you
The one and only Billy Shears
And Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
It was rumored in '69 that Billy Shears was the name of a bandleader in England. When he died in 1947 he purportedly said that he would be resurrected in 20 years.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the 8th album by the Beatles and was recorded over a 5.3-month period beginning on December 6, 1966 and was released on June 1, 1967 in the UK and the following day in the US.
In The Magical Mystery Tour the Fab 4 are wearing red roses except McCartney, who's wearing a black one.
On the fold-out sheet of the White Album there is a photo of McCartney with skeletal hands reaching out to ensnare him
On the Abby Road cover, McCartney is barefoot (in England corpses are buried without shoes) and we see a Volkswagen with the license plate LMW 28IF (meaning he would have been in his 28th year if he had lived on). On the back McCartney is holding a cigarette in his right hand. The explanation by the impostor that he went barefoot because it was a hot day is ridiculous, of course, as the pavement would be hot, which is what he was walking on.
An album called The Beatles-Very Together, released in Canada in '69 by Polydor, was mostly a compilation of the Beatles backing Tony Sheridan. It featured a candelabra with 4 candles--1 was snuffed out.
Songs with death clues:
A Day in the Life (Sgt. Pepper's): ''He blew his mind out in a car/He hadn't noticed the lights had changed.''
During the fade out to I Am a Walrus in the Magical Mystery Tour there are actors reciting lines from the tragedy King Lear: ''What, is he dead?'' ''Bury my body.'' ''O, untimely death.''
Don't Pass Me By (White Album): ''You were in a car crash and you lost your hair.''
Glass Onion (White Album): ''Well, here's another clue for you all/The walrus was Paul.'' (the walrus is a symbol of death in some cultures like Scandinavia and the Low Countries).
How Do You Sleep? (John Lennon, '71): ''Those freaks were right when they said you were dead.''
The mutterings and backward-played fragments are too ambiguous, unclear, and obscure to include as evidence.
There's no way all the clues could be coincidence and would certainly have been done deliberately, but skeptics say it was to boost sales, but they didn't need to. But some say it was done metaphorically and maybe inspired by hallucinogens and the group's strange beliefs and started in '66 or with the Beatles Monthly Book.
There are also other points of evidence.
The Beatles last concert was on August 28, 1966, in Frisco; from that point on they became an entirely studio-based band (except for the '69 rooftop performance during the Get Back sessions).
McCartney's musical style and direction changed after '66.
The later McCartney is claimed to be taller by 2-4 in.
McCartney was arrested in '80 in Japan for marijuana possession, and the suspicion is that he was detained because his fingerprints didn't match the earlier McCartney.
There are several people who have signed affadavits saying there was a news flash bulletin on US TV in late '66 which announced McCartney's decease in a car crash.
Several people have come forward claiming to be the pre-'67 McCartney's bastard children:
Michelle LeVallier (the a is, of course, short as in the English ''cat'' in the N. Am. pronunciation)(left-handed musician born in '60 in California whose mother was a French aristocrat; it's claimed the song, which won the '67 Grammy as Song of the Year, was named for her; the official story is that it rhymed with belle, but it may be the inverse; Estelle, Angèle, Rachel, and Marcelle are also bisyllabic French girls' names but are less common)
Bettina Hubers of Hamburg
In at least 2 of these cases, Bettina and Stephen, the claim is also that the post-'66 McCartney is a fake.
Paul's brother, named Mike, was on The Mike Douglas Show, which I saw in '69, when the rumours were at their greatest intensity, and was asked, after the brother had rudely and harshly attacked the guest even though he was in agreement that Paul was still alive, when was the last time he saw his brother, and he answered with sarcasm that was not very convincing, ''At his funeral.'' Asked to be serious he said that he didn't know. "You don't know?" asked Mike Douglas, surprised, and Mike McCartney answers, "Before coming," so a vague answer, which is all rather suspicious. (The video is on You Tube).
After returning to London from a 5-month acting tour in the US in May, 1967, she found McCartney to be completely different, confiding to Davies that he had "changed so much. He was on LSD, which I hadn't shared. I was jealous of all the spiritual experiences he'd had with John. There were 15 people dropping in all day long. The house had changed and was full of stuff I didn't know about." She never said anything about him being physically different. Since the breakup, she has never spoken or written about her relationship with McCartney.
On April 18, 1963, the beautiful 17-year-old actress Jane Asher met the Beatles at Royal Albert Hall in London, and began a 5-year relationship with Paul McCartney. In December, 1963, McCartney took up residence at Asher's family Wimpole Street town house and stayed there 3 years until the couple moved into McCartney's own home in St. John's Wood in 1966. He wrote several Beatles songs inspired by her, including the beautiful, romantic ballads "And I Love Her" ('64) and "Here, There, and Everywhere" ('66). McCartney also wrote the great ''World Without Love'' in '64 for Peter and Gordon, the former being Jane's brother. He and Miss Asher announced on Christmas Day, 1967 that they were engaged. Why she got engaged is a mystery. In mid-'68, she discovered that McCartney was having an affair with Francy Schwartz. On July 20, 1968, she announced on the BBC that her engagement to McCartney had been called off. Miss Schwartz claims that she was not the sole reason for the break up and that the couple were on the verge of breaking up anyways, and other people, such as Hunter Davies, Beatles biographer, Marianne Faithful, and Barry Miles, McCartney's biographer, state the relationship always had major problems, one of those being that McCartney (the earlier or the later is not specified) wanted Miss Asher to give up her career after they married, which she would not comply with. Another prevalent problem was the later McCartney's non-medical drug use (now deliberately called ''recreational'' to make it look innocuous).
In 1969, her father, Richard, died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 57. A different version of the story has it that it was her who was dumped (for Linda Eastman, who the alleged replacement had met in '67 and married in '69) and that her father was silenced by MI5 because he was upset about it and may have been inclined to talk about the fake McCartney. There are apparently several mysterious deaths in the Beatles' entourage. Miss Asher said that life is ''dark and awful''. Yes, it is.
Jane's mother Margaret taught music to George Martin, and she gave McCartney informal lessons. Jane appeared in many cinematic releases, including the earlier mentioned Masque of the Red Death as Francesca in '64 with Vincent Price, an adaptation of the E.A. Poe short story (which we studied in high school in '68-'69), which it unfortunately strayed from almost entirely; and TV series, 4 of which I remember seeing when they 1st aired: The Adventures of Robin Hood in '56-'58, The Buccaneers in '57, The Sword of Freedom also in '57, The 4 Just Men in '60, Disney's The Prince and the Pauper in '62, and The Saint in '63-'64).
The later McCartney's eyes are claimed to be green instead of brown or hazel, however, I saw the video that contains the Hey, Jude recording (they talked normal in those days so ''hey'' meant hey instead of hi), and his eyes are green for a few seconds because of lighting effects; they're actually brown or hazel as they should be. So this can't be used as evidence.
The signature of McCartney after '66 is of a right-handed person, when McCartney was left-handed, and he was seen in a film after '66 using his right hand thoughout (the alleged fake had to learn how to play guitar with his left hand and is seen doing this in his performances with Wings); however, there is a film where he uses his right hand in smoking and which is apparently pre-'66--he was actually ambidextrous, so this can't be used as evidence either.
The situation, strangely, is the inverse of Elvis, and both years have double numbers.
Professional skeptics believe only what they want to believe, which is always in their comfort zone, which neurotically includes only orthodoxy. But, in this case, I can understand skepticism, as the double not only bore an amazing physical resemblance to McCartney, but also had a similar voice, was a gifted musician, singer, composer, and lyricist, had the same personality, and was also a womanizer, which would be amazing coincidences. Also, watching the various film footage in videos, I never saw any significant difference in his appearance nor voice. The photo analysis and sonagrams may have mistakes in them and would have to be examined by other experts. But all in all the evidence is quite compelling.
As I'm fond of saying, many stories have 2 sides: the truth and the official version.
And like the song from '68 by 4 Jacks and a Jill says, ''It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.''
Sources and recommended reading:
The Walrus Was Paul: the Great Beatle Death Clues, R. Gary Patterson, 1998.
The Life and Death of Paul McCartney: 1942-1966, 2015, Nicolas Kollerstrom, British PhD in the history of science (he is also notable, along with Danish researcher Ole Dammegard, in exposing the Judaic Holoaust as a hoax and a fraud, an idea that has spread into the truth movement in recent years and is gaining respectability).
Memoirs of Billy Shears, Thomas Uharriet (published 9/9/2009 and has 666 pp.!; is apparently disinfo in part).
Billy's Back, Thomas Uharriet, 2009 (shorter version of the previous).
Paul Is Dead? the Case of the Double Beatle, e-book, Glauco Cartocci, 2013.
An Investigation into the Beatles: Paul McCartney, His Alleged Death, and Cover-Up in Late 1966, Michael Wright,2014.
The Beatles Conspiracy, David Malocco, 2014.