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My Ex-Boyfriend Killed Jim Morrison, Claims Marianne Faithfull


What can we learn from this stunning revelation?

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Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull has a tale or two to tell. Photo via Shutterstock.

Marianne Faithfull, the British singer, songwriter and actress who is known at least as much for her former relationships with drugs and rock stars, has pulled out an eye-catching revelation, 43 years after the death of Jim Morrison. (After all, says Faithfull, “everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.”) She says of her then-boyfriend, a heroin dealer named Jean de Breteuil:  “He went to see Jim Morrison and killed him.”

“I mean I’m sure it was an accident,” Faithfull tells Mojo magazine. “Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died. And I didn’t know anything about this.” She apparently only missed out on the fateful meeting with the Doors singer because “I could intuitively feel trouble. I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal [barbiturates] and I won’t be there.”

Three takeaways spring to mind:

1. People who use drugs would know the strength and purity of what they were taking if they were able to procure those drugs legally, making them a great deal safer.

2. People’s continuing tendency to blame drug dealers for “killing” people, when they would never do the same to a liquor store owner whose product caused alcohol poisoning, shows that we have a lot of prejudice left to overcome.

3. Marianne Faithfull has a new record coming out.*

Faithfull also talks in her Mojo interview about Amy Winehouse, who died, like Morrison, at the age of 27—but of alcohol poisoning. (No one has yet been accused of “killing” Winehouse.)

“Amy was very, very wary of me,” says Faithfull. “She knew that I knew [about her substance problems] and she didn’t want me to say anything. There’s a level of narcissism which is all mixed up with self-hatred. I know it well. It’s like a glass wall between you and the world, so that all the love that everybody pours on to you, you don’t feel it. But I can’t think what I could have done apart from take her and shake her! ‘You stupid little cunt! Wake up!’”

*Give My Love to London is set for release on September 29.

Image credit: By Siebbi from Germany (Manojlovic, Kevin Bishop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons