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yes, but the point was:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062395/
The Trip (II) (1967)
Director: Roger Corman
Writer: Jack Nicholson
Stars:Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern [ and Dennis Hopper ]

Think "The Shining" and then Fonda/Hopper/Nicholson go onto make "the Hit"  "Easy Rider" in 1969

Easy Rider trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIfUD70yvz8


yes knowledge evolved, and so did they, very protected people, that have done a lot of thing other people never thought of, maybe you have too/ ;)

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Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward's house burned down way back when Just like many others in the L.C. Hopper recalls this tidbit in this interview below as well as how his father ( an OSS officer) "fought with Mao" ..... Interesting since we now know that the CIA help put Mao in.

Once Upon a Time in L.A.

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/classic/features/making-of-easy-rider-200109
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Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward's house burned down way back when Just like many others in the L.C. Hopper recalls this tidbit in this interview below as well as how his father ( an OSS officer) "fought with Mao" ..... Interesting since we now know that the CIA help put Mao in.

Once Upon a Time in L.A.

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/classic/features/making-of-easy-rider-200109

Wow... that fits in with: Mao was a Yale Man - Yali and the Skull and Bones
I need to dig deeper on this....


http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/classic/features/making-of-easy-rider-200109
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D.H. That was it! My father had all these things he had brought back from China, when he fought with Mao.
He was there for three months with 40 other Americans.
He went around and bought all these incredible tapestries that were really old—500 years, 600 years, thousands of years old.

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http://www.askmen.com/entertainment/special_feature_400/478_dennis-hopper-5-things-you-didnt-know.html
Dennis Hopper is that his dad was a spy and his mom, an embittered champion athlete.

Dennis Hopper's father, Jay, worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the well-known precursor to the CIA, in China, India and parts of Southeast Asia during the war. Later, while the family lived in San Diego, Jay Hopper went to work for the United States Postal Service. His mother, Marjorie, meanwhile, was a lifeguard instructor.

When the family lived in Kansas, Marjorie was the state backstroke champion. According to Andrew Billen, interviewing Hopper in 2001 for The Evening Standard, she was supposed to go to Hitler's Berlin in 1936 to swim in the Summer Olympics. Her pregnancy with Dennis prevented it, something she never let her son forget

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12170381
Dennis Hopper's Warhol print sells for $302,500 - 12 January 2011

Warhol's Mao print sold for more than 10 times its estimate
Hopper art collection up for sale Hopper artwork 'to sell for $13m'
An Andy Warhol portrait of Chairman Mao owned by the late Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper has sold for $302,500 (£193,000) at a New York auction




Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062395/
The Trip (II) (1967)
Director: Roger Corman
Writer: Jack Nicholson
Stars:Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern  [ AND Dennis Hopper ]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/8528327/Cannes-2011-Peter-Fonda-encourages-his-grandchildren-to-take-up-arms-against-President-Barack-Obama.html
Cannes 2011: Peter Fonda encourages his grandchildren to take up arms against President Barack Obama
Richard Eden 6:28AM BST 22 May 2011

Peter Fonda, the star of Easy Rider, says he is training his grandchildren to use rifles for a conflict with President Barack Obama.

...

"There’s no room any more for sissy's and, like I said, don’t forget that I’ve got grandsons who I’ve trained with long-distance rifles. We have to run like mofos to change this world.”
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Aint it strange how old "Rock Bottom" pops up just after we were all discussing him....hmmmmm
Just Kidding...sort of.
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062395/
The Trip (II) (1967)
Director: Roger Corman Writer: Jack Nicholson Stars:Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern  [ AND Dennis Hopper ]

Another interesting film made the next year was  Psych-Out (1968)   Again with Jack Nicholson and Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063469/


Psych_out Trailer

Director: Richard Rush
Writers: Betty Tusher (screenplay), Betty Ulius, and 3 more credits »
Stars:Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell and Jack Nicholson and (Bruce Dern again)

Jack Nicholson  played:  Stoney  

Jenny, a deaf runaway who has just arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to find her long-lost brother, a mysterious bearded sculptor known around town as The Seeker. She falls in with a psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim, whose members include Stoney, Ben, and Elwood. They hide her from the fuzz in their crash pad, a Victorian house crowded with love beads and necking couples. Mumblin' Jim's truth-seeking friend Dave considers the band's pursuit of success "playing games," but he agrees to help Jennie anyway.

Strazberg died in 1999 here's part of her Obit...
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-susan-strasberg-1076156.html
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Disappointed in her career, Strasberg began to use a variety of drugs, and in 1965, despite having once said, "I'd rather not marry an actor because there isn't room in the house for two egos", she married the quixotic young actor Christopher Jones, who was taking LSD. The couple had a daughter, Jennifer, who was born with a congenital birth defect which the actress blamed on the drug-taking. Strasberg and Jones were divorced after just one year of marriage.

She returned to England to appear as Dirk Bogarde's love interest in Ralph Thomas's story of anti- British terrorists in 1954 Cyprus, The High Bright Sun (1966), after which her film career became undistinguished, including some youth exploitation movies for American International (The Trip, Psych-Out) and some films in Italy, where she lived for a while, becoming noted for the poker sessions she held in her large apartment. ("At the beginning, when they thought me a novice, I cleaned out a couple of the boys," she remarked later.)

An independently produced horror film, Who Fears The Devil? (1973), has acquired a cult reputation as an off-beat tale of hill-billies battling the devil, but The Manitou (1978), in which Strasberg sprouted a foetus on her neck, wasted her talents along with those of such veterans as Tony Curtis, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith. Her most prolific work was on television, with countless guest appearances in shows including McMillan and Wife, Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Cagney and Lacey and Murder She Wrote. In 1980 she wrote an autobiography, Bitter Sweet, because, she said later, her career was "stalled":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_in_the_Streets
Wild in the Streets is a 1968 film featuring Christopher Jones, Hal Holbrook, and Shelley Winters. It was produced by American International Pictures and based on a short story by writer Robert Thom. The movie, described as both "ludicrous" and "cautionary," was nominated for an Academy Award and became a cult classic.

 Thirty becomes a mandatory retirement age, while those over 35 are rounded up, sent to "re-education camps", and permanently dosed on LSD

http://www.perfectpeople.net/article/1276/5641406/christopher-jones/lsd-internment-camps-ndp-youthquake-has-scary-pop-culture-precedents.htm


Christopher Jones Article
LSD internment camps? NDP “youthquake” has scary pop culture precedents. Check out this picture >>

In the 1968 cult film Wild in the Streets, Christopher Jones plays a 22-year old rock star who ? bolstered by a nation of youthful baby boomers ?
improbably becomes president of the United States and declares war on everyone over 30

[oh - Everyone over thirty gets sent to an LSD concentration camp ]

http://community-2.webtv.net/STARSTATUS/CHRISJONES/page2.html


http://www.ioffer.com/i/christopher-jones-richard-pryor-in-wild-in-the-streets-186979842


CHRISTOPHER JONES, SHELLEY WINTERS, HAL HOLBROOK and RICHARD PRYOR in “WILD IN THE STREETS”

A rock star decides he'd rather rule the free world than just sell records in this ambitious fusion of political satire and teen exploitation. Teenage rebel Max Flatow (Christopher Jones) has grown tired of life in suburbia with his domineering mother (Shelley Winters) and weak-willed father (Bert Freed), and, having saved up 800 dollars he earned by selling home-brewed LSD to his schoolmates, he blows up the family car with a makeshift bomb and strikes out on his own.

A few years later, Max has adopted the name Max Frost, and is one of the world's biggest rock stars, selling millions of records and earning a fortune from concert appearances and music publishing. Max has learned firsthand about the buying power of America's youth, and when Sen. John Fergis (Hal Holbrook) asks Max to appear at a "youth rally" to mobilize younger voters, he realizes the kids could also sway an election if they wanted.

At Fergis' rally, Max debuts a new song, "Fourteen or Fight," which demands the voting age be reduced to 14; the youth respond by rising up in support of Max's demands, reducing many American cities to a standstill. As political leaders bow to public pressure, the age of suffrage is reduced to 15, but rather than choosing candidates to support, Max decides it's time he and his inner circle took control.

After Max doses Washington, D.C.'s water supply with LSD, congress votes to make any registered voter eligible to hold federal office, and before long Max Frost has become president of the United States.

Once in office, Max unveils a bold plan to once and for all do something about people over 30 -- including his parents.  American International Pictures took the rather bold step with this film of biting the hand that fed them--their target audience was always teenagers, and in this film the teenagers and young adults are not portrayed as desirable role models at all.  The motives of the principals, especially Max Frost, are purely self-serving and hedonistic, to the detriment of everyone, ultimately including themselves.  In a way, Wild in the Streets is a truly frightening film, a very, very cautionary fable in which absolute power does corrupt absolutely.  Wild in the Streets features an early screen appearance from Richard Pryor as drummer and political activist Stanley X, while media personalities Dick Clark, Walter Winchell, Army Archerd, and Melvin Belli portray themselves. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote the all-original songs for fictional rockers "Max Frost and the Troopers," including the Top 40 hit single "The Shape of Things to Come."  A touchstone of the Sixties that still resonates.

youtube - Wild in the Streets 1968 Movie
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Aint it strange how old "Rock Bottom" pops up just after we were all discussing him....hmmmmm
Just Kidding...sort of.
yes - it sort of spooked me a little...
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Miki Dora has some interesting connections. he openly talked about The Federal Reserve and the New World Order in the 50's and felt that that the U.S. goverment was behind everything under the sun. This was his excuse for being one of the biggest con-artists in history. His step father who taught him to surf worked for Boeing. And he liked to dress up like a Nazi which is I am guessing where the who 50's ed roth Iron cross nazi car club thing meshed wih surfing. This book is very detailed from the LA times below.

the Hungarian-born Dora was taught sword fighting as a child by Errol Flynn; he was at the Ambassador Hotel when Robert F. Kennedy was shot; and after leading the FBI on a seven-year international chase, he spent time in prison alongside Charles Manson.



Beach blanket babylon
All for a Few Perfect Waves The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora David Rensin HarperEntertainment: 476 pp., $25.95
June 22, 2008|Steven Kotler | Steven Kotler is the author of "West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief."

Miki DORA has been called many things: "Kerouac in board shorts" (the London Times); "a deconstructor of the American dream" (Surfer magazine); and "the Bob Dylan of surf culture" (surfing writer Drew Kampion). He's also been called an "outlaw" and a "prophet" and compared to Elvis, Muhammad Ali and Jack Nicholson, the latter specifically and tellingly for his R.P. McMurphy role in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
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The Latest edition as usual Mcgowan is spot on...

http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/nwsltr110.html
Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation
Part XVIII
May 26, 2011

“Our music was far from political or antiwar … I never felt comfortable with political advocacy.”

John Phillips

“There were no political speeches or overt protest songs performed.”

John Phillips, discussing the Monterey Pop Festival, of which he was a key organizer

Thus far on this journey, we have seen how what are arguably the two most bloody and notorious mass murders in the history of the City of Angels – the Manson Family murders of the occupants of the home on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, and the so-called Four-On-The-Floor bludgeoning murders of four Laurel Canyon drug dealers on Wonderland Avenue – were directly connected to the Laurel Canyon music scene.

 But the city of Los Angeles can boast of one other particularly notorious murder, which stands to this day as both the most gruesome single-victim murder and the most famous unsolved murder in the city’s history.

On January 15, 1947, the mutilated body of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was found posed in a field. The ritualistically butchered body was nude, sliced cleanly in half, and completely drained of blood. Parts of the body had been removed, after which the corpse had been thoroughly sanitized. Bruising clearly indicated that the young girl had been savagely beaten. Forensic evidence suggested that she had been forced to eat feces during her tortuous ordeal. She was quickly dubbed the ‘Black Dahlia,’ and it is by that name that she is known and written about today.

Much of what has been written about the brief life of Ms. Short is contradictory. Among the facts that seem to be agreed upon is that she had recently worked at a military facility that is now known as Vandenberg Air Force Base, and that she had some kind of close connection to a US Naval hospital in San Diego, where she may have also worked. That is, in any event, what she had indicated in a letter to her mother.

This murder occurred some twenty years before Laurel Canyon’s glory days. It would seem rather foolish then to suggest that all three of Los Angeles’ most notorious murder cases were connected to the peace-and-love scene flowering in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and 1970s. But that is, nevertheless, exactly what I am going to do. It is, admittedly, an indirect connection, and, since the case remains officially unsolved, it is a tentative one as well, but it is a connection nonetheless.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Black Dahlia murder, or who have only read about the case and never actually seen the brutality inflicted upon Ms. Short, please be advised that you are about to see for yourself just how barbaric this crime was. The images are absolutely horrifying – but that is, unfortunately, what elite ritualized crime looks like. You have been warned.

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“John [Phillips] was the ultimate controller.”

Mamas and the Papas producer/manager Lou Adler

“She was practically his slave.”

Michelle Phillips, describing John’s third wife, Genevieve Waite

Our story begins on August 30, 1935, with the birth of John Edmund Andrew Phillips to parents Claude and Edna Phillips. Claude was a retired Marine Corps officer and engineer. His father, John Andrew Phillips, a prominent architect, one day “mysteriously fell to his death” on a construction site, according to John Phillips’ autobiography, Papa John. That kind of thing tends to happen to family members of people associated with Laurel Canyon.

John’s mother, Edna, had what most folks would consider a rather unconventional upbringing. Her mother was a psychic/faith healer, and many of her eleven siblings were well known locally as gunfighters and bandits. When Edna was just a year old, she was – and I am neither making this up nor stealing it from the plot of some hack Hollywood film – purportedly kidnapped by Gypsies! Her father allegedly found her a year later down in Mexico. How he would have done so remains something of a mystery (though I’m guessing that maybe he had some help from Albert DeSalvo’s mother, who supposedly likewise tracked down young Albert after his father had sold him to a farmer as a slave; have I mentioned lately, by the way, that to fully understand the Laurel Canyon story, you really need to read Programmed to Kill?).

Edna was just fifteen when she met and began a relationship with Claude Phillips, who according to legend had supposedly won an Oklahoma bar from a fellow serviceman in a poker game on the way home from France at the close of World War II – which seems about as credible as various other aspects of Phillips family history,as told by John. By eighteen, Edna had given birth to the couple’s first child, Rosie Phillips, born on New Year’s Eve, 1922.

Rosie would later become a career employee of the Pentagon, where John’s first wife, the daughter of an intelligence operative, would also find work. Years later, according to John, Rosie’s daughter Patty would be “found dead of an overdose in a girlfriend’s apartment in North Hollywood … There were mysterious questions surrounding her death.” As I just noted a few paragraphs back, that kind of thing tends to happen.

In the late 1920s, Claude Phillips was commissioned to Haiti, where he remained for four years. He was then sent back to Quantico, then shipped off to Managua, Nicaragua, before finally returning to Alexandria, Virginia, where John Phillips, who would grow up to become arguably the most important music figure in the canyon, grew up and went to school.

John attended a series of strict Catholic and military schools and served as an altar boy. According to his own account though, he also had a darker side, which included forays into vandalism, auto theft, breaking and entering, fighting, and other assorted mischief. His mother, meanwhile, routinely cruised for men – when not spending time with a US Army Colonel named George Lacy. John would later be told that his real father was a US Marine Corps doctor named Roland Meeks, who died in a Japanese POW camp during WWII.

Phillips played basketball at George Washington High School, from where he graduated in 1953. He then scored an appointment to Annapolis Naval Academy, but soon dropped out. One of his first paying jobs was working on a fishing charter boat. As John later recalled it, the crew consisted of him, a retired Navy officer, and four retired Army generals. Seems like a perfect fit for one of the future guiding lights of the hippie movement. Phillips also, for a brief time, tried his hand at selling cemetery plots.

As previously noted, John’s first wife was the aristocratic Susie Adams, descendent of President John Adams and occasional practitioner of voodoo. Their first son, Jeffrey, was born on Friday the 13th in December of 1957. Shortly after that, John found himself in, of all places, Havana, Cuba, just as it was about to fall to the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro. According to Phillips, he and his traveling companions “were once whisked off the street by a director, straight into a TV studio to appear on a live Havana variety show.”

Many of you, I’m sure, have had a similar experience.

Some months later, in late 1958, Phillips flew to Los Angeles and began performing on amateur nights at Pandora’s Box on the legendary Sunset Strip. His first band, The Journeymen, featured Phillips, Scott McKenzie and Dick Weismann. It was while touring with this formation that John Phillips met a very young Holly Michelle Gilliam.

Michelle was born November 10, 1944 in Long Beach, California, to a father variously described as a merchant mariner, a movie production assistant, and a self-taught intellectual. When Michelle’s mother, a Baptist minister’s daughter, reportedly died of a brain aneurysm when Michelle was just five, Gardner “Gil” Gilliam took his daughters and promptly relocated to Mexico, ostensibly to attend college on the GI Bill. They remained there for several years. Upon their return to Southern California, Gil found work as an LA County probation officer. According to John, Gil’s work “often required him to go out of town,” though one would think that that would make it rather difficult for him to keep tabs on his charges.

In 1958, while future-husband John was vacationing in war-torn Cuba, Michelle found a new mother-figure in twenty-three-year-old Tamar Hodel. Tamar’s father, Dr. George Hodel, was described by Vanity Fair in December 2007 as “the most pathologically decadent man in Los Angeles” and “the city’s venereal-disease czar and a fixture in it’s A-list demimonde.” Also noted in the article was that “George Hodel shared with Man Ray a love for the work of the Marquis de Sade and the belief that the pursuit of personal liberty was worth everything.” In other words, Hodel embraced that all-purpose Luciferian creed, “Do what thou wilt.”

Tamar and her siblings had “grown up in her father’s Hollywood house, which resembled a Mayan temple, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, and was the site of wild parties, in which Hodel was sometimes joined by director John Huston and photographer Man Ray.” The luxurious home (pictured here as it looks today) reportedly features, among other amenities, a subterranean walk-in vault, which is always a nice thing to have around.


Within the walls of that singularly odd Hollywood Hills home, which lies about three miles due east of the mouth of Laurel Canyon, Tamar talks of how she “often ‘uncomfortably’ posed nude … for ‘dirty-old-man’ Man Ray and had once wriggled free from a predatory John Huston.” Her own father, not so shockingly, “had committed incest with her. ‘When I was 11, my father taught me to perform oral sex on him.’” Her father also “plied her with erotic books, grooming her for what he touted as their transcendent union,” and freely shared her with his wealthy and influential friends.

“To the girl’s horror, she became pregnant” at the tender age of fourteen – with her father’s child. “To her greater horror, she says, ‘my father wanted me to have his baby.’” A friend, nevertheless, took her to get an abortion. Dr. George was so incensed that, according to Tamar, he “struck her on the head with his pistol,” prompting her step-mother (who also happened to be John Huston’s ex-wife) to assist her in going into hiding.

Dr. George Hodel was arrested and charged with, among other things, offering his young daughter to several friends at an orgy. The sensational 1949 incest trial featured a witness who took the stand to describe being hypnotized by Hodel at a party; she also claimed that she had witnessed him attempt to hypnotize other young women.

Allegations that the rich and powerful were dabbling in incest, hypnotism/mind control, pedophilic orgies, and Luciferian philosophies must surely have been shocking to Angelenos in the 1940s, as they would still be to most Americans today, but to these jaded eyes and ears, it just sounds like business as usual. Also sounding like business as usual is that Tamar was roundly vilified by both the press and the defense team (led by Jerry Giesler), and Dr. George Hodel was acquitted.

Far more shocking even than all of that is the then-unknown fact that, even while Hodel was standing trial on the sensational charges, he was, and still is today, a prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder case! There have been, of course, numerous suspects identified in the case, including actor/director Orson Welles. But George Hodel does seem to be a much more likely suspect than most of those who have been identified. And his possible guilt, needless to say, does not exclude others from likely complicity as well. The mistake that virtually all investigators of this case have made is assuming that there is only one culprit.

The most likely scenario is that Hodel committed the crime in conjunction with various others in his pedophilic, Luciferian social circle. Man Ray, for example, is a compelling suspect, given that the posing of Ms. Short’s body appears to mimic The Minotaur, one of his better-known photographs. Man Ray, by the way, was something of the Robert Mapplethorpe of his era – the same Robert Mapplethorpe, it should be noted, whom investigative journalist Maury Terry has similarly linked to the Son of Sam case and various other ritualized murders (for more on George Hodel, Man Ray and the Black Dahlia murder, see Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel [George’s son and a former LAPD homicide detective] and Exquisite Corpse by Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss).

How it is that the fourteen-year-old daughter of a lowly probation officer fell into the orbit of the daughter of the wealthy and influential George Hodel (Hodel’s former home is currently valued at $4.2 million) has never been explained, but Tamar, described by Michelle as “the epitome of glamour,” quickly took the youngster under her wing, buying her clothes, enrolling her in modeling school, teaching her to drive, and providing her with a fake ID and a steady stream of prescription drugs – obtained, one would presume, from her father.

According to Michelle, “Tamar put on perfect airs around my dad and when it became necessary she would sleep with him.” Whatever works, I guess. That perhaps explains why, in early 1961, Gil didn’t have a problem with allowing his underage daughter to move to San Francisco with the daughter of a violent pedophile. Soon enough, Tamar found herself in a relationship with Journeyman Scott McKenzie, and bandmate John Phillips began coming by Tamar and Michelle’s room on a nightly basis.

It wasn’t long before Michelle, still just seventeen, was romantically involved with twenty-six-year-old Phillips, despite the fact that John was still married to Adams, with whom he by then had two children, Laura MacKenzie Phillips having been born on November 10, 1959 in Alexandria. Father Gil, who had himself recently taken a sixteen-year-old bride (one of a string of six wives), still wasn’t concerned. And it’s probably safe to assume that Phillip’s father, who had pursued his bride when she was just fifteen, wouldn’t have been too concerned either.

In October 1962, a year or so after meeting Michelle, John curiously found himself in Jacksonville, Florida (alongside Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport) for “two weeks of rest and rehearsal” during the Cuban Missile Crisis. For a guy who “never felt comfortable with political advocacy,” John seems to have had a keen interest in Cuban affairs. Two months later, on New Years Eve 1962, Holly Michelle Gilliam became John Phillip’s second wife. She also joined his reconfigured band, as did Canadian Denny Doherty, who had formerly been with the Mugwumps alongside Cass Elliot. This new lineup was dubbed the New Journeymen.

The newly-formed trio promptly embarked on a curious Caribbean adventure, arriving first at St. Johns, where John has claimed that they “snorkeled on acid” for several weeks. They next ferried over to St. Thomas, where they set up camp at a dive beachfront boardinghouse known as Duffy’s. Soon enough, Ellen Naomi Cohen, better known as Cass Elliot, showed up with John’s nephew, who was a childhood friend of hers. Cass had been born in Baltimore but had grown up in Alexandria, where, like Phillips, she had attended George Washington High School.

As the legend goes, Cass waited tables at the dive while the trio performed folk songs. What they were really doing there remains something of a mystery, though in Papa John, Phillips did drop a clue: “The town was crawling with drunken Marines and sailors on their way home from Vietnam.”

Moving on from the boardinghouse, the group next took over an unfinished home on Creeque Alley, where, according to John, they were known as “the island’s open house and everyone was welcome to our commune.” At some point though the governor supposedly ordered them off the island “because he thought his nephew was doing drugs with the crazies at Creeque Alley.” The band had formalized its new lineup of John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot, and they had a whole album’s worth of material written. That first album would feature such enduring classics as California Dreamin’, Monday, Monday, and Go Where You Wanna Go. On none of the bands subsequent albums would they produce anywhere near the level of songwriting that they were allegedly able to achieve on that Caribbean adventure.

Though isolated on that Caribbean island, the songs the group brought back to LA with them just happened to be of the soon-to-emerge folk-rock variety. In Papa John, Phillips quotes Doherty as saying that everyone was “evolving toward the same sound at the same time without really communicating with each other about it.” It was, I suppose, just the way things were fated to be – or it could be that everyone was following the same script, written by unseen others.

Before helping to spearhead the folk-rock movement though, the quartet first had to get off the island, which Phillips presents as a high-risk venture: “We tried to get off the island quietly. We split in groups at the airport to look inconspicuous … We went at night so there wouldn’t be any credit checks done on me.”

Within a month of arriving in LA, the band had a producer/manager (Lou Adler, a Jewish kid who had grown up in a tough, Hispanic section of East LA) and a record deal, and John and Michelle were at home in a comfortable house on Lookout Mountain in Laurel Canyon. They would soon be able to afford to purchase Jeanette McDonald’s former Bel Air mansion at 783 Bel Air Road, which featured “hand-carved wooden gargoyles” and “a walk-in vault beneath the house,” which, as I already mentioned, is a very handy feature. Sitting on five acres, the lavish home, with five Rolls Royces in the driveway, was the site of virtually nonstop partying.

The new lineup, of course, needed a name, and John pushed hard for the occult-based Magic Cyrcle, which the band was briefly known as before ultimately settling on The Mamas and the Papas. There would be other indications as well that Phillips had a keen interest in the occult. He would later, for example, start his own label and call it Warlock Records. And his third wife, Genevieve Waite, was an avid follower of Aleister Crowley.

The Mamas and the Papas proved to be a rather short-lived band, recording and performing just from 1965 to 1968 (with a brief reunion in 1971 to satisfy contractual obligations to their record company). During that time, the band produced five albums and eleven top 40 singles. To date, the lineup has sold nearly 100,000,000 albums.

The first single, released in 1965, was Go Where You Wanna Go, which failed to chart. Their next release, California Dreamin’, shot up to #4. Their freshman album, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, released in early 1966, rose to the very top of the charts, their only album to do so. Their only #1 single, Monday, Monday, followed the release of the album. It was all downhill from there.

While recording their second album in June 1966, Michelle was discharged from the band due to the fact that she was having an affair with Denny Doherty, which was causing severe friction in the group. By August, she was back, though that didn’t prevent the group’s second album from performing rather poorly. The third, recorded in 1967 and ironically entitled Deliver, failed to live up to its name. Then in June of that year, The Mamas and the Papas delivered a closing set at the Monterey Pop Festival that almost everyone agrees sucked ass.

It wasn’t hard though for the band to score that coveted closing slot, given that Phillips had played a key role in organizing the event. Monterey proved to be, according to Barney Hoskyns, the “moment when the underground went mainstream.” As Rolling Stone noted in its Fortieth Anniversary Edition, “The plan for a new kind of festival was spearheaded by John Phillips, the leader of the Mamas and the Papas, and Lou Adler, an influential producer and the band’s manager.” Also noted was that the “road to Monterey began with Alan Pariser, a young heir to a paper-manufacturing fortune,” just as the road to Woodstock began with John Roberts, a young heir to a pharmaceutical manufacturing fortune, but that’s another story entirely.

Two months after Monterey, the band made their final television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Two months after that, the quartet headed off to Europe while recording their fourth album, The Papas and the Mamas. That album’s first single was the Laurel Canyon-inspired 12:30 (Young Girls are Coming to the Canyon). Shortly thereafter, the band broke up. John tried his hand at a solo career with the wildly unsuccessful result being the release of The Wolf King of LA. To satisfy record label demands, the group briefly reformed for their fourth album, People Like Us.

Following that unsuccessful venture, the band once again dissolved.

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The Mansion is a 10-bedroom mansion owned by famed music producer Rick Rubin in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles, originally built in 1918. After recording the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik with considerable ease and comfort, Rubin decided to record many of the albums he has produced here, including; the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Audioslave's Out of Exile, The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium, Slipknot's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), and Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight

Since 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have returned to the mansion on numerous occasions; the tracks "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population" on the Red Hot Chili Peppers 2003 Greatest Hits compilation, and more recently, the group's 2006 album, Stadium Arcadium were recorded in the mansion. The mansion can also be seen on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Funky Monks DVD (released 1991), the making of Minutes to Midnight DVD, and in a series of eight clips uploaded to LCD Soundsystem's official YouTube channel documenting the creation of This Is Happening

In the 1960s and 70s many famous artists such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles stayed there.[citation needed]

The house was owned by Errol Flynn in the late 1930's. It is just north of a house a that was rented by Harry Houdini for roughly one year around 1919.
[edit] Haunting rumors

The mansion is rumored to be haunted. Artists such as the Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler Zavala have reported doors opening when they are known to have been previously closed.[1] Zavala also cited one room, the bell tower, that the band chose to avoid while living there.

The nine-piece metal band Slipknot reported experiencing a number of unusual events while living there during the recording of their album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Drummer Joey Jordison claimed to have had an unsettling experience in the basement when he felt something walk through him and subsequently never went down there again. Also, Singer Corey Taylor took pictures of two orbs hovering near the thermostat in his room that changed the temperature.[2] System of a Down's guitarist Daron Malakian, said that everyday around 4 o' clock, his amp tubes would act weird.

It is rumored that the house has been haunted since 1918, when the son of a furniture store owner pushed his lover from the balcony.[3] The mansion is actually built on the grounds of the old mansion that burned down in the late 1950s and wasn't rebuilt until years later to be used as a recording arts studio. Also, during the recording of the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, more unusual things occurred. Consequently, drummer Chad Smith chose to not live in the house during the recording. The BSSM album art also features a photograph of a strange orb or face captured during a group photograph, which the band suggests might have been a spirit at the mansion.

The Mansion also appears in the second season of Showtime's Californication, in which the owner of the house is Lew Ashby, a famous record producer (played by Callum Keith Rennie) living alone in his ivory tower. Also referred in the TV Show as "Ashby's Den of Iniquity". Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra visited the mansion during their MTV reality show "Til Death Do Us Part".

 Recordings at the Mansion
Band or artist    Album(s) and/or song(s)    Year(s) of recording
Red Hot Chili Peppers    Blood Sugar Sex Magik    1991
Marilyn Manson    Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)    1999 - 2000
American Head Charge    The War of Art    2000 - 2001
The Mars Volta    De-Loused in the Comatorium    2002 - 2003
Red Hot Chili Peppers    "Fortune Faded" & "Save the Population" (from the sessions of an as yet, unreleased album)    2003
Slipknot    Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)    2003
System of a Down    Mezmerize & Hypnotize    2004
Ours    Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy    2005
Red Hot Chili Peppers    Stadium Arcadium    2005
Linkin Park    Minutes to Midnight    2006 - 2007
Maroon 5    It Won't Be Soon Before Long    2006 - 2007
LCD Soundsystem    This Is Happening
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Eliot Smith's Death

From The Smoking Gun
2004
JANUARY 8--Los Angeles investigators probing the recent stabbing death of alt rocker Elliott Smith could not classify the incident as a suicide because several aspects of the knifing were not consistent with suicide and "raise the possibility of homicide." According to the below autopsy report, police discovered what appeared to be a suicide note--written on a Post-it note--when they responded to his home on October 21. "I'm so sorry-love, Elliot God forgive me," the note read, according to the report (a coroner's official told TSG that Smith's first name was misspelled in the report). And, the report concludes, Smith's history of depression and the "location and direction" of two stab wounds "are consistent with self-infliction." However, other aspects of Smith's death have caused investigators to wonder whether the performer was killed. The autopsy report cited the absence of "hesitation wounds," the presence of "possible defensive wounds," and "stabbing through clothing" as atypical of suicide. In addition, the actions of Smith's live-in girlfriend, musician Jennifer Chiba, were of concern to investigators. Chiba initially told cops that she had argued with Smith, 34, in their home and, at one point, locked herself in the bathroom. Chiba emerged when she heard Smith scream, and saw him standing with "a knife sticking out of his chest." The medical examiner noted that Chiba's "reported removal of the knife and subsequent refusal to speak with detectives are all of concern."
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 from Wikipedia

Smith died on October 21, 2003, at age 34 from two stab wounds to the chest.[2] According to girlfriend Jennifer Chiba the two were arguing,[35] and she locked herself in the bathroom to take a shower.[63] Chiba heard him scream, and upon opening the door, saw Smith standing with a knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out, after which he collapsed and she called 9-1-1. Smith died in the hospital with the time of death listed as 1:36 p.m. While Smith's death was originally reported as a suicide, the official autopsy report released in December 2003 left open the question of possible homicide.[2] A possible suicide note, written on a Post-it, read, "I'm so sorry—love, Elliott. God forgive me."[2] The coroner's report had the name Elliott misspelled as "Elliot," however "a coroner's official told TSG that Smith's first name was misspelled in the report," not on the Post-it note.[2]

According to Pitchfork Media, record producer Larry Crane reported on his Tape Op message board that he had planned to help Smith mix his album in mid-November. Crane wrote, "I hadn't talked to Elliott in over a year. His girlfriend, Jennifer, called me [last week] and asked if I'd like to come to L.A. and help mix and finish [Smith's album]. I said yes, of course, and chatted with Elliott for the first time in ages. It seems surreal that he would call me to finish an album and then a week later kill himself. I talked to Jennifer this morning, who was obviously shattered and in tears, and she said, 'I don't understand, he was so healthy.'"[64]

The coroner's report revealed that no traces of illegal substances or alcohol were found in his system at the time of his death, but did find prescribed levels of antidepressant and ADHD medications in his system, including Clonazepam, Mirtazapine, Atomoxetine and Amphetamine.[65] Also, no hesitation wounds were found on Smith, a trait typical of suicide by self infliction.[35] With his death not being officially declared a suicide, a journalist noted that some have suspected foul play[66], but also that the authorities do not seem to be investigating the case further.[67] Smith's body was cremated.[68] NSmith's o public burial site or memorial was ever formally announced.
The memorial outside Solutions Audio in Los Angeles, California in August 2006.
[edit] Reaction

Shortly after Smith's death, a fan memorial was initiated outside Solutions Audio (4334 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California), the site at which the cover of the Figure 8 album was shot. Farewell messages to Smith were written on the wall, and flowers, photos, candles, and empty bottles of alcohol mentioned in Smith's songs were left.[69] Since then, the wall has been repeatedly tagged by gang signs,[70][71] and, despite having been repainted to its original state in February 2008 and promises from Solutions' owner to maintain the site, the wall is now largely covered by unrelated graffiti.[72][73][74]

Memorial concerts were held in several cities in the United States and the United Kingdom.[60] A petition was soon put forth with intent to make part of the Silver Lake area a memorial park in Smith's honor. It received over 10,000 signatures, but no plans to establish the park have been announced.[60] A memorial plaque located inside Smith's former high school, Lincoln High, was hung in July 2006.[75] The plaque has the line "I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow," from Smith's song "Waltz #2".

Since Smith's death, many musical acts have paid him tribute. Songs in tribute to, or about Smith have been released by Bright Eyes ("Reinvent The Wheel"), Backseat Goodbye ("Elliott Smith Is Still Alive" on The Good Years), Rilo Kiley ("Ripchord" and "It Just Is" on More Adventurous),[76] Sparta ("Bombs and Us"),[60] Third Eye Blind ("Elliott Smith (There's No Hurry To Eternity)", meant to be on Symphony of Decay),[77] Ben Folds ("Late" on Songs for Silverman),[78] Rhett Miller ("The Believer" on The Believer),[79] Earlimart ("Heaven Adores You" on Treble and Tremble),[80] Joan As Police Woman ("We Don't Own It" on Real Life),[81] and Pete Yorn ("Bandstand in the Sky" on Nightcrawler, a song jointly dedicated to Jeff Buckley). Several tribute albums have been released since his death, including Christopher O'Riley's Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute.

On July 30, 2004, Jennifer Chiba filed a lawsuit against the Smith family for 15% of his earnings (over $1 million),[82] claiming that she and Smith lived as "husband and wife",[83] that the singer pledged to take care of her financially for the rest of her life, and that she worked as his manager and agent from around 2000 until his death.[84] A state labor commissioner ruled her claim as manager to be invalid, as she had worked as an "unlicensed talent agent" under California's Talent Agencies Act. The case made it to the California appellate court in October 2007, but was defeated 2–1; Chiba could potentially appeal the case to the Supreme Court of California.[85]
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"What boggles my mind
is that members of military intelligence
were willing to sacrifice their own sons & daughters
to the drug promoting music industry."

Amazon,I don`t think these people knew their children were targeted.
At least not in their right mind would they allow it.

They decide on a target and carry out any BS,lies and deceit to make it happen.
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"But why sons & daughters of military/intelligence parents ?"

"Was it because
The Experimenters assumed
all these kids would have grown up
under strong discipline
and strong American values ?"


I think they were choose mostly because they were there and available.
They also had some pretty creative minds to begin with.I think possibly the creative parts of the brains were stimulated with ELF mind control that made them even more creative.This would explain why so many talented stars came from one small area.

Being part of the "machine" is no guarantee they won`t use you or your family and shove you down their meat grinder.I think you`d have to be pretty high up the totem pole to be safe from that.
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"But why sons & daughters of military/intelligence parents ?"

I think they were choose mostly because they were there and available.
They also had some pretty creative minds to begin with.I think possibly the creative parts of the brains were stimulated with ELF mind control that made them even more creative.This would explain why so many talented stars came from one small area.

Being part of the "machine" is no guarantee they won`t use you or your family and shove you down their meat grinder.I think you`d have to be pretty high up the totem pole to be safe from that.  

As a Military brat - I can tell you the military kids were kept on base and were available for observation, also the parents "officers" are a known quantity,  highly intelligent and creative thinkers .  There were background checks done for "fitness reports" and before promotions.  They knew everything they wanted to know, about the whole family.

Another aspect is that there are alot of talented people that never make it. There are "winners" that are selected and promoted.
Which is exactly what we are talking about.
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It would be certainly interesting to know all the stories of how famous and infamous people came to be who they are through the hands of the shadow government.I think the number of people would be staggering and the roles they played in life would be absolutely jaw dropping. 
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“And when we went to Santa Fe my father took work first as a carpenter at Los Alamos at the atomic plant and when they would bring the bombs down … they said "there’s a sunrise in the middle of the night in New Mexico" …”  (Stephen Gaskin)
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The band Coven that was back up band on many recordings and recorded the song from th Billy Jack movie "One Tin Soldier".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coven_(band)
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The Latest Laurel canyon Article by Mcgowan

http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/nwsltr111.html
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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #62 on: November 27, 2011, 08:42:34 PM »
Kenneth Anger: ICONS
November 1, 2011  |  Levent OZLER
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Kenneth Anger: ICONS is a showcase of the films, archives, and vision of one of the most original filmmakers of American cinema, on view at MOCA Grand Avenue from November 13, 2011, through February 27, 2012. A defining presence of underground art and culture and a major influence on generations of filmmakers, musicians, and artists, Anger's films evoke the power of spells or incantations, combining experimental technique with popular song, rich color, and subject matter drawn equally from personal obsession, myth, and the occult.

MOCA's exhibition centers on Anger's Magick Lantern Cycle of films-Fireworks (1947), Puce Moment (1949), Rabbit's Moon (1950/1979), Eaux d'artifice (1953), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954/66), Scorpio Rising (1963), Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), and Lucifer Rising (1970-81)-presenting the work across multiple projections in a unique gallery installation of red vinyl, designed in close consultation with Anger.

"Kenneth Anger channels a world of magic, ritual, darkness, and desire-quintessential ingredients of Hollywood," said MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson. "His films are legendary and yet always contemporary."

Complementing the films is an archive of photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia from Anger's personal collection that illustrates the filmmaker's unique vision of Hollywood's golden era. The inspiration and source material for the filmmaker's infamous celebrity "gossip" books Hollywood Babylon, (1975) and Hollywood Babylon II (1984), the collection centers on stars such as Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo, as well as now lesser-known icons like silent-film actress Billie Dove. Anger grew up in Hollywood. His grandmother was a costume mistress, and he is claimed to have appeared as a child actor in the Warner Brothers production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). The world of the classic studios and the mystique of its major figures radiates throughout the photographs, press clippings, letters, and memorabilia on display, which Anger has gathered across many decades
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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #63 on: December 31, 2011, 06:15:13 PM »
Jim Morrison's Laurel Canyon home burns in arson related fire

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/30/idUS275492047920111230
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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #64 on: December 31, 2011, 06:31:41 PM »
Jim Morrison's Laurel Canyon home burns in arson related fire

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/30/idUS275492047920111230

The fire -- at 8021 Rothdell Trail in Hollywood -- broke out at 1:20 a.m. in a nearby car, then spread to the house.

Morrison lived in the 1922 Hollywood home with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. It's where he wrote the Doors album "Waiting for the Sun" and portions of "The Soft Parade."

youtube - Waiting for the Sun

The Laurel Canyon street on which it's located also was the inspiration for the Doors song "Love Street," which played during the closing credits of a season two episode of "Entourage."

youtube - Love Street  is a 1968 song by The Doors which appears on their album Waiting For The Sun. The song is about the street in Laurel Canyon, California, where Jim Morrison lived with his girlfriend Pamela Courson.




http://features.waiting-forthe-sun.net/Pages/summers_gone.html
He Lived on Love Street: Surprise Awaits a Visitor to Jim Morrison's Laurel Canyon Home

Songfacts:  
This song is about the street in Laurel Canyon, California where Jim Morrison lived with his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. The address was 1812 Rothdell Trail, but they called it "Love Street" because they could sit on the balcony and watch the hippies go by
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This was released as the B-side of "Hello, I Love You."

The line, "There's a store where the creatures meet" refers to the canyon store where all the hippies of the canyon hung out. (thanks, Dhani - Wausau, WI)

Pamela Courson owned a clothing store which was frequented by hippys and various other trippy types in LA and this is the store referred to in the line "There's a store where the creatures meet". This is explained in the biography "No One Here Gets Out Alive"

The lyrics, "She has me and she has you" indicates that Morrison knows that his girlfriend Pamela Courson has relations with other men. (thanks, bob - Laguna Beach, CA)

In the sold lyrics its:
 "She has robes and she has monkeys"
 But in fact Jim wrote it like this:
 "She has robes and she has flunkies".
 
Flunkies if you didn't know is a reference to his girlfriend Pamela's drug habit.

The original lyric was "She has robes and she has junkies", referring to the people she would sleep with.

Pam's clothes shop was called Themis and Jim bought it for her, but its not the shop that he is reffering to in the song, the bottom floor of their apartment was "a store where the creatures meet"
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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #66 on: January 18, 2012, 01:20:59 PM »
Human Head found on Hollywood Sign hike trail
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/human-head-found-in-bag-on-hike-trail.html



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Human head found in bag below the Hollywood sign
1/18/2012
Daniel S Levine

A severed human head in a plastic bag was discovered by hikers below the iconic Hollywood sign near Los Angeles Tuesday. Police say that they are now searching the area for the rest of the unidentified person’s body.

Reuters reports that two women hikers were walking their nine dogs along a trail near the popular Griffith Observatory in Hollywood Hills.
 
According to The Los Angeles Times, two of the hikers’ dogs found the head inside a plastic bag in the brush, a law enforcement source said.

Police say the head appears to be that of a man in his 40’s with salt-and-pepper hair. The LA Times reports that the police believe the head was severed recently due to the condition of it.
 
Investigators have already closed off the area to search for more body parts, notes The Associated Press. After searching until dusk on Tuesday with the help of cadaver dogs, they will return to the scene on Wednesday. The Los Angeles County coroner will be called in to try to identify the remains.

As Reuters notes, the Hollywood sign has been an iconic landmark since it was built in 1923, reading “Hollywoodland.” In the late 1940s, “land” was removed and in 1978, the remaining letters were restored. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sign was almost sold in 2010 to the Tiffany & Co. foundation, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and philanthropist Aileen Getty helped the Trust for Public Land acquire the sign.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dog-walkers-discover-human-head-iconic-hollywood-sign-article-1.1007916

The mysterious head, which was not decomposed, was found by dog walkers after some of their four-legged friends began playing with an object in a bag on Tuesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.
 
"At some point the object came out and they discovered it was a severed head," Sgt. Mitzi Fierro told KCAL-TV.
 
Fierro added investigators believe the head belonged to a man in his 40s or 60s, although she would not release his race or any other identifying details. The head seemed to have been placed there recently, she added.
 
In addition to trying to identify the head, investigators are racing to see if other parts of the corpse surface, the TV station reported.


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 Where you can see Hawks flying overhead at dawn and watch Deer grazing at dusk. That little bit of real estate paradise that stretches along the Santa Monica Mountains bordered by Griffith Park from Silverlake to Sunset Strip often referred to as "An Oasis in the City" is the Hollywood Hills.

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/20/justice/california-severed-head/index.html
Authorities identify severed head, hands, feet found in Hollywood hills
By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 2:06 PM EST, Fri January 20, 2012

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Authorities have identified the man whose severed head, hands and feet were found in a park near the Hollywood sign, but they weren't releasing his name Friday, said Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
 
The recent discovery of a severed head, two hands and two feet in the Hollywood hills is near the home of actor Brad Pitt, and authorities have interviewed his bodyguard for possible leads, police said Thursday.
 
"It's standard procedure for us to have our detectives canvass the neighborhood," Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. The bodyguard saw nothing unusual, he added.
 
In an unusual coincidence, Pitt starred in the film "Seven," in which he plays a detective and a severed head is found in a box.
 
Meanwhile, the dog walker whose golden retriever, Ollie, discovered the head in a park Tuesday below the Hollywood sign said she at first thought the head was a movie prop.

"Our assumption was that there was always people filming up there, and it was a prop," Lauren Kornberg, who was walking with her mother at the time, told HLN. "We walked down the ravine and got closer and realized it was a freshly severed human head."
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In what police described as their biggest search in recent memory, 120 investigators scoured a seven-acre parcel of Bronson Canyon Park below the Hollywood sign looking for clues in the dismemberment, which authorities believe occurred elsewhere, Smith said.
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The coroner's cadaver dog discovered the man's hands and feet, but authorities still haven't located the torso.

Authorities believe the human remains were placed in one spot and then were spread by wild animals, Smith said.

The body parts were hidden until the animals found them, Smith said.
 
"You could say it was a determined effort to hide them," Smith said of the body parts, declining to elaborate. "There was no intent that these were something that the public would find."

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/cops-id-man-butchered-head-feet-hands-found-hollywood-sign-article-1.1009707
Cops ID man whose butchered head, feet, hands found near Hollywood sign
Victim is 66-year-old retired airline worker
By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, January 21 2012, 2:11 PM


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Police say the dismembered remains were those of Hervey Medellin, 66, a retired Mexicana Airlines employee who lived with a roommate near the hiking trail. Dog walkers discovered a head in a plastic bag along the trail on Tuesday, according to local reports.
 
Los Angeles County coroner officials said they were able to identify Medellin through fingerprints on one of his hands, which were found 50 yards away from the head on Wednesday by investigators and a cadaver-sniffing dog.
 
Friends told KCBS-TV that the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park where the body parts were found was one Medellin's favorite hiking spots.
 
Neighbor Andrew Hill, who lived in the apartment below Medellin, told the Los Angeles Times that he heard an angry, late-night scuffle in the victim’s apartment about three weeks ago.
 
Police are questioning at least one person in connection with the case, the Times said. No arrests have been made.
 
Cops were also questioning neighbors in the region, including Brad Pitt's bodyguard.
 
The star and his gal pal, Angelina Jolie, have a house in the Hollywood Hills near where the body parts were found.
 
Dog-walker Lauren Kornberg, whose golden retriever, Ollie, discovered the head on Tuesday, said she initially thought it was a movie prop.
 
"Our assumption was that there was always people filming up there, and it was a prop," Kornberg, who was walking the with her mother when they made the grisly find, she told HLN. "We walked down the ravine and got closer and realized it was a freshly severed human head."
 
Police concluded a search of the 4,200-acre Griffith Park on Thursday, and the park was reopened to the public on Friday.
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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #67 on: January 18, 2012, 08:18:34 PM »
youtube - Wild in the Streets 1968 Movie

Christopher Jones stars as rock singer and aspiring revolutionary Max Frost (born Max Jacob Flatow Jr.; his first public act of violence was blowing up his family's new car).

Frost's band The Troopers live together with him, their women, and others in a sprawling Los Angeles mansion.

The band includes his 15-year-old genius attorney Billy Cage (Kevin Coughlin) on lead guitar, ex-child actor/girlfriend Sally LeRoy (Diane Varsi) on keyboards, hook-handed Abraham Salteen (Larry Bishop) on bass guitar and trumpet, and anthropologist Stanley X (Richard Pryor) on drums.

When Max is asked to sing at a televised political rally by Kennedyesque Senate candidate Johnny Fergus (Hal Holbrook), who's running on a platform to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 (a genuine issue, not passed until 1971), he and the Troopers appear — but Max stuns everyone by calling instead for the voting age to become 14, then finishes the show with an improvised song, "Fourteen Or Fight!", and a call for a demonstration.

Max's fans (and other young people, by the thousands) stir to action, and within 24 hours protests have begun in cities around the United States. Fergus' advisors want him to denounce Max, but instead he agrees to support the demonstrations, and change his campaign — if Max and his group will compromise, accept a voting age of 15 instead, abide by the law, and appeal to the demonstrators to go home peaceably. Max agrees, and the two appear together on television, and in person the next day using the less offensive mantra "Fifteen and Ready".

Most states agree to lower the voting age within days, in the wake of the demonstrations, and Max Frost and the Troopers campaign for Johnny Fergus until the election, which he wins by a landslide. Taking his place in the Senate, Fergus wishes Frost and his people would now just go away, but instead they get involved with Washington politics. When a Congressman from Sally LeRoy's home district dies suddenly, the band enters her in the special election that follows, and Sally (the eldest of the group, and the only one of majority age to run for office) is voted into Congress by the new teen bloc.

The first bill Sally introduces is a Constitutional amendment to lower the age requirements for national political office — to 14, and "Fourteen Or Fight!" enters a new phase. A joint session of Congress is called, and the Troopers (by now joined by Fergus' son Jimmy, played by Michael Margotta) swing the vote their way by spiking the Washington water supply with LSD, and providing all the Senators and Representatives with teenaged guides.

As teens either take over or threaten the reins of government, the Old Guard (those over 30) turn to Max to run for President, and assert his (their) control over the changing tide. Max again agrees, running as a Republican to his chagrin, but once in office, he turns the tide on his older supporters.

Thirty becomes a mandatory retirement age, while those over 35 are rounded up, sent to "re-education camps", and permanently dosed on LSD.

Fergus unsuccessfully attempts to dissuade Max by contacting his estranged parents (Bert Freed and Shelley Winters), then tries to assassinate him. Failing at this, he flees Washington with his remaining family, but they are soon rounded up.

With youth now in control of the United States, politically as well as economically, and similar revolutions breaking out in all the world's major countries, Max withdraws the military from around the world (turning them instead into de facto age police), puts computers and prodigies in charge of the Gross National Product, ships surplus grain for free to third world nations, disbands the FBI and Secret Service, and becomes the leader of "the most truly hedonistic society the world has ever known".

The final moments of the film indicate, however, that Max and his cohorts may face future intergenerational warfare from an unexpected source.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #68 on: January 18, 2012, 08:43:03 PM »
Ted Nugent: "You Have The Right To Remain Stupid"

Who is Ted Nugent? Who was Fank Zappa? - "The Ring Masters"


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Nugent
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After settling down on a ranch in Michigan in 1973,

Nugent signed a record deal with Frank Zappa's DiscReet Records label and recorded Call of the Wild. The following year, Tooth Fang & Claw (which contained the song "Great White Buffalo") established a fan base for Nugent and the other Amboy Dukes.

Personnel changes nearly wrecked the band, which became known as Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes. Nugent reunited with the other members of the Amboy Dukes at the 2009 Detroit Music Awards, which took place April 17, 2009. The psychedelic band received a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The Dukes also played together at the ceremony, marking their first public performance in more than 30 years
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The Amboy Dukes' second single was "Journey to the Center of the Mind", which featured lyrics written by the Dukes' second guitarist Steve Farmer.

Nugent, an ardent anti-drug campaigner, has always claimed that he had no idea that this song was about drug use
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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #69 on: January 22, 2012, 05:23:01 PM »
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/cops-id-man-butchered-head-feet-hands-found-hollywood-sign-article-1.1009707
Cops ID man whose butchered head, feet, hands found near Hollywood sign
Victim is 66-year-old retired airline worker
By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, January 21 2012, 2:11 PM


James Dean monument - Griffith Park Observatory
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Police say the dismembered remains were those of Hervey Medellin, 66, a retired Mexicana Airlines employee who lived with a roommate near the hiking trail. Dog walkers discovered a head in a plastic bag along the trail on Tuesday, according to local reports.
 
Los Angeles County coroner officials said they were able to identify Medellin through fingerprints on one of his hands, which were found 50 yards away from the head on Wednesday by investigators and a cadaver-sniffing dog.
 
Friends told KCBS-TV that the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park where the body parts were found was one Medellin's favorite hiking spots.
 
Neighbor Andrew Hill, who lived in the apartment below Medellin, told the Los Angeles Times that he heard an angry, late-night scuffle in the victim’s apartment about three weeks ago.
 
Police are questioning at least one person in connection with the case, the Times said. No arrests have been made.
 
Cops were also questioning neighbors in the region, including Brad Pitt's bodyguard.
 
The star and his gal pal, Angelina Jolie, have a house in the Hollywood Hills near where the body parts were found.
 
Dog-walker Lauren Kornberg, whose golden retriever, Ollie, discovered the head on Tuesday, said she initially thought it was a movie prop.
 
"Our assumption was that there was always people filming up there, and it was a prop," Kornberg, who was walking the with her mother when they made the grisly find, she told HLN. "We walked down the ravine and got closer and realized it was a freshly severed human head."
 
Police concluded a search of the 4,200-acre Griffith Park on Thursday, and the park was reopened to the public on Friday.
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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #70 on: January 22, 2012, 06:52:22 PM »
Man, you guys rock.  I have only scanned through this thread, but I see there is some real good stuff here. 
After reading some books recently on spiritualism and the theosophic philosophies, I began to develop questions about the Hippie movement.  Most notably I began to question wheather the movement was created in order to thwart any major freedom and spiritualistic type organizations from sprouting up in the future.  You know, much in the same way any other anti-establishment organization seems to get co-opted, exterminated or re-directed.  Lets face it, the Hippie movement had some good ideals like anti war, freedom from big brother and a drive to get in touch with ones inner spirit.  By creating an entire culture based on these principals, and then debase it by injecting a bunch of drug crazed idiots with propaganda, the general population looked with disgust at anyone taking up these Hippie ideals. 
Kind of like the Occupy movements and the Tea Party movements that got co-opted/debased/re-directed. 

You guys that did the research in this thread are the experts.  Do you feel this is a credible line of thought, or do you feel I'm off base?     

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« Reply #71 on: January 22, 2012, 07:04:02 PM »
...  You know, much in the same way any other anti-establishment organization seems to get co-opted, exterminated or re-directed.  Lets face it, the Hippie movement had some good ideals like anti war, freedom from big brother and a drive to get in touch with ones inner spirit.  By creating an entire culture based on these principals, and then debase it by injecting a bunch of drug crazed idiots with propaganda, the general population looked with disgust at anyone taking up these Hippie ideals. 
Kind of like the Occupy movements and the Tea Party movements that got co-opted/debased/re-directed. 
....  Do you feel this is a credible line of thought, or do you feel I'm off base?   


I try not to interject my personal opinions and let the material lead you to the conclusions you have drawn.
In short yes.  Also this created a dicotomy that did not exist previously (1950's) - Pro-War Anti-War Pro-Drug Anti-Drug Pro-Life Anti-Life etc... with both sides of debate controlled by their operatives.

see: The Sequoia Seminars - 1954 - LSD Therapy - History
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« Reply #72 on: January 22, 2012, 08:08:58 PM »
Thanks Tahoe, I appreciate your thoughts on this and also the exhaustive amount of information you have provided.  I hope to very soon read all the way through this thread. 

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« Reply #73 on: January 24, 2012, 02:00:31 PM »
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Friends told KCBS-TV that the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park where the body parts were found was one Medellin's favorite hiking spots.

Bronson Caves:

http://www.seeing-stars.com/locations/BronsonCaves.shtml
One of the many locations he visited were the Bronson Caves in the Griffith Park area. And he was good enough to send us these photos to help other visitors find the caves for themselves. (The photos show Steve and his bride Monica hiking from Canyon Drive to the caves.)

The Bronson caves are man-made, and were probably created back around 1900, when the area was a rock quarry. (Some say the caves themselves were created especially for the 1922 version of "Robin Hood" with Douglas Fairbanks.)  But whatever their origin, they have since been used in countless movies and TV series. They were seen as the 'Bat Cave' in the classic "Batman" TV series, as well as in "Bonanza," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Fantasy Island," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Lone Ranger," "Gunsmoke" and the "Wild Wild West". Plus feature films such as 2002's "The Scorpion King," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Lost Horizon" and the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."


"Once there I turned around and lo and behold, an unbelievable view of the HOLLYWOOD sign.
You have to go all the way through and out the cave to see it though. Really nice. The pics don't do it justice... The sign looks much bigger."

(* Remember that the caves are located in an isolated section of Griffith Park, so exercise reasonable caution.)
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Latest Laurel Canyon Article
http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/nwsltr112.html

In other news, it appears that, while Lookout Mountain Laboratory has been out of business for many years, the spirit of the clandestine film studio is still very much alive and well, as evidenced by the ‘Kony 2012’ video.
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Another NEW Inside the L.C. article

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Re: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract
« Reply #78 on: October 06, 2012, 05:14:14 PM »
Sons of Anarchy’ Actor Found Dead, Named Suspect in Killing of Landlady
Sep 28, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
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The body of 28-year-old actor Johnny Lewis was found on the driveway of his L.A. home, and his landlady, 81, was discovered strangled and beaten in her bedroom. Police are not sure if Lewis jumped or fell to his death—and don’t know why he apparently killed the woman.

Los Angeles police detectives are still trying to figure out why 28-year-old actor Johnny Lewis allegedly murdered his landlady on a pristine street filled with million-dollar homes in the tony neighborhood of Los Feliz near Griffith Park. “The motive is really unknown,” said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Frank Preciado.
 
Shortly after he allegedly killed 81-year-old Catherine Davis, Lewis, who appeared on two seasons of FX’s Sons of Anarchy TV series, either fell or jumped off a terracotta-roofed garage to his death. Police found his body sprawled on the driveway next to a large pool of blood. “It’s unknown if he heard the sirens and he wanted to get out of there or he was fleeing the scene prior to the police’s arrival,” said Preciado.
 
Police officers were called to the home Wednesday morning around 10:40 a.m., after reports of a woman screaming, glass breaking, and a fight. At the home, in the 3600 block of Lowry Road, detectives discovered Lewis lying dead on the asphalt driveway and Davis dead in her upstairs bedroom. The Los Angeles County Coroner is reporting that Davis died from blunt force trauma to the head and manual strangulation. “He probably strangled her first and then hit her over the head to make sure she was dead,” said Lt. Fred Corral, with the coroner’s investigation division.
 
Authorities also discovered the dismembered body of Davis’ cat, Jessie, according to a police source. Lewis’ girlfriend showed up at the scene Wednesday, but was escorted away by officers.
 
According to police, Lewis also jumped a backyard fence and attacked a painter in a nearby yard with an “object.” He later returned to the same backyard and got into another altercation with the painter as well as the owner of the home. It’s unclear which of the attacks occurred first, but a police source says they happened within minutes of each other.
 
Commander Andrew Smith said detectives are looking to see if drugs played a role in the incident. “Whenever we see behavior like this we can’t rule it out,” he said.
 
Police sources told the Los Angeles Times they were looking into whether Lewis was high on C2i (or 2C-I), also known as “smiles.” The drug is known to cause hallucinations, and was linked to the deaths of two teens in North Dakota, according to the paper. He reportedly spent time in a rehab facility.
 
Police learned that Lewis had rented a room from Davis, a retired real estate broker, soon after he was released from county jail on Sept. 21. On Aug. 8, Lewis pleaded no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 365 days in county jail. He also pleaded no contest to residential burglary. In that case, he received 291 days in jail. It’s uncertain, however, how much time, if any, he spent behind bars.
 
When news broke about Lewis’s death, Sons of Anarchy executive producer Kurt Sutter tweeted that he wasn’t very surprised. ”It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way.”
 
He continued: “I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. Yes, it’s a day of mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. Sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”
 
Lewis played Kip “Half-Sack” Epps in the first two seasons of Sons of Anarchy. His character was killed off in the finale of Season 2. “That was his character arc,” said FX spokesperson John Solberg. That is how it ended.”
 

Besides his role on Sons of Anarchy, Lewis also appeared on the TV shows Boston Public, The O.C., Criminal Minds, and The Guardian. He also had film roles in The Runaways, Raise Your Voice, and most recently, 186 Dollars to Freedom.
 
“I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path.”

Davis, the owner of Housing Solutions, a real estate company, had lived in the Spanish-style home with a terracotta roof for decades, and regularly rented out her home to short-term tenants through the website, writersvilla.com. The website, describes the place as “a rambling Spanish home in Los Angeles, set up for creative people … The ambience is much like that of a fine Bed and Breakfast Inn, combining the best of hotel and home. Built in the style of a hacienda, the villa offers large rooms and private patios.”
 According to the website, guesthouse rentals went for $2,850 per month, $850 per week or $125 per night, with a minimum of five nights.
 
Davis also kept a Facebook page for Writers Villa where she touted the successes of her tenants and posted information about their upcoming events. She even posted photos of her cat, Jessie, and holiday pictures of her guests.
 
Mary Ann Kuk a friend and co-worker of Davis’s at Housing Solutions, told Celebuzz that Davis had rented a room to Lewis in the past. “This is devastating for all of us,” Kuk told Celebuzz. “She was the most gorgeous, beautiful and kind person I ever met, and she was a joy to work with and to know. To know her was to love her.”

Corral, of the Los Angeles County Coroner, said the cause of Lewis’ death is deferred pending toxicology results.
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« Reply #79 on: October 06, 2012, 05:16:26 PM »
Who Killed Tony Scott?


August 23, 2012 by Bryan Nash


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Director Tony Scott was found dead under the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, filmmaker Tony Scott parked his car, climbed a fence and jumped to his death because he had brain cancer. At least that’s the version of the story reported by ABC News — the same media outlet that allegedly covered up George Zimmerman’s head wounds and claimed Aurora, Colo., shooting suspect James Holmes was a member of the Tea Party.
 
ABC News claimed that the report of Scott’s brain cancer came from “a source close to him.” But the story took the family by surprise. It turns out those closest to Scott knew nothing about his having brain cancer. ABC News then put out another story with the headline “Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt.”
 
Apart from the fabricated detail of brain cancer, it’s questionable that a 68-year-old would be able to calmly climb an 18-foot fence, which is what reports claim Scott did before his 185-foot free fall.
 
The death of the movie man seems too much like something out of a movie: A successful and healthy filmmaker gets news of a fatal illness, leaves a suicide note and leaps to his death before his latest project is released. It sounds like an orchestrated tale. Perhaps it is.
 
Did Scott know something that led to his untimely peril? Maybe a self-inflicted exit was better than whatever the alternative may have been. That is, if he jumped at all. A corpse dumped in a body of water isn’t that uncommon.
 
Scott and his brother Ridley Scott have a miniseries on A&E, “Coma,” that will air on Labor Day. The show is about a conspiracy at a medical facility. It exposes a hospital that intentionally performs botched surgeries on patients. “Coma” is supposedly based on the novel of the same title by Robin Cook. But we all know that many “fictional” books and movies are based on real events. Interestingly, the miniseries contains allusions to Atlanta, the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Could it be that “Coma” is based on a true story that someone wants to keep hidden?
 
Besides “Coma,” a Tony Scott documentary is set to air next year on the National Geographic Channel, “Killing Lincoln.” Supposedly, the film lends credence to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the former President.
 
Maybe the pressure on Scott wasn’t because of a project already set to air, but something in the files. At the time of Scott’s alleged suicide, he was working on a few other projects — the most notable of which being the sequel to “Top Gun,” the 1986 blockbuster. The sequel was going to be based on the use of drones in modern combat. Scott spent the last few days of his life at a naval air station in Fallon, Nev., doing research for the film. In 2009, there were reports of UFOs at the station. Did Scott discover something while at Fallon?
 
If “Coma,” “Killing Lincoln” or “Top Gun 2” isn’t to blame for Scott’s death, perhaps the answer can be found somewhere behind the making of “Obama’s America 2016,” a recently released film that seeks to explain Obama’s past and his plans for the future. Scott has a connection to the movie through Gerald R. Molen, the producer of the film. Molen, Scott and Tom Cruise have a cinematic triangle of sorts. Molen, Scott and Cruise worked together on the 1990 film “Days of Thunder.” Molen worked with Cruise on the set of “Rain Man” and “Minority Report.” Scott and Cruise worked alongside each other in “Top Gun” and were spending time together shortly before Scott’s death.
 
Even though I can’t say for sure what took place on Sunday, I’m fairly certain of what will happen in coming weeks. First, an autopsy will be released and the alleged suicide will be blamed on drug use or an unknown medical problem (the family already refuted the claim that he had “inoperable brain cancer,” so his behavior will be described in other terms). Second, all of the videos that were supposedly taken of Scott’s leap will never be viewed (because they don’t exist). Third, more witnesses will come forward to say they saw Scott jump off the bridge (in an attempt to make the story more credible).
 
Perhaps we will never know the truth, but ABC News’ mishandling of the story serves to teach a valuable lesson. Jumping to the conclusion that the media are telling you the truth is a deadly mistake.
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