Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Jimi Hendrix Conspiracy

For close to 40 years there's been speculation over whether Jimi Hendrix was murdered. Now John Bannister, the doctor who tried to resuscitate Hendrix on September 18th, 1970, says it's "plausible," citing as evidence the "volume of wine [that was] saturated right through [Hendrix's] hair and shirt [and filled] his lungs and stomach." Former Hendrix roadie James "Tappy" Wright writes in his new memoir, Rock Roadie, that Hendrix's late manager, Michael Jeffrey, admitted to killing him, saying Hendrix was more valuable to him dead than alive. Wright says a gang forced their way into Hendrix's London apartment and forced sleeping pills and wine down his throat until he drowned.

Bannister tells the Times of London, "The amount of wine that was over him was just extraordinary. Not only was it saturated right through his hair and shirt but his lungs and stomach were absolutely full of wine. I have never seen so much wine. We had a sucker that you put down into his trachea, the entrance to his lungs and to the whole of the back of his throat. We kept sucking him out and it kept surging and surging. He had already vomited up masses of red wine and I would have thought there was half a bottle of wine in his hair. He had really drowned in a massive amount of red wine."

Bannister was de-registered in New South Wales in 1992 for fraudulent conduct.

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