History buffs may remember that in 1969 it was publicized internationally that Paul McCartney was dead. It was considered a hoax and dismissed, only to be remembered as fodder for jokes. In a documentary that exposes yet another conspiracy theory, Highway 61 Entertainment explores the so-called hoax, turning up shocking new evidence.
In 2005, a package postmarked London arrived in the offices of Highway 61 Entertainment. It contained a micro-cassette recorder and two cassettes. The cassettes were allegedly recorded by George Harrison as he lay in a hospital following an attack by an intruder at his estate.
Three forensics labs evaluated the tapes and the results were “inconclusive.” If we don’t know who made the recordings, then they are not evidential, no less shocking new evidence. Were the forensics experts unable to find enough George Harrison samples to make a comparison? "Inconclusive" certainly wasn’t due to the sound quality of the tapes—I’ve never heard microcassette recordings so clear and devoid of ambient noise.
According to producer/director Joel Gilbert, virtually every song recorded by the Beatles after November 9, 1966 (the night that Paul was allegedly beheaded in a car crash) contained references to “Paul is dead.” It was in the lyrics, and the cover art had explicit clues.
Now, why fake Paul’s life? Supposedly, MI5 believed that if word got out that Paul was dead, hundreds of teenage girls around the world would commit suicide. (Sort of like when all the hippies committed suicide after Lennon was murdered [which is part of the conspiracy], I guess. What? Oh, that didn’t happen, either?)
Looking at the alleged accident, Paul had a passenger in his car (Rita) who flipped out when she realized she was riding with one of the famous Beatles. It was raining and Paul lost control on the rain slicked road. The car flipped over, Paul was beheaded—losing all his teeth and hair, and the car exploded. Rita, on the other hand, escaped unscathed. Later it is reported that Rita was the subject of an MI5 assassination attempt which failed. She was given a new identity—Heather Mills. Well, excuse me, but wasn’t Heather Mills born in 1968—fourteen months after this horrible accident?