– Salli Stevenson, music journalist and personal friend of Jim Morrison
“I have several pieces of paper – all witnessed, all dated, all signed by all participants, including a Presbyterian minister fully empowered by law to perform weddings in the State of New York, and Patricia Kennealy by her own words and actions considers herself married to him.”
Patricia Kennealy has also kept the identities of her alleged witnesses and her alleged Presbyterian minister a secret for decades. Patricia Kennealy has never at any time produced the “several pieces of paper” that she claims Jim Morrison signed to be authenticated.
Just a few months after Kennealy claims that Jim Morrison “married” her Jim Morrison left behind several witnessed, dated, signed and authenticated legal documents where Morrison only refers to his brother and sister and Pamela Courson as beneficiaries
and where Morrison declares himself to single several months after the alleged “handfasting” ceremony Kennealy claims took place
“…Patricia Kennealy by her own words and actions considers herself married to him…”
If Patricia Kennealy had a perfectly legal wedding ceremony with Jim Morrison, complete with a minister and witnesses, then why does she only “consider” herself to be married to Jim Morrison?
Why did she add that little disclaimer?
Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together, by Frank Lisciandro , an interview with Jim Morrison’s friend and body guard Babe Hill:
Frank Lisciandro: During Jim’s trial in Miami, you were there with him. Did Patricia Kennealy come and visit Jim during that period?
Babe Hill: “Yeah. I really didn’t know her that well to form any kind of impression.”
Lisciandro: Did you have the impression he was in love with her?
Lisciandro: Did you ever hear about the witch’s marriage ceremony he was supposed to have gone through with her?
Hill: “No. But it could have happened. I mean, we’d wind up in some pretty strange places sometimes; drunk in the middle of the night in Hollywood.”
“Of all the people who knew Jim and spent time with him in the last years of his life no one was closer to him than Babe Hill. Babe worked on both Jim’s films and he delighted Jim with his carefree manner, quick verbal wit and keen intelligence.” – Frank Lisciandro
Lisciandro also interviewed former Door’s publicist, Leon Barnard:
Frank Lisciandro: Did you have the feeling that there was a strong relationship going on between Jim and Patricia Kennealy when you went to pick Jim up at her apartment? I mean; were they reluctant to part? Were they lovey-dovey?
Leon Barnard: “Oh, no. I mean when I got there…she lives in a very casual apartment in New York. No, it wasn’t at all like that. I don’t think any claims were placed on either one of them, by either one; just like, ‘we’ve had three days of fun or just being together’. I didn’t feel there was any special connection between the two of them.”
Lisciandro: She did the interview with Jim. What was that interview like? Did Jim give her a good interview?
Barnard: “Well, it was just more of a conversation. It wasn’t a formally structured interview.
It wasn’t a question and answer thing at all. That’s when we went out to dinner and it was more of an informal conversation.”
“Patricia also told me about the ‘handfasting’, although I don’t remember her using that term. I do remember her using the word ‘soulmates’ but quickly adding, at my politely but skeptically raised eyebrow, that she’d meant it in the sense they were fellow artists. She talked about it as a kind of bonding ceremony that acknowledged her equal artistic stature.
Patricia made it plain that the ceremony was her idea, staged at least partly because of Jim Morrison’s curiosity about Wiccan ritual and practice. What she didn’t make plain was that she had also performed the ceremony herself, although that was certainly implied.
Patricia didn’t seem to give it much importance.”
“Jim, who was very well aware indeed of the nature and implications of what he was signing–that say she and James Morrison DID get married, seventeen months after they met, a month after he asked her to be his wife.”
– Patricia Kennealy
“If you timeline Patricia Kennealy’s Strange Days and compare Jim Morrison’s schedule you will find that Patricia spent less than a week and a half with Jim Morrison – days, not even a month, let alone a year.”
– Salli Stevenson
“Patricia doesn’t know how seriously Jim took the alleged ceremony, ‘Probably not too seriously…”
– Patricia Kennealy, in Victoria Balfour’s 1986 book, Rock Wives, seven years before Kennealy had a “memoir” she was trying to sell
“Can you say ‘grounds for posthumous lawsuit’, boys and girls?”
Can you say, “With what evidence?”, Miss Kennealy?
You are not referring to the only “piece of paper” that you have shared with the public, are you Miss Kennealy? Your “marriage document”?
The “marriage document” that was completely handwritten by YOU?
The “marriage document” that you had – and have – sole control over? The “marriage document” with what is supposed to look like Jim Morrison’s signature even though this signature has never been independently and professionally analyzed?
“So I believe this letter to be a forgery that Patricia Kennealy was using in some sort of ‘scam’ to get next to the Morrison estate. Andy never went for it but he did get a free dinner and a good laugh. I say have at it Witch for all you will inherit for your greed is…’The Wind’.”
Do you mind if the boys and girls say, “Please stop insulting our intelligence with this type of ‘proof’,” Miss Kennealy?
There were other “pieces of paper” that Kennealy posted at length about, the “stacks” of “love letters” Kennealy claimed to have received from Jim Morrison that would have proven Kennealy’s claims beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, Kennealy only gives false, completely self-serving, transparent excuses as to why she has never produced the letters that she once attempted to have published.
“How about `licitly married’–by mutual attesting and declaration in front of witnesses, and giving and receiving of rings? By the evidence of his own words and actions, Jim Morrison considered himself married to Patricia Kennealy.”
Are you referring to the rings that you admitted to lying about in your “memoir”?
How about that these alleged rings and that this alleged ring exchange between you and Morrison is, again, merely a claim that comes only from you and a claim that you, again, have never proven?
“I wondered what ring she was talking about, since an Art Deco onyx and diamond chip was the only ring I’d ever seen her wear. Now, of course, I realize she must have been talking about the claddagh ring from the handfasting, but I don’t remember ever seeing her wear it, and of course she hadn’t described the handfasting as anything particularly meaningful.”
The most obvious question is; why didn’t Miss Kennealy take her alleged and nameless witnesses, her alleged and nameless minister, her alleged pieces of paper and her alleged rings before a judge to have her alleged “marriage” legally validated?
This would have proven her claims beyond any reasonable doubt and given her a stake in Jim Morrison’s estate and a stake in how her “husband’s” artistic legacy is preserved.
“I will never take this to court – not because I fear an adverse verdict but because I do not choose to sully my marriage with the taint of legalistic maneuvering for profit, or grub for money in my husband’s grave,
Kennealy made statements like this after snapping and copyrighting photos of Jim Morrison’s grave, taking a paid part in Oliver Stone’s film The Doors, after her…”memoir”…had been released and after her long-defunct “Lizard Queen Productions” website had been launched and after letting those closest to Jim Morrison know that she was trying to “establish” herself.
or fight unseemly in the mud and muck with those who do.”
Can you say, “That makes no sense”, Miss Kennealy?
How in the world would having a judge declaring your claims about your “relationship” with Jim Morrison and the “marriage” you claim took place validated in a court of law “sully” anything?
Maybe the biggest reason that Miss Kennealy never had her “marriage” legally recognized is because Kennealy herself has publicly stated once too often that there was no marriage between she and Jim Morrison.
Before Kennealy took it upon herself to hyphenate her last name with Morrison and before she started walking around in “widow’s” clothing while posting tearful tributes to her “husband” on her Facebook page Kennealy had this to say this to say to Rock Wives author Victoria Balfour:
“Patricia Kennealy reveals that she and Jim Morrison were wed, SORT OF, in a witch ceremony in 1970, but that he turned ‘really cold’ when Kennealy became pregnant, maybe, she speculates, because he had ’20 paternity suits pending against him.’
“My suspicions about the abortion are correct. Patricia wasn’t sure Jim was the father, and that’s why she aborted.What I didn’t know, didn’t even suspect, was the reason for her coming to Los Angeles twice, throwing herself at him over and over despite his obvious indifference, even hostility; she’s trying to get him into bed again, in hopes of conceiving again.
This time 100% proof positive his’. She even has the birth announcements written out.”
Kennealy was a young rock journalist when she met Jim Morrison and is now the author of a book which she describes as a ‘science fiction fantasy’, stresses to Balfour that her life didn’t stop after Morrison and there are only one or two Doors posters in her East Village apartment.”
“Confessing to his wife Patricia (and actually calling her his wife, in both prose and poetry–a validation Pamela never got from him)…”
You wouldn’t happen to have written proof that has been verified by a handwriting expert where Jim Morrison refers to you as his “wife” in “both prose and poetry” would you, Miss Kennealy?
“Kennealy’s claims about the writings have proven to be false. Kennealy met with Jim Morrison’s brother Andy and a handwriting expert and it was confirmed that the writings were forgeries. When Andy Morrison made it known that they were forgeries, somehow all of Kennealy’s claims disappeared and she never spoke of them again.”
And time, once again, to clarify the Patricia versus Pamela scorecard that Kennealy likes to keep.
Yes, Miss Kennealy, Pamela Courson did receive valid tributes from Jim Morrison as far as his feelings for her:
“For Pamela Susan”, dedication pages from Jim Morrison’s self-published collection of poems The Lords And The New Creatures
“Clearly no one else in Jim’s life was as close to him as Pamela was. Of course she was his wife, Pamela was Jim Morrison’s soul wife if nothing else.“
– Doors’ manager Bill Siddons
“The only woman that Jim ever took seriously was Pamela. They experienced every facet of a relationship that could be experienced together. She was his old lady. She is the only woman he ever allowed to say she was his wife.”
– music journalist Salli Stevenson
– Michael McClure, beat poet and playwright
“And how much he misses sleeping with me, sending me lyrical and erotic love poems and declarations of his undying devotion, and spectacular costly gifts for the first anniversary of his proposing to me and our first wedding anniversary.”
Again, Miss Kennealy, you have never proven that Jim Morrison so much as sent you a postcard from Paris , let alone “spectacular costly gifts” in celebration of your “anniversary”, or any authenticated copies of these “impassioned” love letters you like to tell people that Jim Morrison wrote to you.
“I knew that Patricia never once talked about a letter or phone call from Jim Morrison more recently than June 1970, even though she seemed to think it was an ongoing relationship.”
“There are a lot of problems with Patricia Kennealy’s claims about Jim Morrison.
But one of the biggest ones is that she claims to have giant quantities of poems, letters, gifts and various things he gave her during the months they were involved. She often quotes them as PROOF that Jim Morrison considered her his wife, had contempt for Pam, and his only intention was to come back and live happily ever after with her.
But nobody sees any of this.
We are supposed to believe a giant heap of evidence and/or proof that we cannot see, that nobody else has seen, and have not been verified by professionals.”
“…and how he will be changing that 1968 will of his leaving everything to Pamela ‘as soon as I get back to you in N.Y.’.”
Jim Morrison actually wrote his will in 1969, not 1968.
It was 1969 when Miss Kennealy was finally able to track Jim Morrison down after having Jim Morrison in her sights for a while and arrange a meeting under the guise of interviewing him to talk about his poetry.
Pamela Courson and Jim Morrison, Bronson Caves photoshoot (credit Edmund Teske), 1969
Between her unfounded claims about Pamela Courson and mentioning Jim Morrison’s will, it is obvious that Miss Kennealy is making sure to have all of her bases covered.
Every…single…one of them.
Did Miss Kennealy make it a point to mention Jim Morrison’s will because it is an authenticated, witnessed, notarized, signed, dated formal and legal document that serves as proof of Pamela Courson’s significance in Jim Morrison’s life?
I’m going to offer an opinion by assuming that the answer to that question is yes.
“Jim Morrison legally willed all of his possessions to Pamela Courson, including the rights to the songs.
Which is probably what pisses Patricia Kennealy off.
Probably pisses Kennealy off, SatireKnight? Make no mistake, Jim Morrison’s last will and testament is definitely what pisses Patricia Kennealy off;
“I am informed by one of our own that Columbus B. ‘Corky’ Courson, father of the late Pamela Susan Courson, died a few days since at the age of 90.
I wouldn’t say I’m doing a little dance of joy and delight or anything, but considering how he pimped his whorish junkie murdering daughter
“It was alcohol that got him in the end.” – Patricia Kennealy, 1991
“I mean, maybe it wasn’t deliberate or intentional more like, ‘Take this Jim’s, it’s cocaine and it wasn’t, it was her smack.”
– Patricia Kennealy, 2017
as an innocent victim of Jim’s excesses (yeah, right) and trawled Jim’s legacy for bucks to which he had no moral right, well, yeah, I guess I am. Perhaps the unspeakable Corky can join his very ‘friendly’ spawn where she now is.
Far, far away from Jim, you betcha. Maybe they’ll even learn something between their lives.”
“Patricia also obsesses about Pamela, and about how Jim Morrison continues to ‘cleave unto’ Pamela instead of ‘cleaving unto’ HER, especially since Patricia is sooo much more worthy of his love.”
Yes, Ms. Erwin, Miss Kennealy has demonstrated over and over again that her obsession with Pamela Courson runs a very, very close second to her obsession with Jim Morrison.
Miss Kennealy actually went on public record about the amount of “research” she had done on Ms. Courson.
“As a rock critic, and editor of a major and well-respected magazine [reference to the short-lived and little-known Jazz & Pop Magazine], I read pretty much everything, except for stuff like 16 Magazine and Tiger Beat, which probably wouldn’t have mentioned her in any case; and as someone eager to glean as much strategic information as I could on the opposition, believe me, I was out there looking…”
That is creepy.
Not just that she refers to Morrison’s LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND as ‘the opposition’, but that she was ‘eager’ to get ‘strategic information’ on Courson. It sounds like Kennealy is just a few degrees from stealing Courson’s panties and rooting through her trash.”
“He was writing me impassioned letters from Paris, that he went back to Pam ‘like a dog returning to its own vomit’. But I do think, in a very real sense, Jim Morrison was married to us both [she and Pamela Courson], and the one does not diminish or negate the other. It was a case of both/and, not either/or.”
So, Jim Morrison was impassioned by Patricia Kennealy but just because Jim Morrison only thought of Pamela Courson as dog vomit Kennealy doesn’t want you to diminish or negate Courson’s importance in Morrison’s life because Kennealy feels that Morrison considered himself to be “married” to the both of them.
It’s always amusing when Kennealy tries to sound like she is being truthful, reasonable, gracious and fair-minded when comes to the topic of Pamela Courson.
Kennealy would deny Courson’s role in Jim Morrison’s life and Courson’s very existence if she thought she could get away with it.
“So, Kennealy ADMITS that she ‘revisionist-ically’ revamped Pamela Courson’s role in Jim Morrison’s life and is ‘savagely’ trashing anyone whose truth conflicts with her deeply delusional construct. “
“When we’re talking about the truth, here’s one, Ms. Kennealy: you have not given anyone one damned reason to believe your Strange Days version of reality, especially since you contradicted yourself after your accounts of your affair in books, TV interviews and in the Rock Wives interview.
You don’t deserve people’s belief that you’re truthful and right, you earn it.
Especially since you contradict yourself all the f*cking time.”
“I am the ONLY woman who ever got Jim Morrison to stand before an altar of any sort for the purpose of going through a marriage ceremony of any sort!!”
No, Miss Kennealy, you are not the “only woman” who ever got Jim Morrison to get Jim Morrison what you like to describe as an “altar”.
In Richard Witts’ Nico – The Life and Times of an Icon, Nico shares the story of her time with Morrison
as does Eva Gardonyi in Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together by Frank Lisciandro.
Both women describe having rituals that were similar to the one you claim took place between you and Morrison.
And their blood sharing get-togethers with Morrison sound about as “serious” as the one you described in your book:
“Patricia Kennely later changed the spelling of her name to ‘Kennealy’, and retold and elongated her story in her 1993 memoir Strange Days.
Which described in uncanny detail an alternative Jim Morrison that no one else who knew him was able to recognize.
Kennealy’s tone throughout the book is angry, venomous, secretive, and defensive.
But she hedged about some of her bizarre claims by writing that she might have hallucinated the whole thing. She also wrote that she was high on marijuana, cocaine, and tranquilizers during the period in question.“
“…the almost 30 years since No One Here Gets Out Alive, which said publicly in print, for the first time, and I quote, ‘Jim and Patricia were married’…”
– Patricia Kennealy, to Boomerocity.com, 2009
“We had a theory of the ‘True Rumor’, that life wasn’t as exciting and romantic as it should be, so you tell things that are false because it is better that images be created. It doesn’t matter that they aren’t true, so long as they are believed.”
– Frank Lisciandro on No One Here Gets Out Alive
“The people who really helped the Doors’ career are treated in a very cavalier manner, and the only people who come off well in my opinion are the groupies and sycophants who were hanging around the band and close to Danny Sugerman.”
– Doors’ producer the late Paul Rothchild on No One Here Gets Out Alive
“When No One Here Gets Out Alive was published in 1980 and I saw the real Patricia Kennealy in all her dubious glory. I haven’t read Strange Days, nor do I intend to, but I’ve had parts of it read to me, enough to know it’s simply a further and ever more spiteful rearranging of reality. Since its publication in 1992 Patricia has continued to demonstrate her truly vicious, vengeful and greedy nature.”
No One Here Gets Out Alive, by Danny Sugerman and Jerry Hopkins, page 295
“In many ways their relationship was fairly typical for Jim. Except for Pamela, there was no one girl that he saw very often or for periods of more than a few days, and in the months since they’d met. Jim and Patricia had been in the same room probably no more than seven or eight times. Nor had there been many phone calls. A sheaf of oddly personal letters, gifts of jewelry and rare books and copies of his three privately printed books.
But nothing that signaled a passionate courtship.
Nor was the manner in which Jim behaved towards Patricia different from his style with others.”
“If Rolling Stone and the London Sunday Times and the New York Daily News and the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the London Daily Express and Playgirl and the Utne Reader and a bunch of other real (not-zine) publications, radio and TV shows can unqualifiedly [sic] describe me as Jim’s wife, then that’s gratifying progress.”
“I just don’t grub in the gutter for validation, or for anything else.”
It sure SOUNDS like your need for validation is a factor in all of this, Miss Kennealy.
“Patricia Kennealy contacted me at some point to tell me that she was going to establish herself as this, that, and the other thing. She came out of the woodwork and started saying, ‘I’m Jim’s wife,’ and all that stuff about the witch wedding, blah blah blah. I listened to her for a little while, but when I asked her some questions she got a bit hostile.”
– Frank Lisciandro
And do you know who else Rolling Stone referred to as Jim’s wife? Pamela!!
“At the age of 19 Pamela Courson came to Hollywood to find herself, instead she found Jim. They were like Romeo & Juliet. They fought like hell but they were meant to be together.” – John Densmore
“With her, he knew he could just be Jim. He could have smelly feet and be a human being and she accepted that.” – Doors’ producer Paul Rothchild on Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson
“It’s a tragedy that Pamela died. But Jim and Pamela are going to go down in the history books as great lovers and people are going to write plays about them. It’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’, it’s ‘Heloise and Abelard’. It’s Jim and Pam.” – Ray Manzarek
“He knew that Pam cared about Jimbo, the person.” – Tony Funches, Jim Morrison’s body guard and close friend
“You could tell that Pam was really the one that Jim wanted to be with. He would always come back to her no matter what happened. She was just as crazy as he was so it kind of worked out perfectly.” – Robby Krieger
“Lost Little Girl is one song of my trilogy to Jim and Pam. I love them both very much, and miss them very much. But they’re together in the ether. It’s part of my trilogy called Tragic Love.” – Ray Manzarek
“I barely saw Jim hanging out with Patricia Kennealy and if he ever married her in some sort of Wiccan blood ritual, he never spoke a word about it to anyone I ever knew. Jim and Lynn once went to some sort of Ouija board seance thing within Alice Cooper, but they left early because Jim thought it was stupid. For a guy who always mocked astrology and spirituality and transcendental meditation, I can’t imagine him taking a Wiccan wedding even remotely seriously.”
– Frank Lisciandro, Jim Morrison’s close friend and author of An Hour For Magic and Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together
And as far as what Jim Morrison’s secret “marriage” to his “wife” Patricia Kennealy actually consisted of?
“I think Jim’s main interest was getting a review of his poetry books.”
– Doors’ publicist Leon Barnard, Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together, by Frank Lisciandro