There is no proof or any neutral, third-party sources or individuals to back up any of the claims made about Jim Morrison on Patricia Kennealy’s Wikipedia page, or to back up any of the claims made about Kennealy on Jim Morrison’s Wikipedia page.
The only truly independent, neutral, third-party sources that could be named have publicly denounced Kennealy as a deluded liar and yet Wikipedia allows Kennealy’s claims to be presented as fact.
From Kennealy’s Wikipedia page: “Before witnesses, the couple signed a document declaring themselves wed.”
A statement that is verified ONLY by Wikipedia’s reference to Kennealy’s personal memoir, Strange Days.
Since Kennealy had sole control over the content included in this book I am not sure why Wikipedia allows this publication to be included as a objective or neutral source.
Or as a source that would be considered fact-based since Kennealy herself admits, in the laughably self-serving foreword that she wrote for Strange Days, that her “memoir” is based on HER truth. Not THE truth, but rather Miss Kennealy’s purely self-serving version of the truth.
Kathy Lisciandro: “I know that there were a lot of women that would be there for a weekend or even a day and then be gone.”
Frank Lisciandro: “And those seem to be the ones who write books, unfortunately.”
– Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together, page 275-276, by Frank Lisciandro, author of An Hour For Magic and a close friend of Morrison’s
Patricia Kennealy and Jim Morrison were never viewed as a “couple” by anyone who knew either them personally (a fact that Kennealy conveniently explains away in the above-mentioned foreward of her “memoir”).
The three surviving members of The Doors and their take on Kennealy’s claims about their deceased colleague:
“Patricia Kennealy’s ‘relationship’ with Jim Morrison is summed up in twelve seconds in the Doors-approved documentary When You’re Strange :
‘Pam Courson returns to L.A. from a vacation in Paris. She discovers Jim sleeping with a woman who claims they were married in a Pagan witch ceremony. But the witch flies back to New York and Jim goes back to Pam.
Pam still envisions a life for the two of them, which starts with Jim leaving The Doors’.
They don’t even mention Kennealy by name.”
Mutual friends of Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson as well as former friends of Kennealy herself have also independently, publicly and strongly refuted Kennealy’s claims:
“When No One Here Gets Out Alive was published in 1980 and I saw the real Patricia Kennealy in all her dubious glory, and in 1986’s Rock Wives she not only expanded her earlier tall tales. I haven’t read Strange Days 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.”
“Patricia Kennealy came out of the woodwork some years back and started saying, ‘I’m Jim’s wife’, and all that stuff about the witch wedding, blah blah blah. So I listened to her for a little while, but when I asked her some questions she got a bit hostile.”
“Everyone knows Patricia Kennealy is the woman who stalked Jim,
who claimed to be officially engaged to Jim, who claimed to marry him, and now claims to be his widow.
The only woman that Jim ever took seriously was Pamela. They experienced every facet of a relationship that could be experienced together: parental, friends, brotherly, lovers, partners. She was his old lady. She is the only woman he ever allowed to say she was his wife.
The Jim I knew was for many reasons completely bonded to Pamela. I knew that nothing could come between them. I felt that they both deserved Purple Hearts for weathering the challenges of their journey together. I’ve said so many times, when asked.”
Wikipedia has not only given an editor who goes by the user name of “CorbieVreccan”, or “CorbieV”, sole control over Patricia Kennealy’s page but also sole control over Jim Morrison’s and Pamela Courson’s pages as well.
At least where Jim Morrison and his love life are concerned.
The tone in the “Relationships” section of Morrison’s page has a strangely angry, sneering and insulting tone to it, as if CorbieV has some sort of personal stake or a very personal interest in Jim Morrison and the relationships women have claimed to have had with him.
Very little effort was made in the case of Pamela Courson’s page , the page highlights Courson’s drug problems and “CorbieV” felt it was important to point out that Morrison “was never a part of Courson’s legal name”.
“CorbieV” does, however, refer to Kennealy by her hyphenated “married” name
but failed to mention that Kennealy only added Jim Morrison’s name to hers years after both Morrison and Courson had died and that New York state laws allows for a legal name change even in the case where the person in question had never been married.
On both Jim Morrison’s Wikipedia Talk page and Patricia Kennealy’s Wikipedia Talk page “CorbieV” has left oddly detailed comments about Kennealy’s former publisher, HarperCollins, HarperCollins’ “vetting” process, which company has since acquired HarperCollins and detailed knowledge of publishing contracts Kennealy had with the company.
What fan of Kennealy’s would have this kind of information at their disposal?
And since Kennealy would like the public to see her various careers as evidence that Jim Morrison secretly loved her and not Pamela Courson
“He [Jim Morrison] saw me, I think, as somebody smarter and better for him, and he knew that if he failed with me it would be his fault, he would not be able to escape blame.”
“And what did Pamela leave behind her except a dead body in a Paris bathtub and a name to which shall cling forever the ineffaceable [sic] stink of whoredom and of smack.”
– Patricia Kennealy
it’s kind of strange that this anonymous Wikipedia editor only touches upon the topic on Kennealy’s page while becoming very detailed and strangely personal when discussing Morrison.
All of this points to the definite and very strong possibility that “CorbieV” is not just a Wikipedia volunteer who very coincidentally just happens to have a deeply personal interest in Morrison, Kennealy and Courson – but that “CorbieV” is Patricia Kennealy herself.
“The relationship continued to be long-distance, which she says suited them both just fine.”
Patricia Kennealy speaking on behalf of the deceased Jim Morrison. Again.
Jim Morrison, according to witnesses, finally makes it clear to Kennealy that they do not have a “relationship” and in Kennealy’s usual convenient and completely self-serving style states that a “long distance relationship” suited them “both just fine”.
A mutually suitable “long distance” relationship?
“Long distance” in the sense that Morrison stopped communicating with Kennealy in June 1970?
“Long distance” in the sense that Kennealy’s idea of attempting to have a legitimate relationship with Morrison understandably failed and that Kennealy never heard from Morrison again as of February 1971?
“Long distance” in the sense that Jim Morrison left the country in order to live with Pamela Courson in Paris?
Yeah, I’d say that was a very long distance relationship.
“As temperamental artists with their own careers, living together for more than short periods of time may have been too much for either to handle.”
Kennealy and Morrison “living together”, for even a short period of time, is according only to 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.”
– music journalist and friend of Jim Morrison’s, Salli Stevenson
And one can easily see where Jim Morrison trying to actually live with the apparently very “temperamental” Patricia Kennealy would definitely be too much for him to handle.
“Patricia announced her arrival in Los Angeles by storming into The Doors’ office and nailing a letter to Jim’s desk with a dagger. She was very proud of herself.”
“My suspicions about the abortion are correct. She 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: ‘Miss Patricia Kennely announces with joy the birth of a daughter MORRISON CHESNEY KENNELY….’
“Patricia had fetched Pam to take the call, and when Pam was finished, Patricia sat her down and told her about the baby and the abortion. Patricia also told me of an 11-page letter she’d written to Jim describing the abortion in graphic detail. ”
“I hear Patricia’s voice raised in vituperation a few minutes later, go out to find that Jim has gathered up my kitchen knives and scissors and is stashing them under one of the sofa cushions where she can’t get at them without disturbing him. I think this is a bit much, as is her frothing about how she can’t cut off balls he doesn’t have.”
“Patricia is at it again. She left Jim a valentine today, a big black and white picture of her with Tandy Martin, Jim’s high school girlfriend. Stuck it under the windshield wiper on his car. She says she’s going to keep doing things like that ‘to make him crazy’.”
“Patricia is now preparing a voodoo doll, some cheesy-looking black candle in the shape of a woman. She’s going to stick it full of pins with the proper mumbo-jumbo and then leave it in Pamela’s car.”
“Kennealy wrote a book where she viciously murdered the other members of The Doors by filling their guts with bees, de-boning them alive, or flaying them and having their skins turned into a saddle… for pretty much ignoring her. That’s not a sign that someone doesn’t have issues.”
– SatireKnight on Patricia Kennealy’s 1997 novel Blackmantle
“I had already read Strange Days and was kind of dubious about this woman, but Blackmantle is when I officially went, ‘This woman is bugf*ck insane.’ Especially since these are REAL PEOPLE she’s fantasizing about, and they didn’t do anything nearby bad enough for her to fantasize about torturing them to death. And again, she sees nothing wrong or even alarming about this.”
“She preferred a nontraditional arrangement…”
Yes, Wikipedia, any “marriage” that involves the “husband” living in another country with his long-term girlfriend, a “husband” who has no contact with his “wife” and a “husband” who formally and legally documented that he is single would be considered the ultimate example of a “nontraditional arrangement”.
Patricia Kennealy preferred a “nontraditional arrangement”, Wikipedia? But, wait!
Kennealy – after Jim Morrison was conveniently no longer around to say otherwise – told anyone who would listen that Jim Morrison was planning to “legally marry” her and that he was going to return to New York so that they could live together as “husband and wife”.
That actually sounds very traditional.
Patricia Kennealy cannot keep her own version of reality straight and Wikipedia doesn’t seem to mind one bit.
“She preferred a nontraditional arrangement to ‘domesticity’ and had no desire to “wash [Jim’s] socks”.”
A petty swipe at Pamela Courson and the “domestic” types of things she probably did for Jim Morrison.
“But then Morrison would change his tune yet again and profess his love and desire for domesticity…”
Oh. Jim Morrison really wanted a “domestic” arrangement but apparently Patricia Kennealy told him no because that didn’t “suit” her.
“By the time Morrison was on trial in Miami, potentially facing a long sentence of hard labor, his at times erratic and even cruel behaviour led her to speculate that maybe he hadn’t taken the wedding as seriously as he’d led her to believe.”
“Just as he’d done in Miami, Jim made it plain to Patricia once again that they were through. He was gentle, but the message was unmistakable. (For instance, he’d suggested that they should start a ‘great literary correspondence’, which pretty clearly meant ‘you stay on your coast, baby, and I’ll stay on mine.’)”
– Janet Erwin
Interview with Jim Morrison’s friend Babe Hill:
“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
“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. I knew from sources that she said that she was having a baby. I didn’t talk to Jim about it, or we didn’t talk about it; whether it was true or not. I think the information I was getting was from someone else.”
Did you have the impression he was in love with her?
He never talked about her to you?
Hill: “As I recall, he didn’t believe that she was pregnant.”
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.”
excerpt from Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together, by Frank Lisciandro
Q. Do you remember Patricia Kennealy visiting Jim during the trial in Miami? If so was he happy to see her?
– Tony Funches, Jim Morrison’s friend and body guard
“Initially I assumed Patricia gone to Miami to offer Jim her love and moral support, and I’d also assumed he’d invited her. She soon made it clear he hadn’t invited her and that she’d gone down solely to confront him. Patricia had no sympathy for Jim’s plight whatsoever despite the fact that he was facing a possible prison term.”
– Janet Erwin
“Here’s the thing; if I got married but my ‘husband’ didn’t even want to make it legal, then ran off across the country to his longtime girlfriend I wouldn’t think he had taken it seriously either. And I wouldn’t be surprised if people assumed he was lying and didn’t mean it.”
And Patricia Kennealy herself also confirmed that Morrison did not consider himself to be “married” to her in Victoria Balfour’s book Rock Wives:
“Patricia doesn’t know how seriously Jim took the [alleged] ceremony, ‘Probably not too seriously…”
“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. 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.”
“Patricia Kennealy has reasons for not wanting people to read Balfour’s Rock Wives.
Very simple ones: this book was published five or six years before Strange Days and before Kennealy’s DRASTIC revision of her role in Jim Morrison’s life.”
So, “CorbieV”, a random, neutral and objective Wikipedia editor knows what Patricia Kennealy’s current emotional state is in regards to Jim Morrison? This is a fact-based statement that met the standards of this online “encyclopedia”?
Wikipedia also only cites biographies written about Jim Morrison that are favorable to Kennealy and her claims while ignoring biographies such as Stephen Davis’ Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend :
“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. Her 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.
Former Elektra employees who knew and worked with both Jim and Kennealy can only vouch for her being at certain places at certain times, and for her claiming she was pregnant by him. Over the years, Patricia Kennealy has inserted herself into Jim Morrison’s saga via the media, ﬁrst in No One Here Gets Out Alive, and then in Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie The Doors.”
Since the public is much more likely to be interested in reading Jim Morrison’s page rather than Patricia Kennealy’s, “CorbieV” seems to have seized upon the opportunity to try to use the bestselling book No One Here Gets Out Alive by Danny Sugerman and Jerry Hopkins in an attempt to validate Kennealy’s claims.
However, Wikipedia very conveniently ONLY makes reference to the TITLE of this well-known book.
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.”
“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
“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.”
– Jerry Hopkins
It is actually ironic that CorbieV cited No One Here Gets Out Alive as a “source” despite the fact that Patricia Kennealy later went to publicly and angrily refer to Danny Sugerman as, among other things, as The Door’s “gopher boy” after Sugerman publicly referred to Pamela Courson as Jim Morrison’s wife (video link).
Kennealy has also publicly called No One Here Gets Out Alive co-author Jerry Hopkins a “turncoat” because Hopkins wrote the introduction to Patricia Butler’s Angels Dance & Angels Die, where Hopkins acknowledges Pamela Courson’s importance in Jim Morrison’s life.
“Patricia Kennealy would get hostile with everyone, and it reached a point where if she thought you were aligned with someone who was on the wrong side of HER fence, then you were all condemned.”
– Frank Lisciandro
Mick Wall’s Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre is also cited as a “source”. And, as expected, Wall’s “biography” about Jim Morrison is very favorable to Patricia Kennealy and her claims about Morrison.
“What’s a bit more puzzling is how nice a picture Wall paints of Patricia Kennealy, who by all accounts was despised by everyone in the Doors camp, from Ray (in his own book, even), John, and Robby as well as everyone else who came into contact with her. Wall seems to give Kennealy an unusual amount of credence.
My biggest criticisms are with his giving disproportionate and perhaps undeserved weight to the claims made by the aforementioned Kennealy.”
CorbieV apparently also decided to edit the story of a woman named Mary Werbelow.
Jim Morrison met Werbelow when he was 19, Werbelow was Morrison’s first true love, the only woman Morrison ever proposed to (twice) and the woman who inspired the songs Morrison to wrote for The Doors’ first three albums.
“We connected on a level where speaking was almost unnecessary. We’d look at each other and know what we were thinking.” – Mary Werbelow
“By phone from his home in Northern California, Manzarek says all the guys in film school were in love with Mary. She was gorgeous, and sweet on top of that. ‘She was Jim’s first love. She held a deep place in his soul’. “
“That’s a real key to understanding Jim,” Gates says. “She was the love of his life in those days. They were virtually soul mates for three or four years.”
Link: Jim and Mary: To The End
Wikipedia gave Mary Werbelow a mere few lines on Jim Morrison’s page.
While giving Patricia Kennealy a rather lengthy paragraph.
by Bill Cosgrave
Since Kennealy has never proven any of her claims about Jim Morrison it would seem only reasonable that Kennealy’s page would read; “according to Patricia Kennealy…” or “in her memoir Kennealy claimed…”.
Unfortunately for trusting readers “CorbieV” found even that slight edit unacceptable.
And as you have probably already guessed the edit was not allowed to stand.
But Wikipedia does allow for the discredited and still-unproven statements about Kennealy and Morrison being a “couple” who were “wed” before “witnesses” despite offering any objective source to verify this claim.
“As it turned out; Jim Morrison was very much a one-woman man.”
– Pamela Des Barres, famous rock groupie and author of I’m With The Band on Jim Morrison’s relationship with Pamela Courson
This quote was included on Jim Morrison’s Wikipedia page for years.
Until it was removed by “CorbieV”.
“Wikipedia makes no guarantee of validity. Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here.”