Patricia Kennealy Backtracks on The “Pam Murdered Jim” Rumor That She Started


If you have ever heard the rumor that Pamela Courson “murdered” Jim Morrison, or was responsible for his death by telling him that the heroin he consumed was actually cocaine, it appears that this rumor originated with none other than Patricia Kennealy.


“Pam gave him the heroin that killed him, she admitted this to quite a few people, by the way; I’m not making it up, heroin that he would otherwise not have gotten into. Hence Bill Siddons hustling her out of France just as soon as Jim was safely in the ground, and then lying to the world about the cause of his employer’s death – or at the very least perpetuating Pamela’s lies.”


“Max Fink [The Doors’ attorney], if you must know; who in that same ferociously actionable manuscript got a lot of other things wrong, too, though I just LOOOOVED what he had to say about Pamela–believes she murdered Jim because he was leaving her (which in fact supports my own longtime contentions)–but we won’t be seeing that in the pages under discussion!” 


“He still had not succeeded in freeing himself from the death-spiral of destructiveness and self-destructiveness to which Pam contributed so finally and fatally.” 


“Yeah, sure, Jim died with Pam; but only because she killed him.” 


“Even the few people who did keep in touch had little nice to say. Yet the first few books written about Jim, when they came along, were not only weirdly upbeat about Pam’s character but strangely reticent on the true nature of events in Paris, dutifully maintaining the preposterous heart-attack coverup [sic] story foisted on the world, and silent as the, uh, grave on Pam’s involvement in Jim’s death and her subsequent brilliant career as junkie hooker, which lasted until her own 1974 smack-out.” 


“In the end Pamela Susan Courson enable

Jim to his death, and showed the world what she was really made of by her behavior afterwards.” 

Patricia Kennealy


“Here’s an interesting question: if the situation had been reversed… would Kennealy feel the same way? Imagine if Jim Morrison had fetched Pamela Courson, a noted heroin user, some heroin from the other side of their apartment. She has an adverse reaction, and dies. Would Kennealy consider Morrison morally responsible for murder?

And you know what? According to nightclub owner Sam Bernett, Jim Morrison did buy heroin for Pamela Courson, and he used it too. Oops.”

– SatireKnight



“I mean maybe it wasn’t deliberate or intentional. More like, ‘Here Jim, take this, it’s cocaine’, and it wasn’t, it was her smack.”

– Patricia Kennealy, 2017 



When Kennealy publicly stated that Pamela Courson “murdered” Jim Morrison because Morrison wanted to leave her or that Courson “killed” Jim Morrison,  Kennealy didn’t mean to make it sound like Courson intentionally caused Jim Morrison’s death.


What Patricia Kennealy meant when she publicly called Pamela Courson a murderer and publicly compared Courson to Cathy Smith, the drug dealer who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 1986 for actively injecting the late comedian and actor John Belushi with heroin, is that Jim Morrison in his alcohol and drug-induced confusion accidentally took a fatal dose of heroin.



But, unfortunately for Miss Kennealy, several eye-witnesses have since revealed that Jim Morrison knowingly consumed heroin on that fateful night and that Pamela Courson was nowhere near him at the time:


Daily Mail: The Shocking Truth About How Jim Morrison Really Died:

“In his book, Sam Bernett writes: ‘I recognized the U.S. Army combat jacket and the riding boots from the Camargue region of France which he never took off. It was Jim Morrison, with his head between his knees, his arms dangling.’

‘I was used to talking about everything with Jim – from Janice Joplin to the beatniks – but that night it was just a bit of small talk. He’d come in to pick up heroin for Pam. He was always collecting drugs for her and the club was full of dealers.’

Morrison disappeared into the toilets at around 2:00 a.m.

‘Then, about half an hour later, a cloakroom attendant came up to me and told me someone was locked in one of the cubicles and wasn’t coming out. It was then that I got a bouncer to smash the door down.’

Bernett was met by the sight of Morrison’s body, slumped on the toilet.”


And, what, Miss Kennealy, did YOU, YOURSELF say was Jim Morrison’s cause of death when you were doing a promotional interview for the film The Doors? The film in which you accepted a PAID cameo part?



The paid part in film you accepted and then tried to use as a means to promote and profit off of your…”memoir”?





– Patricia Kennealy, 1991



“…maybe she [Pamela] actively pushed it on him, telling him it was actually cocaine; maybe even – I don’t know. But if I had known, while she was still alive, that she had done even so much as that, HEAR ME GOD, I would have KILLED HER WITH MY BARE HANDS!!!”

– Patricia Kennealy



Miss Kennealy? I’m sure you are aware that you had an almost three-year period to confront the woman you like to tell people “murdered” your…”husband”…, right?


Pamela was one of several people who was with Jim Morrison during his final hours and when she returned to the U.S. she spent most of her last years in Los Angeles and I know you know how to get to Los Angeles from New York.


So, what stopped you from going to Pamela and finding out what happened on the night that Jim died?


The person whom you had publicly stated “tricked” the only man you like to claim you will ever love into taking a fatal amount of heroin is living in Los Angeles, a mere plane flight away and you do exactly…..NOTHING.




Washington Post: After Four Decades Marianne Faithfull Says She Knows Who Killed Jim Morrison:

“Now, in an interview with England’s Mojo Magazine, singer Marianne Faithfull says she knows who killed Morrison: her then-boyfriend, a heroin dealer named Jean de Breiteuil who inadvertently sent the singer on a final ride with Mr. Brownstone. Faithfull says when de Breiteuil went to visit Morrison for what would be the final time, she skipped the trip.

But who the heck is Jean de Breiteuil?

According to trashy rock biographies and limited news reports, a French aristocrat — that’s Count de Breiteuil — who liked drugs and rock stars.

‘He was a horrible guy, someone who had crawled out from under a stone,’ Faithfull wrote in a 2000 autobiography. She added: ‘What I liked about him was that he had one yellow eye and one green eye. And he had a lot of dope. It was all about drugs and sex.’

‘I could intuitively feel trouble,” Faithfull told Mojo.  ‘I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal and I won’t be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died. And I didn’t know anything about this.’


“I had a total feeling that he [Jim Morrison] wasn’t in it for the long haul. And when Jimi died and then when Janis died and he felt it himself, he said I’m going to be number three. He said that to multiple people and it turned out sadly that he was right.”

– Patricia Kennealy, 2017 


But wait, Miss Kennealy. According to you, Jim Morrison was sending you “stacks” of love letters and had every intention of returning to you in 1971 until evil Pamela “murdered” him.

Was Jim Morrison on the verge of death, a homicide victim or was he planning a bright future of wedded bliss with you?



And thank you for adding the well-documented and often-quoted fact that Jim Morrison told friends that they were drinking with “number three” and then trying to make it sound like you are revealing “insider information” about Morrison.



“I felt a premonition when the time came [when Jim Morrison died] and he was there, he was right with me. I thought okay this is here and I’m going to have to deal with it.” 

– Patricia Kennealy




You felt that Jim Morrison was “right there with you” when you had your “premonition”? Interesting. Your former friend Janet Erwin had a very similar experience.


A very similar experience Janet had shared with you:


“It had happened around eight o’clock the morning of July 7th, four days after Jim’s death but at least 36 hours before the world and I learned of it. I was just drifting off when someone sat down next to me on the sofa–I felt the cushions give under his weight–slid his hands under my shoulders to lift me up, and bent to kiss me. He was so close I could feel the heat of his face over mine, and I knew it was Jim Morrison because I could smell him (what my journal describes a tad breathlessly as his ‘incredibly rich, masculine smell’). 

Patricia listened to all this without comment, then told me she was too drunk to talk any more and asked me to call her at her apartment in a couple of hours. When I did Patricia was sober, cold and hateful. There was no more feminine camaraderie; in fact she demanded to know what right I had to grieve for Jim since I meant nothing to him, unlike her.

When No One Here Gets Out Alive was published in 1980 and I saw the real Patricia in all her dubious glory, and when in 1986’s Rock Wives she not only expanded her earlier tall tales but ‘borrowed’ my dream and grafted it onto her own. ”

‘Patricia Kennealy: Your Ballroom Days Are Over Baby!’, by Janet M. Erwin 


I take it, Miss Kennealy, that Janet Erwin came up with a much more interesting “premonition” than you did?