Patricia Kennealy tried to pass off a fake letter to Jim Morrison’s brother? Kennealy trolls fan boards and admits to creating a fake answering machine message using Jim Morrison’s voice.
Strange days indeed.
Patricia Kennealy’s comment to a young woman who was sharing and responding to posts about biographies about rock stars on a rock music fan board and who found Kennealy’s claims about Jim Morrison to be less than believable:
“I assure you, whore, I’m far from off my rocker. Then or now…But I guess all those letters from Jim – especially the one I gave his parents, brother and sister a copy of, when his brother came to visit me the first time here in New York City – don’t really exist, right?”
I would say that I wish Kennealy had given more details about how her “visit” with Jim Morrison’s family went. But, it turns out that Jim Morrison’s former brother-in-law, Reverend Alan R. Graham, gave a public statement about it.
Graham, who was married to Jim Morrison’s sister Anne for more than 20 years, had this public exchange where he discussed Patricia Kennealy giving Andy Morrison a letter.
The conversation starts with someone who identified themselves as “The Paladin”:
“In 1981 when I was producing a rock opera in Hollywood, I spoke with Alain Ronay [Alain Ronay befriended both Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson while they were living in Paris]. He told me a very similar story except it was a verbal message similar in tone and content. Ronay became upset when I said I would not introduce him to Jim’s parents because he had to ‘Tell them in person,’ as per Jim’s strict instructions. I believe this is where Kennealy somehow gleaned this information and is now trying to peddle it as her own experience.”
Rev. Alan R. Graham:
“Recently I was contacted by somebody who claimed to have a letter written by Jim Morrison to his parents.
Patricia Kennealy claims that this letter was given to her by Jim at the trial in Miami, and he told her to take it to Jim’s parents, the Admiral and Clara Morrison.”
“Initially I’d assumed Patricia had gone to Miami to offer him 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. She was self-righteous about that confrontation. She had no sympathy for Jim’s plight whatsoever despite the fact that he was facing a possible prison term.”
– Janet Erwin
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
“This is not the first time I have heard of this letter, two years ago Andy Morrison received a copy of this same letter from Patricia Kennealy herself when he visited her in New York.
She asked him to give it to the Admiral. It is curious to me that Kennealy never tried to get this letter to the Morrison family before. Like after Jim died.
So I believe this letter to be a forgery that 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’.”
– Janet Erwin
It would seem that Kennealy didn’t really “visit” with Jim Morrison’s entire family. Andy Morrison apparently agreed to meet with Kennealy and it doesn’t sound like this “visit” was a friendly one.
And I probably don’t need to point out that trying to pass off a fake, forged letter from a deceased person to their grieving family members is beyond tasteless and insensitive.
The story of Patricia Kennealy trying to fool Andy Morrison with a reportedly forged letter is very interesting.
Kennealy has been claiming for years to have “stacks” of love letters that she claims Jim Morrison “showered” her with, even while he was living in Paris.
So why didn’t Kennealy simply present these alleged letters and prove once and for all that she is being truthful?
Here is the explanation that Miss Kennealy gave in a 2009 interview with boomerocity.com as to why the public should simply take her word as far the “stacks” of love letters she claims to have received from Jim Morrison:
“I had planned to call the book Fireheart: The True Lost Writings of James Douglas Morrison, with extensive comment and annotations by me, and publish it 50 years after Jim’s death, when copyright constraints would be up. Unfortunately, Sonny Bono and Walt Disney shoved through an amendment to the copyright law, so now it’s 75 years and we’ll probably never see it. Thanks a lot, guys!”
Copyright law is an excuse that Patricia Kennealy has often used as a means of being able to talk her way out of publishing ‘Fireheart’ as promised and I’m sure Kennealy felt she offered a perfectly believable excuse as far as her being legally blocked from producing ‘Fireheart’.
It is a shame, however, for Miss Kennealy that this excuse is not only completely self-serving but that it is also factually misleading and inaccurate from a legal standpoint.
Personal letters are considered to be the property of the letter’s creator and unauthorized use of personal letters could be considered a violation of copyright law, that much is true.
Personal correspondence, especially correspondence that discuss intimate issues, fall under the Fair Use Doctrine, which was put in place to not only protect copyrighted material but also the privacy of the person who wrote the letter.
However…there was nothing stopping Miss Kennealy from producing parts of the letters she claims to have. Parts of the letters that prove that her claims about Jim Morrison are true but that, at the same time, do not compromise Morrison’s privacy.
“You (and others) can, however, quote portions of the letter I sent you, to the extent permitted by fair use. Alas, there are no bright lines as to what constitutes fair use — no clear assurances that quoting, for example, 30 words from a two-page unpublished letter is surely fair use, while quoting 100 words from the same letter is not.
It is certain, however, that, because a letter is a short work, the number of words that you can safely quote is far smaller than the number you could safely quote from a longer work. You must also quote sparingly from other short works, such as song lyrics and poetry.”
Since Miss Kennealy has demonstrated that she is well-versed in copyright laws I am sure that she is well-aware of this little loophole.
Does Miss Kennealy really expect her public her public to believe that she has a minister and witnesses and stacks” of handwritten letters from Jim Morrison where he, by his own hand, repeatedly acknowledges their “marriage”, refers to her as his “wife” and promises more than once to return to her from Paris but that no court would be willing to hear her case?
Why not have these alleged letters analyzed by handwriting experts and then publicly announce that the letters are authentic and give an overview, without actually quoting him, of what Morrison said in these alleged letters?
Also, there is absolutely no copyright law stopping Miss Kennealy from letting the public see dated and post-marked envelopes with Jim Morrison’s authenticated handwriting on them.
This would have at least proven her claim of continuing to receive letters from Jim Morrison even after Morrison, according to friends and witnesses, finally made it clear to Kennealy that she was mistaken if she thought her brief time with him meant that he wanted a any kind of relationship with her.
Given how many lies and self-contradictory statements Patricia Kennealy has been caught in; it is probably safe to assume that these “stacks” of love letters simply do not exist.
“Also, I kind of love Kennealy’s description of the letters Jim Morrison gave her, with about eight-to-ten words per page, and only a few of those pages. It doesn’t exactly make their correspondence sound like the deep, insightful meeting of souls she tries to pass it off as. I bet Kennealy wishes she had never told Jerry Hopkins [co-author of No One Here Gets Out Alive] that.”
– SatireKnight, Patricia Kennealy, FAQ 9
Kennealy may have a few pieces of correspondence from Jim Morrison, they supposedly communicated in writing a few times regarding her review of his poetry.
However, these letters probably have a much more casual tone and are much more low-key than Kennealy would ever dare to admit to, and maybe that explains why she took such a casual attitude about not being able to publish the proof that would confirm the truthfulness of the claims she has been desperately trying for decades to get people to believe.
One has to wonder if Miss Kennealy often talks certain legalities because she, and possibly the publishing company with whom she had a contract until shortly after the publication of her “memoir” and this reported incident with Andy Morrison, had been contacted by attorneys representing Jim Morrison’s estate.
Miss Kennealy? Is “Fireheart” the same book you actually ATTEMPTED to publish in the past?
I mean you were getting advanced press and reviews for ‘Fireheart’:
“Occasionally profane though often sexual, romantic in his verse and at times more playful in his prose” – New York Daily News
“The poems make clear that, however muddled his heart, he had feelings for her, and late letters from Paris spell out his plans to make her his legal wife.” – London Daily Telegraph
“Extremely personal letters and poems, filled with references to the most intimate acts of love, and they are probably worth a fortune in the marketplace.… News that Fireheart exists, stuffed with the supercharged emotion of Morrison’s lyrics, is already stirring his dedicated followers.” – Chicago Sun-Times.
So? What happened, Miss Kennealy? Why wasn’t ‘Fireheart’ ever published?
I think you may be correct about that, SatireKnight.
“Patricia 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.”
Kennealy has also, on more than one occasion, mentioned – and I’m guessing that whatever point Kennealy thinks she is making is supposed to “prove” something as well – that neither Jim Morrison’s family nor Pamela Courson’s family have sued her for her use of the name Morrison.
“On the other hand, it’s also rather telling that neither the Morrison family nor the Courson family, in the almost 18 years since Strange Days appeared or the almost 30 years since No One Here Gets Out Alive ever made any attempt to prevent me from using the words wife, marriage or the name Morrison.”
– Patricia Kennealy, 2009, to boomerocity.com
Miss Kennealy failed to mention that her home state of New York does not have a stringent criteria if a person who is 18 years of age or older would like to legally change their name to whatever name they choose:
‘Adult Name Change (No Marriage, No Divorce)’
“In order to change your name in New York, you must be at least eighteen (18) years old and not be incarcerated or on parole/probation. You must be a resident of the county in which the petition is being filed, and you must have been a resident of New York for a minimum of six (6) months.”
So, no, Miss Kennealy, it is not “telling” that Jim Morrison’s family never took legal action over your dishonest and fraudulent use of their family name.
In her LiveJournal rant Patricia Kennealy also publicly admits to trying, along with the help of a friend, to create an answering machine message that was either supposed to be an out-going message or a message left on her machine and the message was supposed to sound like it was from Jim Morrison.
Kennealy dismissed the message as a “f*cking joke” after the fact, but what an odd thing to do. Was this fake message supposed to “prove” something? What exactly was the point of this rather morbid “joke” of a message?
Again, if Patricia Kennealy thought this fake message would benefit her in some way, she would have ran with it and Kennealy once again appears to have problems when it comes to being honest.
And this, as is often the case, was unintentionally pointed out by Miss Kennealy herself: LiveJournal Vintage Groupies: Books About Groupies