A New Rolling Stone Murder Suspect
Former Stones road manager Sam Cutler Posted a blog on his website laying out what he believed happened to Jones. Here is part of that posting: It is now forty years since Brian Jones' demise, where (dependent upon one's sources) he either drowned or was murdered. No-one that was around the Stones at the time and none of the Stones' musicians, have ever offered a public opinion as to what happened to Brian. His death has been "shrouded in mystery" and characterised by police incompetence, an absurd and inadequate coronial enquiry, and very little sympathy from anyone other than his band mates and his immediate family. No-one, it seems, wishes to go "on the record" concerning Brian, and now (apparently) the police have new evidence regarding Brian's death. There is a possibility that the original police investigation will be re-opened. The original police enquiry was a farrago of incompetence that makes the keystone cops looks positively professorial. It's time for people to say what they think.
Brian Jones was murdered. Of this there is little doubt. He was not murdered by the man who was in charge of the building work at Brian's farm, a gentleman by the name of Thorogood who is popularly credited by conspiracy theorists with doing the deed. He was almost certainly murdered by the very man whose role it was to protect him, Tom Keylock. The man who less than forty eight hours after the murder, emptied the house of its valuable contents, and burnt substantial amounts of papers and personal items of Brian Jones on a bonfire in the front garden.
I was in the Rolling Stones office when news of Keylock's removal of Brian's possessions came through, and can clearly remember the shock on people's faces upon hearing this news so soon after the terrible news of what had happened to Brian. The question on everyone's mind was, why on earth had Keylock done this? How had the police, who were surely guarding a crime scene, allowed someone to remove all of the potential evidence ? Why had Keylock been burning Brian's papers ? Were the papers that were burnt incriminating evidence of some kind ? If not, then why burn them ? What had been going on between Keylock and Brian on a financial level ? No-one in the office had any idea or was privy to Brian's finances. The only person from the Rolling Stones organisation that had an on-going relationship with Brian was Alan Klein, his manager. Klein was in the United Kingdom when Brian died and immediately took steps to investigate his death.
....On the night that Brian died there were several men in the pool with him. One was Frank Thorogood, the friend of Tom Keylock, whom Keylock had hired to do building work at Brian's house. Along with Thorogood there were two building workers who were employed by Thorogood. All three men were staying at the farm at Brian's expense. Then there was Keylock. A witness who arrived at Brian's farm whilst the events were in progress,describes a man holding down Brian's head under the water in the investigator's report. The witness (not one of the two women at the farm) was approached by a man (not Keylock) who threatened him and he and his girlfriend who were personal friends of Brian's left the scene as quickly as possible. They immediately fled overseas and were never sought out by the British police.
Neither of the female witnesses to the events which lead to Brian's death were prepared to come to the United Kingdom and testify. Both witnesses (female) stated that they had been threatened and felt that their lives were in danger. Both witnesses testified that Keylock had been present in the swimming pool on the night and it was only many years after the event that Keylock finally admitted to journalists that he had indeed been present at the scene, tho he denied being in the pool or anywhere near the pool. Two men who had worked on the farm, and who were also present at the pool that evening, were never located or interviewed by the police.
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