been caught in London. He purposely held up thereport of Ray’s capture so that he could interruptTV coverage of Bobby’s burial, on June 8.
Lennon & Elvis
Regarding the FBI’s harassment of Lennon, I do not believe he was targeted solelybecause of his political statements or political activities. After researching thehistory of rock ‘n’ roll since the early days of Elvis Presley, I have concluded thatLennon was targeted by the FBI as early as 1966, probably because he had becomea second Elvis, a second king of rock ‘n’ roll. The FBI had crushed Fifties rock ‘n’roll by killing, harassing or neutralizing its most creative artists. (See Chapter 5.) OnFebruary 3, 1959, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens perished in a plane crash nearClear Lake, Iowa. Also killed was Jiles Perry Richardson (aka, The Bopper). Hollywas 22, Valens was 17, Richardson was 28. On April 17, 1960, Eddie Cochran waskilled in a car crash near Chippenham, Wilshire, England. He was 21. Gene Vincentwas seriously injured in the same crash and became a semi-cripple until he died of alcoholism on October 12, 1971. In 1962, Chuck Berry was imprisoned for violatingthe Mann Act, the result of a 1959 incident where Berry reportedly fired afourteen-year-old hat-check girl at his St. Louis nightclub because he believed shewas a prostitute. She in turn reported him to the authorities, he was prosecuted, waseventually convicted in 1962, and spent two years in prison.
Ruth Brown wasforced to leave show business because Atlantic Records had refused to payroyalties for her music. Several other black artists were also cheated out of royaltiesby record companies. Years later Brown sued Atlantic Records and recouped someof her unpaid royalties.
In early 1958 Elvis was drafted and joined the U.S. Army,an event that some believe Colonel Parker negotiated with the United Statesgovernment.
America’s teenagers went into a brief period of national mourningover the King’s departure. In the years that followed, Elvis made severalcomebacks—which included a string of B movies—and he continued to be asuperstar, but he would never again be the King of rock ‘n’ roll.Ten years after the Elvis phenomenon in 1954, the Beatles led the British Invasionin 1964, and John Lennon led the Beatles. I believe Lennon and Elvis were bothtargeted by the FBI because they were both leaders of the musical genre, rock ‘n’roll, but they led the artform in two different decades. Elvis’s father, VernonPresley, believed his son was murdered by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Bythe time Elvis died on August 16, 1977,
he had probably become a liability to theUnited States government because he was obsessed with President Kennedy’sassassination, believing the young president and his brother Bobby were bothvictims of a governmental conspiracy. (See Chapter 5.) Recall that the House SelectCommittee on Assassinations began hearings on JFK’s murder in 1977. And Elvis’smanager, Colonel Tom Parker, was a highly suspicious character. Writer AlannaNash portrays the Colonel—in her book,
The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley
—as a psychopathic murderer born June 26,1909 in Breda, Holland, whose real name was Andreas "Andre" Cornelis van Kuijk.He fled Holland in 1929 shortly after the death of a twenty-three-year-old woman,Anna van den Enden, the newlywed wife of greengrocer Wilhelm "Willem" vanden Enden. On May 17, 1929, Anna van den Enden was bludgeoned to death in thekitchen of her home behind her husband’s greengrocery shop at NieuweBoschstraat 31. Andre van Kuijk (aka, Colonel Tom Parker) left Holland forAmerica the same night that van den Enden was murdered.
Nash makes acompelling argument that Parker murdered the young woman. (See Chapter 5.)
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